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Summer Writing Update

Summer Writing Update

Here’s what’s been going in my neck of the woods lately:

  • A Study of Fiber and Demons released! You can go here to find links to your vendor of choice. If you’ve already read it, it’d be swell if you could leave a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads.
  • Queer Summer Reading had me for an interview! You can read that here.
  • I’m still working on edits for Moonshine. It was tricky getting started on it, but now I’m having a good time rewriting some of my scenes that need a little work. I should be done with that soon, and then I can take an actual breather from these back-to-back edits for the first time since February. (You can see why I’m so excited to have my novella out? It means I’m all done editing that book, at least.)
  • Not writing-related: I’ve been working a bit on cosplay. I had to finish the sewing project I was working on (a skirt to replace the one I ruined because I got it covered in grease stains, whoops), but now I’m working on Taako from The Adventure Zone and a pajama-themed revival of my Terra Branford cosplay. I’m also planning on making Edward from The Adventure Zone but I haven’t…. exactly…… gottenstartedonityet… Well, summer’s not quite done yet, so now that I’ve got the ball rolling, hopefully I’ll get all these costumes done before school starts back up.
  • Also not writing-related: I’ve started learning Welsh on Duolingo! I’m very bad at it because I can’t roll my R’s!

As for what’s next, I’m still expecting to soon hear details on Moonshine’s Official Cover Reveal™, so stay tuned for that. Once I’m done with my Moonshine edits, I hope to also get back into drafting the sequel and perchance planning out a fun promotional thing I have in mind for Moonshine’s release. I’ll be updating here on all of that as things come along.

And, of course, I’ll be officially starting grad school in the fall, so that will be a fun challenge to balance against all of this writing stuff. But for now, it’s still summer, so I’m going to focus on these edits and watch the eclipse on Monday.

 

 

 

Content Warning page added

Content Warning page added

The content warning page is now live, although it currently only includes warnings for A Study of Fiber and Demons. You can find it listed under “About” in the menu at the top of the screen.

I’m likely to rearrange or add to that list soon, but for the time being, it covers the particularly notable content in as spoiler-free wording as I could manage.

A Study of Fiber and Demons Update

A Study of Fiber and Demons Update

Great news! A Study of Fiber and Demons is now available for ebook pre-orders on Less Than Three Press’ book market!

So if you need something novella-sized to read to fill your need for enemies-to-lovers polyamory, bisexual and asexual representation, or embittered middle-aged nerds… well, you’ll still need to wait until it releases on August 9th, but before then, you can pre-order for that sweet, sweet 15% discount.

Check out the listing on LT3’s book market linked above or the book’s page here for more details.

Site Facelift Part 2

Site Facelift Part 2

I decided the other new theme I was trying wasn’t working for me, so I’m trying out a different one instead. I’m also adjusting the color palette with it to fit better with “A Study of Fiber and Demons”/Moonshiners‘ aesthetic. This theme also allows for more visuals, which will matter once I actually get some images to include. I’m not a fan of where the main menu is located, but overall I think it’s more readable than my last two themes.

More changes likely to come!

ETA: Navigating off the front page of the site (say, to the About page) seems to sometimes flip back to the previous theme. I’m not sure why this is happening or how to fix it on my end, but it seems to behaving itself now, so hopefully that nonsense is done and over with.

ETA 2: Okay, I found out why it was happening and how to fix it, so now it should be fine.

Site Facelift

Site Facelift

Pardon the abrupt change while I tidy up around here. It should just be a mostly superficial change, but there’s a possibility that some links or pages will go a little haywire in the process. I’m trying to check on everything and get it fixed ASAP, though, so everything should be fully operational with the new site layout soon. In the meantime, there might be some random color or text changes until I lock down on a final look.

Please also note with “Red Blood, White Blood’s” rights expiring with the publisher soon, I will probably be taking down its page at that time, so if that goes missing, be aware that’s not due to the layout change. In its place, I hope to be adding some new pages soon. More on that forthcoming.

New Year’s Writing Update

New Year’s Writing Update

Damn, okay, so I didn’t finish my Moonshiners revisions by the end of 2016, but I’m so close now, you guys, I’m so close. I only have 3 comments left in my markup to address, so hopefully I can finish that by today or tomorrow (at least 2 of the comments are potentially pretty big things to address, which is why it might still take me a couple of hours to get through them.) Regardless, once I’m actually done with the revisions, I’ll revert my creative focus to Hellslayer while Moonshiners gets back to work trying to find a happy home.

