Well Hello 2021

Happy New Year everyone. It’s been a couple weeks and I’m finally finding my groove after the holidays. Hopefully you all had a good New Year!!

Starting this year I will be posting more of my poetry. I’m struggling to connect the blog to my Instagram and hopefully that’ll be sorted soon. In mean time enjoy more regular posts. Varying between poetry and more of The Fractured Veil.

I hope you enjoy it.

Be safe out there! Get outside, even in the cold and drink plenty of water!!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!! It’s a few days past Christmas and reflecting on it this year has me feeling very thankful for the family and friends I have this year. It’s been a rough year. For everyone.

This year was my first year hosting a holiday and while it was small and intimate, I was flustered and anxious to do it right. I got the good plates out and the good glasses too. Make sure the water spots on the silverware was rubbed off and had candles lit to give a nice smell and ambiance to the rooms. It was a really nice night.

My family has been very fortunate through the crazy this year. We were affected very little by the shutdowns, the economy didn’t fluctuate much for our income. We were very fortunate. I realize not many can say the same. It is my hope that this year has made us kinder, gentler and more understanding. That while there is many reasons to be upset and anxious, to lash out or melt down, that we remember most of us are all doing the best we can. And this year didn’t give us much room to wiggle with it.

I hope the holiday season has been gentle to you. And if you have friends and family unable to be with you, for whichever reason. Be kind to them and love them, call and check on them. This is a time to truly band together and remember our hearts.

Drink your water, enjoy some chocolate and pause in the night as it snows if you can because I think it’ll cleanse your soul a bit.

Latest Cover Designs

Hey there friends!! Hope this week is treating you all well so far. I’m ready for the holiday. I’ll just say that. Quick short post today, I wanted to share some of my latest book cover designs.

What a Week!

Hello readers!! Welcome back! It’s a new week!! Happy Monday to everyone and phew let’s hope this week goes better than the last!! Last week was the longest ever.

It’s been a good week since my last post, I started off pretty hot and heavy here and fizzled out. Kind of my MO. But ah well. Such is life. Last week began with my sister being in the hospital. She’s fine. Not Covid. She went in for severe abdominal pain and had to have surgery to remove her gallbladder. Her liver though was quite inflamed and bought her a couple more days in the hospital. Scary for sure. Thankfully she’s fine.

My writing has completely shut down in terms of my novel, I decided to re-outline what I had written so far and double check pacing. Looking for plot holes and making notes of anything to add. It was a quick alternative to editing what I had written. And it really helped. I’m excited for what’s to come and anxious to see the book come to an end. Book two I’m super excited for, there’s so much history and research involved. It’s going to be a lot of fun to write.

In other news I’m readying my house for Christmas and getting everything prepped and ready for the holiday that is fast approaching. It’ll be here before we know it!! I’m so excited to see my lil dudes face this year!! How are you all handling the approaching holiday?? Getting things ready?!

My other question is this… I see a lot of authors on Instagram use a greeting of sorts, “hey there wayfarers, stargazers, sirens…” is that something you enjoy or do you roll your eyes a bit reading it?! Let me know! Drop a comment!!

Have a wonderful day and week ahead, posting will be once a week unless something pressing arrives and I can’t wait to share it. Drink your water, get the fresh air and enjoy the little moments!!

Writing Slump

Well happy Sunday, or that’s when this is being written so… happy whichever day you find yourself reading this!! Thanks for being here!

This past week was rather interesting for me, I barely wrote for the novel, I barely engaged on social media, it was really just a time of introspection and exploration. Which has been great!! I had some work too which was a lot of fun and I’m so excited to see the final product come together.

Today… today I have plans of writing out a new outline for The Fractured Veil. Which should help me see the holes I’ll need to fill once I’m done with it. But… it should help me bridge to the ending. I’m 25k short of where I’d like to be when I begin editing. While I’m outlining book one, I plan on outlining book two and three. Which should also ensure they flow together properly. Color me excited!!!

On a side note, I’m terrified to share my blog with my peers. 😂 Idk why?! Just like… who would want to read my rambling crap?! Lol. Ah well. Here we go.

I hope you all have an awesome day! Drink that water! Relax and enjoy time watching some holiday movies. I might include some photos of the outlining process. We’ll see!! No promises.

The Fractured Veil Characters

Good morning, if it’s morning for you. It’s 4:41am for me… why am I up…. a toddler of mine went to bed too early, and I have chronic insomnia. A recipe for long nights and even longer days. But that’s a different topic for a different day!!

LETS TALK ABOUT THESE AMAZING CHARACTERS!!!!!

Here is my protagonist, my main male character, Emric.
Introducing my main female character, Arryn.
I’m pleased to present my antagonist, my third main character, Samson.

Through shadow and time, the heart wins out over the mind, under cloaked passions and with tempest connections you’ll find the divine.

Emric lands himself face to face with a red headed siren in a coffee shop on the coast of the Pacific Northwest town of Anacortes. Quickly she challenges his demonic charge as a bounty hunter of souls here on earth. But Emric has a secret.

While working in Anacortes, Washington, Emric must decide if this alluring redhead Arryn is worth altering his entire life for and destroying the only foundation he’s known through centuries of time.

Become a fugitive of Hell while confronting personal demons of his own, buried deep within himself which could sabotage everything or ignore the tugging of heartstrings altogether?

Emric must decide… his existence depends on it.

