August 28, 2016

Sorry for not posting this last night — I posted on Facebook that yesterday was a weird day in which I caught up on all the sleep I’ve been skipping. I literally slept off and on for about sixteen hours. Oy.

Anyway, I wrote this tonight, and if I can figure out a way to continue this, I will. I’ve been playing around with some historical fiction stories, so happy to come up with something. Flash Fiction #3: Illusions of Truth I don’t like the title, but, eh.

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August 24, 2016

I added Bittersweet, Chapter Three a little early — tomorrow I’m working a long shift and going out with friends afterwards. I was afraid I would forget, and I wanted to make sure it got posted at all four locations on time. Enjoy 🙂

Oh, and my brand-new nephew was born today 🙂 8.1 pounds, 20 inches. He’s gorgeous 🙂

August 19, 2016

I forgot to update the main page a few days ago, so here’s a bit of round-up with two updates and some general news.

First and foremost, Bittersweet is back on the schedule. Chapter Two was posted on Thursday morning, and Chapter Three will be posted next Thursday. Thursdays are my pick for updates because it fits my future schedule best at the moment. That might change.

Second, I posted the next flash fiction, Flash Fiction #2: Anger Management, a bit early. It’s not a continuation of last week. I’m not even sure it’s good, but it was fun to write and the whole point of the Flash Fiction is to get me to loosen up and stop putting so much pressure on myself.

Writing has been hard this year. Writing The Best Thing in 2014 and 2015 was very difficult, time consuming, and basically soul consuming. And it’s literally the best thing I’ve ever written. And I feel that like every time I write, I have to match or do better than TBT. And that’s an insane standard that no one is setting for me but me. So I’m hoping Flash Fiction will shake me out of it.

And on that note, Damaged is postponed again. It’s not a decision I’m happy with, but it’s just not coming together for me, and I don’t know why. I have so many good ideas, and I can see the scenes in my head, but actually sitting down to write them has been really difficult. I had some luck last week, and wrote a few scenes that felt really good, so maybe I’ll still have a breakthrough. But until I get into writing stride, it’s insane to keep promising you’ll get Season Three any time soon. You’ll know when I know.

The Fall 2016 semester starts September 6. I have classes four nights a week, and then on Friday and Saturdays, I’ll be continuing the tutoring job I started this summer. And during the weekdays, I’ll still be subbing 1-3 days a week. It’s going to be a crazy schedule. Plus, I have my usual stuff: friends, my family — which is getting bigger next week because my sister-in-law is due to have a C-section–my second nephew, James, will be joining his sister Mackenzie, and his cousins Olivia, Isla, and Nolan.

And sometimes….I’m gonna wanna sleep.

That’s not to say I won’t find any time to write. I still want to do NaNoWriMo. You guys haven’t seen most of the efforts from last year yet, but I did get a huge chunk of Bittersweet done, and I want to find a way to prioritize it. But I really don’t want to promise anything.

Someone asked what kind of research I was doing — I’m working on a seminar paper exploring the political appointments made to the Dominican Republic during the administration of Woodrow Wilson, under Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan. There were accusations of corruption, graft, and incompetence–it’s been fun but super time-consuming, as you might imagine, ha.

August 13, 2016

It’s the inaugural flash fiction prompt weekend 🙂 It was actually kind of fun just to type for about fifty minutes without worrying about tone, dialogue, or how it would all fit together in the larger picture. I found a website with some prompts and picked out a fun one.  You can respond with prompts for next week — if you want the story I wrote about in Week 1 to continue, you might want to come up with one to inspire that. 🙂

I wasn’t sure if I’d get it out this week. I thought I just had a sore neck from sleeping wrong, but it turned out I had a pinched nerve and needed x-rays to see if I had any bulging discs. I swear, my life sometimes. Some muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory pills later, I’m feeling much better. So I’m glad got this done tonight.

