When I was young my parents never said, “You must be a Roman Catholic or a Southern Baptist.  You have to choose, one or the other.”  They felt that religion, or the lack thereof, was a personal decision that I should make on my own when I felt the time was right.  It’s something that I largely love and respect them for because it’s let me explore the world without having it colored by the perceptions of heavy-handed do...

Before there was a dream of publication… Before there was talk of books and being an author… There was just a girl with a blog that enjoyed writing.  Somewhere in the process of the journey to become an author, I lost sight of that girl that I used to be.  The one who wrote for love of the written word.  Not for fame.  Not for fortune.  Not for the dream of being read by many.  I wrote because it was what I loved to do and I wrote ...

For the first time in months, I have enough clarity to make the attempt to write something — namely this post.  Until you’ve experienced debilitating chronic pain first-hand it’s difficult to comprehend.  I know, because I watch the people around me — friends, family, even completely strangers — that have no earthly clue.  It’s made this journey a lot lonelier than it had to be, but it’s also made me a...

Siege mentality.  It’s something a friend said to me in an email today when I wrote to her about everything I’ve been feeling since yesterday’s Rheumatologist appointment.  It’s time to bar the doors of the castle, buckle down, and dig in against the invaders.  Prepare for the worst and however long it will take to break the siege. I stand on the ramparts of my castle, looking out over the fields and watching as the inv...

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I want to celebrate all the facets that make me the woman I am.  It’s high time we started celebrating everything about us and stop letting society stuff us into idealized little pigeonholes.  Embrace being a “tomboy”; embrace being a “gamer” or a “geek”; embrace everything that makes you the greatest and most engaging woman you know how to be. The Gam...

Even if you aren’t a well-established author with millions of fans… the fans you do have still matter.  It’s why I love hearing from mine.  I was recently sent this photo of long-time fan and friend, Greggo, pictured here reading his copy of Writer & Roleplayer Primers. [quote author=”- Greggo”]I love that it feels like I’m having a real conversation with you.[/quote]

Growing Up Right
Author's Musings / June 28, 2015

When I was young my parents never said, “You must be a Roman Catholic or a Southern Baptist.  You have to choose, one or the other.”  They felt that religion, or the lack thereof, was a personal decision that I should make on my own when I felt the time was right.  It’s something that I largely love and respect them for because it’s let me explore the world without having it colored by the perceptions of heavy...

Even the Rose Withers
Fan Fiction Friday / June 26, 2015

Ishgard… A place of insurmountable beauty trapped within the clutches of the depths of winter, where every breath threatens to freeze the heart betwixt one beat and the next.  A place so filled with its own sense of righteousness that the weight of it fills the air. Yet, as I have learned to my woe during the course of my studies, things of beauty are not meant to last.  Does not even the rose wither?  There is nothing in this world ...

Back to Writing Roots
Author's Musings / June 26, 2015

Before there was a dream of publication… Before there was talk of books and being an author… There was just a girl with a blog that enjoyed writing.  Somewhere in the process of the journey to become an author, I lost sight of that girl that I used to be.  The one who wrote for love of the written word.  Not for fame.  Not for fortune.  Not for the dream of being read by many.  I wrote because it was what I loved to do an...

The Siege of Arey :: Introduction
The Siege of Arey / August 10, 2014

Arey… Once, a city of splendors and plenty with a joyous, prosperous people. The jewel of the Bladed Coast, it was the center of trade and commerce with the Crowning Isles and all points beyond. Despite that, however, her enemies were many.  All along the mainland there were smaller, outlying countries who envied Arey her wealth and success. Foremost among them were the Trinity Princes who ruled the lands of Elshir to the west....

Letters Home #7
Letters Home / July 29, 2014

To: Lord Brunt, Clan Blackiron Citadel Adbar, Faerun From:  Ruria Hammerfall Luskan, Faerun  My Lord: I write to you today to send my heartfelt thanks for the generosity of an escort for my latest purchase from Citadel Adbar.  As always, the craftsmanship of my brethren is unmatched and the armor itself is magnificent.  The additions and enhancements that were added, I’m sure I owe to your continued care for my well-being, so I...

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Fictionalized!
The Siege of Arey / July 10, 2014

I feel like I’ve run the topic of my battle with auto-immunity into the ground for most people, even though there are only a handful of posts about it on this blog.  It’s been a rough journey that’s gotten even rougher in the past few months as every pain regimen we’ve tried ends up in failure.  My daily life has been severely hampered.  I can no longer drive.  I can’t even clean my own house.  I canR...