Chloe’s Character Bio

Chloe! She’s the last of my character bios (I didn’t feel like the other characters needed a full blown bio). Chloe is the daughter of Ryan and Lily. She. Is. A. Cutie. Pie. Your average little cute 5 year old. She doesn’t really have a huge role in the story, but she is probably the most important character…. for reasons (I can’t say without spoiling anything).

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Isn’t she cute?! I got all of these pictures from Google. This little girl is exactly what I’ve thought Chloe would look like. 

NAME: Chloe Jane Withers (Born Chloe Jane Vanderbilt)

NICKNAME: Chloe

DATE OF BIRTH: July 20, 2011

DATE OF DEATH: N/A still alive

ZODIAC SIGN: Cancer

PLACE OF BIRTH: Owego, NY; born in the hallway of the apartment complex

PLACE OF DEATH: N/A still alive

RESIDENCE (PAST AND PRESENT): Born in Owego, NY; lived in a foster home for GENERAL APPEARANCE: Super cute. Small for her age (5). Locks of curly chestnut brown hair with golden highlights (from Ryan), vivid green eyes (from Lily). Big smile with dimples on both cheeks. Very pale porcelain like skin (from Lily).

HEIGHT: 3’3”

WEIGHT: 35-40 lbs

CLOTHING CHOICES: Second hand items, but generally clothing that is well taken care of and is on the cute side (more dresses and other stylish items instead of just jeans and plain shirts).

HAIR COLOR: Chestnut brown with golden highlights (from Ryan); loose curls (from Lily)

HAIR LENGTH: Long. Touches butt.

EYE COLOR: Vivid green (from Lily)

HANDEDNESS: Left

JEWELRY/TATTOOS/SCARS: None

ROLE IN THE STORY: Child of villain and heroine. Minor, but plot does revolve around her existence.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Ryan is her dad, Lily is her mom. No other family. Stays with the Williams during story.

EDUCATION: Has just started kindergarten at Nathan T. Hall Elementary in Newark Valley, NY

WORK HISTORY: N/A

SKILLS: Being cute.

PHOBIAS/FEARS: A small fear of the dark, nothing outside of normal childhood fears.

BAD HABITS/VICES: None.

QUIRKS: None

BEST QUALITIES: She’s compassionate like her mom. She genuinely cares for other people and worries about the welfare of Lily and the friends they have made in her short little life.

WORST QUALITIES: She is like most 5 year olds, throws tantrums, can get a little greedy and selfish.

KEY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES: She becomes possessed by her dad when one of his bugs bites her in the beginning of the book. While it is not a full possession, it is enough that he can easily control her. She is used as an instrument in her dad’s mission to bring Lily down so that he can gain control of the world without her there to stop him. She is able to break this spell when her love for her mom beats her dad’s hold.
KEY TEENAGE EXPERIENCES: N/A

KEY ADULT EXPERIENCES: N/A

SEXUAL BACKGROUND: N/A

FAVORITES: Candy, unicorns, rainbows, pink, bows, sparkles, and dresses.

GOALS AND MOTIVATIONS: N/A

MORALITY/ETHICS: She has learned the basic code of life, no lying, cheating, or stealing. She is honest about lying, refuses to steal, and does her best to be a good person.

STYLE OF SPEECH: She is articulate for a young child, but does make little mistakes in her sentence formations.

WORDS/SLANG/JARGON: None.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: While is a model child at this age, once she is bitten, her personality slowly changes to the complete opposite. She becomes moody, she hits a few people including Lily, she destroys things, and she becomes angry. These little fits on unusualness don’t last long, but don’t go unnoticed either.

Lily’s Character Bio

So last week I posted the bio of my villian, Ryan. This week, I’m posting the bio of my heroine, Lily. Take Ryan, think of the complete opposite, and you basically have Lily. Ryan is fun for me to write, but I absolutely LOVE Lily. Out of everyone in the book, she is probably my favorite.

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This is Dove Cameron. She is beautiful. This is the closest I could find for my image of Lily. Lily is slightly less glamorous than Dove and her personality doesn’t really allow others to easily see her beauty, but it’s not far off.

