Quick Update (and placeholder)

Sorry everyone; there isn’t going to be a more substantial update this week because I’m finally indulging in a vacation.  However, I wanted to give a quick update (which will hopefully post on Monday automatically like it’s supposed to) on some things that are going on:

1)  On Friday, August 8, 2014, my first autonomous article for the online magazine Scoop was published!  It’s called “A Brief History of Steampunk” and I had a blast writing it.  Steampunk is such a rich and fairly new genre, and I hope I managed to interest both newcomers and experts alike.  Many thanks go to Mark and Jeff for giving me this opportunity.

2)  Since “Okami Amaterasu” is complete, I’ve chosen a new fanfic project to work on.  My Final Fantasy VII story, “Hidden Light,” has been languishing for several years while I puttered around with other projects.  But now I’m ready to get back to it and complete the story.  (The rest of it was already mapped out back in 2009…I just needed to write it!)  It features Vincent Valentine, one of my first bishonen crushes, and my FC Hikari, who was originally designed as a prototype for my Mariner Sequence character, Marella.  Thankfully Hikari and Marella have evolved into different people, but they share a lot of traits, and was my first experiment with writing a mentally damaged character.  Chapter 10 is already up, and you can expect Chapter 11 to be posted Monday, August 18!

3)  I’m hoping to feel more relaxed and recharged from my vacation.  The last few weeks have been a bit of a struggle.  Time to regain some equilibrium.

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Milestones & Updates

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Hello, world!  It seems like writers spend a lot of time soul-searching in Angst-ville (myself included) so I wanted to share some good news!

 

1) ARTICLES!

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I got some articles published!  Fellow writer Mark Squirek is a columnist for the online newsletter Scoop.  He asked me to do a pair of articles for his column, “Cover Story,” which discusses the cover art of various comic books.  I got to pick any two covers I wanted and write about them!  I chose Space Family Robinson #23: “Menace from Uranus!” from 1967 and The Chronicles of Arcea #1: “The Athame” by Vyrhelle.  Many thanks to Mark for asking me to write for Scoop and to Mr. J.C. Vaughn, editor at Gemstone Publishing, for taking a chance on a new writer.  Also, my deepest gratitude to my friend Karen; editing all of those art papers paid off!  Working with Scoop has been a lot of fun, and I hope I’ll be able to continue writing for them.

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#BlogHop – Current Works In Progress

Welcome to the final edition of the #BlogHop for #Writers hosted by Ruth L. Snyder!  Many thanks to Ruth for hosting, to Cate Russell-Cole for sharing the existence of the BlogHop, and to everyone of you who have come to read and comment.  I appreciate your time and words, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed these entries.

Talking about works in progress is always a little intimidating for me.  I say “works” because I tend to flit between projects.  My ability to focus has deteriorated over the years so, to keep things fresh, I end up having several stories going at once.  When I get tired of one, I set it aside for a while and work on something else.  So right now, I have three WIPs to share:
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