Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Writing Update: February Goals


Happy Wednesday!

Although I'm already behind where I'd hoped to be, I am very pleased with the progress I've made. I'm over a third finished with the second edition content edit of Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection, and I'm very happy with the two chapters I've written in Marked and the one scene in "On Day 168." I'm hoping to kick things into a higher gear in February, and I'm crossing my fingers that the day job will be calmer than it has been in January.

Best of all, I'm loving writing again. It's energizing me and getting rid of the clutter in my mind. I remember now why I write and feel in a better place with my writing. This is very good because there were a lot of times last year I really considered stopping the torture I was putting myself through and quitting either by taking everything down and acting like being a writer never happened or finishing up The Fate Challenges (I do hate leaving a series hanging) and never publishing anything after that. Sometimes we need a break to refocus and reorganize what we want, and I'm happy that I still want to write and share all these stories in my head.

Also my writer anniversary came up in January! On January 15, 2009, I decided to write with publication in mind and wrote my first chapter of Reborn, which I published in May 2014.

That said, here are my February goals:
  • Once upon a Nightmare - I want to finish the second edition content edit. I still have line edits and two proofreads (one on my Kindle and one print proof) left to do before publishing. Once I finish the content edit, I'll be taking down the individual stories and the collection (ebook/print) from other retailers. I wasn't going to do a print version at this time, but I found the perfect pre-designed cover art and getting both ebook and print covers together cost the same as getting either print or ebook. I plan to publish the ebook in KDP Select for a limited time and publish the print book everywhere.
  • Marked - I will keep writing Marked.
  • "Paper Lanterns" - This short story will be in Untethered Realms' anthology Mayhem in the Air (Forthcoming 2015), and I would like to complete my self-edit of it before sending it to our first editor (I'm the second editor of the anthology). I haven't said too much about "Paper Lanterns." The story is futuristic fantasy, and the premise is how far would a person go to destroy the one he loved who betrayed him. The story involves paper magic and takes place about twenty-five years before a New Adult series I'd like to write one of these days.
  • "On Day 168" - If time, I'd like to write another scene in "On Day 168," which will be in UR's anthology Ghosts of Fire (Forthcoming 2016). "On Day 168" is epic fantasy and is set in the Amoran universe but in Norvadia (the Great Beyond) instead of the Kingdom of Amora.
What are your goals for February?

2015 Writing Stats (1/1/2015-1/27/2015): 7748 words written and 61 pages edited

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Falling for #SpecFic: The Hobbit - Book and Movies / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 17

After watching The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in movie theaters, I decided to read the books. I read The Hobbit back in 2002 and followed it up with The Lord of the Rings. Last year, I re-read The Hobbit so I could compare it to the movies.

I must say I had forgotten a lot between reading the book in 2002 and watching the first two movies before re-reading the book, including who died at the end. I enjoyed re-reading the book. The movies didn't stray too much, with some exceptions.

What I loved about the book and movies equally:

  • Bilbo
  • The dwarves
  • Gollum, the riddles, and how Bilbo gets the ring
  • The eagles

What I loved in the movies more than the book:
  • The elves
  • Smaug
  • Orcs/goblins

What I loved in the book more than the movies:
  • The lack of the love triangle
  • The focus on Bilbo's story

What I disliked about the movies:
  • The love triangle
  • The battling of the Necromancer (It was a little anticlimactic for me.)
  • The splitting of the book into three movies (Two would've been better.)
  • The way the third movie lacked a beginning, middle, and end and felt more just like the end
  • Radagast (Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy this strange little wizard, but I felt his scenes were a bit too long.)

What I loved about the movies that wasn't in the book:
  • Tauriel (So I didn't care as much about the love triangle, but she was pretty kick@ss in general.)
  • I liked the earlier Necromancer scenes, just not the final one
  • The connection with The Lord of the Rings (Now I want to re-read The Lord of the Rings and re-watch the movies!)

