All Alone In The Moonlight aka Memories

On a whim, I decided to check out what my friends are up to, so I headed on over to S. Evan Townsend’s blog. I noticed that on April 13th, he’d posted about using writing prompts as blog ideas. This particular one focused on his first memory, so I thought I’d share what I believe to be mine.

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I was about three. I know this because I was still living in Pennsylvania at the time. I had been enrolled in a preschool there. I don’t exactly remember much about the school itself, but I recall the swing set that rested beside the building. I had been sitting on one of the swings, swinging, and my best friend at the time was swinging next to me. I told her that we were moving.

I don’t remember her response, but I guess it really doesn’t matter. I don’t recall ever seeing her again. In fact, I don’t even remember her name, so if I wanted to try looking her up, I wouldn’t be able to. Still, this memory had a profound impact on my life.

As much as I want to blame the people who raised me for this being the point where things started going wrong for me, I’m not going to. I can’t say for certain that things would have been completely different if we’d stayed, but I might have belonged better there than I did when we moved to Maryland. Even though I started kindergarten with a bunch of kids who didn’t know each other, I think they picked up on the fact that I had come from a different culture, and that caused them to treat me as an outsider.

So, there you have it. The first thing I can distinctly remember. What’s the first memory you have? And how old do you think you were? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Won’t Save Every One of Us or Flash Fiction Friday!

Our writing group has been trying to do writing exercises every time we meet. It’s been tough to try to get a full story out in about ten minutes, but the prompts have definitely been forcing me to think outside the box. I managed to finish one of the ones I started, so I’ve decided to share it. You can access my newest piece through the Flash Fiction menu under the Free Stuff! or here.

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Would You Kindly? aka My BioShock Life

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my life and especially how I interact with others.  Some people that I’ve known have said, “Don’t worry about the past; it’s behind you.”  While I agree with the statement to some degree, most of the things that make me who I am come from that past, especially my childhood.  You’re probably wondering what BioShock has to do with any of this.  The more I think about it, the more parallels I draw to my growing up, and that’s what I’m going to talk about in this post.

While I absolutely hate doing this, I’m going to throw up a <!!>SPOILER ALERT<!!> since there are things I’m going to be talking about that involve a major theme in the game, and the reasoning behind it isn’t revealed until the end. Read more ›

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Prisoner Of Love? or New Book Review

So I started reading John Norman’s Gor books back in January because I wanted to see if they deserved the reputation they’ve gotten. I got through book seven now, and up to this point, they’ve been pretty average pulp stories in a rather interesting world. Book seven, Captive of Gor broke the mold, and not necessarily in a good way. As a result, I figured I needed to do a review of it. Said review has gone live on GoodReads. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can go to my GoodReads page to see a little more about me and my previous reviews.

What did I think about Captive of Gor? You’ll just have to read my review to find out. 😉 Click on the cover below to be taken to my review on GoodReads.

Captive of Gor Cover

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He’s The Greatest? aka An Older Movie Seen Through Modern Eyes

Rocky PosterI know I’m a little behind the times, but I just saw Rocky for the first time, at least in its entirety, last night. Of course, I’m probably justified in that I wasn’t even born when it first premiered. Oh, I know I could have watched it on TV or rented it, but it never really peaked my interest. Tim decided he’d have none of that, so he added it to our Netflix cue, and sure enough, it popped up.

While I don’t normally do this, the following contains spoilers, so I’m going to throw up a big <!!>SPOILER ALERT<!!> right now. If you’ve already seen the movie (which you probably should have by now), or you just don’t care, you’re fine. If you haven’t, proceed at your own caution.
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Deceased Pond or New Movie Review!

Since Deadpool came out while I was at RadCon, Tim and I didn’t see it until about a week later. I’m not as familiar with the character as he is, but I figured I’d give the movie a try. It seemed like something that might interest me.

So what did I think about Deadpool? You’ll just have to click on the image below to find out. 😉

Deadpool Poster

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A Totally Rad Con aka So It’s Not Just A Clever Name

The Central Washington Authors Guild (CWAG) was back again at RadCon 7 in Pasco, WA, so Tim and I, back home now, spent this Presidents’ Day recovering from all the running around. Still, though I doubt they’ll see this, I want to thank everyone who patronized our store. We had some relatively amazing sales and raised some money to allow us to do some bigger and better things down the line.

