Change

What year is it again? 2022 you say? Really? Okay. If you say so.

From The Ancient Egyptian Tarot, by Clive Barrett: [Death] indicates the casting off of the past. A change of thought or approach. Now is a time for looking to the future. … This is a turning point in one’s life. …There is a new and brighter view of the future.

I have been MIA the majority of the last 18 months. I’m sorry. Things have been heavy. I know you know what I’m talking about. There are different heavinesses and different reasons, but I know we are all feeling the weight of the pandemic in some way.

If there has been an upside to this, it has been the opportunity for self-reflection and growth. That looks different for everyone and there is no comparison or judgment here, just me relating my experiences.

I’ve realized how siloed we have become and how easy it is to fall into an echo chamber of one’s own ideals. I won’t go on about it, but every now and then, consider listening to someone who doesn’t see things your way. Listening doesn’t mean you change your principles or encourage theirs. But it does allow for perspective. And as beneficial as self-reflection and alone time can be, it can also make it harder to get along with others and their way of seeing things. And at the end of the day, we are all humans and we all need others to survive. Yes, even you do.

Anyway, that wasn’t really what I wanted to talk about, but I am easily side attracted.

The real reason for this post is to announce that I am unpublishing my first novel, Turning Point. It’s okay. It’s a good thing, actually. I worked hard on it, I put a lot of my time and my creative energies into it, but I never felt like it was the novel I set out to write. I still like the story and I love the characters. They are all alive and well (well, most of them) inside my head. And they have stuff to say.

All that said, I am doing a complete rewrite and rebrand of Turning Point. That means it’s got to go away. It is changing into something different, and my hope is that it tells the stories (yes, plural) I set out to tell. It’s going to take time. I am not the fastest writer. But I intend to complete it as soon as I can, and I expect that at the end of the day, it will turn into two, possibly three stories on its own. Plus, I have a follow up already written (it’ll need significant changing, but the bones are strong as written).

So, if you loved Alice, or Adam, or Sarah, or Jake and Leo, or even Drew (I don’t hold out much home for him, though), watch this space. Eliza will probably be there, too. And some new friends. But, more on them later.

For now, THANK YOU to all my friends, family, and readers (though I think those categories overlap extensively), who have supported me and my creative endeavors over the last few years. I have had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the craft of writing and how I approach it. And I am a firm believer in lifelong learning, so this suits me perfectly.

If you’re interested in having a piece of history (ha!) Turning Point will remain on sale on Amazon until probably the end of January. There are a few things I’m waiting on, but I’ll keep it up until at least then. You can buy it here (ebook or paperback).

I’ll write updates as I have them. But for now, keep yourselves safe and take care of each other.


Barrett, C. (1994). XIII – Death. In The Ancient Egyptian Tarot (pp. 44–45). essay, Aquarian.

Inspiration.

My heart is heavy today. Rest in Peace, Anne.

She Writes

Today, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite authors: Anne Rice.

The featured image was first used in a post about how I came to be in possession of the books shown. Click here to read it.

When I was 20 or so, a friend of mine lent me her copy of Interview with the Vampire. I devoured it. I couldn’t get enough of Louis and Claudia. Even Lestat, bad guy that he was, got under my skin and found a permanent place in my heart. I had never read anything like it. And to find out there was a series and a whole universe of the sexy, mysterious, melancholic vampires out there. I needed to know more, to read more, about them.

Over the years, I’ve read several other vampire authors, and don’t get me wrong, I love finding a new series or a new author, but…

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Project.

If you follow me on Instagram (and if not, why not?), you will have seen the occasional “episode” post.

Turns out, I have inadvertently begun an episodic first draft flash fiction project. It’s been fun.

I’ve put up four episodes so far. I post when the fancy strikes me, usually once every week or every other week. I take photos when I’m out and use those as inspiration for an episode of this short story that I’m making up as I go along.

I don’t edit much, mainly for space and if my phone autocorrects anything incorrectly.

Briefly, the story is about people stranded on an island filled with strange creatures and weird happenings.

Now that I am beginning to amass more, I’ve decided I need a place to catalog them.

Spoiler alert: it’s here. This is the place.

Check out the This Island Episodes tab to read more.

Let me know what you think.

A Planning Pantser.

In fiction writing, there are typically two kinds of authors: planners and pantsers. Oftentimes, we fall into both categories, but lean one way or the other. I’m generally a pantser.

Planner or PantserPantsers are authors who ‘fly by the seat of their pants.’ They don’t plan much about the story’s direction, if they plan at all. I like to come up with a general idea and then see where the characters and my whims take me.

I am pleased to announce…I have an idea!

* * * shhh, shhh, I can’t hear over all the clapping and cheering * * *

More importantly, I have an idea of the direction of Book 2. No working title yet.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll tell you this: Alice is a badass.

To hold you over until Book 2 is ready, why not buy Turning Point on Amazon now?

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