NAME: Lillian Rose Withers

NICKNAME: Lily

DATE OF BIRTH: March 11, 1994 (17 at time of death, passes herself off as 22 during most of book)

DATE OF DEATH: July 20, 2011

ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces

PLACE OF BIRTH: Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca, NY

PLACE OF DEATH: Owego, NY

RESIDENCE (PAST AND PRESENT): Bedford, NY (while alive), Newark Valley, NY (while dead)

GENERAL APPEARANCE: She has a small frame, but with some curve to her hips, butt, and a size C bra size. She is mostly ordinary looking, but is known for her vivid green eyes. Pale porcelain-like skin. She burns in the sun so she is diligent about sunscreen. Average natural blonde hair.

HEIGHT: 5’5”

WEIGHT: 125 lbs

CLOTHING CHOICES: Nothing that stands out. Plain t shirts, jeans, and sneakers. She lives with an inattentive aunt and uncle who refuse to really support her so doesn’t have access to anything costly and is used to second hand items. Associates wealth and grandeur with expensive brand name clothing.

HAIR COLOR: Natural honey blonde.

HAIR LENGTH: Long; goes to bra clasp (mid back); loose curls

EYE COLOR: Green (grass green)

HANDEDNESS: Right

JEWELRY/TATTOS/SCARS: Pierced ears (normal holes only); no other piercings, wears plain cheap studs. No tattoos. No important scars.

ROLE IN THE STORY: Heroine.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Ryan (villain) is the only boyfriend she’s ever had. No parents. Lived with an aunt and uncle after parents died. Chloe; her daughter. Tony and Erick are Ryan’s friends but she used to hang out with them all the time so she knows them, but she does not like them.

EDUCATION: Bedford Central School District: Fox Lane High School. No college, doesn’t even ever plan on going to a college.

WORK HISTORY: She started working when she was 11 by doing little odd jobs for people around the neighborhood; housecleaning, lawn care, dog walking, etc. When she turned 16, she got a job at a local fast food joint (specification not needed). After she dies, she forms her own small business of selling handmade crocheted items (blankets, hats, booties, etc.; she learned this school at a local craft store)

SKILLS: Crochet (learned skill to help make money). She is very empathetic; she is able to relate to people on a more intimate level without having known them for very long. She is very creative so making things out of her mind with her hands is easy for her. She is also musically inclined and in the first year of her death, she uses singing to calm Chloe down and make herself happy. Very hard working and is willing to do anything to survive.

PHOBIAS/FEARS: Ryan, mostly. She avoids confrontation as much as possible. Ryan represents dominance, tyranny, and intimidation. She fears people who use their strength and position to beat others down, but she is not the greatest at recognizing it because she is always looking for the good in others.

BAD HABITS/VICES: Picked up smoking while with Ryan. Even dead, she feels weird sudden urges for a smoke.

QUIRKS: She looks down/cowers/attempts to take up as little space as possible when put in a negative situation. Think of a dog cowering with his tail between his legs when he’s in trouble.

BEST QUALITIES: Compassion. She looks for the good in people.

WORST QUALITIES: No backbone; she doesn’t know how to stand up for herself. Bad self-esteem. Gullible.

KEY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES: Doesn’t have any parents. Her dad killed her mom during a very vocal fight when she was 2 before he killed himself, but she was too young to remember anything. She was taken in by her dad’s sister and her husband, but was never happy. While they were more well off than not, they refused to give her anything more than the basics, convinced that she was going to be a druggie nobody like her parents and didn’t want to waste their money on her. They ignored her as much as possible and kept her existence a secret. (Think Harry Potter at the Dursleys).

KEY TEENAGE EXPERIENCES: She meets Ryan at the end of her junior year. She immediately falls into a relationship based off of abuse, sexual torture, extreme secrets, and drugs. She is somehow still able to complete school. Not long after meeting Ryan, he convinces her to claim emancipation with promises of providing for her so she wouldn’t have to work anymore. She agrees and her aunt and uncle don’t put up a fight. She moves into Ryan’s; he got an apartment to do his dirty stuff in and keep secret. They stay there for just a little bit. When Ryan has to ‘go to college’ at the end of August, he moves them and Tony and Erick further upstate to Owego to the apartment that they had been keeping for about a year to do their drug and prostitute peddling in. Owego provides the perfect place to take drug deliveries and then spread the drugs in the local community. She reluctantly participates in the drug business, but refuses to be a part of anything else; Ryan internally acknowledges that she is not a good candidate for murder secrecy. She is high and very pregnant when she goes into labor and dies.

