A Writer's Journey

February 12, 2019

My Favorite Movie and TV Couples

Let’s really kickoff my month of romance with some of my favorite couples from both the big and small screens.

1. Outlaw Queen (Regina Mills/Robin Hood), Once Upon a Time


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I figured I would get this out of the way because I’m sure by now, some of you are probably tired of hearing about this couple. Robin Hood and the Evil Queen still sounds like a weird combination but in the hands of the Once writers (well, the ones from Season 3) as well as Lana Parrilla and Sean Maguire, it was magic. They were two people who loved and lost and who were both loving parents. Regina was still working on becoming a better person and Robin saw the good in her rather than just the Evil Queen. He believed in her and supported her when she she needed it, giving her romantic love.

2. Lucy Preston/Wyatt Logan, Timeless


An intelligent historian meets a jaded soldier and magic happened. Lucy and Wyatt built from coworkers to friends to the hint of something more. By the time they kissed in season 2, I was cheering—and so were other fans. Of course, a wrench got thrown into their relationship in season 2 but it was still clear that they cared about each other. Thankfully, they had a happy ending. (Unlike Outlaw Queen).

3. Belle and the Beast/Prince, Beauty and the Beast

beauty and the beast

Belle is my favorite Disney princess, a bookworm who loves to learn and tries to see the best in everyone. She sacrifices her own freedom to save her father, even if it means living with a beast. In some ways, he’s like Mr. Darcy and she’s like Elizabeth Bennet (with far less sass). Beast starts to change his behavior when Belle stands up to him and finally confronts him on how awful he treats everyone. He starts to care about someone other than him and it makes him more human, which draws her closer to him. Tale as old as time indeed.

4. Newt Scamander/Tina Goldstein, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


I wasn’t expecting to love them as much as I do. But there was just something about watching the rule-abiding, no-nonsense Tina slowly warm up to the kind-hearted if a big fan of loopholes Newt. They worked well together, balancing each other out—he brought out her more spontaneous side while she grounded him. Things were a bit tense in the second movie but hopefully we’ll see more in the third.

5. Usagi/Sailor Moon and Mamoru/Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Moon

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I think the new version of the anime has done a better job at capturing their relationship than the original (or at least the dub). They are star-crossed lovers who are reborn and find each other again. Mamoru grounds Usagi and she gets him to not be so serious. They are also partners when fighting (once they realize they are on the same side and not foes) and support each other through all the weird things that come with fighting other worldly forces.

Those are just some of my favorite couples from movie and TV. Who are yours? Share below!

Next time: My favorite couples from books!

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February 4, 2019

A Month of Romance!

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It’s February! It’s probably a romance writer’s favorite times, right before Christmas. The entire month may not

be devoted to romance—it does seem to drop off after Valentine’s Day halfway through—but some people like to carry it for all 28 days.

This year, I’m going to be one of those people! Of course, I’m really only going to be carrying it through for 4 Mondays…but you know what I mean.

As you know, I both read and write romance regularly. I know romance tends to get a bad wrap and there’s a lot of discourse out there why. (It mostly revolves around the fact that it’s a genre prominently written and read by women). Some people dismiss it as just wish-fulfillment. And you know what? It is!

Men say they wish they knew how women thought. I mean, we’re not complex creatures who speak a whole new language. Talking to us works. But if they don’t want to, reading romance novels might provide them some enlightenment. Because we write about the men we would like to have relationships with and how we wish relationships would go.

I love getting that thrill of watching two characters fall in love—from books to TV shows to movies. There’s just something about it that pulls me in and makes me excited. So I guess it’s no surprise that I love writing about it too.

I’m going to go more into my favorite romances—to watch, to read and to write—over the next few weeks. I hope you come along for the ride!

And if you want to read the romances I write, please support me on Patreon as I work toward self-publishing my first book.

January 28, 2019

Very Short Stories

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Have you seen the hashtag #vss365 on Twitter? Some of my friends have been doing it and I decided to join the fun as well.

What is it?

Every day, a new one-word prompt is given and everyone submits a piece of creative writing using it while staying within Twitters 280 character limit. It’s challenging but a great writing exercise, especially for me. I know I can sometimes get wordy so it’s good to practice being succinct.

Please check out the hashtag. And follow me on Twitter.

Also, please consider supporting me on Patreon.

Thank you!

January 21, 2019

“The Christmas Wish” Update

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So one of my goals for 2019 is to self-publish this book by Christmas. Let’s see how I’m doing.

I am close to finishing Chapter 9. It’s the first part of what had been Chapter Seven when it was a fanfic, where Adelaide and Theo are starting to fall in love and celebrate their marriage with the rest of the town. Once I’m done, I’ll turn the second part into Chapter 10, which will focus on their first date and contains a lot of Theo’s backstory.