Have you read The Hobbit or seen the movies? What did you think of them?


It's time for another chapter of Reborn to go up on Wattpad. Read Chapter Seventeen here or start from the beginning here.

And speaking of Speculative (Spec) Fiction (Fic), Untethered Realms will be hosting #SpecFicChat on Fridays on Twitter.

Next chat begins January 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. GMT/1:00 p.m. EST
Topic: Punking it up. What's the attraction of Steampunk?

Use #SpecFicChat to join the conversation any time. The chat is ongoing.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bookworm News


BOOKS READ

Grimm: The Icy Touch by John Shirley
Sleeping Jenny by Aubrie Dionne
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido
The Pescetarian Plan: The Vegetarian + Seafood Way to Lose Weight and Love Your Food by Janis Jibrin, recipes by Sidra Forman
Psych: Mind-altering Murder by William Rabkin
Of Fire and Ash by Amber Argyle

BOOK REVIEWS

Grimm: The Icy Touch by John Shirley
The past comes to haunt Nick Burkhardt in John Shirley's Grimm: The Icy Touch. As a big fan of the TV show Grimm, I was so excited to find out there were TV tie-in books to the series. The storyline for this novel didn't disappoint; however, I thought the characterizations of the characters weren't quite what they are from the show. Shirley over-exaggerated the characters a bit too much. The book felt overwritten at times. That said, I did enjoy the plot in itself. I had to know what would happen and felt the pace was good and suspenseful. Although Grimm: The Icy Touch by John Shirley could've been better, I am looking forward to reading more Grimm books.

Sleeping Jenny by Aubrie Dionne
Jenny's dreams lie a future away in Aubrie Dionne's Sleeping Jenny. I felt for Jenny's plight. Being cryogenically frozen until there is a cure for her type of cancer and not knowing what year or century you'd wake up in or if you'd wake up at all is a terrifying prospect for anyone. I loved how Dionne balanced Jenny's fears and hopes. Jenny felt real in her futuristic world. I enjoyed the world-building on how the planet became what it was. The story was fast paced and action packed. And when I got to the end, all I wanted to do was read the next book, which unfortunately isn't available yet. I love Aubrie Dionne's work, and Sleeping Jenny is perhaps my new favorite of her books.

By the way, I also love how the story ties in with Dionne's other series Paradise Reclaimed (Young Adult Science Fiction Romance) and A New Dawn (Science Fiction Romance).

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Finding the medal awarded to Ichabod Crane could protect Sleepy Hollow from evil in Keith R.A. DeCandido's Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution. I love the TV show Sleepy Hollow, so as soon as I discovered there was a TV tie-in book I had to read it. DeCandido has written probably the best TV tie-in book I've ever read. The characters jumped to life from the page and sounded just like they do in the show. The blend of history with present was seamless. The plot moved forward at a fast pace. I felt like I was watching the show instead of reading at times. Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido is perfect for fans of the show and anyone else who enjoys a great story. I really hope there will be more Sleepy Hollow books in the future.

The Pescetarian Plan by Janis Jibrin, recipes by Sidra Forman
Janis Jibrin's The Pescetarian Plan will having you thinking of a different way to eat better and still enjoy food. I haven't been a very healthy eater, despite giving up mammals in 1998 and all meats in 2005 until I added back in fish and seafood in August 2013. I was more carb-ivore than vegetarian and then pescetarian. But this book makes me excited to be a pescetarian. With Jibrin's dietitian background and scientific research to back up her claims, she has crafted a basic way for people to eat more healthy, whether their intentions are to lose weight or maintain weight or just feel better about themselves. The steps are clear and understandable, and I love that you don't have to do everything at once. It's an ongoing process. The book also comes with tons of recipes created by Sidra Forman that I'm eager to try out as well as a section on how to cook fish for the cooking challenged. Jibrin also wrote a section on fishing and its impact to the environment, so the reader can find the best fish for them and the Earth. I highly recommend The Pescetarian Plan by Janis Jibrin and will continue to use this book in the future. 

