Go Away, Vultures: A Writerly Rant, a Self Pep-Talk, and a Giveaway


Outside of my poetry, which is often self-reflective, my postings on this blog generally stick to writerly topics: world-building, Sci-Fi, promotion… but not this post. Why? Because I’m experiencing something I absolutely detest as a writer—a tonnage of crippling self-doubt. It’s looming over me, staring down like a humongous black vulture, and for the life of me, I can’t seem to shake it this time.

 I’m hoping that by addressing the vulture publicly, it’ll go find someone else to pick on. I apologize to this person in advance, but my circus stays full and I can’t afford to feed any more monkeys, so good riddance.

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The Worlds of Surrogate: Ten Facts About Takran


 If a Sci-Fi novel is to be believable, every world within it should be both relatable and fantastic, so I spent significant time world-building in Surrogate.

That said, here are ten facts about Takran, one of the three worlds detailed in Surrogate. (Okay, so I am a total Sci-Fi nerd girl for writing this, but an author must know her world(s) in considerable detail)

NOTE: This list contains information concerning Takran’s solar system, atmosphere, and geography. The rest, and there is a lot to cover, must wait for later posts.

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#WIPpet Wednesday 6/7: Troubled Teen in the Stars

Teens of all humanoid species, I learned from my own youth and through my children, (two of three are now in their twenties) can be pains in adult backsides. Brigit Feney, Etain Ixtii’s god daughter in Surrogate: Hunted, is no exception. My WIPpet Wednesday* this week (6/7/2017) comes from Chapter Six, the first twenty-four paragraphs (7+17  in WIPpet math), which  isn’t nearly as much content as you’d think.

  “Brigit with you?” asked Merch as soon as Etain opened her hand-held. Dresh stood beside Merch in a tank top and sleep sarong, her hair loose about her face, softening her features.

  “Brigit? No.” Etain rubbed her eyes. “Why?” She glanced at the clock. Three in the morning palace time. She slid from Leigheas’ arms, out of their nest, and tip-toed to the main room so she wouldn’t wake their cubs.

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Incompetent Necessities #PoetTues 6/6

I hope to post a new poem on my site every week. Having a schedule should help keep me on track.

Incompetent Necessities


Dear Doctor,

You lose my lab order

Give no refill though I ask

Five times over

Then say I should avoid stress

That it’s bad for my health


Dear Pharmacy,

You maim my insurance

And short my medication

Half a month at double charge

Then say I look tired

That I need more rest


My relationship

With you both

Is exhausting

It’s toxic

But I’ll die if I walk away


#WIPpet Wednesday 5/31

Copy of HUNTED WIP AD (1)

WIPpet Wednesday is defined as follows: WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop wherein writers share excerpts of their latest WIP. All genres and levels of accomplishment are welcome. The only stipulation is that the excerpt must coincide with the date in some manner. For example, on 10/8/14 you might share 10 lines from page 8, 8 paragraphs from chapter 14, or perhaps 18 sentences by doing WIPpet Math and adding the day to the month. We’re flexible like that. WIPpet Wednesday

How can I possibly resist such temptation?

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