KEY ADULT EXPERIENCES: She dies at 17 but comes back as a fully functioning dead person. Her body and her spirit (deformed from death) are separated; her body is buried and her spirit goes in the real world as if she is truly alive. She is able to hide her dead appearance with meticulous makeup. Because she isn’t in her original body anymore, she doesn’t continue to rot and therefore does not smell. But she has no real need to breathe either (though she does it out of habit). She steals Chloe from the foster home after killing Paula and runs off to Newark Valley and finds an abandoned hunter’s cabin in the woods on the edge of town. This cabin is hidden from the road and she is able to establish new identities for them. She starts her own small business selling crocheted items.

SEXUAL BACKGROUND: Ryan is the only partner she has ever had (and the rape from Tony and Erick).

FAVORITES: She loves all music; will listen to anything. She loves pasta the most, but isn’t too picky about anything else, or is usually too polite to complain about not liking something. Her favorite colors are green and blue. She is a romantic at heart and loves romance books and movies.

GOALS AND MOTIVATIONS: She is motivated by anything happy and/or beautiful. As a teen, her goal is to earn money with her singing, get married, and have a lot of children. As an adult, her goal is to provide for her daughter before her stolen time on Earth is up.

MORALITY/ETHICS: She is highly moral, follows the same kindness code children generally follow. She doesn’t say anything if she doesn’t have something nice to say. She doesn’t lie, cheat, or steal (this changes when she dies and needs to steal makeup to hide her dead appearance, though she makes up for this by giving extra merchandise or selling cheaper).

STYLE OF SPEECH: Slight New York accent. But nothing notable otherwise. Does not appear uneducated.

WORDS/SLANG/JARGON: Nothing of notice. Does not use y’all. Says soda, not pop.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The relationship between Ryan and Lily is the definition of domestic abuse. Both come from abusive families themselves and aren’t able to recognize it themselves. She is unable to stand up for herself during their relationship due to her background and personality, but learns her value as Chloe grows up and as she spends more time away from his influence. When she first reaches the cabin, she searches every inch she can of it and finds a small stash of money (just a couple hundred dollars). While this is not much, it does help her a little bit. She is forced to ignore her conscience and has to resort to theft to get basic beauty needs (hair care, body wash, and makeup) to hide her appearance as well as clothes, and she has to steal quite a bit of baby stuff for Chloe (clothing, diapers, wipes, body stuff, and formula). Once she has these basics, she is able to take a bus to a town called Vestal to try to find a job and maybe a different place to live. She prefers the cabin she found, because of its secrecy, but knows that it might not work for them because her daughter will need to eat. While there, she is able to take a crochet class at a Michaels; they even let her bring Chloe to the classes. She quickly excels in these classes and is able to produce make different things that she is able to market and sell in her new town (Newark Valley). There are a couple little mom and pop stores there that have contracts with her. While this does not bring in a bunch of money, it brings in enough that she doesn’t have to find another job to sustain their living. Around the time of the fire, Lily had been researching on expanding her business online; she had learned how to make her own patterns and was interested in selling these patterns on Etsy (this allowed her to do something she had come to love without having to worry about having to crochet on demand or hold stock of items that may never sell). Even after the fire, this seems like one of the best courses for her to take, though it isn’t exactly the thing she’s worried about. She still doesn’t buy anything first hand, everything comes from thrift shops. She learns to grow her own food and tends her own garden to help keep food costs down (she doesn’t have to eat, but does for appearance sake).

Ryan’s Character Bio

I have a secret. I must admit, I love writing Ryan’s character. I mean, he’s a dick, but the dicks are so much more entertaining to write…..and then (usually) kill. I’m not saying that he dies though. You’ll just have to find that out for yourselves.

