the illustrator & her portfolio!

the illustrator & her portfolio!

A few weeks ago, I introduced my illustrator friend, Samantha. She did not yet have a portfolio, but now she does, and you should take a look.

Click here!

By the way, she sent me some character sketches out of my book today. I’m still in a kind of shock. I can’t wait to share them with you!

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another month of editing and panic

another month of editing and panic

Time is a funny thing. She doesn’t ask permission; she just keeps flying.

Remember the free copy of Dissonance I got last November? The one people received with such enthusiasm that it was a driving force to leave my comfort zone? I mean this one:


(I tried whiting stuff out for comment privacy, but one of them is clearly my cousin, so HI COUSIN! :D)

Okay but I never thought so many people would…

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#WIPpet Wednesday - failed

#WIPpet Wednesday – failed

I failed the writing break. I refuse to believe it’s anything but a good sign. Heather knows I’ve been filling a notebook with those random plot bunnies, but then the notebook ran out, and I had nothing left to put off Book 2 anymore. There’s not one page left–not. one. page.

So I’m rewriting my sequel. I said I’d wait till at least September. I give up. This month of reading poetry, classics,…

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Fall Into Fantasy: The Darkness & Light Series by K.L. Schwengel

Fall Into Fantasy: The Darkness & Light Series by K.L. Schwengel

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 1 — The Darkness & Light Series
Book One: First of Her Kind
Book Two: Emergence
Book Three: Edge of Darkness (Release date 2015)


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August reads

I’m going to be pretty busy with writing stuff this year. And every year to come, if these plans go well. So I decided to take August off and just read stuff.

I made a collage of the books I’ve read so far:


I’m always, always 6 books behind my goal. No matter what I do, or how I speed-read–nope, 6 books behind.

Jane Eyre is still my favorite. The Fault in Our Stars was okay, but I thought I’d…

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#WIPpet Wednesday: a writing break

#WIPpet Wednesday: a writing break

I missed my post last Wednesday. I spent hours thinking, There’s SOMETHING important going on and I forgot, I really should write things in my planner. Well, I didn’t remember WIPpet Wednesday until I found someone else’s WIPpet on Thursday. I guess when you’re not writing, it’s easy to forget.

I have no real WIP this month. I’m taking a break because every great writer says I should. I’m not…

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a good story | august 2014

a good story | august 2014

Each leaf that fell sounded like a gentle voice urging one of us to say something. Autumn came down on the street as a veil of gold and yellow, a vibrant blanket that shifted and yawned with the wind.

I looked at Ian and struggled with painful memories. He was older and I knew he matured by how his face was set; this young man would never bully a person again. Something in his eyes reflected…

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a good story | creative writing link-up #1

a good story | creative writing link-up #1

Not all good stories have to be long.

We all have that scratch pad of incomplete thoughts, sleepy words that never exceeded one page. I’ve been looking for a place to share my own thoughts, and I hope you’ll join me.


- Make sure to leave feedback on other links shared. With encouragement, you could break Writer’s Block and help make a paragraph into a story.
– Keep it PG-13.
– Post one…

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Jane Eyre

Reader, I married him. I finished Jane Eyre last night and made it to that famous line…it feels like I’ve checked off a major title and I can really say I love classics now.

Jane Eyre

Reader, I married him. I finished Jane Eyre last night and made it to that famous line…it feels like I’ve checked off a major title and I can really say I love classics now.

introducing an illustrator

Meet Samantha, a dear friend and sister of mine who lives in Idaho (except somehow we’ve never met.) She’s gifted with art.

Recently she’s discerning illustration as a big thing in her life. In fact, that started around the time I messaged her asking to help with the advertising. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

She’s been sketching some scenes from the book, and though none are finished to show…

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#books #reading

#books #reading

#WIPpet Wednesday: not enough time

#WIPpet Wednesday: not enough time

Oh hey, it’s August. December is in five months. So I’m an awkward mix of HELP I’M RUNNING OUT OF TIME and SO MUCH TIME, I’VE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. The lovely Kate (read her book!) has helped me learn tons about the journey–but decisions are still daunting.

I’m excited.

And grateful.

And maybe panicking just a little.

Thank goodness WIPpet Wednesdayis still here. It’s so much fun to choose…

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to harness poetry


I’ve been reading and writing poetry this month, meaning to post one a day…but I write poems and forget about them.

Poetry just comes so quietly–at least, it does to me. I jot it down and don’t remember for hours, sometimes even days.

But I feel like it’s naturally going to escape.

Poetry seems like the heart sighing–in relief, grief, or loneliness–and that takes shape in something without…

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Primavera a orillas del rio. from Manuel Gracia on Vimeo.

Cualquier epoca del año es parfecta para disfrutar en el rio, mas en primavera este nos opcequia con el resurgir de infinidad de plantas y animales.
Filmado en las provincias de, Sevilla y Jaen, España.
Filmado con CANON 60D.

day 1 - silence

day 1 – silence

my silence is rarely bliss

in my world silence is
& discord


if words can’t come together
to express what’s inside

when sound will quickly shatter me
without a place to hide.

when life has been too noisy
and left my soul afraid

then no communication
can properly be made–

my silence is rarely bliss,
so choose your quiet well.

I may just need your friendly words
to once more…

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