A Wrinkle in Time, my copy

Oh, yeah, baby. Look at this glorious cover. This is one of the very few books I still have from my childhood. With the movie coming out, I thought it would be a fun thing to post. The book is a little old and battered but still readable. The page after the cover is a teaser bit from the front of the book.


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Sorry for the blurry pictures. I think my phone camera might be dying a slow death.

I have not yet seen the movie. I really want to, especially after suffering through the 2003 version a while back. That was…not awesome.

I am considering reading the book again. We will see.

Hey, by the way, if you’re an author and looking for interesting ways to market your book, you might want to check out my podcast that features authors reading from their books. It’s called the Authors Read podcast. Several people have signed up so far, and I could have the next episodes up as soon as next week. I am super excited about it! If you’d like to get in on the action, click here for the jump to the podcast blog. 

If you’d like to follow the podcast, it can be found on Podbean and iTunes.



Everything Updates

Hi! I know I haven’t been around much. I thought I’d pop on and offer some updates.

I should have at least 1 book out in the next couple of months and then another one a month or 2 after that. I promise I don’t write that quickly; I just have things that seem to be wrapping up somewhat close together.

One is the 2nd Desmond book. There is no cover art yet. There is a sketch for the cover art, but no actual, real life cover at this time.

The other is a novella currently titled Wild Blood of the Hollow. It’s a shortish fantasy thing that still needs some tweaking. I should finish the first read-through tomorrow if nothing gets in the way. I have a nice cover in mind for that one.

The Beneath Oceans of Sky audiobook is coming along, somewhat. I’m up to editing the 4th chapter. I know, I know. I’m slow like molasses in winter. I’ve been kind of lazy/tired lately, which hasn’t affected the pace of my writing too much, but sometimes, I just really don’t want to edit audio. Most of the time, really. It could be worse, but it is not my favorite activity.

I’m finding that working on the audiobook has changed me in a couple of ways. Listening for my recording/editing mistakes has given me a kind of habit of listening for mistakes in other audiobooks and podcasts. I didn’t really want that. Now I hear every sinus click, every turn of the page, etc. It’s like a really annoying superpower.

I also find myself paying attention to how what I’m writing or proofreading would sound if I read it as an audiobook. I make minor changes that I wouldn’t have made previously. That’s okay because it means that I’m paying attention on another level. I don’t want to notice that when someone else is reading. I just want to hear the book.

Current reading material is the magnificent beast below. The gods really liked to turn people into trees, flowers, animals, and various other nature things. Really, really, really. It is pretty cool, though.


That’s all I have at the moment. TTFN.

The Printed Excerpt

I found this thing at Barnes and Noble the other day. I thought it was pretty cool.


It’s a printed excerpt from a book that comes out in March. There was an author headshot and bio in the front and then several pages of the book.

I have never seen one of these. I do like the idea. I think they would work great as marketing materials at an author fair or maybe an author table at a convention. They’re nice looking and could possibly get someone to pick up at least part of a book and carry it away with them to be read later in a less hectic environment.

mhmm. yes.




Quitting But Not Quitting

I decided to stop taking outside submissions to NightLark. That’s the publisher I started a year or so ago.

For the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve been back and forth on whether I wanted to keep it going. I took the holidays off, read a submission or two and thought about picking it up. Every time, something stopped me.

There have been many frustrations, a lot of them with myself. I’m not assertive enough. I’m not that great of a salesperson, really.

In the end, I decided it wasn’t worth the time or frustration. It just wasn’t. Life is too short, and I have too much that I want to do, creatively.

I will say that running it has been, by far, one of the best learning experiences for me. For real. I did things that I never would’ve tried with my own work.

I do still plan to use it for my own books, but for the foreseeable future, I’m not taking on any projects from other authors. The website is staying up with occasional updates. The books currently listed there that aren’t by me should disappear here in the next few months.

So yeah. Still writing. Still recording. Just not handling anyone else’s business.


The Podcast

I don’t know why I insist on doing things that give me mini-panic attacks. It’s like I can’t help myself.

I started a podcast. I’ve been thinking about doing so for several months. It’s called Authors Read, and if all goes as planned, if people actually want to be on it, it’s going to consist of authors reading short excerpts from their books.

I’ve been working on the first episode on and off for the last month or so while I’ve been tweaking my whole recording environment and process for the audiobooks. I made the mistake of doing the first episode myself, which kicked off a fantastic downward spiral of nitpicking of every little thing. Sometimes I wish my perfectionism actually resulted in perfection.


Here’s the link to the episode on Podbean

If you’d like to be on it, the contact form is at this link.

The podcast isn’t on itunes quite yet, but it should be once they appprove it.


Emerging from Hibernation?

Hey-o! I have been SO lazy lately. The urge to curl up in my house and hibernate until spring is real and true.

But I did finish a rough draft manuscript today, so yay! It was my nano project, and this version is complete at about 71,000 words. Yeah, it’s kind of short. Most of my stuff is. That’s okay because it makes it easier for me to wrangle.

I questioned my decisions a lot during the writing of this thing, especially toward the end. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

For instance, there was one point in which I was really on the fence about whether a character should die. The death would make sense during the course of the story. But I couldn’t bear to kill that person off, and then I felt bad about not killing them off. I wondered if I was letting my feelings get in the way of what the story should be.

Then, with another character that actually did die, they did so off camera. They were just kind of found dead. Should I have done more with that? It made sense in the story, for the body to be found, given the chaotic situation that was going on at that time. If this story happened in real life, such a thing would be entirely possible if not probable, but books aren’t real life.

I’ll have some time to mull things over before I circle back to edit this one.


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Behold the Pretties! Canterbury Classics

Because what I needed was DEFINITELY more books. Ahem.

I bought these at the Costco. They are magnificent. I’m in love with them and hope to one day have the time to read every last one, except for the duplicate parts. A couple of stories appear in more than one of them.

Please excuse my horribly grainy photos. I think the camera on my phone may be getting tired. It doesn’t seem to be as cooperative as it used to be.








Interior cover of the SciFi/Fantasy book



They even have built-in ribbon bookmarks. Be still my heart!

The Lovecraft book is my favorite, of course. I actually had to buy that one twice. The boy pretty much claimed my first copy as his own. I tried to remind him it was borrowed but then he gave me the puppy dog eyes. What am I supposed to do, not give the kid a book?