A Writer's Journey

April 22, 2019


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I leave for Milan today—I have a 6:35 PM flight to Malpensa, scheduled to land at 9:00 AM Italian time. I’m really excited and a bit nervous, but that’s usual. Maybe a little bit more because I’m a bit spoiled by being used to having courtesy vans to and from my hotels and I don’t have it this time. But I may be able to get to another airport and hop on a courtesy van there (though it does look like there’s a charge).

I’m not sure if my room will be ready by the time I get to my hotel, but I figure I might have a better chance since I figure the earliest I’ll get to my hotel is 12 PM. At the very least, I can have lunch there and maybe see if I can check in after that.

The main reason I’m going to Milan is for a Once Upon a Time convention. All of them are international this year and Milan was at the best time for me. (Birmingham is almost right after my trip to Hilton Head and Father’s Day to boot while Paris is only a couple weeks before a major work trip). The convention runs Friday and Saturday. I’m arriving a couple days ahead of time in order to do some sightseeing beforehand. 

I’m looking forward to spending time with my friends and getting to see Milan. And of course, enjoying the convention!

So there won’t be a post next week. And I will post a round up of my trip…probably in July like last year, knowing me.

Until then…ciao!


December 6, 2018

Getting Back on Track

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Update: I was going to post this last week. However, my laptop decided to die on me…again. Turns out it wasn’t the AC adaptor (though I’m sure that was going too). Our IT guy at work did some investigating and found that there is a known battery issue with my particular Dell model. He found a fix and checked out a few things. Hopefully, we don’t have this issue again.

But I appreciate crossed fingers just in case.

In last week’s post, I talked about why I had gone silent for almost a month. I also mentioned that I was working on my Advent story and it was consuming pretty much everything. Well good news—I’m done!

And it’s a relief to say that.

To review: For the past few years, the Outlaw Queen fandom puts out an Advent Calendar in December. Each day unlocks new gifts, which can be fanart, fanfics, fanvids, etc. They are all Outlaw Queen themed and all revolve around Christmas or winter. We enjoy getting these gifts and the team who designs the website each year does amazing work. Even the “404 Error: Page Not Found” page is a gift when it gets found!

I don’t want to give too much away about my story as it is one of the rules. It’s a fake dating AU that I hope everyone enjoys! But as I noted, I did change Robin’s backstory about a week before the story was due and had to scrap 9,000 words, essentially starting over.

Talk about a crunch, huh?


October 23, 2018


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I’m sorry there was no new entry yesterday. If you follow me on Patreon (which is doubtful judging by all on the zeroes I see on my page), you already know why. My laptop refused to turn on this past weekend. I took it to work and it got diagnosed as being an issue with the AC adaptor. I got it to turn on and work but I definitely need a new AC adaptor before it conks out completely.

Hopefully I can get back on track, so stay tuned! And thanks for your patience!

October 14, 2018


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I apologize–the next part of my short story series was not supposed to post on Saturday. I guess I got the dates wrong when setting it up, thinking I set it up for Sunday instead.

I want to format it and add a picture to it. Hopefully I can get it up for tomorrow (Monday) instead.

Once again, I apologize. If you want to read it, you can check out my Patreon.

August 17, 2015


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I’m on vacation!

Time to rest, relax and have fun. And to spend time with my family.

I hope you guys all get to do the same at some point before 2015 is up.

So I’ll see everyone next week.

July 16, 2014


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I’m going on a short hiatus.

This was not planned but partially my fault. My laptop has been telling me for months that my hard drive was about to fail.

It finally did so last week, which I learned after running a diagnostic on my laptop after it refused to boot up. I’ve ordered a new hard drive and am expecting it any day now. And then I’ll get it installed. But it’ll be some time before I have an entry ready, I predict.

So I’m taking the rest of July off.

Hopefully, I’ll see you on August 4th!

Except Windows never started...

Except Windows never started…

June 22, 2013

New Blog!

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Yes, I’ve started a new blog. Why? I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy. But it’s a good kind of insanity, right?


So, what do I do on this blog? I review books. So, check it out here:

Reading by the Moonlight


February 6, 2013

642 Things to Write About

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I’m doing one exercise from the book, “642 Things to Write About,” once a week on my tumblr.

Check it out here.

June 6, 2012


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In my post on Steampunk (see below), I wrote that next week’s entry was going to be “alternate history.” I apologize but it’s not. And I didn’t want to change the entry (which I have) without an explanation. It seemed underhanded in a way.


March 18, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

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One year ago today, I started this blog! It’s amazing, really. Let’s take a moment to see what’s happened?

Last year, I was working on my fantasy epic. Only I didn’t realize it was a fantasy piece. As I do now, I’m looking at a few more resources for fantasy.

Last year, it was the only novel I was working on. Now, I’m working on “The Wedding Game,” the historical romance, as well.

What did I think I would be doing by now? Well, I was a bit naïve back then. I thought my fantasy would be finished. I had hoped to be editing by now. Maybe even shopping around for an agent. Of course, I didn’t think I’d hit a wall with it over the summer.

But I’ve learned so much. And a lot of that has been thanks to blogs on the internet. Like the one by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency. It’s also been thanks to the other writers I’ve discovered at Book Country.

What do I expect from this year? I expect another block. I don’t want one, but now I know to expect one. I expect to publish a short story. I expect to finish a manuscript this year. I expect to query agents.

What do I hope for this year? I hope that a query works and I get an agent. I hope a publisher buys a manuscript.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, please.

And let’s raise a glass for another year!

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