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NAME: Fitzwilliam Ryan Vanderbilt II

NICKNAME: Ryan

DATE OF BIRTH: August 1, 1992 (19 at death)

DATE OF DEATH: July 20, 2011

ZODIAC SIGN: Leo

PLACE OF BIRTH: Northern Westchester Hospital Mt Kisco, NY

PLACE OF DEATH: Owego, NY

RESIDENCE (PAST AND PRESENT): Chappaqua, NY (while alive), Newark Valley, NY (while dead)

GENERAL APPEARANCE: He’s sexy. Chiseled jaw. High cheekbones. Pink lips that are the perfect size for kissing. Angular nose. Thick, yet shaped, eyebrows. And very striking dark grey eyes. Very toned body (v near crotch). He’s tanned but not artificially, and he never freckles or burns.

HEIGHT: 6’2”

WEIGHT: 160 lb

CLOTHING CHOICES: Anything expensive yet stylish. Likes to look wealthy. (blazer, polos, slacks) But also tries to blend in enough that others feel like they can talk to him (jeans with dressy shirts, the most expensive sneaker, sometimes the expensive ragged stuff)

HAIR COLOR: Chestnut brown with golden highlights

HAIR LENGTH: Short, but with some length so that the wind can shift it and fingers can play with it

EYE COLOR: Dark grey, steely

HANDEDNESS: Left

JEWELRY/TATTOS/SCARS: No jewelry, ever. No tattoos. One small scar (cigar burn from father) on the front of his chest between his shoulder and collar bone, left side (is able to convince everyone that he was shot saving a woman from a rapist)

ROLE IN THE STORY: Villain

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Doesn’t let anyone get close enough to form any real relationship, but has two “best” friends, Tony and Erick, and has a child (Chloe) with Lily. No parental relationship other than familial obligations. No love interests at all (unless you count himself).

EDUCATION: Horace Greeley High school. Had a full scholarship for Harvard, but never went. He receives his monthly inheritance from his parents’ estate and lives easily off of that.

WORK HISTORY: None, he’s rich by inheritance, doesn’t need to work ever.

SKILLS: Extremely charismatic. Manipulative, charming, and is able to make everyone around him comfortable and social.

PHOBIAS/FEARS: His father in some basic human way, but generally idolizes his father’s dark side. His big fear is being anything less than extraordinary/ the best/ anywhere close to average or forgettable.

BAD HABITS/VICES: He smokes and does other drugs (mostly coke). No alcohol, he fears that liquor will bring out his true nature and destroy everything he has worked for.

QUIRKS: His smile is perked on the right side when he is deliberately trying to be manipulative. He flicks his hair off his forehead slightly when he’s trying to be alluring. And he crosses his arms when shows his dominance (Lily visibly shrinks from this).

BEST QUALITIES: He’s sexy as hell. The devil should be ashamed.

WORST QUALITIES: Everything else about him. He believes his life’s purpose is to become higher than everyone else and deliberately crushes other people’s lives. Loves to torture and destroy (drugs, rape, even murder).

KEY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES: His father was a serial psychopath who raped, tortured, and killed young girls (16-23). They are very similar in personality, his father was a state Congressman and used his position to hide his true nature and going ons. His father once burned him with a cigar when he forgot to knock before entering “The Room”. (The Room is where his father did his work. His wife knew on a very deep subconscious level, she was brainwashed and abused by him herself, and he invited Ryan to join him once he reached the age of 12). These experiences mixed with bad genes led him to be who he is now.

KEY TEENAGE EXPERIENCES: Ryan took over the ‘family business’ when his father was arrested and executed. At the end of his senior year, he meets Lily. From the first moment he thinks she’s pretty, but easily sees that she is the perfect girl to fulfill the role of obedient girlfriend (like his mom was for his dad). He uses calculated conversations and manipulation to convince her to go with him to a party at a friend’s house. Before they go, he stops on a gas station to get some drinks. While she dresses, he puts a few sleeping pills in her soda. This knocks her out and he drives her a few hours north to the party where a cd of fake party noises is playing and takes her upstairs where he first injects her with coke and then rapes her along with Tony and Erick. Because of his lifelong training in manipulation and torture, he is able to make her do what he wants without much of a fight. They move up north to Owego when he should have left for college; instead of taking full advantage on his free ride, he continues to milk his inheritance and chooses to live an easy party life. This is where he differs from his dad; while his father would have gone to college to make the important connections he would have needed to gain more power and wealth (as well as a new hunting ground), he failed to see the importance of this and decided to become a rich druggie sociopath. While in Owego, he tortures, rapes, and sometimes kills prostitutes while he peddles drugs (he receives them from the city and has Tony and Erick sell them in the local community).

