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Insecure Writer's Support Group: Endometriosis Anniversary

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Today marks the 2 year anniversary of my surgery that gave me back my life. For those of you not in the know, I have Endometriosis. It looked something like this. Blank days were the days I didn't have pain. There weren't many. You can see it progressively getting worse each month. I went the the ER three time in four months because the pain was so bad. Ever not brush your teeth for days in a row? Or shower? Or use deodorant? It's not pretty. February 1st 2021, I had surgery. It went... a little off the rails. I was supposed to go home the same day and instead spent two nights in the hospital. I had a catheter in for a month because my bladder (and bowels) were trying to fuse with my uterus, and it had to be pried off and in the process tore. I gave my doctor a challenge, but she rose to it. The uncertainty of how much the surgery would help vanished. She was 100% certain I'd feel better. And I did. Infinitely better. The thing is there's still healing going on two

That's a Wrap! January 2023 Recap

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In a move that does not surprise me at all, I've decided last minute to add another post to my writing blogging schedule. It's kinds of a cheat, though. I'm just going to recap the month. If you a missed a post, you can catch up here. This is also to hold myself accountable for my writing paranormal and fantasy books and for my crafting and art. I might also include how some personal goals are going since I have a few interesting ones. What are my writing goals for 2023? Publish Balance of Love and Revelation of Love Edit Sprout , Harmony of Love , and Island Curse Write flash fiction A Quick Tale collection Write Strength of Love and Arctic Curse Knit a ton (I'm low of stock from Christmas craft shows) Personal goals are: learn the splits, learn to crochet, maintain weight and lower cholesterol, read 6 books. And since it's the end of the month, here's how I did. Balance of Love and Revelation of Love are up for pre-order Strength of Love , 6 chapters adde

A Quick Tale: A Man Walks Into A Bar... A Paranorml Fantasy Flash Fiction Story

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Welcome to A Quick Tale Wednesday. Reading is a great escape from reality, but sometimes we don't have the time for a full length novel. That's where a flash fiction stories comes in. Once a month, you can squeeze some reading in with a 200 word flash fiction story.   A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR... (Inspired by my YA fantasy paranormal novel, Being Human ) My brother grinned at me. His laughter was barely contained as he spoke. “What does the man say when he walks into a bar?” I tilted my head as I pondered the question. Why did humans go into bars? My gaze went to the beer sitting next to my brother. Of course. The answer was obvious. I looked back at him, my answer confident. “I want beer.” He snickered. “He says ow!” I stared at my brother and his smile faltered. He gave a small shudder. “Stop that. Your vampire stare is creepy.” I didn’t break eye contact. “But I don’t get it. Don’t humans go to bars for beer?” My brother snorted. “Yes, they do, but in this case the bar is a lit

Arts & Crafts Wednesday: Howling Under the Moon

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Welcome to the first Arts & Crafts Wednesday. Once a month, I will share something creative I have made. Today's art is a drawing done in pencil of a wolf howling under the full moon. On Twitter, I follow an account that posts pictures of wolves every hour called Hourly Wolves . You can find an account for just about any animal! It's a great way to give yourself the warm and fuzzies and break up any doom scrolling (because, admit it, we all do it.) And in my case, the images make me want to be creative and make art. ⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎⚍⚎ Did you enjoy this pencil drawing? Please share it with your friends. I'd appreciate it.

Insecure Writer's Support Group: What am I even doing with my paranormal and fantasy writing?

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In 2022, I did something drastic. I quit writing. Sorta. Kinda. I pulled my published books, deleted a bunch of social media, and hit pause on my paranormal and fantasy writing. I had been feeling lost and uncertain with what I wanted when it came to writing and indie publishing. Having all that stuff distracted me from really thinking about it. Instead, I'd be plotting what I could do to get my books in front of readers, what to post next on social media, and all that marketing crap. So, I went dark in order to get my shit together. I promised I would be back at some point and in some form. Cue epic return. (Yes, this is a new blog.) Does that mean I got my shit figured out? Sorta. Kinda. I didn't quite think about what I wanted from writing as much as I had planned. For one, I got a summer job at the local Salvation Army. I actually enjoyed it a lot despite being a self-described anti-social introvert. There were some interesting characters who came in. (Can you say writing f