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Flash Fiction #1: Crash Into Me

August 12, 2016

So I’ve been having trouble getting myself going with writing. I’ll have a good day, but then I’ll have like three bad days in a row. I think it’s mostly I’m putting too much pressure on myself because everything I’m writing is part of a larger story. I used to have so much fun when we did Flash Fiction nights at The Canvas all those years ago.

So I think that’s what I need. I need to start forcing myself to write every week with a timed prompt that’s separate from anything else that’s going on. For now I’ll be doing Saturday or Sundays. Once the school year starts, and I’m back to work full time and doing my classes again, that may or may not change.

So I’ll scour the ‘net for some prompts. You guys can comment with some. And I’ll post between 7-8 PM EST on Saturday

August 6, 2016

When I posted Bittersweet in June, I really only expected to miss a week or two at best. But, as always since this is my life, real life got in the way. I was ill for a few days before leaving on a week’s research trip during early July, and then shortly after I returned, my ten-year-old cat unexpectedly passed away.  The only thing that kept me kind of numb was continuing my research for my seminar paper this fall.

I hope to be back to regular posting in September, maybe even later this month, but I can’t make any promises.  I’m still writing, still trying to get things together, but I don’t post anything until I’m satisfied with it.

June 17, 2016

I bet some of you guys were starting to wonder if Bittersweet even existed 😉 Here’s your proof. I’ve posted Chapter One, with the caveat that I may miss next or the week after due to scheduling issues. But I’d rather post at least the first chapter because I promised a June posting and I didn’t want to miss another deadline. I hope you guys enjoy it! I have to go get my hair done, get a mani and a pedi because my best friend is getting married tomorrow and I have a ton of stuff to do.


May 30, 2016

In October, Joanna, a reader from The Canvas, got in touch with me about having some of my older missing stories. She had No One Else Sees Me (set 2002) and The Ends of the Earth (set 2001). Both were written in 2002, when I was a shiny new writer in the fandom and a mere eighteen years old. I didn’t have a chance to clean either of them up until recently, and today, when my inspiration dried up, I decided to pull them out.

No One Else Sees Me is not a good story, haha, but it’s a fun read and another example of how much I’ve grown since I started writing fanfiction fourteen years ago.  While I used to hide these old stories away, now I recognize how much I learned from writing all of them and I look forward to seeing your reactions to these older stories.

I’ll be back later this week with the other older story, and soon with Bittersweet!

May 11, 2016

I have literally eaten, breathed, and slept school work for the last two weeks — when I wasn’t actually working. From sunup to sundown, I studied Macroeconomics, education, trade networks in the early modern period, and the U.S. military occupation of the Dominican Republic, 1916-1924.

I just emailed my last paper. This semester is done. I can’t even process that right now. I’m going to relax today, go to training tomorrow for my summer job, and then work on Friday.

And then next week, once my brain has relaxed and recharged, I’m going to write. So see you guys in June with the first chapters of Bittersweet and a better idea of what the summer is going to bring you at Crimson Glass. Thanks for your support. I can’t wait to get back to creative writing!

April 16, 2016

I finally finished editing the ebook for The Best Thing. It’s available in .epub, .mobi, and .pdf.   I apologize for the delay in getting that together. I’d like to offer more ebooks, but they take forever to format, so no promises on the next release.

Also, I posted Part One of Look After You, the sequel to Choose Your Moment. It’s new material to the site, but anyone who has a keen eye will recognize the chapter from the old site. I didn’t repost it before when I moved the site here because I wasn’t going to be posting the rest yet. I’m still not posting the rest, but there’s no reason I can’t put up something you guys had access to before.

Bittersweet has been delayed until June. I know I keep moving that back, and I’m sorry, but it’s just better if I stop promising dates I can’t deliver. Just when I got myself caught up from having the stomach virus, I caught the flu. Now I have to get caught up from that, and go into finals and plan my friend’s bridal shower — I’m not going to be free until around May 10. And then you know, the semester crash in which I sleep for a week.

That being said, I’m going to try to write a short story or two, but I want any creative energy funneled into Bittersweet and Damaged so that once I do start posting again, we don’t have these long breaks.