Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Great news! The revised edition of The Voyage of the Kaus Media is now available on Amazon

As I mentioned before, most of my edits were technical in nature, and I think the book reads a lot smoother now. I did include two substantial changes to the storyline, though: I altered Angela's actions right before the Battle of Viper's Pass to give her better character development, and I added something at the end of the Menket act of the plot to give that section more satisfying closure. Even though it's only been a few years since I wrote this book, I feel like I've learned so much more about writing since then!

If you haven't yet read VotKM, now's the perfect time to embark on a steampunk fantasy epic about a downtrodden girl who learns her destiny is to be a destroyer of nations... or is it? Can she finally find the courage and self-worth to say "no" and stick up for her own values before it's too late?

I wrote this book not only for people who love a good adventure, but for people like Angela who struggle to feel like they have a voice in a noisy world that doesn't seem to care much about who they are or what they need. You do have a voice, you are precious and important, and you can do incredible - even world-changing - things with your innate strengths and talents. The world needs you!

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Comments disabled

Hello all,

In light of a recent rash of spambots, and the fact that this blog does not get many (legit) comments to begin with, I've gone ahead and disabled comments across the blog.

If you'd like to get a hold of me, please feel free to do so on Facebook, Instagram, or Goodreads.

And if you're enjoying my Neopets fanfiction, I have a surprise coming soon! :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

I forgot one last Kingdom Hearts Union χ player character design! (Also I just made up the Keyblade.)

I'd love a black coat in real life.

Monday, February 14, 2022

Author Thoughts: Marketing (or lack thereof)

As I'm between projects right now, I thought maybe I would take some time to discuss authorly topics that have been on my mind lately, in the hopes that what I have to say might help my fellow authors and aspiring authors. I'm sure my opinions won't be for everyone, but maybe they'll mean something to someone who really needs it. I've had some unusual experiences as a professional author, and maybe there are a few other folks like me out there who need to feel validated.

Today I want to talk about marketing, and why I don't do it. I used to try. Check the "opinions" tag for my series of blog posts about why it didn't work well for me. My miserable experiences with marketing also helped launch me on the path to discovering that not only was marketing not one of my strong suits, but I also just plain do not want to market my work. Some of what I have to say here may be repetitive of some of what I've said in those previous posts, but I feel that it's well worth reiterating.

(Please note that if you are an author who is finding fulfillment in marketing, this post is not meant to criticize how you run your career. This post is for those of us who do not have your skillset, find marketing a horrible experience, and wonder if there's any alternative for the modern independent author. So if you're sitting there reading this like "but marketing has done wonders for my books!" then probably this post isn't for you.)

(This post is also expressly not for people who concern themselves with making a living off of their books. I'm grateful to be in a position where I do not need to write for a living, so I don't have to pay attention to how much money my books are making. This post is for people who have the means to write for the sake of writing, but I'll talk a little bit more about that later.)

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

New feature! I realized that if you're reading my Neopets fanfiction on this blog, even though they're all collected under the "stories on the blog" tag, it can still get a bit messy as there are also unrelated stories in there, and they're all in reverse chronological order.

So, I created a dedicated page listing all of the Neopets fics currently on the blog! (This definitely isn't all of them--more are coming as I have the time and energy to revise them, create the necessary illustrations, and post them.)

You can access this page from the bottom of any Neopets fanfic blog post. I'm also working on getting it onto the sidebar for quick direct access. Now you can enjoy all of the fics from one central location, in the correct order! (Many of the fics skip around somewhat in canonical time as they cover characters' backstories and such, but I think they're best enjoyed and make the most sense in the order they were written.)

Monday, February 7, 2022

Even more Pokemon-ish thoughts

All right, look, I've got a more serious and writing-related blog post I've been composing off-and-on these past few weeks, but right now whenever I think too hard, I can feel my brain short-circuiting. So I thought I would at least not make this blog look totally dead, and also follow up on something I wrote a few months ago. I knowwwww, this is a professional author blog and not a game review blog, but I retain a keen interest in game development, and this is a specific topic that has piqued my interest lately.

Now that I've played both Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Legends: Arceus, I've had the chance to retrospect and re-analyze how I was feeling about both of them before they came out. And, well, in my opinion, my respective misgivings and excitement were well-placed.