Psych: Mind-altering Murder by William Rabkin
Shawn's obsession with a new case may mean the end of Shawn's partnership with Gus in William Rabkin's Psych: Mind-altering Murder. I'm a huge fan of Psych and still can't believe the series is over. Now I've read the last book in the TV tie-in series, and I have to say it is the best of the five books written. Shawn is still his hyper yet extremely intelligent and observant self, yet this book shows a lot of the growth Shawn had throughout the TV series. The characters came to life on the page, and the fast paced plot kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. If you're a fan of the show, then you won't want to miss out on reading Psych: Mind-altering Murder by William Rabkin.

Loose Corset by Christine Rains
Morgan's online role-playing game life comes to a head against reality in Christine Rains' Loose Corset. The strength in this novella lies with the characters. Morgan is smart and beautiful yet insecure and comes across as very real. Gorgeous Dean is a very sexy match for her, and yet I worried their real life obligations would get in the way of their budding desires. I laughed so many times at the geeky jokes Rains has sprinkled throughout. For erotica, the sex was steamy and inventive, but the plot was really what drew me in. I had to know what would happen to Morgan and Dean. Loose Corset by Christine Rains is a fun, steamy affair that'll titillate the geek in all of us.

By the way, I was lucky enough to read early drafts last year of all the Dice and Debauchery series. They're all funny and sexy and great reads.

Of Fire and Ash by Amber Argyle
Nelay must never acknowledge the fairies she sees or the consequences will be great in Amber Argyle's Of Fire and Ash, a prequel to Summer Queen. Nelay seems more adult than her young nine years, but growing up in the harsh and unforgiving desert has stripped away any childhood she may have had. What I love most of Argyle's work is her world-building and this novella is no exception. She packs a lot in and makes the setting and people come alive. I particularly loved her descriptions of the fairies Nelay can see. My heart breaks for Nelay and her family. Of Fire and Ash by Amber Argyle is a powerful and heartbreaking story. I'm now even more excited to read Summer Queen coming out later this year.

PROMO

Geek girl Morgan Reid has been to many conventions, but none that had her wishing it would never end.

Dressed as their characters from the online game Steampunk Quest, Morgan and her best friend meet the other players for the first time in real life. Morgan's attraction to the gorgeous Dean Bradley is immediate, making it difficult to breathe in her tight corset. Even after a few dice shattering orgasms, she doesn't believe this can be anything more than a con fling. But Dean is making her feel things she's only read about in books. Can Morgan let go of her cool-headed logic and allow herself to fall completely for the perfect geek guy?

Purchase links: Amazon / Nook / Ellora's Cave / Kobo

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. Please visit her website and blog.

BOOKS RELEASED IN JANUARY

Woven by David Powers King and Michael Jensen
Loose Corset by Christine Rains
The Angel Killer by Lisa Voisin
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
Quarry’s Choice by Max Allan Collins
52 Likes by Medeia Sharif
Lady Honor’s Debt by Maggi Andersen
All It Takes by Clare Dugmore
Of Fire and Ash by Amber Argyle

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#IWSG: 2015 Goals / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 16

IWSG was created by the Captain Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh. To visit the other participants, click here.
We made it to 2015. I hope everyone had a good holiday and is ready to start the new year. As usual, I'm doing my annual goal post today. And for those new to IWSG, my name's Cherie Reich, and I write speculative fiction. I live in Virginia and am a bookworm and cat lover. I'm obsessed with collecting owls and watching TV. My first published novel is Reborn, a YA Epic Fantasy, and I also write novellas and short stories.

READING

24 Books. Yes, it's a much smaller goal than my usual 52, but I want to read some LONG books this year and figured I needed to give myself a reasonable goal to do so. I will likely read more than twenty-four books, though.

