March 22, 2017

March - "Here I am, late again"

Here I am, late again,
Wednesday at ten,
trying to conjure up words with my pen,
but the magic’s not working,
not like it worked then.
“Then?” When was that, how I wonder…

Last week was springtime.
The sun finally came,
searing away
the malaise
and the pain—
the ache in my neck,
the fog in my brain,
and the sadness that’d torn me asunder.

This week,
winter has come back to town.
Thunder-snow roars
and pools on the ground.
Though just an inch deep,
I feel like I’ll drown,
in the coldness
that’s pulling me under.

I just want greenery,
warmth, and the sun.
I want to finish
what I’ve left undone.
I want the words to spill forth and run
like magic,
like springtime,
like thunder.

March 7, 2017

Outcast Shadows Release!

Outcast Shadows is out and available for online purchase!

I will also be selling Miscast Spells and Outcast Shadows at the Tucson Festival of Books. I'll be at the Young Adult Author Pavilion, Booth #456 on Saturday, March 11th, from 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm. 

If you are familiar with the University of Arizona campus, look for the booth across the sidewalk from the northwest corner of the Special Collections wing of the library, or just to the east of the opening looking down on the Integrated Learning Center. If you’ve never been on campus, ask for the Teen and Author Stage; I’ll be at the booth just south of it. There are plenty of volunteers and info booths at the festival, as well as a map on the festival website.

Please come, say hello, and buy a signed copy of my books!

March 1, 2017

Love and Chaos: The First Duel to the Death

“Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline.”
 G.K. Chesterton

Read on Wattpad
or under the break

February 22, 2017

Stopping to Write on a Sleeping Evening

Whose words are these? I think I know.
They’re mine, yet they refuse to flow.
I see my cursor stopping here.
It’s writer’s block; I’m filled with woe.

My writer friends must think it strange,
My variable word-count range:
From nil to chiliads per day
Based on how the seasons change.

I give my drowsy head a shake
And make some tea to stay awake.
I’ve just got to buckle down
although I’m lazy, and a flake.

My bed is warm, my blankets deep,
But I have promises to keep,
Six thousand words before I sleep,
Six thousand words before I sleep.

February 15, 2017

February, plus Love Poem Videos

“Twenty-Eight Years Old”

Today I am twenty-eight years old
and a day,
and what a day it was!
What a year!
What a life!
I can’t help but be pleased
every Valentine’s Day
and bask in my singularity.
Love is often about gratitude,
and I’m so grateful to have been born
into a loving family,
into a house where stories covered every wall,
like rainbows through a prism
that was my brothers and sister and parents.

And I’m grateful for my friends,
even if it’s hard to put into words how much I love them,
especially for those who,
distressed by the weight of the world,
seem to have given up on words entirely;
given up too young.

When we were in high school,
we had tea parties on my living room floor,
adorned in sun dresses,
and discussed the power of stories,
as if words could float like soap bubbles though the air,
shimmering and popping on our skin.
Words were power,
and we were the ones who made the words.

But now you’ve given up that power,
or given up on that power.
Who made you so disillusioned
so young?
Who made you forget that you used to read
more books in a year
then I’ve read in a life time?
You used to write down quotes you loved;
I wonder where that notebook is now…

Today I am twenty-eight years old and a day,
and I still feel very young,
but also oddly accomplished.
Singularly accomplished.
I’ve written three books,
work two jobs,
and study one topic all day long.
In a roundabout way,
I’m living my dream.
And as I sit here,
on the first unbirthday of my twenty-eighth year,
holding my book in my hands,
I feel grateful for all the people I love,
even those I can never tell.
I think this story is about love;
I think all good stories are,
and I hope that in a roundabout way,
my words can reach out to my friends
and give them power
and show them love.

February 6, 2017

Preorder Outcast Shadows!

Outcast Shadows is finally ready for pre-ordering! Please consider doing this as a purchase option, since it helps the sales ranking a little more than orders after the release date of the book.

As with Miscast Spells, Outcast Shadows is available as a paperback or as an ebook. You can preorder from Amazon or Barnes and Noble (for some reason on Amazon, the ebook and paperback aren't synced up, so here is a link to the ebook).

Book Two calls for two cups of tea!

The back cover is Chiaroscuro!

January 31, 2017

Meet Raina and Bedlam

Meet Raina!

Full Name: Raina Cacoethes of Styx 
Appearance: Like all Styx Goblins, she resembles a human save for her long, pointed ears, snake eyes, and green hair. She is short in stature and has a severe squint.
Likes: Cooking, letter writing, the starry night sky, playing tricks on people, dueling, portmanteaus, her father and her maiden aunt, Bedlam’s enthusiasm
Dislikes: Being made a fool of, being mistaken for a human, licorice
Favorite Food: Mushroom soup
Spirit Animal: Ferret
Spirit Vegetable: Cactus
Little Known Fact: She was the first Styx goblin to name each and every wyrm in the castle garden, and taught Delilah to recognize them.

Meet Bedlam!

Full Name: Bedlam Lesse
Appearance: He sports multiple piercings along his batty ears and wears his spiky magenta hair short. His Lessarian apparel incorporates leather and many, many buttons.
Likes: Machines, springs, gears, the smell of oil, Raina’s ferocity
Dislikes: His brother, being shot at, early mornings
Favorite Food: Grilled moor eel
Spirit Animal: Bat
Spirit Vegetable: Beet
Little Known Fact: Due to his hobby of scrounging around Catawampian alleys for potentially magical specimens, Bedlam was the designated errand-boy for any moorish matters requiring Catawampian input; this has given him a healthy hatred of bureaucracy.

January 23, 2017

Book Giveaway Bonanza!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Outcast Shadows, I'm holding book giveaways on Goodreads and Tumblr. There will be two winners, one from each site.

The giveaways will run from today until midnight on Valentine's Day, giving the winners an exclusive look at the new book before the official release on March 7th. Because Outcast Shadows is a sequel, I'm also including a copy of Miscast Spells so that the winners can catch up on the story so far. Please spread the word and encourage anyone and everyone to enter!