Fantasy, Romance, and Other Genre Fiction

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Page 221: New Website, New Life

Hello, everyone!  You might have noticed that we are here at MY NEW WEBSITE! (Those following on my wordpress blog, click the link!  It’s awesome, I promise!  And I won’t be updating here regularly much longer.)

There is a lot to tell since my last blog post.   Most exciting of all is that I have an official publishing credit to my name now!   My short story “An Issue of Blood”, a sort of prequel story set in my Soldaris universe, took third place in the 2017 Dragon Comet short story contest by Sibyl’s Scriptorium and was published in their anthology.  Volume 4 (2017) of Sibyl’s Scriptorium   I am, of course, really excited about this.

Second piece of exciting news is that my health has improved to the point where I am able to do gainful employment again.  While I will lament the loss of my “excessive” writing time, the truth is that the stresses of being unemployed and sick were taking a toll on my ability to write anyway.  I imagine that having a day job again will help with the self-confidence and with idea generation.  It’s hard to get new ideas if you never leave the house or have no money to go out and have new experiences.

The third exciting thing?  I have a tentative release date in my head for my first novel.  It’s not going to  be Soldaris, as I thought it would be.  It’s from my Servants of the Source series, an urban fantasy romance series about a modern order of paladins.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know these characters and this world, and I think you all will as well.  As I get things like cover design and everything nailed down, I will have a better idea of the actual release date to announce it.  😀

Soldaris and Empress of Gold (my massive epic fantasy romance inspired by historical Korean dramas) are still in the works, but I’d feel wrong giving them to you before they were ready.  ❤

I’m looking forward to some serious changes here on the blog, and I hope you are able to enjoy them as well.   Please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter so you can keep in the know about news and when that release date gets announced!

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Page 142 – Soldaris Essential Playlist

There’s a lot to tell since my last post, but some of it has to wait until official announcements. 🙂

But one of the cool things that’s happened recently is that Spotify has changed the way you can share.

So if you’ve ever wondered what the Soldaris Saga feels like, here’s the most essential twenty songs off the playlist that capture what I feel when I’m writing it.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/12600115/playlist/0QIb2DUHi9DhM0kcOWDG0M

Page Two: 2017 Ambitions

I hate New Year Resolutions.  They are a great way to start off strong but more often than not, they set us up for failure when we don’t meet all of them and feel guilty about it.  So I am giving up on the word “resolution” this year.   I am not resolving to do anything.  What I WILL do, however, is send my ambitions out into the Universe and chase after them with a passion.

So without further ado, here are my writing ambitions for 2017:

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Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one.

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I saw one of those things on Facebook yesterday.  You know, the inspiring quote put over a lovely picture that can never be attributed to just one originator.   But this one caught my attention because 2016 was particularly rough to me in the second half. The biggest and worst thing to happen to me in 2016 was that my health got worse to the point where I lost my job in November.

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