Coming Soon: Inbetween

With the final chapter of The Dreams posted, I’m preparing to start my next serial novel.

It’s not much, but today I’d like to share with you the cover I created for Inbetween to post on NaNoWriMo. This will be the image for the project until I save up and commission a professional cover for the novel.


I’m excited to start sharing this new project. Waiting until the weekend to post the first chapter is almost too much. I just hope I’m not being too cryptic. I want to pace myself with sharing information because just the thought of trying to get it all out there overwhelms me. If it overwhelms me I have to assume it would be overwhelming for anyone subjected to reading it too.

Ask me questions about Inbetween in the comments. Questions will help me know what information is actually wanted and what I can leave out. The questions don’t have to be about the story itself. If you want to know about my process feel free to ask about that too.

Habitica: Or How I Keep Myself Accountable


I really love Habitica. It’s part to-do list (with emphasis on forming good habits) and part RPG. If you’re looking for a cute, fun way to keep track of everything you need to do on a regular basis you should check it out.

I’ve been using the site since 2014. There are some RPG features that require you to pay, but you can also get the gem currency by winning guild challenges. Even as a free user there are still plenty of fun RPG collecting activities and quests available.

One of my favorite parts is collecting all the costume pieces as well as finding eggs to hatch into pets and mounts. I love being able to decorate my avatar, and getting some neat buffs from the armor pieces is nice too.

Another way I use the site it to “charge” myself for things I like that aren’t necessarily good for me. By completing tasks I earn gold and I set up custom fees for things like soda. If I haven’t completed enough tasks to build up my gold stores I’m not allowed to have a soda that day. I love using the site to determine if I’ve done enough good work lately to earn a treat rather than trying to judge how good I’ve been based on my flawed and biased memory.

This site has done more to help me track my productivity than anything ever before. Do you use any sites or programs to help keep you accountable? Have you ever used Habitica?

My Writing Week

My goal is to write every day and so far this year I’ve done a good job of sticking to that goal. I thought I’d share my weekly writing routine for posterity. This is what works for me right now. It will be fun to look back and compare it to what works for me months or years from now.

Now, on to the routine!

Monday: Write The Dreams. Post my writing progress to my blog.

Tuesday: Edit the next chapter of The Dreams. Write if I finish editing.

Wednesday: Continue editing the next chapter. Write if I finish editing.

Thursday: Continue editing the next chapter. Write after I finish editing.

Friday: Write The Dreams.

Saturday: Write The Dreams. Post the new chapter to my blog.

Sunday: Write The Dreams.

This schedule works for now, but I plan on having the first draft of The Dreams finished by the end of April so things will start to get switched up then. By May the plan is to start the first draft of a new novel while continuing to revising The Dreams chapter by chapter to post here. Things won’t really start to get chaotic until The Dreams is fully posted, I start sharing my next novel and I tackle draft 3 of The Dreams.

I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but there’s plenty of time for me to figure it out.

Do you have a weekly writing schedule? Do you find assigning certain tasks to certain days to help or hurt your writing process? I’d love to hear about your routine as well as your thoughts on mine.

Liebster Award!

A huge thank you to Brigid at Brigid Writes Things for nominating me for a Liebster Award! The Liebster is an award for bloggers awarded by other bloggers to promote blogs with less than 1,000 followers.


The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gave you.
  3. Tag 11 bloggers with less than 1,000 readers.
  4. Think of 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Let them know you have nominated them through social media or their blog.


Brigid’s Questions:

1. Put your music on shuffle. What are the first five songs that come up?

  • Emerald Sword by Rhapsody
  • Auger of Thrall by Amber Asylum
  • Seduces Me by Celine Dion
  • Desdemonamelia by Bloodbound
  • Carried by the Wind by Ayreon

2. What’s the last thing that made you laugh really hard?

My cousin tried to throw a balloon off my aunt’s deck and the wind blew it right back up and it hit him in the face.

3. What’s something you did in 2015 that you’re proud of?

I finally got past my fear and started posting my writing online. I’ve been writing for years and for most of that time I’ve been too afraid of negative feedback to even consider sharing with the public. Now that I’ve done it I know I was afraid of nothing.

4.What’s one thing you hope to accomplish in 2016?

The biggest goal I have for 2016 is finishing The Dreams. It will take a lot of hard work, but I think I can do it.

5. Do you enjoy going to concerts? If so, what was the last one you went to?

Concerts are a lot of fun! I only go once or twice a year. The last concert I went to was Kamelot, but it was cancelled last minute due to the Baltimore riots. Unfortunately, we were already in Baltimore and waiting in line when the cancellation happened. Bummer.

The last concert I went to before that was Within Temptation. They’re amazing!

6. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“We tend to think things are new because we just discovered them.” Madeleine L’Engle, A Wind in the Door

7. What is the weirdest food you like?

Home-made sauer kraut! This year my extended family got together and turned over 200 pounds of cabbage into sauer kraut. It was insane, and so much fun.

8. What book has made you cry the hardest?

Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic

I read this book years ago as a kid and it still makes me tear up.