I have been able to chip away quite a bit on Hellslayer over the winter break, though. I had ten full days free of either my day job or school, and while some of those days were spent doing family stuff for the holidays, I have been able to find time to do some good ol’ drafting. As I said, once my Moonshiners revisions are done, this will be the focus of my creative attention, BUT: A) once I get my edits for A Study of Fiber and Demons back, that takes top priority; B) I’m not sure what my class/work schedule for next term will provide me in terms of free time to write; C) I don’t know what “the mystery thing that I can’t talk about until I hear back on it” will mean for me depending on what, exactly, I hear back about it. So, the amount of time I’ll have to dedicate to Hellslayer and Hellslayer alone is one big, giant question mark. I’ve still got a couple more chapters left in TNW, but with everything else going on and Hellslayer having the most scheduling flexibility out of everything I’m doing, it’s hard to say what a timeline for this will actually look like.

Other than that, I don’t have much going on in terms of writing projects. With the shadow of edits looming overheard for A Study of Fiber and Demons, I’m trying not to take on new projects for fear of having to put them on hiatus pretty much immediately when the edits come back. I still don’t know exactly when those will come in, but based off my experience with For All the Gold in the Vault, I expect it will take 3-6 months from when I sent it in, which was in late September, so that now puts me in that range of expecting it to show up any day. It might actually be a while before I work on any new projects, because between A Study of Fiber and Demons and hopefully making headway with getting Moonshiners to publication, that’s a lot of writing commitment, and even Hellslayer is going to have its work cut out for it trying to get my attention. Most likely, my writing updates will pertain only to A Study of Fiber and Demons, Moonshiners, and Hellslayer for a good long while.

(Copied over from my Tumblr)

Quick Refresher

Quick Refresher

I’ve been pretty quiet on this site for the past few months, and I came by to do some small clean-up edits to some of the pages, so I figured it was a decent opportunity to drop a quick note, just to clarify that the site is still in use.

I recommend checking out my Tumblr for more regular (though less writing-related and more casual) posts. I’m also on Twitter but yet again that has fallen pretty dormant, too. I’m might endeavor to get a little more active there soon, but it’s mostly a time-management issue for me at this point.

Of course, I’ll update any major news on my writing projects here as it comes along.

Social Media Expansion

Social Media Expansion

I’ve finally buckled down and set up a DeviantArt account for some of my selected artwork pieces.  This is primarily to keep my stuff better organized (Tumblr is not ideal for archiving artwork), but I’ll still probably post most if not all of the artwork I share on Tumblr, as well as uploading the stuff I’m most confident in to my new DA account.

I’m still setting it up, of course, but you can find my account here.

ETA: I’ve added the link to it under the “Links” menu to the right, for easy access.

Open Call to Beta-Readers

Open Call to Beta-Readers

A while back, I finished working on a piece of short fiction called Dreadful Concoction—the sequel to my short story, “Philosophy and Salt”—and I’m finally ready to make it available to beta-readers.  And it’s pretty important that I get beta-readers for this one.  (More on that below.)  More recently, I’ve just finished working on a stand-alone sci-fi short entitled “Lung.”

I’d like to put out an open call to beta-readers for both “Lung” and Dreadful Concoction, as well as re-open “Philosophy and Salt” for new beta-readers or any of my previous beta-readers who didn’t get a chance to see it the first time around.

To anyone who is potentially interested in beta-reading, I’ve written below some important details about each story, including information regarding trigger/content warnings, as these stories (particularly Dreadful Concoction) have some pretty vital ones.  If you have questions about any of the stories, feel free to contact me for more details or clarifications.

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Writing Asexual Characters (Part 2)

Writing Asexual Characters (Part 2)

Avoiding Problematic Ace Tropes and Stereotypes

So, let’s say you’ve gotten a start on writing your asexual character, and for this character’s personality you have them a bit aloof, prickly, elitist, and emotionally detached.  And as you go along writing this story that your asexual character is in, you realize partway through, “Oh, no!  Being aloof and emotionally detached are pervasive and harmful stereotypes about asexual people, and I just wrote an asexual character that way!  How can I deal with this in a manner that is sensitive to the experiences and diversity of asexual people?”

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