Tiny Update

everyday, Writing

Heyo!

Life got busy this month (hello, holidays!), so I dropped out of Huevember for my sanity. Gingersnap Cat Christmas is up to 15K words and still going strong! I’m staying offline so I can try to finish it before December. Hopefully I’ll work up enough energy to scan some of the random art I’ve done.

Also, if you haven’t played STRANGER THINGS: THE GAME I recommend it. No ads, no microtransactions, just great Zelda-esque fun times. Also Dustin’s sprite is spot on and I love it.

10K Words reached in new kitty Christmas story!

News from Pixelvania Publishing, Writing

Whoo! My latest story, A Gingersnap Cat Christmas, just hit 10,000 words! Since I want it finished by Thanksgiving, I’ve been trying to write on it even on days when I’m Not Feeling It™. So far, it’s working! Even on my argleblargle days I’m managing between 700-1400 words an hour. Stay tuned to see if I manage this audacious goal!

New horror story for Halloween! WHAT THE CAT BROUGHT BACK

Art, News from Pixelvania Publishing, Writing

What the Cat Brought Back (Cover). A terrified cat looks on at something we can't see; grungy text appears over him. A red rip in the image contains the title.

“Magnum dropped something else off. Feels bad in your hands.”

Leaves. Dish sponges. Shoelaces.

Katheryn Crenshaw is used to her cat bringing her odd gifts.

Then he brings home an object that terrifies her.

It won’t be the last.

Novelette: 10,900 words. PG-13.


A disquieting tale starring two women. More disturbing than gory, with many of the scares happening in broad daylight…

And in a complete mood swing from the last release, we have What the Cat Brought Back. It’s a novelette (think: longer short story) perfect for Halloween reading.

Writing this, I was surprised by the tender friendship between the two women, Katheryn and Mallory. I mean, it’s still a horror story, but there’s some light in the bleakness.

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And please remember, reviews are always welcome!

Cover Teaser: WHAT THE CAT BROUGHT BACK

Art, News from Pixelvania Publishing, Writing

Hunh! Despite sitting down without a plan, I appear to be finished with my horror story ebook cover! Prayer works! Guess I’ll make the announcement, then!

WHAT THE CAT BROUGHT BACK's teaser cover: a crop of a cat's mouth and some scary looking text

This doesn’t look good…

Coming this week: WHAT THE CAT BROUGHT BACK, a new PG-13 horror novelette.

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Fashion Frenchies Cover Mockup

Art, Writing

Cover mockup for Fashion Frenchies 1, featuring purple smoke, a bulldog, and a cauldron

90% of my Frenchies edits are done so I’ve really got to get a cover going. I’ve made a few batches of covers but am still not sure if I’m in the right direction for a “Fantasy Family Romance Comedy” story (it reminded my reader of Hallmark movies, which was exactly what I was going for).

Today, instead of starting with a thumbnail, I decided to start with type, then pasted an old mockup under it. Love the author name in this font, but maybe I shouldn’t use it if I’m going to use it in the title. Or vice versa. And I think branding could be stronger, you know?

I don’t even know if I want this to be photobashed. I was considering aping the BEWITCHED animation style. And doing a patterned frame around it. But I don’t know if I can pull it off.

(In my secret heart I want all my covers to be illustrated, or have some illustrated aspect to them. I mean, I have the skillz, why limit myself with stock photos? But the business-savvy writer boards seem to say that it’s not right to illustrate everything, so I’m torn. It’s hard to go against the crowd, you know?)

A quote on tense, plus horror fiction news!

Writing

“Books let you know what tense they want to be written in.” — David Mitchell, from Make it now: the rise of the present tense in fiction

As a writer working on a fantasy story (the greatest Nosferatu love story of all time) that for some reason is first-person, present tense, I found that quote to be hugely reassuring.

In other news, I am preparing a new horror novelette to go out to a proofreader. If you’ve ever had a cat bring you gifts, you will probably like it.

Magic Fashion Frenchies #1: COMPLETE

Writing

Finished (read: abandoned) my first draft of Magic Fashion Frenchies #1 and have sent it off to my proofreader!

This novella took so long to write that while I was working on it, I came up with three other ideas for the characters, so I guess this will be my first series!

How long did it take me to write? Well, its working title was My Frenchie Valentine.