Stay tuned for more as I slowly reveal more about each one and other aspects of the story. These characters have been such a huge joy exploring and getting to know them. I absolutely love them and think of them throughout the day.

Drop some comments about your first impression of these three!!!

Thanks again! Enjoy your day!!

Writing Woes

Well, happy December 1st! We made it! I hope you all are fairing well and whatever may be happening in your day to day isn’t too stressful and overwhelming. I know with the way the world is right now, everyone is struggling in different but significant ways. So hang in there!!

Ever feel like your writing is just… crap? Yea?! I’m right there too. I’m 3/4 of the way done with my novel… phew that’s huge! Except, I hit a huge wall in my storyline. Certain things are out of place, there’s a few plot holes that need fixing, and the pacing is a bit rough. And I’ve got 25k left to write. Yikes!!!

BUT THAT’S OKAY!!!! It’s a rough draft for a reason!! (I keep reminding myself that but I’m still struggling…)

Apparently the message I received last week about my snippet (which I discuss under “When someone “helps.”) apparently that is still getting to me. Psyching me out. I will admit my confidence is fragile with the novel. I’m trying really hard to get it in check. And go easy on myself. That’s really hard for me though.

I’m tempted to edit what I have so far, I think it’ll give me a better idea on where to go in the end. I know how it ends… I just can’t seem to get there yet. Frustrating.

Outlining and planning have been my friend in the past, so maybe I can get away with doing that for the end and hold off on editing. I’m not sure. I’m merely venting and sharing my woes.

You’re not alone. Write the thing. You got this.

Enjoy the day and keep pressing forward. You’ve got this. Today is short and sweet. Talk to ya later!

Found this on Pinterest.

Balancing Beam

You ever teeter more than you’d like, tipping in one direction compared to another? I do. With life and passion, with dreams and responsibility there is always a balancing act happening. Some days, I don’t feel like I have it together. Like my equilibrium is damaged. First and foremost I’m a mom to a very active four year old, who…

Thanksgiving 2020

Brief thoughts today…

As we set upon today, if you’re in the US or an American celebrating somewhere else maybe… I hope we remember the value of family and life. Of connection. Of the tribe we grew up with. Of the history and of the path we’ve taken and gone down to reach here. Whatever that means for you. I hope today we just remember. Everything.

I remember my aunts voice yelling from the kitchen about someone grabbing more butter from the fridge, and someone yelling back to watch the pot on the stove as it’s about to boil over. I remember rolls being thrown from one room across the kitchen to the little table where my sisters and I liked to sit. I remember searching for salt and pepper and then sitting down as my stomach growled while awaiting the blessing of the food and the gathering. I remember.

I know our history as a country has come under fire and while I won’t ignorantly deny what our founding fathers did when they arrived in this land, I also understand I can’t do anything about those events. I choose to remember my reality, my memories, my family and the warmth I felt growing up and the things I want my child to know as he grows too.

Today, in 2020, things are strange, things are scary, things are… different. However you choose to spend this day I hope you do so with some heart and gratitude. However you spend today I hope that it’s something you can look back on and be comfortable with as time continues. People celebrate and carry on differently. I’d like to think we all do so to the best of our ability and what we feel is the best choice for ourselves. Today, I’ll let go of the history of this year, I’ll move past the chaos and the hate, I’ll move past the disruptions and unrest, I’ll let it go today. Because today, is something I want to look back on and say I gave my child the best day I could. I want him to feel that warmth and connection.

I hope we can allow ourselves the forgiveness for the past and move forward with light and positivity. Try not to judge others for their feelings and how they’re handling things. I’m giving myself the ability to mind my own business and breathe.

So despite the world today, I hope today is kind to you. I hope today is full of warmth and I hope your day goes well. If you’re struggling please know you’re not alone. Reach out and call someone. The holidays are hard on so many in the best of circumstances, 2020 is certainly not that… so please, reach out. Check on your neighbors, check on your friends, your coworkers, check on them. Please. It might be the prayer they’re seeking, you might be coming to them just in time. Please. Check on them.

Wishing you all an amazing day.

When Someone “Helps”

Today I’d like to talk about something that I’ve personally experienced. Something I find can be counterproductive to the less confident writer and unless it’s handled properly can come off quite abrasive.

Unsolicited advice, critiques, suggestions… however you want to word it, whatever you want to call it… it can be really quite annoying and a bit damaging to the delicate confidence of a writer.

Now while I am quite confident in my poetry, I stand by my writing and voice when I write poetry, the novel I’m working on is a different story. I often suffer from imposter syndrome, I lack confidence and am overly critical of my skill as a novelist. So when someone decides to share their opinion or critique of a post or excerpt it can really take some rallying to pump myself up afterwards. While I am sure this person was completely harmless in their suggestions and overall was doing so from a good place, I wonder though is it even necessary?

I ask this because well… for starters, it’s a first draft, it’s a rough first draft, there will be errors, there will be things that need fixing. If that had been taken into account, is the advice helpful? Probably not. You’re doing more damage to that insecure writer rather than lifting them up.

Am I going to continue writing? Absolutely!! Am I going to try to edit the excerpts as best as I can before posting them so no one can come at me with this advice… yup!!

The moral of the story. Think twice before opening your mouth to a writer… I mean it.

Have you received unsolicited advice that was counterproductive? More harm than good? Let me know in the comments.

As always, drink your water, take your Turkey out of the freezer if you’re cooking one and stay well.