Friday, January 3, 2020

'When Mice Where Giants' Update

Hello hello! Thanks to the efforts of Kayla Ware, 'When Mice Were Giants' has received some fresh edits and has been updated. This is likely the final version that will be made into a book, so if you haven't read it yet, now would be the opportune time!

Just follow the link: When Mice Were Giants

Monday, December 23, 2019

When Mice Where Giants and The Misfortune of Black Cats

Seasons Greetings, Everyone!

So, I've gone over and edited 'When Mice Were Giants' some more and have at last sent the most updated version to my awesome editor, Kayla M. Ware, host of chroniclefocuseditorial.com.

Once that is edited, I will replace the older version with the newer and be one step closer to making 'When Mice Were Giants' into a picture book!

With my part in that done for now, I'm using the down time to explore ideas for another likely short story project. This one is currently named, 'The Misfortune of Black Cats' and will be a fictional origin story for where the ludicrous idea of black cats being unlucky came from.

This story will offer a fictional early America era setting in which a young woman, the recent widow of a fairly well off man, is targeted by an especially greedy individual interested in taking all that she has received from her late husband, land, wealth, and so forth. The greedy man intends to go about this by making the young woman out to be a witch, scheming and plotting to convince the townspeople of her supposed devilry. AND it is up to her beloved pet, a black cat, to thwart these evil deeds.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 16, 2019

'When Mice Were Giants' Now has a Cover!

I am very pleased to announce that, thanks to Connie Walker, my little fable  'When Mice Were Giants' now has a cover!


I'm hoping this will be the first in a series of paintings by this incredibly talented artists that will contribute to making 'When Mice Were Giants' into my first children's picture book!

The story may be enjoyed now right here.

Friday, December 13, 2019

"A Handful of Souls" - Progress 3

Chapter 9 of 'A Handful of Souls' is done! It was a longer chapter but concludes the first part of this story. There are 2 more parts planned though this will still likely be in the novella range for length.

In other news, I have been working closely with my illustrator, the very talented, Connie Walker, to make a cover for 'When Mice Were Giants' a short story available for viewing here on my blog.

The cover is currently in the mail and if it looks nearly as good as the pictures I was sent of it, we're in for a real treat!

I'm also looking forward to trying to turn 'When Mice Were Giants' into a children's book with Connie illustrating, but will have to see if my wallet can endure such an endeavor, especially after I have requested Connie do a piece for 'A Handful of Souls'.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

"A Handful of Souls" - Progress 2


A Tale of Love, Loss, and Necromancy

"A Handful of Souls" will be a Dark Fantasy story following the runaway, Cat (Catriona), having what little she has being cruelly taken from her. Lost and alone, when a mysterious power offers to bring back some of what she once had, Cat has to accept. But this world offers nothing without cost, a harsh lesson she will now have to learn.


Hello hello! I'm happy to say the story is coming along very well. I'm currently working on chapter seven, though the chapters are remaining quite short at around four to six pages each. 

I'm liking these short chapters. Being able to finish one quickly is a nice boost.

And I actually have some solid ideas for a middle and end to the story, which is incredibly rare!

Monday, November 11, 2019

"A Handful of Souls" - Progress 1

Hello hello! After getting distracted with 'Metal Gear Survive', addictive game (wish I got it when the multiplayer was still alive), I've managed to make some decent progress on my new story.

Speaking of which...
What would you give for a chance to see the loved and lost once more? To hold them again? To feel their warmth? To share some final words?
What would you be willing to sacrifice?
Questions a young Catriona will have to answer in
"A Handful of Souls" (a working title).

Though the two chapters I've written have been quite short so far, they've been pretty intense and things are not slowing down.

This will be a dark fantasy piece heavily involving necromancy, loosely based on D&D lore.
 Assuming all goes well, I'm looking to make it into a novella.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

A New Beginning

After an immensely busy Halloween season I've finally decided to begin a new tale that I'd been rattling around for a little while.

Don't have a working title yet, but the idea is the young protagonist flees from a lethal bandit attack on her companions. Coming across an ancient phylactery left by a long gone lich whose greatly weakened soul still remains inside, the protagonist uses lingering necromantic energies to get revenge on the bandits and reanimate her fallen friends. The lich keeps the protagonist and her friends 'alive' in exchange for fresh souls with which it seeks to eventually reform its decrepit body and once more walk the mortal world.

Just getting started, not sure where it's going to go, but the writing has begun!

I'll likely be bouncing back and forth between this and Alice for now, but the Chapter Art Drawing Contest is still going on, currently in Chapter 4's. Chapters available under 'The Jellybane'.