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Voyages Into The Fantastic

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To The Void and Back Again

It would make sense to begin this post with some sort of acknowledgement of how much time has passed. Perhaps with an added apology for the lack of posts and updates, and a quip or two about how life rushes past – haha – and sometimes things just get away from us.

But the truth, in this case, is that I burned out on blogging. Big time. I baptized my beginning authorhood in the waters of “How To Be a Good Author” with the now very dated rules of “get a blog, blog all the time, join all the social media platforms whether you like them or not, keep blogging, make people sign up for a newsletter, blog more, then write newsletters summarizing what you were blogging” and honestly the grind of coming up with new things to blog about just killed it. Too much. It had to go.

So now, with a lovely little rental house painted blue on the inside, a tiny garden holding one tomato plant, and two grey cats who think treats should be much more than 10% of their diet, I find myself wanting to come back and I’m not terribly sure how to resume. So I will say those words that come hard. – Shall we try this again?

I had to set writing aside for two years because the words wouldn’t come. And now they are coming but they’ve forgotten their manners and sort of stream out in a wild chaos with a mad sprinkling of broken punctuation rules. I am trying this again, because, in the words of old Tootles in Spielberg’s Hook, I’ve forgotten how to fly. And I know that I can’t learn how to do this again if I don’t start and face the discoveries and the mistakes and raw infuriating newness of what used to be familiar.

Have you ever had to start something over that you used to know so well? If so, I wish you’d tell me about it so we can commiserate. Life is hard enough without pretending you aren’t struggling. I want to remember how to fly. It just might involve a few hundred falls to get there. And I’m going to believe it’s worth the effort, because I still dream about flying. About the words pouring out onto the page and the worlds created and the characters coming to life. It’s a voyage of discovery. And I’m willing to struggle at least once more.

A Merry Christmas, Whatever Your Season

Merry Christmas, you marvels of humanity! Congratulations on making it through another year, and hopefully gathering a store of happy memories along the way.

If you’re like me, though, this may have been an especially rough year for any number of reasons. Perhaps you noticed the sudden lapse in blog posts and updates from me. Well, in a nutshell, I lost my writing for the greater part of this year. February to December was a desert without words. I would not wish that on my worst enemy.

But after months of struggle and anger and wanting to smash coffee mugs and bouts of crying and a final rest, I think I’m starting to get the words back. It’s different now. I’m hoping that it’s an entry point into a new era and phase of writing, and I’m choosing to hope that my craft will be better for it.

But dang. That was rough.

So here’s wishing you a merry Christmas, whatever season of life you may be in. Keep growing, keep living, keep doing you. And here’s looking forward to the surprises the future will bring.

~Rebekah Shafer

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A Sneak Peek at Surfaeillance 3


As you may have noticed by now, Surfaeillance 3 has not been the most cooperative of its fellows. It’s been through alteration after alteration, some big, some small. . . at this point I think I’m working on something like version #4. But I’m happy to announce that the story is finally sticking.

One of the biggest challenges in this particular installment has been getting Burgundy to navigate the weirdness that is “beginning a friendship” with her coworker Myron. It doesn’t help that Burgundy has almost no social skills, and Myron tends to withdraw rather than express. Somedays I find myself in the corner with the pixie making sarcastic comments and trying to figure out how to make them talk to each other.

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Night and Day


Before you ask, no, this is not my current location. (I wish.) But I’m in an Italian mood, thanks to starting in on a new novel project that has a definite Italy-meets-Spain sort of vibe. It’s not developed enough for me to share a synopsis, but I’m very excited over the direction it’s taking and the simple fact that I’m writing again.

I’m writing again, world! Let that sink in. Then pass the sparkling pear juice and launch the fireworks. It’s been a long month and a half in the writer’s block abyss.

I’ve also been working on Surfaeillance 3 (and maybe planning 4, 5, and 6. . . ) and implementing some Luck Child edits. My “must write” drive isn’t running out, no matter how much I try to do these days. Maybe the time off really did some good.

The new story is loosely inspired by an old fairy tale I read (once upon a time, a very long while ago. . . ) that focused on the stories of a young girl and young boy stolen by a witch. She raised the girl in the dark and taught her to fear the light, and raised the boy to live in the day and fear the night. Then many years later the now-grown boy’s horse falls and injures itself, and leaves him trapped in the dark. . . until he meets the girl.  Continue reading

Mad as a March Hare

Greetings, friends! A (hopefully) mild case of writer burnout has left me without a whole lot of authoring material to share, so I’m going to take a tiny break from author-the-thing-I-do and instead talk about other facets of author-the-person. Supposedly, engaging with other areas of life is one of the best things for burnout. And as long as I don’t spiral out of control on a panicked binge to fix the burnout ASAP, I should be fine.

Shall we begin?

This year I’ve decided participate in a reading challenge. Normally I don’t have trouble reading a hefty amount of books in a year, but the specially tailored challenges over at Modern Mrs. Darcy caught my attention as an interesting stretch goal. Let’s take a look at the twelve “to read” challenges, shall we?

  1. a book published this year

Shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve already got In the Labyrinth of Drakes on my want-to-read list, and The Girl From Everywhere on my library book shelf right now. I could totally count Sanderson’s Calamity if I were counting books I’ve already read this year, but I’m not. Tough.

2. a book you can finish in a day

Honestly, that one is not going to be too terribly hard. I’m rather fond of the “novel in an afternoon” technique. It’s an old habit formed by panicked reading to make up my total for the Pizza Hut middle school summer reading programs. Meet your goal – get a free personal pizza. Those were the days.

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