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The time has come….

The week is drawing to a close, and, as promised, here I am.

I love reading, and I have a horrible habit of filling my kindle with books, many of which I might not get to read. But every time I open the cover I know there will be something amazing to find inside. And I want to share that experience, that love of finding diamonds in the rough among the countless books. And maybe I hope some of my stories find their way into your favorites as well.

So, tomorrow (4/23) is the last day of the 99 cent sale. You can also find Witch’s Sacrifice and Witch’s Curse on that list. You’ll also find some boxed sets, and a number of novels that look very interesting.

I’d also like to let you know about The Scarab Necklace and Footprints which are free this weekend. The Scarab Necklace is a look into what makes us tick, and what drives us insane. Footprints is about a young man dealing with a tragedy in his life, while also running from something in the woods.

And, as always, all of my stories are available in KU.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2017 in On Writing

 

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Free Books

Just a quick note to let you know that I have two free short stories this weekend.

Twilight Tales has three short stories, and The Camera is about a  young boy that finds a camera with an unusual ability. It’s inspired from an old Stephen King short story.

There will be two more short stories available for free each weekend for the rest of April.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2017 in On Writing

 

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Focus

I’m having a tough time focusing on writing over the last few days. And I can’t even say it’s the writing. Once I start writing it isn’t so bad, but when I try going back to read something so I can work on that particular thing, to finish something, my brain just kind of slides past the words and doesn’t let me wrap my mind around them.

This has happened before. Usually if I write something that doesn’t have anything to do with what I’ve already written, or if I go read for a while, the inability to focus passes. But I’ve been trying to push past it, right anyway, and…failing.

Sometimes you can’t push past things. Sometimes you have to deal with the thing standing in your way, be it stress, or a some issue in your life, or your health. There are just days where we loose focus. Sometimes a day to relax and take a break is enough. Other times you need something more.

Just don’t forget to take care of yourself. I know I’ve been forgetting that lately, and it’s just made it worse. So I’m going to go write something different, something off the wall, and just have a little fun today.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2017 in On Writing

 

What’s going on? 

I haven’t been posting a lot to my blog, but I should be. There are a lot of things going on that I should be updating people on. 

One, last night I did a challenge with Bjorn on my twitch stream,then I posted a little video on the results, and showed off the helmet/mask set I made. I might stream a few creative things now and then, or more challenges with Bjorn. His twitch is also growing a lot lately. 

I am on the home stretch with the first book in the Half Blood Sorceress series. Just have to reread it, clean up the chapters, and make sure everything makes sense. Then off to an editor. 

Every weekend in April I will have two free short stories available on amazon. Just check back Friday through Sunday every weekend for new titles. I’m also hoping to publish something new this month. Keep your eyes out for that. 

If you like art you might check out my instagram. I’ve been adding new drawings almost daily, andI think I might start doing something with them. Charms, stickers, pins, etc…. 

What else? Recovering from the car accident is going well. I have a new car, and you can find out more about that here

I think that’s about it. More writing. More drawing. More just having fun. 

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in On Writing

 

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The Unexpected- An Accident

We make the best laid plans, then life throws us a curve ball.

On the 11th, driving home from work, someone pulled out of a side street and hit my car. It was bad enough that neither of our cars would ever drive again.

Loosing your car is annoying. Better because he had insurance to cover my lose, and the insurance company got me a rental for a week, but still an inconvenience. I had to go car shopping, have a lot of chiropractic sessions, and spend an awful lot of time on the phone with insurance agents. And how I hate car shopping.

All this right after I had been saying I wanted to get the first book in my new series finished this month…well, that didn’t end up happening. I did get a brand new (to me) car, and I have gotten back into a schedule of sorts. But the first book of “The Half Blood Sorceress” series isn’t going to be finished this month.

I think the worst part of the accident was losing my car. It was a good little car, reliable. Paid for. Gregg thinks the worst part is watching me cringe every time someone gets a little close to my lane on the road. He isn’t entirely wrong, I don’t like it either. But these things happen, and life goes on. We still have to drive, to go to work, and earn money to keep going. And books still need to be written.

The Mirror is free this weekend. 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in On Writing

 

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How did you start writing?

Asked on Quora earlier today.

When I was seven my teacher had a bunch of lined paper on her desk. I use to grab handfuls of it and staple it together at the edges. I had a beautiful orange marker to write stories about mermaids and nymphs playing with me in the back yard. I guess I never got over that wonder of the unseen.

I still write about mermaids, griffins, and monsters. Each story is a little scene into something amazing. Something wonderful. And I have always wanted to share those scenes with others. Now I get to!

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2017 in On Writing, Personal Notes

 

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The Walk of Shame

February has been the WORST month for writing since… well since I first got this new job. Even on the months that I had bronchitis and whooping cough I managed to write more than this month.

Total word count for Feb 2017: 4006

There are four days left. Four days to try and redeem myself, to try and push through this lethargy and get writing again. And I think I know what it is, what’s “blocking” me. It’s this novel. I’m getting toward the end where I have to re-read everything and make sure the plot stays consistent, and the grammar isn’t HORRIBLE. I have 17 of 22 chapters finished, and the last few chapters I’m just filling in the spaces that I didn’t write on the first run through. So I’m almost there.

The endings are always the worst. I have had to push myself to complete the ending of every single book that I’ve ever finished. Even the short stories have issues. Something about the completion of a book, the final words being put on the screen, that scares me. I mean all those little pieces I didn’t write on the first pass, I didn’t write them for a reason. They didn’t come as easy for me as the rest. They interrupted the flow of words. And now I have to face those spots and tackle them. And when I’m done I have to let go, send it to an editor, and maybe…maybe…PUBLISH IT!

But first I have to finish it. I want book one, at least the first run, done in the next two weeks. I only have five chapters, there is no reason I should’t be able to do a chapter every other day. TWO WEEKS CRISSY! That’s all you have! Get writing!

Then book two, which currently has 9 of 28 chapters finished. that one is going to take some reworking to get into the right order, and make sure everything makes sense, and timelines are good. After finishing the first nine chapters I realized I had a bunch of time that wasn’t accounted for, and that the main character, Sybel, isn’t shown learning about her powers, or growing. It was more just assumed. Which doesn’t work. Show don’t tell. So I added some chapters, plot points, and character development for not only Sybel but all the people around her. Fleshed out the world a bit.

I love this new series. I want to put it out there and start sharing it with everyone. I just need to get my butt in the chair and finish it.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in On Writing, Personal Notes

 

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