KEY ADULT EXPERIENCES: None. He dead.

SEXUAL BACKGROUND: Lost his virginity to a prostitute at 12, right before his dad helped him kill her. He is only able to be aroused and get off when torture and force is involved. Doesn’t find anything or anyone else attractive.

FAVORITES: He likes whatever is trending. He has no personal taste when it comes to music, movies, food, etc.

GOALS AND MOTIVATIONS: Domination. Power. Lust. Blood. All that stuff.

MORALITY/ETHICS: Anything opposite of good. Other people are his playthings.

STYLE OF SPEECH: Well educated. Is very selective about his words; everything he says is meant to manipulate any situation in his favor (pursuing victims, making friends, getting out of trouble).

WORDS/SLANG/JARGON: He only uses what is trending at that moment. He is not a trendsetter himself, but because he is always informed on the whole world, he is able to bring brand new trends to his circle soon enough that he is viewed as a trendsetter.

Monthly and Quarterly Goals

So I’m trying something new. I’m going to try a writing schedule filled with goals; daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. This is pretty new to me, I prefer to write by the pants, but let’s face it, that’s not working out for me at all. So now I’m going to have a schedule. I’m still trying to get a feel for just how much I can accomplish between my daughter and my job (I do need to feed us). The first week I did this, I piled on way too much. Lesson learned. I got almost none of it done because I underestimated the amount of time the first task alone was going to take me. So for the first few months, I expect a lot of failed tasks.

I also plan on posting them here at least monthly. Accountability. Should work. Hopefully. But here goes!

Okay. I’m starting off with my quarterly goals. Because I’ve only recently decided to do this, I obviously had to wait until the beginning of April to start this one. So technically I’m starting in the second quarter of the year.

Goals for the Second Quarter of 2016:

  • Instagram challenge. To be honest, I have never even seen what an Instagram challenge looks like, so I’m not really confident in this one. But I would at least like to figure out what they are (I heard about them in a passing conversation).
  • Finish new rough draft. Okay. This one may seem slightly confusing because I was already about halfway through my rough draft the last time I posted. However, I was having a LOT of issues with the direction of my story. I felt like it lacked in a lot of things and I was having a hard time saying what I wanted to say. So, out of desperation, I looked at my entire outline again. And I discovered it was shit. Well, almost shit. It at the very least didn’t have enough oomph. I found plot holes, lack of character depth, and in a lot of it, too much unnecessary action that was a little misleading. So I rewrote it, almost. I only have to finish outlining the last four chapters. That alone shouldn’t take too long, the last eight or so chapters aren’t really changing all that much, I’m just adding more detail. This new outline is about three times longer than the old outline already. But I’m not changing too much about the story. There are three chapters that I’ve already written that I’ll need to completely trash and rewrite, but the rest of it could probably just be rewritten to work for what I now need. And most of what I haven’t written yet is all action, and that alone is exciting. I have faith that I can accomplish this task. It might be at the last minute, but I think I can do this one.
  • Research Bookbub promotion. I also heard about this one in a passing conversation, but I have already been exposed to Bookbub in general, so this one shouldn’t be too hard to do. I did a little research on this already today, and so far it sounds like something I will be doing, but not until the book is already launched so I have time.
  • Research editors. I started doing this about a week ago. And so far I’ve found that there are a lot of editors out there, but not a lot of them specialize in horror. I could pick a general fiction editor, but I think I would much prefer someone who does horror and maybe a couple other related genres. And I’m having a hard time finding someone I like – and I haven’t even looked at any prices yet (getting kind of nervous). –Psst. If you are or know someone who is a freelance editor that does editing for horror novels, please let me know in the comments section with links. I would greatly appreciate it.

Okay, so far all of my goals are writing goals. But I do have some personal goals as well. Might as well group them all in one so I’ll feel motivated to get them done as well.