From there, we have an incident that sets Adelaide and Theo back before approaching the climax. The end is nearing and I expect this draft to be done within the next couple months, hopefully by spring.

Then what? Well, I’ll let you know as I get closer. However, I imagine it will be getting some feedback on the new draft.

I know there isn’t a lot to this update. I guess I don’t want to share too much even though it’s been around as a fanfic for two years now. Maybe I’ll have more as I get closer to finishing it.

As a reminder, you can get access to sneak peeks of “The Christmas Wish” as well as deleted material by supporting me on Patreon. Please consider doing so.

Have a good week everyone!

January 14, 2019

Happy 2019 to Me!

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So, it’s now 2019. We’ve wrapped up 2018 so it’s time to set some anticipations for the coming year. Here we go!

  • Finish converting The Christmas Wish and ready it for self-publishing by Christmas
  • Finish Better When I’m Dancing and start Soldier Verse’s proper story
  • Try to get back to posting Comfort Food once a month
  • Better plan out writing events and preparing in advance so I’m not in a rush or end up abandoning them
  • Get back on my regular posting schedule here
  • Regularly post recaps and reviews on my other blog
  • Post more reviews on my book blog and on Goodreads
  • Network with more writers

I’m confident I’ll be able to meet most of these anticipations and I believe you can as well.

I wish you well and hope you do the same for me.

    January 6, 2019

    Year in Review: 2018

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    So, 2018 has come and gone. At the beginning of the year, I made some “anticipations” for the year. Let’s see if how I did.

      • Work on The Christmas Wish with aim of self-publishing by Christmas

    I have worked on The Christmas Wish all year long, though I didn’t manage to publish by this Christmas. Looking back, that might have been too lofty a goal.

      • Jump start the Big Project and work for self-publishing in 2019

    I’m still focused on The Christmas Wish so the Big Project has remained on the backburner—for now.


    December 24, 2018

    The Christmas Wish Chapter 4: Christmas Eve

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    The sneak peeks of my fanfic-turned-novel, The Christmas Wish, return as Adelaide, Theo and the people of Stony Castle start to celebrate Christmas.

    Adelaide held Hugh’s hand as they entered the warm and brightly lit diner, Hugh bouncing by her side. Minnie had decorated more since they had been there that morning, pushing the tables aside to create more room in the middle of the diner so people could stand around. A Christmas tree now stood next to the jukebox and Christmas lights hung around the diner. Fake snow covered the windows and paper candy canes, snowmen, Santas and reindeer were taped up on the walls. Christmas music wafted over the buzz of the conversations and Adelaide paused, taking a deep breath to bask in the holiday spirit filling the place.

    People greeted her and her son as she headed toward the back. She recognized most from her job at Town Hall, usually because they were lodging complaints for some reason or another. Tonight, though, she only heard good wishes for her holiday and New Year as everyone put aside business for this one day. Adelaide returned every greeting she got with a warm smile and Hugh waved to everyone like he was the mayor parading down Main Street.

    “Adelaide! Hugh! Over here!” Maisie waved from the table she had taken for her family, rocking her baby son Daniel in one arm. She wore a festive red sweater with snowmen embroidered on it and had paired it with a nice black skirt as well as black snow boots. A red headband sat in her brown hair with silk holly and red beads mimicking berries attached to it. Daniel wore a Santa Claus onesie and together with his mother, looked like something out of a Christmas catalogue.


    December 23, 2018

    The Christmas Engagement

    Did you know Hallmark Channel has a Fantasy Football type league made up of its Christmas movies? You choose the movies you think will be the most watched that weekend and then you are awarded points based on where they fall once the ratings come in. I’m playing and it’s kinda fun to weigh my favorites with what I think others favor.

    And of course, it’s fun to watch the movies. Are they predictable? Cheesy? Pretty much cookie cutter? Yes. But I still love them. And clearly so do many, many other people. Admit it, you do too.

    So is there a point to me talking about Hallmark’s movies? Yes, there is!

    In the past couple posts, I’ve mentioned participating in the annual Outlaw Queen Advent calendar but couldn’t really explain what I was working on for it due to the rules. Well, my story went up already so now I feel comfortable sharing what it was about with you!


    December 11, 2018

    2018 Reading Challenge Update

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    Another year is about to come to a close. It’s amazing that it’s December already. So since it’s the end of the year, I figure it’s time to do my final Reading Challenge update.

    My goal was to read 13 books. So how did I do?

    I reached my goal! And I’ll most likely surpass it by one book. I’m currently reading three books but Wives of War is almost done as my Kindle says I’m about 90% of the way through it. According to Goodreads, I’m only about 38% through The Glass Ocean and 28% of The Impossible Girl. So I’m comfortable in saying that Wives of War will be my last finished book of 2018.

    I am so proud of myself for hitting my goal. I worried there for a bit this summer but I made it.

    How about you?

    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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