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Finished Painting: Pennywise

I started Pennywise right after seeing the new IT movie back in September 2017. I started out strong with it, finishing the outline and most of his head within about a week. Then I stopped. I set him up on top of a bookshelf in my bedroom where he could watch over me while I sleep, or side-eye me for not finishing him. Life happened, NaNoWriMo happened, and he went along untouched. Finally, I pulled...

What I Read in 2017 and Goals for 2018

At the beginning of the year I made a Goodreads pledge to read 25 books in 2017. I crushed my goal this year with the completion of Night by Elie Wiesel on November 10th. In total, the average book I read was 423.07 pages long, with a total page count of 12,269 pages in 2017! Linked to their appropriate Goodreads pages, here are the 29 books I completed in 2017 in chronological order. Wizard and Glass by...

The Nocturnal Reader’s Box December Review and Unboxing

After much deliberation, I finally pulled the trigger on a reading-themed subscription box this month as my reward for competing in NaNoWriMo. As a lover of the night and all things horror I decided on The Nocturnal Reader’s Box. It’s a Veteran owned monthly subscription run by Vincent and Jessica who collaborate with artists and curate really cool books and bookish items every month. When I got the notification from the post office today that...

On Not Completing NaNoWriMo and Why I’m Okay With That

November started off strong for me. I was getting my words in most days or catching up easily on days I didn’t. As with most creative endeavors, life can get in the way. Unfortunately, that was the case for me this year. I did not win NaNoWriMo, but I gave it my all and I feel good about the progress I did make, which was just under 44,000 words out of the 50,000 goal. I...

NaNoWriMo: Day 15 – Half Way There

As the first 15 days come to a close, I still feel optimistic. I’m half way there. On November 1st, NaNoWriMo stood before me like a monster demanding words, and I’ve been feeding it more or less on time each and every day. What’s more is I like what I’m writing. I like it a lot. The novel I’m writing, Suicide House, was one that I sort of, kind of, half-assed outlined in the weeks...

NaNoWriMo: Day Zero – She Comes Prepared

Here we are on day zero, A.K.A. the day before NaNoWriMo. For those unaware, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month: a month in which writers of the world enjoy an incredibly supportive and positive community as we all reach for that 50,000 words. That’s right, the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in a month. If you reach that goal, you win. Last year I won with my first ever novel Ravenscrag....

Another Novel Cometh

With my novel, Ravenscrag, still in the desperate throes of editing, this writer is in need of a fresh start; a new idea. National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner, and I’ve decided to set aside my work on Ravenscrag and start a new novel. I need a chance of literary scenery and this should do the trick nicely. For those of you who aren’t aware, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is usually...

Why I’m Not a Feminist

As a woman living in the first world, I am not oppressed. First off, I get that this is a really unpopular opinion, and that you might already be accusing me of internalized misogyny, which, if you’re a woman, is a funny buzzword that means you’re just too stupid to realize you’re oppressed. Ironic, no? I’m a strong woman capable of individual thought outside of the hive mind. I try to approach every belief I...

Esmeralda (Flash Fiction Friday)

Max read the words on the curled slip of paper and his face went dark. “Max, c’mon man what does yours say?” Julien said. “Don’t worry about it. It’s stupid. Nobody believes that shit anyway.” Max stuffed the tiny slip of paper into his pocket. “Stupid? Nah man, these are legit. Henry’s came true. He got that job at Comic Readers didn’t he?” Julien’s brow furrowed, “What did his say again? Riches will befall you...

Flash Fiction Friday: Le Restaurant de l’Homme

James straightened his tie as the limousine stopped out front of the restaurant. Mr. Frank Kravenport, the CEO of Kravenport Industries, surprised them with reservations to some French place where it was impossible to get a table. It was to be a memorial dinner for their colleague Doug Longman. Cancer. “We’re here boys!” Frank’s voice roared, “Ahh, ain’t we in for a treat?” James and three others waited while Frank hefted his weight from the...