WRITING
  • Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection - I should have this second edition re-published in Spring 2015.
  • Fall of Gravity: A Collection - I'm hoping to publish the second edition of this collection by Summer 2015.
  • Marked - I'm currently writing this novella. My hope is to publish Marked (The Fate Challenges #1.5) before the end of this year/early 2016.
  • Forged - Once I finish Marked, then I'll be writing Forged (The Fate Challenges #2). I'm hoping to publish Forged next year.
  • Destined - I'm hoping to finish the first draft by the end this year and publish Destined (The Fate Challenges #3) in 2016/2017.
  • Paper Lanterns - This short story will be in the 2015 Untethered Realms' anthology Mayhem in the Air, which is coming out in the fall. It's already written but will go through more editing.
  • On Day 168 - A short story I hope to write this year for the 2016 UR anthology Ghosts of Fire. "On Day 168" is set within the world of Amora (the Great Beyond or Norvadia) and takes place around 1000 AUC, or 1500 years before Yssa in Reborn. The premise is what happens to the princess if the dragon defeats the knight.
BLOG

I'm planning to continue posting mainly once a week for the first four weeks of each month. Posts will go up on Wednesdays. First Wednesdays are IWSG. Second Wednesdays are now Bookworm News. For Third Wednesdays, I'm incorporating a new post called Falling for #SpecFic, and Fourth Wednesdays are my writing goals posts.

As you can see, I have quite a few projects I want to work on. And of course, any goal can be revised as the year goes on.

What are your 2015 goals?

And here are my 2014 stats: 47,738 Words Written and 3,129 Pages Edited.

Another chapter of Reborn is up on Wattpad. Read Chapter Sixteen here or start from the beginning here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bookworm News / Writing Update: January Goals / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 15


BOOKS READ

The Initiate by M. Pax
Hellsbane Hereafter by Paige Cuccaro
The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan
Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif

BOOK REVIEWS

The Initiate by M. Pax

Saving the world is more complicated than it looks for Daelin and Earl in M. Pax's The Initiate. This book picks up where The Rifters leaves off. Daelin, an Initiate in the Rifters, must learn lesson number one, if she has a hope to help her sister and their world. Daelin grows a lot in this book, and she's quickly become one of my favorite characters. Earl must atone for his past before he can focus on his future. I enjoyed learning more about Earl. A few more questions are answered and more mysteries abound in this series. Pax has created quite the adventure here, and I can't wait for the next book! For a fast-paced thrilling novel filled with strange creatures, fascinating inventions, and unique characters, look no further than The Initiate by M. Pax.

Hellsbane Hereafter by Paige Cuccaro
Emma Jane Hellsbane must choose between Heaven, Hell, or something all her making in Paige Cuccaro's Hellsbane Hereafter. I've been a big fan of Emma Jane since reading the prequel novella Commencement. It took me a little while to get into this book since it's been so long since I've read book two, but once I got into it a bit and remembered who was who and the like, I didn't want to put the book down. Emma Jane is strong and pretty badass, but Cuccaro really forces Emma Jane to grow in this last book of the series. We see new characters, old characters, and the return of characters we haven't seen since the prequel novella. My favorite thing about this series is no one seems completely good or evil. There are so many shades of gray, even among angels, the Fallen, and demons. The ending is really perfect for the series as well. I highly recommend Paige Cuccaro's Hellsbane series and Hellsbane Hereafter doesn't disappoint!

The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan
Andi has longed for the boy next door for years, but can she finally make him fall for her in Rachel Morgan's The Trouble with FakingMorgan packs some powerful twists and turns into this novel. Andi has been one of my favorite characters of the series. She's quirky and confident and bold on the outside, yet she hides who she is and what she feels from almost everyone, even herself. I wish I could be friends with Andi in real life. She's so cool with her book reviews on YouTube and the stuff she crafts on Etsy. She gets into complicated situations, which almost ruin everything. I enjoyed the sweetness of a school girl crush between her and Damien and loved the interaction between her and Damien's best friend. I love how Morgan has set this series in South Africa where she lives. It's exotic at times and so normal at others. The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan is a great addition to the Trouble series. I'm looking forward to the next book!

Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif
Deidra's mother screwed up, yet it is Deidra who almost pays the ultimate price in Medeia Sharif's Vitamins and Death. The stigma of being the daughter of a teacher who slept with a student haunts Deidra and follows her mother and her to their new high school. This novel is emotionally hard to read. Many times I wanted to shake or slap Deidra's mom. She needed to woman-up and become an adult for her daughter. Deidra has the potential for a promising future, and I craved that for her. Her growth and how she comes out of her depression is the shining light in this story. I loved her growing relationship with Malcolm too. Children don't have to be their parents, and this book displays that so well. Medeia Sharif has written a heartbreaking, gut-punching, and edgy book. Vitamins and Death is not light, fun reading, but I recommend it.

BOOK PROMO

VITAMINS AND DEATH, Prizm Books/Torquere Press, December 10, 2014

Purchase from Prizm, Amazon – Vendor sites will be updated on the author’s site.

Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother's briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High. Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, she thinks no one will figure out they're the Battles from recent news and that they're safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed Deidra's life. Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.


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BOOKS RELEASED IN DECEMBER

Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif
Sleeping Jenny by Aubrie Dionne
People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors by Cherie Reich
Marriage to Measure by Talli Roland
Fantasy Uprising by Untethered Realms authors
The Trouble with Faking by Rachel Morgan
Across the Ages by RaShelle Workman
 The Insecure Writers Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond by IWSG authors
Debt Collector Season Two by Susan Kaye Quinn
Hellsbane Hereafter by Paige Cuccaro


Happy Wednesday! I can't believe the year is almost over already! How did that happen?

My December goal to work on Once upon a Nightmare didn't really happen. I should've remembered that December is a very busy work month. But I do have two weeks off from work and hope to come back in January refreshed and ready to get to work on my 2015 goals.

Want to know how Foxwick came to be? I'm talking about the inspiration behind the Kingdom of Foxwick on Christine Rains' blog.

If you're in the Roanoke, VA area, Liz Long and I will be signing books at Paperback Phoenix on Saturday, December 20 from 1 PM - 3 PM, weather permitting, which at the moment doesn't look quite as promising as I'd like.

Here are my goals in January:
  • Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection - I hope to publish the second edition of this collection by March. It might take me a little more time to get the money for the new cover, which is why it might take longer to publish.
  • Marked - Originally titled Remarked, I hope to start back to writing this novella told from Liam's POV in January.
Are you ready for the new year? What are your January goals?

2014 Stats
45,420 Words Written
2709 Pages Edited
*Stats taken from 1/1/14 - 12/16/14

Due to the upcoming holidays, this is my last post for this year. Look for my next post on January 7, 2015.

It's time for another chapter of Reborn to go up on Wattpad. You can read from the beginning here or read Chapter Fifteen here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Chat: New Releases and Reborn Is a Finalist


Months later than I originally thought I would have People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors published, this short story collection is finally available in print and ebook formats!


The kingdom hangs in the balance.

War threatens Foxwick on all sides.

The dreaded Shadowlands gains more souls. From the shrouded trees in Greymist Forest to the arid Blackden Barrens, monsters roam in search of their next victim. Sirens lure ships beneath Merrilea Sea. In cold and snowy Wintermill, royals plot to claim Foxwick as their own, even if they must use dragons and sorcery. Marriage between Foxwick’s king and Lochhollow’s princess creates a perilous alliance. Although brave Valdale will come to Foxwick’s aid, the cost may be more than a true friend can stomach.

Set over a hundred years, these seventeen fantasy short stories explore the people, creatures, and lands in and around the Kingdom of Foxwick.

