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Poetry Month Fridays – Unfinished Epics: Dream Song

In the still of the night,
when the stars shone dim,
I wandered alone, for I could not rest.
I wandered alone in the shadows.
Not a noise did I hear,
no sweet night-bird’s hymn.
By no sylvan sound was the silence blessed.
By no sylvan sound from the shadows.

Yes the forest’s full voice was stilled that night
till a song stole out of the shadows. Continue reading

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Poetry Month Fridays – Unfinished Epics: The Key Riddles

The Key of Light

Hold your anchors, hold your boats,
leave off the slippery sides.
You will find no anchor here,
where the first key bides.

Within the sacred, ancient hill
is where the secret hides.
But only water can breach the stone
and find where it resides.

Towers, walls, and battlements
hold your guards and guides.
Watch the shields, watch for swords,
and watch the burning tides.

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From A Clear Blue Sky

Ladiya lay on her stomach, keeping a drowsy eye on the street outside her narrow alley. The area around the Suncut Bazaar could never truly be silent, even at night, but the heat of midday managed to subdue the hubbub and bustle somewhat. Shouts of merchants selling their wares were few, and almost languid in nature. People in the street tended to meander instead of stride. Even the patrols of the Hand of Ord, in their brilliant sapphire and brass regalia, passed by her at a pace which could only be called sedate.

She would be safe here for quite a while, tucked into the tiny shadow provided by a stack of crates. It had just enough shade to be baking instead of broiling; not to mention a perfect view of her target. With a sigh of contentment, Ladi rested her head on her folded arms and settled in to wait. Continue reading


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April Update

So it’s been over a month since my last post. Considering that post was about failure, this fact may seem a little ominous… The truth is that almost nothing I did this month felt worthy of its own post. More like a sentence or two each. And, since I’m still somewhat wary of Twitter, I thought I’d combine them all together in an all-together update for April. ^-^ And a quick overview of my writing plans for May.

Life – The long work hours continue. I was expecting them to level off a bit. Then we ended up being down a person, so everyone’s working loooong shifts until we fill in the gaps. I’m beginning to think this might always be how it is at this job. XD Such is life, I guess!

In more fun news, I went to Get Lit At the Beach again, at the beginning of the month. Lucas was even able to go with me this time. ^-^ I have to admit that one of the highlights for me was that Terry Brooks remembered me from last year, and we chatted a bit. *shiny eyes* Much like last year, I had a great time listening to the presenting authors talk about their careers and processes. Lucas and I also met some great people that we hung out with, and it was just a fabulous weekend all around! Continue reading


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Writing Update!

I had some really long hours at work last month! I managed to keep up with my writing pretty well though, by bringing notebooks to work and writing during my break, as well as attending weekly writers group. ^-^

My big project right now is Romaine. I was hoping to be well into editing at this point, but I’ve only gotten a couple of notes back from my beta readers, so I’ve been waiting hopefully for a few more before I dive in. The notes I have gotten so far have been super helpful though. There are a few loose threads that I apparently didn’t tie up/explain as well as I thought I had. They involve character motivations… one of the things you definitely don’t want people to be confused about!

I’ve made some notes on how I can possibly clarify those plot points, Continue reading


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New Year’s Goal Review

Even later out of the gate than last year; but at least I’m still in the first week of the year, heh.

2015 has finally made it’s exit. Can’t say I will miss it; but it wasn’t all super bad. ^-^ Time to clean house for the new year by taking a look at how I did with the goals I set myself last January. I know there are a couple I didn’t even get close to; but that’s okay. Setting goals for myself every year is just a tool I use to help keep myself on track, moving in the direction that I want to go. It’s also pretty helpful to be able to track what sorts of things are popping up to give my best intentions a smack-down.

It was a bit of long list last year, but here goes! ^-^ Continue reading


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Poetry Month Fridays – A Song of Crane and Heron

Once there lived a Heron,
by the ocean wide and blue,
who met a snowy Crane.
To the city she was new.

She said, “I’d love some fish.
Let’s go together! If you would?”
He smiled a little smile at her
and simply said, “Sounds good!”

Oh happy were they then
and happy they shall be.
No two such as they
in the city by the sea.

Said the Heron to the Crane,
“I love your sapphire eyes,
your honesty, your wit;
how I love the way you fly!”

And the Crane replied to him,
“I love your open heart,
your gentleness, your smile;
so let’s never be apart!”

Oh happy were they then
and happy they shall be.
No two such as they
in the city by the sea.

They sent for friends and family.
From near and far they came
to see the joyous union of
the Heron and the Crane.

Before this loving company
they stood, with eyes ashine.
Said Heron, “Here’s my hand and heart.”
Said Crane, “And here is mine.”

“Feather twined with feather
forever we shall be,
wing in wing together
in our city by the sea.”

Yes, happy were they then
and happy they shall be.
No love such as theirs,
it is wider than the sea. Continue reading