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And Now For Something Completely Different

February has brought its fair share of changes. The biggest one being that I am temporarily living in a basement apartment while I tackle a short term tutoring job. I’ve been settled in for a few days now and I think I’m finally getting the swing of it. Granted, the whole “I only have one hot plate burner and a fridge the size of a suitcase” has taken some getting used to, but so far I have not starved.

And I seem to be able to remember and teach first-grade math. Seriously, when confronted with a textbook I question everything.

Photo on 2-15-16 at 2.10 PM

(My view at the “dinner table” these days. Note the dry erase artwork in the background. Anybody else remember when you were six and discovered you could click dry erase markers together to make really long writing wands? Talk about a blast from the past. At least they haven’t figured out that you can tie a dry erase marker onto a string and swing it around hard enough to make the ink spray out. Long story. Don’t you dare tell them.)  Continue reading

Taming the New Year

January is a month of conflicts. On the one hand I have the start of a new year, resolutions I’m determined to beat for once, and that sense of “firsts” and how I should make them count. On the other hand it’s still the middle of grey winter, and I just completed a round of Holiday Festivities that, while enjoyable, required a ridiculous level of emotional and physical strength.

To put it simply, this January I woke up from a tinsel and gingerbread induced high and desperately wanted some time to rest. Some down time. A few moments—or days—to honor the biological tradition of hibernation. Christmas is exhausting. Why must New Years be a springboard?

Must it? Really? 

Do you struggle with giving yourself permission? I’m not talking about permission to do those little “bad habit moments” that you can laugh off—like having a second piece of chocolate, reading a popcorn novel, or sleeping in an extra hour or two. I’m talking about permission to do reasonable things that other people might not understand. Might not be able to engage with. Things that might make other people think you’re just not toeing the mark, or you’re lazy, or you’re just not good enough.

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2015 in Review

Last year, if I recall correctly, my New Year involved back-to-back movies and a lot of fizzy pear juice. (My favorite!) This year it looks as if it will involve ham soup. coconut cake, and family time. None of which is bad, but Kroger why did you fail me and not stock fizzy pear juice? Who cares about fizzy apple cider?

But, setting that aside, I had a sudden fit of traditionalism (rare for me, I might add) and decided to round up a few highlights from this past year. Some are writing related. Some are not.

In 2015 I. . .

  • Completed a full 5k race after a year of poor health that left me winded if I walked to the mailbox. Sure, I walked the race, but I finished it! And I’ve gotten better ever since.
  • Got to visit a friend in Florida TWICE, which also meant access to Universal and Disneyland twice.  What can I say? I know cool people.
  • Went out on a limb and decided to try ballroom dance. Ten months later, I’m still dancing. You’d be surprised how much you can do even without a steady partner.
  • Attended a summer conference for training in voice (YIKES!) and actually sang in front of people. Not once, not twice. . . *counts* . . four times.
  • Lost a laptop. Got a new one a few days later. Discovered that my old laptop had done a full backup the day before it went missing and was able to retrieve all the data. Thank you, God.
  • Read 100 books. Boom. (That’s not counting all the ones I stopped reading after a few chapters.) Yes, this goal involved some frenzied reading today, why do you ask?
  • Attended my first official Realm Maker’s writing conference.
  • Helped a friend move across the country by a circuitous route.
  • Wrote an estimated 167,443 words on various projects. That’s not counting anything done while editing an existing document. That’s all new stuff.
  • Attended lots of live theater including a professional performance of “Les Mis”, highschool level “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Three Musketeers”, Artios Acadamy “The Mikado”, and an adorable “Peter Pan, Jr.”
  • Published my first full length novel AND a bonus novella. Two in one year. Yeah, baby.
  • And, as a last special note, I saw many new movies, but the one that stands out the most is that I had my first introduction to the X-Men universe this year, which pretty much made 2015 one of the best years ever.

And yes, I’m eyeing that word count and plotting how to up it for 2016. Can you blame me? 

Happy New Year!


Behind the Scenes and Sales

Ring out, wild bells! Surfaeillance Book 2 The Mirror Knife is finally released and on its way to readers. To celebrate the occasion, I put together some fun things to tell you about the story. Here are some teasers you won’t see in the official descriptions.


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Mirror Knife Release

And now, the big announcement! The Mirror Knife is officially released and ready for pre-order. The copies will hit your Kindles on December 16th.

But, to celebrate the occasion, if you sign up for Lantern Leaf Press’ “News and Notifications” emails, you will receive a link to a free download of the book. That’s right, free and early if you sign up for the occasional email. (You can find that sign-up form page in the top bar.)


But wait, there’s more! A Twist of Fae got a little jealous of The Mirror Knife’s new cover, so we gave it a new look to match. And dropped the price to .99! If you haven’t read the first book in the Surfaeillance series yet, now is your chance. You can nab it from Amazon over here.  Happy reading!




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