Last Bits

I’m in the process of getting some last-minute stuff together for NanoWriMo. The last bits are: printing a map of Antarctica, doing some more research, and making a graphic timeline of events that occur before the story. I have a written timeline, but pictures are faster to reference sometimes.

The to-do list is delightfully light at the moment. I have completed most of the urgent things within the timeframe I needed to do them. Now, aside from that last-minute preparation, I am ready.

I’m also trying to anticipate distractions and how I might work around them. I just got Destiny 2 for my birthday, so I’m going to have to minimize my quality time with it. I also need to figure out how to make fewer trips to the store. I don’t know how I end up at the grocery store like every other day, but that’s probably a 45-minute chunk out of my evening.

Oh, and social media. I don’t participate much, but I do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time lurking and reading those random articles and lists of things I didn’t really need to know about.

I plan to use the basement as my writing retreat spot. There are fewer distractions down there. Also fewer snacks, so I might have to take some with me. I have gone to the library to write before, but they kind of expect me to keep my shoes on, which is lame.

Okay, kids. I’m off to put together the last bits.

Please enjoy this picture from my hike last weekend. We went to a park called Sodalis. They have magnificently manicured trails.






The Wolf Cover

I designed a second cover for one of my books. There were things about the first cover that I liked and some things that I didn’t. I’ll be the first to admit that I could stand to up my cover game.

Here’s the original cover.


The book hasn’t really been selling all that well (am I supposed to admit that?), so I thought I would slap a new coat of paint on it and see if that did anything.

I wanted it to have a more adventurous cover, one that gave a taste of the danger in the book. The first cover really doesn’t do all that. The first cover really doesn’t say much of anything other than the fact that a bottle and plants are involved somehow. Not much of a draw when you get down to it.

Here’s the wolf cover.

wolf cover

As you can see, I kept the leafy bits and the fonts. I really do like the fonts. I also slimmed up the shape a tad. The other cover seemed too wide.

The cover redesign was actually pretty easy because the scene with the wolves was already in the book trailer. Here it is on YouTube in case you didn’t see it before.


I just snagged what I needed and mixed it in with the elements I wanted to keep on the original cover.

The new cover probably isn’t showing up on Amazon yet, but it should here within the next 24 hours or so.

Which cover do you like better?





I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I haven’t participated in a while. I’m a little nervous about it. I remember how much work it was last time. Really a lot of work. Persistent work.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is, it’s this yearly event during which many, many writers try to write 50,000 words during the month of November, like their own set of 50,000 words, not one big, shared pile of words. That would be much easier! If it were just the one big pile of words, my contribution would be “the” because it’s so versatile, and everyone would admire my practicality.

Anyway, it’s insanity. It is for me, at least. That’s why I’ve been trying to plan as much of this thing in advance as I can.

I plot out all of my books before I write them. A lot of people don’t. If I tried to write a book without notes, I would be all over the place. I would like start at one point and then wander off in some random direction, never to be seen again. I can’t even imagine what the editing process would be like, probably nightmarish.

Here’s what I have so far: a character reference/history timeline document and another document with my main day-to-day roadmap of the events that will occur in the story. The latter is at about 10,000 words long and counting. It’s that long because there has been much thinking and research over a somewhat longish period of time.

The book will be sci-fi horror. I also have a totally awesome title, a cover art sketch, and the book description. I’ve found that writing the description for a book is much easier before I write the book itself because I don’t get bogged down in the details and the subplots, etc.

I will be blogging during November. I will likely post some word counts, perhaps some whining, and various cat pictures.

I am excited to finally get to write this thing. I’ve had it in my brain for a while. So, yeah, 50,000 words…in a month. Wish me luck! I might need it.



We watched 1922 on Netflix this past weekend. The movie is based on a Stephen King novella, so I was kind of excited. The husband and I expected a creepier story than what it was. Maybe I just expected such things from Stephen King.

The trailer didn’t really help matters. It made the movie seem more exciting than it was. Well, here, check it out.

The movie is slow, like really slow. It’s not bad. I guess I was just waiting for it to pick up, and it never really did.

I will say that Thomas Jane was amazing in it. This character is so far removed from his other work. I was really impressed with him.

Birthday Bloggin’

Today is my birthday! My 40th, actually. I’m grateful to be here and grateful for the people in my life. I get to write the books I want to write (for better or worse) and do many fun things.

As for the age? I’ve never thought 40 was old, really, so I’m good. Besides, I’m still a child on the inside in many ways with no intention of growing up completely. Exhibit A: my primary birthday request was Destiny 2 (a video game).

By the way, I have a new book out! Beneath Oceans of Sky is a middle-grade kids book that’s now available on Amazon. There’s no print edition as of yet. That should be along shortly as I wade through the items on my endless to-do list. The goal for that is for it to be out before Christmas.

The ebook is free for Kindle Unlimited and $2.99 if you aren’t. First a description, then a link.

The population of the Near
Grows by one every year.
Oceans of sky, mountains of bone,
Take care, children,
Not to find yourself alone

Three days before Christmas, Aurora wakes up in a strange bed in a meadow, beneath a sky that looks like an ocean. She doesn’t know where she is, only that she fell asleep in her bed and woke up somewhere else.

A bobcat named Yule and a wolf named Woe appear nearby, and they offer to take her to their king and queen. They don’t seem trustworthy, but what other choice does she have? Along the way, Aurora learns that she’s a jundhela, a weaver of windows that offer a view of what’s happening back in her world. Yule and Woe insist she ignore them and move on.

When they finally arrive at Lonesome Castle, Aurora discovers a battlefield of steam-powered robot soldiers fighting. The king and queen each want Aurora to join their side.

Aurora’s only hope is to find a boy named Dusk and convince him to help. One way or another, she must find her way home.

Click here for the jump.

Oceans Christmas cover



I hope everyone is having a lovely Friday evening/night. I’m just sitting around hanging out with cats because I’m a total party animal.

Sometimes Bleu makes this face like he really wants to bite your hand off but he doesn’t want you to stop petting him, so his mouth just kind of hangs open.   #nerd



Orchard Snaps

Today I have pictures! Fall is awesome in Indiana, probably because it’s one of the few times of year that the weather isn’t broiling hot or 9th circle cold. We went to Anderson Orchard in Mooresville recently.

It was a good time. Apples were purchased in both raw and cobbler forms. Here are some pictures!








I also bought this delightful Day of the Dead decoration. It pleases me greatly.