  • Pay off all my debt. This may be too personal for some, but I feel more motivated to get my finances in order when I talk about them with people, for whatever reason. And I’ve already mostly gotten this done. Yay me! I have one account in collections left that I need to settle, but it’s my big one. It accounts for half of my total debt. And it makes me nervous. But now that I’ve gotten all of the other ones paid off, I feel excited to be one account away from being debt free. I haven’t been debt free since I started college way back when I was 18. I turn 27 next month. That’s a long time to be in debt have that much money stress pushed onto me. I got sick of it. So back in November, when my lease was up on my apartment, I moved back in with my parents. It sucked. It still sucks. But I couldn’t afford where I was living anymore. It was bad enough that if my lease hadn’t ended when it did, I probably would have had to borrow rent money from my parents. Not fun. So I moved back in with the intention of saving up my awesome earnings from work (Christmas time is my favorite time when it comes to my checks, they’re usually about $500 more per check) while I looked for a far more affordable option. I found one at the end of December. It had income limits, a washer and dryer in every unit, and it was affordable. I met the income requirements, I actually almost made too much. But when they processed my application, they wanted me to have a cosigner. What? I almost make too much money to live here and you want a cosigner? Well, that didn’t happen. The only people I would ever ask to cosign with me are my parents, and they are buying a house and couldn’t do that. So when that fell through, we came up with the idea of just buying a house. I would be paying just as much as if I rented, if not less, but it would be mine. Only problem is I had a substantial amount of debt. I have always intended to pay it off, honestly, but as an introvert, I didn’t want to call any of them. Talk to people? Me? Hell to the no. I wanted them to magically know my new address, assume I would want to pay the debt off (preferably at a discount), and send me a nicely written bill. Apparently, it doesn’t work like that. Boo. My dad is much more comfortable with that stuff and helped me through it.So this is where I am now. One more account and I’ll be debt free. Can I get a woot woot! ……woot woot.
  • Get a mortgage and a house. Or at least a house picked out. I know that technically this step takes time, but time is kind of working against me right now. My credit score is actually pretty good considering what’s on my report, but it’s not quite enough. However, I have found a government backed program that I qualify for that will help me; I just have to show proof that I’ve paid the accounts that I have paid because they haven’t fallen off yet. The reason time is running against me is because also next month, my daughter turns five. Which means in September, she’ll be starting school. I have never intended on pulling her from any school she starts and I don’t like the idea of enrolling her in the current school district we live in only to transfer her somewhere else after a few months. I feel like I need to get a mortgage and find a house soon. Like really soon. It’s a little stressful actually.

So those are my quarterly goals. All in honesty, that selfie should have been a goal. I hate taking pictures of myself. Don’t even really like the word selfie and hashtags are painful. Here’s to hoping I accomplish all of them. Now for my monthly goals for April!

  • Rewrite outline. Should be done tonight. Yay!
  • Rewrite chapters 1-9 and the prologue. Right now, I have a prologue. In my new rough draft, my prologue will become chapter 1 because it’s only a page shorter than my current average chapter length. Even if this ends up changing so that it’s shorter than the rest, I’ll keep it as chapter 1. Which means all the other chapters will be pushed back by one. It will still only be nine chapters though because I completely cut out one of the old chapters because it is no longer applicable.
  • Do character maps for my main characters – Ryan, Chloe (oh hey, I renamed Lizzie), and Lily. I’m ashamed. I never did these to begin with even though I had them all thought out in my head. I will never make this mistake again.
  • Do mini character maps for secondary characters – Tony, Erick, Hannah, and Gideon. These characters have more substance than background characters, but don’t need to be as fleshed out as my main characters.

And that’s it! This week I only planned on finishing my outline. But because I’ll probably have that done by one tonight, I should be able to do at least one character map too. I would like to have all the main character maps done by the end of this week, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that. Today is my last day off and I’ll be working 10+ hours for the next four days. In a warehouse. That’s exhausting.

Blogging will also be partly of my weekly goals. I haven’t picked a day yet, but I have a feeling it will be Tuesdays. I have a fixed work schedule and my days off are Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. They’ve reopened voluntary overtime right now and I plan on work half-shifts on Sundays so that day is out of the question (I tend to sleep all of Sundays anyway). My daughter has school on Mondays so I guess I could technically do it when she’s learning stuff then, but I’ve been using that time to work on my writing and researching marketing techniques and whatnot anyways and I would really like to keep doing that. So Tuesdays will most likely be my day. I could always schedule posts, but I’m not so sure about that one. We’ll see.