Short stories in the collection: Common Love, Blind Scribe, Lady Bard, Siren’s Call, Dragon’s Sacrifice, Tribal Abandonment, Dragon Spy, Dragon Seer, Sword Master, Lady Death, Mage Game, Courting Magic, Monster Hunger, Mourner’s Lament, Magic Seeker, Prince’s Price, and Love’s Challenge

Epic Fantasy
The Foxwick Chronicles #2
80,000 words or 274 pages

People of Foxwick includes the short stories from the former smaller collections Women of Foxwick and Men of Foxwick (both individually published and now unpublished) and seven new short stories.

To purchase: Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords

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And if you haven't picked up the companion flash fiction collection set within the same timeline as People of Foxwick, you can purchase A to Z Flashes of Foxwick at these places: Kobo Nook iTunes / Amazon / OmniLit / Google Play / Smashwords.

I'm also at Aubrie Dionne's blog talking about four ways short fiction will make you a better writer, have a three question interview with M. Pax, and on Ellie Garratt's blog talking about five tips on world-building in short fiction.
My 10 tips for formatting is within The Insecure Writers Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond.

Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey. 

ISBN 9781939844088
235 pages, FREE

Available – 
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Some of us authors of Untethered Realms have gotten together and put our books together into a boxed set. My book Reborn is one of the books in this great collection of fantasy stories.

Stories included: Reborn by Cherie Reich
Fireseed One by Catherine Stine
Givin' up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner
The Marquis by Christine Rains
The Alpha by Christine Rains
The Rifters by M. Pax
Neverlove by Angela Brown
The Fall of Shaylar by River Fairchild
Diamonds and Dust by River Fairchild

You can get your copy at the limited-time low price of $0.99, a savings of almost $14! The collection is over 500,000 words and 1000 single-spaced pages!

Add to Goodreads!

To purchase: Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / Smashwords (Some links forthcoming.)


And on Tuesday, I got some exciting news. Reborn is a finalist in the Fantasy category in EPIC's eBook Competition. I entered Reborn into the competition back in June and wasn't expecting much, but I'm thrilled to be a finalist. They'll announce the winners at their annual conference in March, which I unfortunately will be unable to attend. I got a cool badge and a certificate for being a finalist.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

IWSG: Monthly Inspiration / Wattpad Wednesdays: Reborn Chapter 14

IWSG was created by the Captain Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh. For a list of participants, click here. Today's co-hosts are Heather Gardner, T. Drecker at Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins.
Happy Wednesday! Wow, I can't believe this is the last IWSG post this year!

The past couple years my good friend Aubrie has sent me a calendar called The Art of Success. It has a pretty picture each month, but best of all, I love the monthly quotes. They've been a source of inspiration for me throughout the year, so I'd like share the quotes of 2014's The Art of Success calendar.

January
Insight
"Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it." - J. Petit Senn

February
Legacy
"A falling drop at last will carve a stone." - Lucretius

March
Success
"Success is a journey, not a destination." - Ben Sweetland

April
Preparation
"Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up." - Robert Frost

May
Inspiration
"Shrouded in wonder, today we begin again, to discover our destiny." - Garth Catterhall Heart

June
Growth
"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent Van Gogh

July
Courage
"The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid." Confucius

August
Compassion
"yet taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other's good, and melt at other's woe." - Homer

September
Direction
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." - Dolly Parton

October
Rejuvenate
"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop." - Anonymous

November
Limitations
"The only way to finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.' Arthur C. Clarke

December
Ambition
"It is better to fall short of a high mark than to reach a low one." - H.C. Payne

What has inspired you this year?

Another chapter of Reborn is up on Wattpad. You can read Chapter Fourteen here or start at the beginning here.

Amazon / Google Play / iTunes / Kobo / Nook / OmniLit / Smashwords
It's the last few days to pre-order People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors for just $0.99. You will save $3.00 by pre-ordering now.