The Power of Tiktok Compels You! (And Community)

In June I held a Sword and Shield giveaway from my Tiktok account that included a signed copy of my book and various goodies. I’ve found that, by advertising the contest, and by extension advertising the book, I am able to attract new readers even if there is only one winner. And I was exceptionallyContinue reading “The Power of Tiktok Compels You! (And Community)”

What Is Your ‘Why’?

People don’t do anything without a reason. Even if that reason is ‘I was bored’ or ‘I didn’t want to do [Insert Unpleasant Task Here] so I did this instead’. However, this post isn’t about apathetic non-decisions, but rather, about the decisions that make us who we are. And so I ask again, “What isContinue reading “What Is Your ‘Why’?”

Not Quite Like Riding A Bike

It will be, I’m sure, a surprise to no one, that the saying ‘it’s just like riding a bike’ does not ring true for me. Unless I am speaking of something I’m struggling to re-learn. The reason being, dear reader, that I am not great when it comes to riding a bike. This was notContinue reading “Not Quite Like Riding A Bike”

Success at the Faire!

Keychains: 17Earrings: 7Books: 44Signs: 1 This year for Mother’s Day weekend I drove to Marshall, Michigan to sell my book for a second time at the Royal Stagg Renaissance Faire! Above are the figures from a weekend of sales, knocking last year’s numbers out of the park. If you’re wondering about the non-book items, whenContinue reading “Success at the Faire!”

Write (Not) My Age & Merry Christmas!

I recently discussed a new book(s) idea that has me really excited. I’ve finished the plot outline and character profiles so that I can finally edit Seer. The issue I anticipate having with this story is that, while it will be written for YA, the protagonist is only 13. Normally that would suggest a middle-gradeContinue reading “Write (Not) My Age & Merry Christmas!”

Better Made…But Made Better

So I love the whole sweet/salty combo and, while I’m still on a weight loss journey, I will buy myself a tin of these every year. The tin should last me till the new year as it doesn’t have much in it and I’m having maybe one chip a day. That being said, while BetterContinue reading “Better Made…But Made Better”

Keeping Busy

I was struggling for a topic this week. This past month has put me to the test in a number of ways and I am drained. Even now I’m powering through to the weekend as I am very excited for Halloween. Working on keeping myself busy on things that bring me joy and to keepContinue reading “Keeping Busy”

At Long Last!

For my OG fans who read The Sword & Shield in the past year and a half you are familiar with the rough around the edges first attempt at a debut novel. Recently I re-released it with a few updated tidbits, edits, and an all around better version. But because I’m not Scrooge McDuck, I’mContinue reading “At Long Last!”

Editing Seer: An Exercise in Self Flagellation

Writing can be difficult and sometimes feel like pulling teeth but for the most part it’s a wonderful process. Editing, however, is the bastard child of Satan and a Grammar Nazi. I hate it. Hate it. Seer is currently going through that process. In an effort to make this as painless and efficient as possibleContinue reading “Editing Seer: An Exercise in Self Flagellation”

Tentatively: The Sea & Storm AND Updated Sword & Shield!

When I opened the 20,000ish word document that held the beginnings of The Sword & Shield’s sequel (The Sea & Storm), I was shocked to see that the last time I touched it was back in December 2020. This was less a writer’s block and more a writer’s monolith. The Kaaba would be a moreContinue reading “Tentatively: The Sea & Storm AND Updated Sword & Shield!”