After months of tweaks and making sure everything was formatted properly, I am VERY excited to announce that my young adult fantasy, The Isle of Never, is available through Amazon. (You can check it out here.)
This is a lighthearted, standalone fantasy that offers a little different perspective on the Peter Pan story. When a high school senior finds herself cast down to the Isle of Never, or Neverland, she’s met with a motley crew of pirates – including a rather dashing Captain Jameson Hawk, a man better known by the name “Hook.”
This was one of my favorite stories to write, and I hope readers enjoy it as much as I do. Part adventure, part romance, it sheds a different light on the fanciful island as well as the rogue pirates destined to roam it.
It was based on a dream that I had years ago, where basically the entire contents of chapters 2 and 3 took place. The dream was so vivid and the emotions so real that I immediately ran to my laptop and began typing as fast as I could, trying to remember everything. The rest of the story just poured forth from there.
Thank you all for your patience during this. While self-publishing is very rewarding in its own right, it is also a LOT of work. Sometimes I get frustrated at how much time it takes to get things right, but when I see the final result and hold it in my hands, it all feels worth it.
I was sorely distracted at work today, because they’re building the new airport parking lot directly across the street from my building. Thanks to my co-worker, I was told that the distinct trembling of the building was due to the rollers, who were pounding down rocks to make asphalt. It wouldn’t have been so terrible, but it made my buttcheeks tremble in my chair, which was, as previously mentioned, very distracting.
After spending most of the morning dealing with a moving company, which was actually the better part of the day, I then managed to whack my boss in the head with a cabinet door whilst looking for envelopes.
I may need more therapy after all this.
But despite these minor inconveniences, what has mainly kept me going the last week or so is the release of the glorious Final Fantasy VII Remake. As per our usual tradition, my brother has been the one doing the playing while both of us have been transfixed by the beauty of this game. I daresay it’s going to end up in my top five favorite games.
So here’s my weird confession.
Sephiroth has long been one of my favorite villains because…well, just look at him.
I was also one of the few who absolutely loved the Final Fantasy VII movie, Advent Children.
A friend at the time was gracious enough to explain the significance of the characters and whatnot for me, so I wasn’t completely out of the loop. This also meant that the big spoiler was revealed to me. Since I knew nothing about the game at that time, all I was enthralled with was the glory of the graphics. And Sephiroth.
Many years after Advent Children came out, my brother tried playing through the original FFVII. We enjoyed it for the most part, but didn’t get far enough to really become all that attached to the characters. I knew it had to be a top favorite for a reason, however, so when I heard of the Remake coming out, I was beyond thrilled. Best of both worlds, in my humble opinion. I was getting the graphics of Advent Children with the original storyline of the game.
And so far, it has not disappointed.
I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THE LEVEL OF EMOTION THIS GAME WOULD EVOKE IN THE FIRST UMPTEEN HOURS OF PLAYING IT.
Seriously. Not. Prepared.
And since I know of a very specific spoiler coming down the road much later on in the game, I just looked at my brother at one point with tears already in my eyes and said, “This game is gonna make me ugly cry, isn’t it?”
He just sniffed back his own tears and replied, “Probably.”
God help us both. We’re only about 20 hours in at this point, and I’ve already been kicked in the gut more times than I care to admit.
But it’s so good.
It’s the level of storytelling and character development that every author dreams of achieving. So the bright side is that I’m so inspired right now.
We’ve had to take a brief hiatus due to busy work schedules, but I’m hoping here soon we’ll be able to finish this first installment. I’m trying to stay patient because I know my brother has a lot on his plate right now, but dagnabbit I NEED MORE OF THIS GAME.
I am super excited! I just finished my first ever blog interview with the lovely Ardyth DeBruyn. She was a HUGE help to me in the final stages of Prince of Light. She did a line-by-line edit and had some really great suggestions for the flow of the storyline. In fact, if you like the first chapter you can mainly thank her. She suggested a rewrite that put the characters in the action right at that moment, since the first time around I had it more passive. She was right, it really made the first chapter pop.
Check it out here and see what made me start writing in the first place. Besides the fact that I love it, of course.
I’ve got one other blog interview set in motion that I’ll be sure to post later. Boy, I feel famous already! 🙂
My friend and I are avid movie freaks. Specifically, we’re scary movie freaks. We don’t enjoy slasher movies or disgusting horror that doesn’t do anything but create shock value, but a genuinely creepy storyline with a great twist or a psychological thriller is totally up our alley. And nothing thrills us more than when we get to see our favorite scary movie special guest, Mr. Creepy Door.
Creepy Door has played a variety of roles in his lengthy career. Who could forget his eerie, menacing glow in Hide and Seek? Or his brave performance in Paranormal Activity? Yes, my friend and I decided that we are the official “Creepy Door Fan Club.” When you hear that signature squeak, you know that Creepy Door has made his grand entrance.
We just finished watching The Woman in Black the other night, with Daniel Radcliffe. (He’s in the movie, we didn’t actually watch it with him. Although that would have been really cool. Now I’m going to have to add that to my bucket list. [scribble scribble] Watch…movie…with Daniel…Radcliffe…) It was surprisingly creepy in a non-gore sort of way, with a few really good hair-raising moments. It even had a little bit of a twist at the end, which was an added bonus. All in all, not a bad flick. We’ve seen so many scary movies at this point that we’ve earned the right to be picky, in my humble opinion, so two thumbs up from us means that it must be pretty good.
Daniel Radcliffe surprised me. I’ve not actually watched any of the Harry Potter movies except the first one. *gasp* Truth be told, I didn’t care for it. That’s weird for me, an avid fantasy lover. But what can you do? Give me Hellboy II or Lord of the Rings any day. (Have I mentioned that I love elves? I have? Really? Huh.) Ahem. Uh, where was I? Oh yeah, Daniel. Yes, he was quite good. Talented little actor, he is.
Now I’m distracted by thoughts of Prince Nuada. [Brain reorganization in process.]
So now that we’ve finally seen The Woman in Black, I’m not sure where to go next. It seems like the scary movie/horror genre, especially when it comes to cleaner horror, is extremely hard to come by. The classics will forever remain the classics, and Creepy Door will remain an icon in our hearts. But if the trend of horror continues the way I think it will, I might actually have to start turning to more books to get my scary story fix. (Truth be told, they’re probably the best anyway.)