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Quick Updates

Just posting a quick update on what’s going on! Right now, I am working on the sequel to Shifting Fate. I am about 70k words in! I would say I am more than half-way done! Yay!

Also, I have had the privilege of being asked to guest blog on Cookie’s Book Club today. I hope you head over there to check out my post! 🙂


Great Review + New Release

Hi everyone!

I received a nice review from G. Rutz on Amazon.com for Shifting Fate. You can check it out HERE.

Also, I’ve released a new set of short stories that were on my “About” page.

RED SAND AND OTHER STORIES. It includes 4 science fiction short stories. It is now available on Amazon and Smashwords. Here’s a sneak peak below:

  • “Red Sand” – A thriller surrounding an up and coming base on the planet Mars. When a science team goes missing, military man Alexander Castillo is sent to investigate. What he brings back with him changes the lives of everyone on the base, forever.
  • “Trial and Error” – When Doctor George Peters gets the funding pulled on a project he has put his blood, sweat, and tears into, he’ll do anything to get it back.
  • “Specimen E3101″ – In a world where babies are few and far between, Elizabeth learns what she was made for. And in the process, she finds something else she hadn’t been looking for along the way.
  • “In Space” – In space, everything is quiet. There is nowhere to run.

Don’t forget to check out the GIVEAWAY in the post below!

Shifting Fate

Alright, so I finally went and did it. I spent the past week or so re-reading my book and finally decided to self-publish. I read about self-publishing on Amazon for e-book purposes. I think it’s really neat how you can self publish for the Kindle, or Kindle apps, on their website!

So, if you have any mobile device with a Kindle application (generally gotten from your application store), you can read my book on it! You can even read it on your computer (you just have to download the Kindle reader).

Please check it out. Click HERE to see it listed on Amazon!

Here’s some info! I originally wrote this during NaNoWriMo a few years back…

Shifting Fate

Times in the mystic realm of Lizon are changing. The Great War remains a distant past for many, but for others, the bleak past is all too clear. When the royal family of Alii is targeted, the kingdom’s only Princess begins a quest to set things right. In a world completely controlled by fate, Brynn of Alii must fight against the Shifters, bent on altering the predestined future, to save the world she knows and secure destiny.

Online Zines

I don’t know why I never thought of this before, but the other day, I was thinking of maybe one day making my own Online Zine. I think it would be cool and I like designing things with Photoshop, so I could definitely put my skills to use in it. It would be something just for fun.

But, then, I thought there must be other zines out there already. Ones that publish unknown writers. Of course! I googled it and I did find some. In fact, I found a list of reputable ones…

So, I think my goal for the summer will be to polish up some short stories and try these out. Maybe even read a few of other people’s stories. I know not many people read this, but is there anyone out there that has tried this before? I think that it is a good stepping stone in the right direction if I would indeed like to try to be published on paper in the future.


Summer has officially begun. I am finished my classes, but have been stricken by some unknown virus (sore throat, cough, stuffy nose) and haven’t been able to do much writing yet. I have a great idea for a short story that I would like to get started with, but I am sort of afraid to start and lose interest because I don’t feel well. We’ll see 🙂

I am also currently trying to finish Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, but am finding it hard to accomplish. I am reading Phantom and it is slow moving for me. There is a lot of talking and explaining and not much actual progression of the story. I am about 150 pages in so far and I would definitely like to see more. Anyone finish the series yet? Or read Terry Goodkind’s new The Law of Nines? I think that one sounds interesting, but I am scared to get into it when this end has been so slow going for me.

Finished Editing – Round One

Well, I did post a bit ago that I wanted to make use of CreateSpace’s yearly prize for those that finish National Novel Writing Month. I do have until July 1st, but it wasn’t something that I wanted to put off. I wanted to work on the novel and actually have a book form copy of my own. Just to have it, whether or not there were ever more copies made in the future, would be something magical to me.

So, I went about editing my book. I finished the first round, going through the entire 90,000+ word saga. I tried to do at least a chapter each time I sat down with it, usually late at night, and I was able to get through all 13 chapters plus prologue and epilogue.

Though, now I want to reread it again, to make sure that these edits sound alright in the overall scheme.

Is a writer ever satisfied? Do we ever have a finished piece that we can breathe a sigh of relief about? I think these pieces of writing are very rare…

So, round one is over. I have another month to take advantage of the offer and I plan on using it, for at least round 2. I still have classes for two more weeks, so it is something I am doing in my *spare* time. As I was reading back though, I found myself, at times, proud of what I had accomplished.


First of all, I’d like to wish all the Mothers out there a happy Mother’s Day. : ) I am home this weekend celebrating with my family, as I’m sure many other people are doing in their own special ways.

I was thinking about writing last night, before I went to sleep, and was wondering why everything seems to sound so much better in my mind than when I put it to page. Most of the time, I have an idea and I sort of think it through in my mind; basically going through how it would sound if I were to pick up a pen or open my laptop and write it out. The problem comes when I actually go to do that, after I’ve gotten this great scenario in my head. It just never seems to be as great on paper as it was when I first started.

I don’t know if this is just me, or my mind. I usually get a lot of good ideas when I am about to go to sleep. It’s weird, at night, before I am getting ready to go to bed, I just think about stories. I had a dream a few weeks ago, a really neat dream that I started writing a story (in my head) for. I put some of it down on paper, but it never really lives up to what my imagination came up with. It makes me wonder how Stephenie Meyer did it with Twilight and spawning that whole story from a dream of Bella and Edward laying in the meadow, him all sparkly and her all doe-eyed. Maybe it’s just the editing that helps to do it justice ;).

Anyway, I was just thinking about those things and wondering if this had ever happened to anyone else. I have strange dreams sometimes, but rarely do I even remember them, or come up with a story because of them. But, when I do have them and remember what happened, they seem so rich and vivid; something I just can’t seem to convey myself. It makes you wonder if your imagination and your self-conscience are beating you to the punch and are better than you are!

I don’t really mind, though. Most of the ideas I come up with will never see more than a crumpled piece of paper scene. They will never get flushed out, the characters will never be thought of again, and they will spend eternity with the potential to become something, but that never does.

I’m thinking about posting one of the stories on my About Me page, the one called Specimen E3101. I’ll have to look over it before I do. It’s definitely a long story and one of my (first) cracks at really writing in first person, which is very hard for me to do. I seem to often lapse back into third person when I am writing in first because I am so used to writing that way. Plus, my fingers seem to type much faster than my mind can fix a mistake and then I never notice it until later.

I don’t know if I have a preference over first/third person. Does anyone out there?