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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

            Happy Friday!! Today is also the first of November, which is, as many writers know, National Novel Writing Month. More commonly, it’s called NaNoWriMo, and it’s a serious undertaking for most writers. I say most writers because there are those who don’t struggle with writing, but I’m not going to deflate my enthusiasm by comparing my progress to theirs.


Pumpkin

Pumpkin

         Happy National Pumpkin Day! As we draw closer and closer to Halloween, I can't help getting caught up in the season. I thought about the leaves, the pumpkins, and of course, the cats. You could say the season inspired this story, and you’d be right!

         The more I started thinking about different cat stories, the more I realized that most witches are portrayed as having black cats (if they have any at all), and I realized, that really isn’t fair. What about cats that aren’t born with a beautiful black coat? Would they never become a witches’ cat? That’s the question that led to the creation of Pumpkin.

         If cats, witches, and pumpkins aren’t your thing, stop in next week for something different. I often switch between short stories, Dungeon & Dragons tales of misadventure and success, and writing related tips.

Photo from Pixabay


Low Rolln' Paladin - Part 4

Low Rolln' Paladin - Part 4

            Only a few more weeks till Halloween! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited. I know that last week I said I would look into more print on demand companies, but I just haven’t had the time to write up anything useful on that. When things calm down, you can be sure I’ll be revisiting that topic.

            For this week, I finally finished up the Low Rolln’ Paladin story. Check out the story below to see if they saved the missing child or had to bury him in the crypt.

            Next week will be a mystery post as I am too tired to think what I’ll be doing then, lol. Until then, here is the long awaited (maybe?) conclusion to this Dungeons & Dragons tale. That being said, there may be more tales later as the band of adventurers continue their adventuring. Who knows?

Low Rolln' Paladin Part 1 Low Rolln' Paladin Part 2 Low Rolln' Paladin Part 3


Publishing with IngramSpark

Publishing with IngramSpark

            This week I did some research on IngramSpark. They provide services for independent authors and publishers by providing services for publishing a physical book and/or an ebook. They also provide FREE resources to help with self-publishing. The catch? They want you do to the formatting.

            Here’s a more in-depth look at what they do and whether or not this author will be printing / publishing with them.


Low Rolln' Paladin - Part 3

Low Rolln' Paladin - Part 3

         Hello and happy Friday! It’s been a crazy few days as I’ve been working on editing someone else’s story along with trying to keep up with the normal flow of life. This week’s story, as you’ve likely already guessed, is a continuation of the Dungeons and Dragons campaign that started with the Paladin rolling too low to see his mischievous companions’ misdeeds. Well, his low rolls just kept on going!

         Next week I’ll be happily discussing a recent find for a low-cost self-publishing printing company. I still have some research to do on that, but you’ll be hearing all about that next week. In other exciting news, I’ve been asked to do a presentation next week for my bookmaking. I’m both super excited to give the demonstration and super nervous. I may do an update on that once I’m through the event. Fingers crossed it goes well!

         Now, without further blabber, here’s the latest scoop on Paladin Aragorn.

Low Rolln' Paladin Part 1 Low Rolln' Paladin Part 2 Low Rolln' Paladin Part 4


Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox

         Here’s a four-part story to celebrate the seasons. I don’t usually write tales about fairies, and I rarely write anything in this style, but it was a fun experiment. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Check back in December for the next part: Winter Solstice. I have the link to it visible, but it won't be available until then. Same for the other two holidays.

         Next week I'll be back to telling more about that unlucky paladin with the poor rolls.

Photo by Roberto Shumski.


Low Rolln' Paladin - Part 2

Low Rolln' Paladin - Part 2

          I hope you’re having a great Friday! If you didn’t have a chance to read last week’s blog, be sure to read Low Rolln’ Paladin Part 1 as this post is all about part two of this misadventure. Next week will likely be a writing tip of some kind, but other than that, who knows?

          If you’re new to the blog, welcome! I alternate, usually, between tales in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns (or other similar d20 based games) and something writing related, which could be tips, a short story, or an update on my writing progress.

          Well, now that that’s out of the way…story time!

Low Rolln' Paladin Part 1 Low Rolln' Paladin Part 3 Low Rolln' Paladin Part 4


Low Rolln' Paladin - Part 1

Low Rolln' Paladin - Part 1

          When the paladin rolls low, the party members will play. This week’s blog covers the bad day of a paladin who just couldn’t see the antics of his party. One bad day of perception tuns into another as the party’s task remains incomplete. This week’s tale covers the first day. Stay tuned as next week will cover what happens next.
          Until then, I hope you enjoy this snipped from a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, and happy Friday the 13th!

Low Rolln' Paladin Part 2 Low Rolln' Paladin Part 3 Low Rolln' Paladin Part 4