Writings

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have some ongoing projects, and you might be wondering, what the heck ever happened to _____? If that’s the case, this is the page for you. I’ll try to keep it updated with current progress on each project, and I’ll list them in order of most recently worked on.

Dragons, Trucks, and Things that Breathe Fire (working title)

An urban fantasy about a lady truck-driver and a telepathic dragon in an alternate dimension Portland, Maine. This project began as my 2014 NaNoWriMo project. The narrative was inspired heavily by my experiences as a bus driver from 2013-2015, and also as an attempt to answer the question, “Why do I read so many books about telepathic dragons, anyway?” In addition to my successful completion of 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo in 2014, I continued this book to complete 30,000 words for Camp NaNo in July 2015. In between specific challenges, I found a lot of time to write and edit this book while living abroad in Thailand.

Progress Report 04/06/2016: This book is still my main squeeze. It’s down to about 100,000 words from 120,000 after some significant editing, and I’m currently using it for one more word challenge. My goal for April Camp NaNo is 20,000 words, which I’m hoping will bring me to the end of the book. Can’t wait to start editing for real.

Relevant Blog Posts: How To Keep WritingNaNoWriMo, By the Way

Stone: Shadow of the Twin Gods

A middle-grade/YA high fantasy novel. It’s a book about a girl hero, horses, and magic swords. I decided to write the book I always wanted to read as a child, and I had a lot of fun doing it. This was my 2015 NaNoWriMo project, and after winning NaNo this book was at 61,564 words by the end of 2015.

Progress Report 04/06/2016: I had a lot of fun with this book so far, and I estimate I’ll need about 30,000 words more to reach the ending. I want, and plan, to write these words. I have to finish the dragon book first, but this one is next in line. When I reach first draft stage on the dragon book and send it out to my beautiful and most trusted friends to read, I intend to work on Stone while I’m waiting to receive their opinions and valued critique.

Relevant Blog Posts: Winning, Still Okay!NaNoWriMo Day 11 Update: It’s Going Okay, How To Keep Writing

Screen Shot 2012-06-27 at 9.38.32 AMWanderlust: A Song For Ireland

Wanderlust is a young-adult urban fantasy about music, magic, and Irish mythology. Vanya and Taniel are two young men drawn together by a powerful music connection. The friends face danger at every turn, until their journey collides with the legends of Old Ireland and they must rely on their music to fend off monsters and save the day.

This blog was originally created to advertise and promote Wanderlust, because back in 2012 I assumed I would finish all the writing, editing, and illustrations within a year.

Progress Report 04/06/2016: This book has a readable draft that makes sense as a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It’s at about 65, ooo words. I’ve had a lot of time to think about some valuable criticism I’ve received, though, and I need to make some story edits. This book was also conceived as an illustrated book, and I’m not quite halfway through with the illustrations—and it’s impossible to keep working on illustrations when the plot is up in the air. Wanderlust is my baby, my first book, and I still love these characters and love this story, but I’ve been working on it since high school. It’s time to take a break and see some new projects through to completion. I still hope to finish someday, but this project is solidly back-burner at the moment.

Relevant Blog Posts: Too many to list. Instead, look at categories On Wanderlust and Vanya to see all the old posts.

The Legend of the Blood Tog KingScreen Shot 2016-04-07 at 11.52.42 AM

A high fantasy book about blood brothers and the magical country they call home. This was my NaNo book for 2013, my first year attempting and completing NaNoWriMo. Read this blog post for a longer description.

Progress Report 04/07/2016: I finished NaNoWriMo, so this book is at 50,000 words, but it’s a very incoherent 50k and most of it is unusable. I’ve barely touched it since then as I’ve been working on other projects, but I still hope to finish this someday when the time is right.

Relevant Blog Posts: My NaNoWriMo Novel

HoofbeatsScreen Shot 2016-04-07 at 12.33.08 PM

Hoofbeats is a short story and picture book about magic, horses, and the bond between a brother and a sister. I completed both story and illustrations while at Northern Michigan University and presented the illustrations as part of my junior year art review. I also presented the story at the Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society) convention in New Orleans in 2012. It’s laid out as a short book (like, 20 pages), with plans for a few more filler illustrations. My idea was to self-publish, but I haven’t worked on it in years.

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