A Writer's Journey

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?

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November 19, 2018

Mea Culpa

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I know I’ve disappeared for almost a month. Let me explain:

So remember this post? About my laptop problems? Well, that was just the start!

The issues with my laptop put me behind, especially as I entered another theme week—Spooky OQ, all dedicated to Halloween-inspired stories. I didn’t complete it and it’s the first button I’ve missed out on because I just didn’t have the time due to a convention.

The weekend before Halloween was the last Once Upon a Time convention in New Jersey. I stayed at the hotel for the weekend and spent time with my friends and the cast of the show. It was a busy weekend but a fun one, even if I didn’t get much writing done.

I left the convention late Sunday night and after working Monday, spent the evening packing again. Because on Tuesday, my family headed to Disney World. (More on that later). We stayed until November 4th and flew back home later that night.

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October 15, 2018

“The Summoning” (October Short Story #1)

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Luna gathered up all her shopping bags from the backseat of her car, kicking the door closed. She managed to press the lock button with her keys between her fingers as she hurried toward her front door, her arms starting to hurt. After some maneuvering, she got her house key into the lock and unlocked her door. It was a bit difficult to open the door with her hands full of grocery bags but she managed, almost stumbling into her dark and cool house.

She let the bags fall from her hands and land on the floor. As she wiggled her fingers to get the blood flowing into them again, she stepped outside to check her mailbox. Lifting the lid, she pulled out the envelopes inside before returning back to her house and closing the door behind her. It was time to relax at last.

Humming, she put away the frozen items she had bought but left the others for the moment. She padded through her house, up the stairs and into her bedroom. It was time to get out of her suit and change into comfy clothes for the night.

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October 2, 2018

“The Full Moon” (October Prologue)

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A crisp breeze blew through the trees, rattling the leaves that had yet to fall to the ground. Their rustling sound filled the quiet night, startling an owl who hooted into the inky blackness surrounding the area. It was the only living soul in the area.

A figured cloaked in shadows appeared on the gravel road, walking down it. Though the figure wore boots, there was no crunching of gravel or the sound of footfalls. It was as if the figure glided forward, making its way through the forest as shadows reached out tendrils to it, trying to ensnare it.

The figure stopped by a crystal clear lake in the middle of the woods. Clouds floating overhead parted to reveal the white waxing moon, its light reflected in the water. The figure smiled as it took in the sight. Soon all would be ready.

It was time.

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Thanks for reading! Remember, for early access to the remaining parts, please support me on Patreon.

September 30, 2018

A Prelude to October

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Today is the last day of September. It always amazes me how fast the year flies by. Before we know it, it’ll be 2019. But first, let’s enjoy the holidays—and yes, I include Halloween in there.

I’m gearing up for another theme week in the OQ fandom, this one surrounding Halloween called SpookyOQ. I’m writing one long story that’s seven chapters long, each chapter working in the day’s prompt into it. The premise is that Robin is hired as Regina’s bodyguard after her ex-husband Leopold puts a hit on her. However, they quickly learn that the hit is a magical one, plunging them into an unknown underworld as they find a way to stop the hit before Regina suffers a fate worse than death.

So it should be a lot of fun and I’m going to working hard on it as three of the days occur during OUATNJ, so I don’t know how much time I will have to write then. I want most of it done ahead of time in that case.

WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

My most popular post ever on this blog has been my short story about the haunted house. I want to write a series of short stories surrounding around Halloween. Stretch out my creativity a bit. So keep an eye on this blog!

If you want advance access to the stories, support me on Patreon!

September 26, 2018

Finding Inspiration

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This is going to be a short post. I was focused on getting my Paris posts out the week before last and I did mean this for last week but it never posted. And then I got distracted by the latest theme week and forgot all about it.

So you’re getting a slightly altered version now!

I just finished “Inspired by OQ” Week. The best way to describe the week is how it was first presented to us: “Fic the Art, Art the Fic.” Basically, writers picked an existing piece of Outlaw Queen fanart/manip/fanvid and based a story about it while artists picked a story and made some art for it. People also made moodboards, aesthetics or playlists inspired by fanfics as well. Everyone was really energized during this week and it reminded us just how amazing our fandom truly is.

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August 27, 2018

Button FOMO

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Google defines “FOMO” as such:

FOMO

And, yes, I have it. Namely, I have Button FOMO.

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August 25, 2018

“The Christmas Wish” Chapter 1: A Wish For Santa (Excerpt)

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In Monday’s entry, I said that I would share the excerpt I first shared on Patreon. This is from Chapter 1 of “The Christmas Wish,” which is entitled “A Wish for Santa.” It’s an introduction to the relationship between my two leads, Adelaide Ellis and Theo Edwards, at the start of the story.

For early access to sneak peeks as well as other material, please consider supporting me with just $1 a month on Patreon.

Enjoy after the cut!

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August 20, 2018

The Christmas Wish

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Look! Another entry about writing! I’m on a streak!

As I wrote in this entry, I’ve been working on turning my 2016 Outlaw Queen Christmas fic The Christmas Wish into an original novel called The Christmas Wish. I figured I would give you all an update!

To recap: The Christmas Wish is a whimsical holiday romance about two single parents who find their lives changed forever when their sons ask Santa to make them brothers.

(I think this is the first story that I could actually sum up in one sentence. I’m impressed with myself).

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August 13, 2018

Lightning Strikes!

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I love talking about my writing. This may come as a surprise since I seem to talk about everything BUT that on this blog, but it’s true. And it struck me that I do have a blog about writing, so I should talk about it more. I think I’ve just been hesitant because most of my energy has been on fanfiction rather than original works but writing is writing, right?

Okay, so our story starts last year around this time. One of my followers sent me a prompt on tumblr, asking for a Once Upon a Time AU where Regina and Robin’s daughter broke the curse and then Regina had to deal with everything. I tweaked it a bit and started writing. I had tried to keep it a one-shot but it just ballooned before I realized it was going to be a multichapter story.

The basic plot was that Regina didn’t cast the Dark Curse but Zelena did to ruin her life. So she’s been separated from her husband (Robin) and their daughter, living a lonely life in Storybrooke where she has no friends, no love life and is stuck in a dead end job. All of that changes when a young girl named Diana finds her and claims she is Regina’s daughter. She produces the storybook as proof and as Regina reads, she finds herself believing more and more as well as finding the confidence to change her life.

I didn’t really work on it as often as I should’ve, usually shoving it to the back when I got busy. But I decided to work on it more regularly this year and that’s one of the reasons we got to this point.

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