Where do I start in recapping the weekend? I guess I can talk about the guest of honor: Toby Froud. Read more ›

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A Scarlet Speedster or New Flash Fiction

Stories come in all shapes and sizes, and inspiration can come at any time. When I do creative exercises with my writing friends, I don’t always have enough for, say a novel, but the point is to practice storytelling. It can be hard to learn to tell a tale in a short amount of time, which is I guess why we do it. Then again, it can be a lot of fun, too! You can access my newest piece through the Flash Fiction menu under the Free Stuff! or here.

(I know I actually put this up on Saturday, but I couldn’t figure out what to put in the post. Sorry; it’s been a rough past few days. Our refrigerator died, so we got a new one, but it wouldn’t fit in the space. Everything’s fixed now, but the whole thing has just been one hastle after another.)

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My Fellow Visitors aka The State Of The Author

I know I’ve been pretty silent since my birthday at the end of the last year. The honest truth is that so much has been going on in my personal life, I haven’t known what to blog about. I haven’t read any really fantastic books or seen any amazing movies, and while I’ve been writing, it’s been coming in dribs and drabs.

So, I thought I’d take a moment and, like the President of the United States, let you know how I’m doing right now. And the answer to that is that the State of the Author could be better. Just when I thought I’d managed to find some stable ground, it’s crumbling beneath me. My social life has gone to just about nil thanks to some things happening around me, and I’m pretty sure that I’m about to lose some of my friends for good. It’s not my fault, and I know that, but that seems to be one of the themes to my life. Read more ›

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It’s The End Of The Year As We Know It or It’s My Birthday!

So, it’s that time of the year again. I almost can’t believe it’s been over a year since I started this whole website thing. I hope that I’ve improved the blogs and the overall appearance since I posted on my birthday last year.

If you haven’t already done the math, I’m turning 37. I guess that officially puts me in my late thirties, but if someone out there would like to argue with me that I’m still mid-thirties, I’ll take it. 😉

So much has changed in my life since December 30, 2014. Last year at this time, I wasn’t employed at all and making do on unemployment. I’m back on unemployment now, but it’s only because my hours dropped to less than half time. Not sure how I’m going to make it through with a limited income, but I’ve persevered so far. I guess all I can do is continue plugging along.

Has this year been better than 2015? Nope. In fact, I think it’s been worse. I’m grateful to have a somewhat steady income aside from what teeny, tiny amount I get from writing (mostly because I haven’t really published any books yet), but I’d like to have something more stable. Maybe 2016 will be better. Maybe.

Anyway, aside from that, my cat could have died. She had a bad tooth. She actually had two, but when they pulled the first one, her heart stopped. Tim and I were afraid that it might happen a second time if she went under anesthesia, so we held off on the second one. It got to the point where she barely ate and drank, so we took the plunge and got it pulled. I’m happy to report that she’s doing so much better, and is a pretty lively cat for having just celebrated her thirteenth birthday.

We also lost a member of the family just before Christmas. Tim’s brother’s wife’s grandmother died. Her funeral is today, but I’m not going for somewhat obvious reasons. We went to the viewing yesterday to support the family, and that’s good enough for me. Due to circumstances, I never really had a grandmother of my own, and this wonderful lady felt a lot like that to me. I’m going to miss her very much.

I can’t say the year was all doom and gloom though. I finally published Black Dragons as a standalone piece, so I got my foot in the door. The Games That We Play is in its final edits, and, fingers crossed, I should have it out next year. I wanted to hold off a little since the sequel, The Games That We Still Play was my NaNoWriMo novel this year, and even though I reached the 50,000 word goal, it’s not quite done yet. I have the feeling that I should release all three books in the trilogy pretty soon after one another.

I’m just about ready to start edits on In The Name Of Honor, which was my first NaNoWriMo novel, and the first book in the Thousand Suns Saga. We’ll see how that goes next year. I already have the second book, Seven Days To The Wolves, in rough draft format, so I’ll probably be going over that for publication next year too.

Here’s to hoping that things finally really start looking up in 2016. See you next year!

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