9. What was the best day of your life?

The best day of my life was probably the day my boyfriend moved here from across the country. Long distance relationships are hard.

10. What fictional world would you love to live in (or at least spend some time in)?

Middle Earth. I would love to have a chance to visit Rivendell and maybe The Shire, but the rest of that world seems a little too dangerous for my tastes.

11. If you could meet any author (living or dead), who would it be?

Tolkien! I would love to have the opportunity to ask him about his world building process.


My Nominees:

Pat at Pat Plays Some Romhacks

R. R. Willica

Amanda at amanda.actually

Princess of Dragons

L. M. Murphy at See Murphy Write

Paige at Turtle Writer

WDLady at The Nightmare Never Ends

Jay at Thoughts of a Paper Dragon

Allegra at My Library Card Wore Out

Helen at Crispy Confessions

Izzy at


My Questions:

  1. What music gets you in the mood for writing?
  2. In your opinion what is the best thing you’ve written so far?
  3. Have you accomplished your goals for 2015?
  4. What is one thing you want to see happen in 2016?
  5. What is your favorite book you read this year?
  6. Coffee or tea?
  7. Have you visited anywhere exciting in the past year? Where?
  8. What is your favorite thing about blogging/writing?
  9. What would you do if you won a million dollars?
  10. What book would you like to see made into a movie?
  11. What is your current favorite tv show?


This has been a lot of fun! Thanks again to Brigid for nominating me. I hope my nominees have a much fun as I did with this.


Normally I would not consider myself to be a perfectionist. Most of the time I consider close enough to be good enough for my life. I let enough things stress me out in my life, and I count myself lucky that I don’t need everything to be just so before I can move on to the next task.

That said, I’ve hit a bit of a road block in terms of my writing. I consider myself to be a veteran of the NaNoWriMo scene. I’m very good at creating very speedy, very, very rough drafts in November. If I somehow fire up my motivation I can do it other times in the year as well. I even have experience with rewriting and revision. All of this should bode well for me creating at least passably decent writing to post on this blog.

So far it has not translated into actually producing any content I am comfortable with sharing here.

If I am not mistaken, I believe I have found my perfectionist hang up. I want to post the best work possible here for any potential readers here, and I think that is causing me to over analyze and nitpick my work.

Rest assured, I am working on getting over my own insecurities. Hopefully I will be ready to post some fiction content soon.

Until then take this post to mean that I have not abandoned this blog, and I still intend to post my writing here.

My Current Project

My current project was my novel for NaNoWriMo 2014. I barely hit the 50,000 words to win the challenge, and my draft is in serious need of some TLC. At 50,000 words I had not even reached the end of the story.

For this novel I will be doing multi-step process to get my chapters ready to post here. The first half (or two-thirds, or whatever it will end up being by the end) needs to be revised and cleaned up before it can be posted here. While I am doing this I will also be continuing the story to its conclusion. I’ve never attempted this sort of thing before so I do not know how well this method will work for me.

Even after writing this novel in a rapid way in November I am still enthusiastic about it, so I feel it is my best bet for trying a whole new way of creating and revising my work. As this is a completely untested method for me I can not say for sure how often I will have a completed chapter to post, but to start I am aiming to post one or two chapters a month.

Here’s a bit more information about the plot of my novel:

The Dreams

Rina is not your typical college student. She is focused on her studies to the point that her best friend has taken it upon herself to make sure she at least has a little fun.

Overall her life is pretty ordinary until she starts to have oddly vivid dreams that don’t fade away once she is awake. In her dreams she lives the life of a kitsune named Yuzuki whose life is thrown into turmoil when her mother starts hinting that she needs to leave their family home.

As Yuzuki throws her lot in with Souma, another young kitsune looking to head out on his own, Rina starts to find herself more and more caught up in her dreams. Her obsession continues to grow and threatens to overtake her waking life until disaster strikes and forces her to wake up.

The Dreams is probably the closest I’ve ever come to writing a real romance story. As you can tell from my summary romance isn’t exactly my primary focus, but it does end up playing a big role in the story. The story is full of tragedy, but I try to keep a hopeful tone.

I’m sure I’m not doing the story justice with my feeble attempts to explain the plot without giving too much away. It’s an awful cliché, but you’ll have to read it to understand what it is really all about. Hopefully I haven’t scared away any potential readers with my babbling.

Stick around. I’ll get around to posting actual writing in the near future.

Hello There! a.k.a. What’s This?

Hello! Since you are reading this I just want to thank you for taking the time to check out my little corner of the web. It means a lot to me and I hope you enjoy your stay.

There isn’t any content available yet so I suppose you will just have to take my word for it in regards to what I am planning to do with this space. I’m a writer, and I’ve decided I’ve waited long enough to put my stories out there. This will be the place I post my novels and short stories.

Short stories will probably be posted in one or two installments. Novels will be posted chapter by chapter as I complete them. As of right now my plan is to work on whatever strikes my fancy at the moment, but I would appreciate feedback on my posting schedule, so if it seems like there’s too many different projects going at once I can try to put a few things on hold.

I primarily write fantasy stories of a variety of sub-genres. If that sounds like something that might interest you, stick around.