Quarterday Imbolc 2017

2 posts in as many days? Shocking!

Quarterday has released its Imbolc 2017 edition. We have a fine selection of poetry this go around for you to enjoy; even one of my poems made it in! 

The fact that my fellow staff likes my poetry still surprises me, though, given my difficulties with the form through high school and college.
To pass along an announcement, Quarterday will only be doing two publications this year (this issue is technically the last of last year’s cycle). We are still taking poems, but it might be longer before you see yourself in print via us.

Blog Book Round-up

Ugh. It’s been two months since I’ve touched this thing.

Sorry guys. I’m sporadic, but didn’t mean to be this sporadic.

Current state of writing: working on a new short story for the next anthology (more info upcoming as we get closer to whatever deadline we set, but do know that we’re working towards another), and still struggling with plot details on VH. I’m about to just start throwing things on paper and seeing what sticks XD

Over the winter holidays I read a bunch of different things (when not distracted by illnesses and a new game system <3), and I kept meaning to write up full reviews, but I don’t think I’m ever going to sit down for full-length ones at this point. Too much distance. And some will probably get touched on again as I continue the series. So here’s a real quick round-up of some of the things I picked up and what I thought:

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Saturday Music: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

One day, I will actually blog regularly. And then the world will end.

Anyway, Nano was a bust. But I have a new plot for VH, and it actually makes me giddily happy, so here’s hoping I can churn it out and still be on target for looking for a publisher in 2017.

In other news, it’s December! And December means holidays! And this is my first year in ages not having to work retail!

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Anyway, so Christmas music is playing constantly at my house right now. But given that it’s Advent and not Christmas yet, I wanted to share something appropriate to the actual season.

…And Peter Hollens just came out with a new release, and it must be shared ❤ (If you’ve never heard of him and have any enjoyment for a capella, you’ve got to give this a listen)

Book Review: The Laundry Files series

It’s been a hard couple of weeks. Been dealing with a toddler milestone (which is going successfully, thank goodness, but is very disruptive), election year, the end of daylight savings, Ubergroup trades, and just a general bad headspace.

I’ve gotten no real work done on my novel. Blah. I’m probably going to fail NaNo again. But that’s okay. As long as I get some more writing in, it’ll be a win, yeah?

But! I needed a mental break. And a chance double encounter between a Reddit thread and a Humble Bundle offer introduced me to a new series: The Laundry Files.

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NaNoWriMo: Rebellion Year

I have, ridiculously, decided to go for NaNoWriMo again. This year, however, is a rebellion year.

That’s right; I am casting off the traditions and embracing another path! One that hopefully ends with a solid 2nd full draft of my NaNo project from two years ago. I was stalling on the second chapter of the draft, so NaNo writing is picking up from there. Sometimes you just need the little bit of extra motivation.

It’s working to an extent. I finally figured out how to start the chapter 🙂

Anyway, feel free to follow my word count here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/deeva

Saturday Music: Who Wants to Live Forever

Going to try and revive this feature. A little late in the day (night?) but I was cleaning the house (gasp!) and then conked myself out on an allergy pill. Fortunately, I had Thomas on, so my little didn’t go wandering off.

But! That means tonight is for writing, and I have an old project that’s come out of the woodwork with a new plot and a new hope. So, to celebrate, here’s basically the theme song of the piece.

Kinda fitting when you’re writing immortals, lol.

Silence, or A Writing Parent’s Lament

There is a perfect silence, for the moment.

No machines run. No dogs bark. No clocks tick.

It has been done. Oh, great hallelujah, it has been done.

Softly, gently, the pencil moves, never quite disturbing the silence which enfolds the space as a heavy blanket.

Words flow, a quiet river of contentment, creativity thrives.

Shriek! A cry. Silence broken. The blanket shredded beyond all hope…

The toddler has arisen from his nap.

(Just a bit of silliness to share)