2016 Writing Review

Most folks were doing “year in review” posts a couple of weeks ago, but my blog was on my hiatus, so I decided to make up for it by posting some “year end” stuff early in January.

Last week’s post was more general, an overview of 2016’s suckage and triumphs.

Today’s is a look at my writing projects and what I set out to do versus what ended up happening.

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2016 Almost Killed Me, But I Kicked Its Ass Instead

Most folks were doing “year in review” posts in mid-December, but my blog was on my hiatus, so I decided to make up for it and post a review now. Warning: you may need a nap after reading this.

Twenty-Sixteen was one of the most difficult years of my life, up to and including the year I was homeless. My brother nearly died. I nearly died. I’ve had more pain and swelling in my lower body than I can remember. The US has elected a fascist, and as a woman with a disability, I feel vulnerable and voiceless (though I know that I am not, in fact, voiceless.)

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Premade Book Cover: Splatter!

 

grunge-splatter-coverThis is a set of premade ebook covers I am submitting to a vendor site.  Details will follow.

My premade covers aren’t templates.  Once you make this purchase, the design and all variants are retired.  They’ll stay on my site, but won’t be sold to anyone else.  I will also publish your finished covers (free advertising for your books.)

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#JournalShare

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Still processing Carrie.  Now complicated by her mom’s passing.  I was looking at last week’s share and I felt like they were pretty dark and intense with the heavy grunge.  There’s hope there, in the colors, but it was definitely fragmented and the tone of most of them was dark.  That was how I felt at the time, but I wanted to do something lighter–something more connected to the afterlife..

I still don’t really want to talk much about Carrie or Princess Leia or what either of them meant to me.  I see articles all over the internet and a lot of them are good, so I’ll leave it.  I think it takes me a long time to reach a point of knowing how to put what I feel into coherent language.

***Journalshare is a weekly linkup for women who want some accountability in their journaling practice.  You can join in by clicking the button below.***

Please remember that the purpose of journalshare is to share an excerpt from your personal journal or a page in an art journal.  


#WeekendCoffeeshare: There’s a Dragon In My Head

If we were having coffee, I would meet you out somewhere because my cupboards are bare. This is the fourth week in a row that my homecare provider has no-showed. I’ve been on the phone with the agency that provides the service but they aren’t much help and don’t seem to grasp that I’m genuinely dependent on the workers for basic housekeeping, food, and errands.

So, I’d be glad to see you and enjoy a few minutes of normalcy while we shared our coffee. I would tell you about this story idea that showed up, fully formed, in my head recently.

It’s kind of a gender-reversal of the “princess in a tower/dragon keeping the maiden prisoner” trope and has elements of Beauty and the Beast but is also this complicated thing about the question of “which one is really evil?”

There’s this dragon who lives in a decrepit castle by the ocean and I guess she’d been kept prisoner there, but she escapes and goes to get revenge by taking over the neighboring kingdom and locking the two princes in a tower.

One of the princes starts out looking like the upstanding hero while the other one appears to be a jealous jerk or something. But then it turns out that the “nice” one was actually an asshole and had been bullying the younger one for years, so the younger one ends up betraying him and marrying the dragon. I woke up like “….Oh, that’s kind of cool….”

After some poking around with it, It turns out that the princes’ parents were assholes (Why does that keep happening?) and decided it would be a smart idea to keep all the magic creatures to designated areas of the kingdom. So the foxes are mostly forest foxes but they have a few people working in the city and they have this whole operation going where they sneak in and out of the designated fox villages and sabotage the public works and/or steal stuff. (There’s also apparently a small-animal resistance led by the rabbits, so the whole thing appears to be “unlikely animal alliances paired with subverted fantasy tropes.”)

Once your eyes had glazed over from listening to me talk about my story idea for ages, I’d ask how you were doing. And then I’d be confused by references to real life.

Sorry about that. My fictional worlds are the sane ones right now, so I’m living in them as much as possible. Hope you’re all having a great week.

#WeekendCoffeeshare is hosted by Diana over at Part Time Monster. Head there to link up and have another coffee.

Premade Book Cover: Fascinate

premade romance book cover woman in green and purple hat

This is a premade ebook cover with two variations.

My premade covers aren’t templates.  Once you make this purchase, the design and all variants are retired.  They’ll stay on my site, but won’t be sold to anyone else.  I will also publish your finished covers (free advertising for your books.)

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