Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Update + Announcement

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Don't know if I mentioned this, but I'm bring brave right now. I'm re-titling The Kingdom of Fire and Ice.
   See, Games of Thrones' first book is Fire and Ice. That series and my book are both medieval fantasy involving dragons. So I'm bouncing ideas for a new title back and forth with some friends. There's nothing final right now, but I like The Dragons' Stones.
   Also *cue trumpets* I have an announcement!!

There are plans for a sequel to what was The Kingdom of Fire and Ice.

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The way the book ended left it so very open to a sequel that I can't resist. Plus I have a friend who's seriously a fangirl of this story and demands more. So we'll see more of Aleksander and Ciara one day.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Goals of 2019

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Apparently, wanting post regularly and actually posting regularly are two separate things. Go figure.
   Be that as it may, I do have a post for this week. It feels a little late set my yearly goals, but I find it helpful to write them out. Yes, I know I miss most of them, but still....
  1. Possibly start a new blog ~ I've been toying with this for a bit. Mostly it's because I may drop my pen name, which appears at the bottom of most posts, and because I don't really do braids anymore.
  2. Go to Joni and Friends again ~ I hope to volunteer at the Knoxville, TN Family Retreat again as a Short Term Missionary. This will be my fourth year, and it remains a yearly miracle in my life.
  3. Start college ~ I would love to get two semesters in, but I'll praise God for whatever He brings in this.
  4. Write 55,000 words ~ I wrote around 50k in 2018. That's the most I've ever done, and I'm determine to top it. 55k should get me through Lady Bloodhawk-Draft One and about halfway through Inkling Adventures-Rewrite, Book One.
Four goals, twelve months. (Okay, eleven.) Here's to God's plan

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


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of endless sky
of summer woods
of distant mountains
of cloud wisp
of wave's foam
of garden dirt
of moon glow
of sunset warmth
of human heart
of Savior's blood

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2018 Goals Reviewed

Hey, look, y'all! I'm alive.
   Retail work during holidays left me with zero energy but produced this strange thing called "money". But I'm back now, and I hope to get on top of posting regularly again. Right now, it's time to review the goals I set for 2018. Here goes nothing!

  1. Graduate High School ~ Check. At least I did that.
  2. Rewrite Inkling Adventures ~ Um.. where is that? All I did for it this year was some planning. That's better than nothing, right?
  3. Finish draft one of Lady Bloodhawk ~ I picked it up yesterday for the first time I can even remember. So... no.
  4. Publish The Kingdom of Fire and Ice ~ I didn't do that either, but I added 45k words to it. It's a better story for that, so I still consider this a success.
  5. Do a short hair series ~ I think there was one, maybe two posts. And now my hair's grown out again. Oh well.
Well, that's about the same as 2017's goals.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

D.C Trip

End of September, my parents and I went to Washington, D.C. I've never been there before, so it was pretty awesome. Also, I don't get extended one-on-one time with my parents very much (#largefamily), and this trip was probably the biggest dose of that I've ever had.

I saw a lot of neat things, and while I'm not huge on pictures or videos, I do have some for y'all. Admittedly, they are from the National Zoo, which was my favorite part.

I know the quality is horrible, but this little guy was SO cute! So watch it anyway. PLEASE!!

A Meekrat
I have more somewhere. I know I do, and it's slightly annoying because I have amazing pics and funny otter videoes. Oh, well maybe next time.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

KoFaI Snippet

This is from my WIP The Kingdom of Fire and Ice. I just topped 45k words, and it's still going strong. Enjoy!

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She tried again. Prepared for the wind’s forcefulness, she made it this time. A minute later, she had the rope. A second passed, then two and three.
Come on, Ciara, I thought. Come on! Then it happened. The sail went slack. The force pushing against the rudder eased. I found I could breathe again, not even sure when I stopped.
For a moment, lightning lit up the sky, but as thunder boomed, I couldn’t find Ciara. She wasn’t at the starboard railing. Panic filled me worse than the rain filled my eyes.
“Ciara! Ciara!” I yelled her name, but only the pounding rain and waves answered me.
“Ciara, where are you? Answer me!”
Wind howled in my ears, drowning out any other sound. Then it just stopped. The waves shrunk, and the rain slowed. I stood up, my eyes searching for Ciara. But she wasn’t on the Aegir.
“Aleksander, help!”
My eyes ran over the deck again. She wasn’t there. The blood at my temples pounded. I realized the truth.
“Help me -

Ciara was somewhere in the water. Blocked by the darkness, I couldn’t see her. But I knew I could hear her.