I guess that’s all I’ve got right now. See you next week!

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New Cover Photo

I have a new cover for “Come Find Me“! I’m pretty excited about it. A new cover, a new preorder, and the rolling ball gains momentum. Good things are happening. In case you’ve never checked out my short story “Come Find Me” before, here’s the old cover:

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And here’s the new cover:

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Better, yes? i love it. It looks….. less…… homemade. Or more professional. Whatever you want to call it. I did kind of cheat with the new cover because I created it using Amazon’s cover creator and then just saved the image. But it’s alright. As long as it looks enticing.

Have a good day!

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Hi! (Part One)

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve been on here. Too long. Far too long.

I am sorry.

On to new stuff! So while Bugs is still in progress, and The Elemental Sisters haven’t really gone anywhere (still trying to figure out the details), I have started a short story about domestic abuse and I’m on the second draft.

Annnnnd…… it’s up for a preorder! It’s set to publish on October 3rd of this year. I chose that date for three reasons. Two of the reasons are based on statistics for competition and reader visibility, and the third reason (though it’s the main reason) is because October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. I’ll talk about my book in a little bit and where you can find it, but I want to focus on abuse for a moment first. Continue reading

The Elemental Sisters

The Beginning

The beginning of the Earth has been conjectured and argued about by many people over the course of history. How it was formed, how we were formed, all remain a mystery. Science has facts about what happened in the very early times of life here, and religion has many different followers who believe in something far greater than they are.

The forming of the world is known to none. It formed as an agreement between two very different, yet similar beings. I will not relate the small details of the conversation, or how they even arrived to begin. I will not relate to you where they came from, what they look like (if anything), or even if they are male or female. These points are not important. I will tell you that the decision was not reached lightly or quickly. Creating an entire new world is an exhausting piece of work that takes deep thought, patience, creativity, and time.

It is not the work of this story to tell you about how the world became. Instead, it is the work of this story to tell you about one of the first people who dwelt here, and her four daughters; Necia, Wahmenitu, Zephyra, and Adamina.

The four sisters were as close as sisters can be. They loved each other for their flaws as well as their goodness. Each one was vastly different from each other in looks and personality; but none of them seemed to mind one bit. They all played an important role in various points in the world; they all had personal goals they wanted to achieve. Their mother, the Mother of Nature of the Earth, ruled over the four. There were things that needed to be done, every job assigned to one daughter or herself. It was her personal job to oversee everything that grew and breathed life. Every tree, every rock, every bird, and every bee was her responsibility. She loved her job, almost as much as she loved her daughters.

Peace reigned through the world. There was love and light everywhere.

Until darkness crept from the shadows, smiting the light and filling the hearts of many.

 

Something New

So I finally finished the Divergent series (by Veronica Roth, if you didn’t know). And I bawled. I have a hate/love relationship with books that have amazing endings that I never wanted. If you don’t know what I mean, read all three. They’re amazing books with great writing. I felt a deflated when I read the author bio on the back cover flap and found out she’s a little younger than me. Oh, well, I’m not dead yet.

So about a year ago, maybe longer when I was searching for the best way to self publish, I ran across a site called Tablo. If you just Google Tablo, you’ll get some tv cable thing that I’ve never heard of, so to save you time and your sanity, click the link. It allows authors to publish complete books to Amazon and the iBooks store. But it also allows you to publish your book chapter by chapter and readers can leave comments and hit their version of a like button. I thought it was kind of cool on the reader side, so tonight, I decided to try it on the author side.

I have kinda sorta been mulling a fantasy idea and decided to try it out by using Tablo. I’m excited to see how it turns out. The fantasy idea is about mother nature and the elements (fire, water, wind, and earth) are her daughters and, to make it all interesting, there’s a villain who sets out to destroy everything and they have to save the world. If you’re interested to read it on Tablo, the link is here. Otherwise, I may post a new chapter on my blog every time I post one there.

Beep Beep Boop Boop

I feel like I completely wasted my three days off. I slept the entire day Sunday, literally. I came home, fell asleep, woke up at lunch time, tried to make my daughter mac and cheese but fell back asleep on accident (and now lucky that the house didn’t burn down), gave her a sandwich instead and told her she’ll have to deal for now, fell back asleep, Continue reading