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Short Story: The Last Day of Christmas

Anita was so excited that Christmas Eve. She laid in her bed, trying her best to stay awake. Her mother and father had long since gone to sleep, but Anita was much too excited. This year, she was finally going to meet Santa Claus.

Anita had tried to stay awake in the past to meet Santa. Last year she tried to camp out underneath the living room sofa right next to the Christmas tree, but alas, her parents caught her and forced her back to her room. They insisted that the only way she’d ever get to meet Santa was if she was well behaved, and anybody who knew Anita knew that well behaved was not how you’d would describe her.

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An Update a Long Time Coming

Two years and three months.

It’s been quite some time since I last posted and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I ever would again. These past few years had been real hard on me for more than one reason, and I didn’t know how seriously I wanted to take my writing. I didn’t really want to know what I wanted to do with my life and so I took a hiatus for a while, and when I tried to come back, I wasn’t sure if I was good enough. I started being extremely harsh on myself when it came to self-critique, and I was really putting myself down.

But then one day, I snapped to my senses and started working again. It was tough, but since them I’ve gotten back to working on my novels and even started writing up a few short stories. I tried to get these short stories published to some online publications, but unfortunately I’ve had no such luck. So, I decided I’d start posting them here!

One of my biggest struggles with hosting a blog site like this was knowing what to post. I’ve tried several different things over the years, and I think just sharing my work here for free is the best way to go.

So, coming this Halloween I’m going to be releasing a short story fitting for the season. I hope you all look forward to it and I hope you’re ready for the spooks! Thank you very much for tuning in and I hope you all have a wonderful day.

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Spring-Heeled Jack is Finally Here!

Hello protagonists! Today is the day! Spring-Heeled Jack is available for physical purchase on Amazon right now!  That’s right everyone, now you can physically hold this book that I’ve been talking oh so much about.

If you want, the eBook is still FREE at Smashwords and $0.99 on Amazon if you’d want that instead. Anyways everyone, that’s all I have to say for the day. Thank you very much for tuning and I hope you all have a very wonderful day!

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Is It Really Steampunk?

Hello protagonists! If you’re a follower of mine and have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll be very aware of my recently released book Spring-Heeled Jack. I’ve talked about it a lot and now that the physical release is getting closer, I thought that I need to address something very important. Constantly, I call Spring-Heeled Jack and the whole Queen of Spades series steampunk. But, is it really? When I explain it to my friends they all ask me if it really qualifies as a steampunk story or a sci-fi story that just takes place in the past. I guess before we can answer that, we’ll need to buckle down and define steampunk itself.

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Writer’s Tool: The Character Sheet

Hey protagonists!

For a while, I’ve been brainstorming an idea for a simple little tool that I could use in my writing to help keep me organized. One of the things I have the hardest time keeping track of is keeping track of all of my different characters: Their appearance, their history, relationships, and flaws. Previously, I’d just been taking notes, but that was boring and uninteresting. So I came up with this handy dandy character sheet!

Writer's Character Sheet-1

With this handy dandy little tool, it’s much easier to reference back to specific things when I need them. Things such as what the character’s hair color is, how tall they are, their age and birthday, and so on and so forth. I’m actually really proud of this and I’ve been using it myself for a little while now. Plus, if you ever get an idea for a character, but don’t know where they belong, you can just slap down their information and then BOOM! You have a character in reserved ready to go.

If you want, you can download the PDF down below so you can try it out too!

PDF: Writer’s Character Sheet