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Books for Brains

After a long break from this here blog, I’ve come back to report that I did a thing.

zombiebookmobile

Kids love to read to zombies for therapy! Just be sure you don’t get too close… This 12-page picture book follows the misadventures of a girl who has trouble reading, and the zombie who takes care of her.

Faithful readers of Oneirical will be well-prepared for the irreverent tale that unfolds here, and I hope the debut of my illustrations delights you in the viewing as much as it did me in the drawing!

The Zombie Bookmobile is available for Kindle.

May 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm 1 comment

A Little Breather

Just over two years ago I started this blog, and my intention was to break through the fear of the blank page, silence my inner editor, and learn to write without over-thinking. I am proud and happy to say that the experiment has been a success! I’ve been working on my novel, a project that has been on the back burner for years, and that has taken over the time I would usually spend making posts here. Dear readers, I apologize if I’ve left you hanging, but greater things are ahead!

I will still write stories here, though my initial vow of daily (or semi-daily) will no longer be in effect, necessarily. This wonderful place has served its intended purpose, so the pressure is off in that respect. The incredible surprises that my imagination has brought forth here will keep me coming back. It is an addicting feeling; those times when something comes out of you that makes you smile are delicious times, indeed. I’ve created characters here that I would like to revisit, and am sure there are others still waiting to be born whom I can’t wait to meet.

For now, though, I will be taking a little breather. I’m going to finish my novel. Would that there were more hours in the day, and that my day job didn’t take up so many of them, so that I could write here, there, and everywhere! Perhaps one day…

July 10, 2013 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

An Empty Box and a Fresh Start

Dearest readers, I hope the last two tales and their downer endings haven’t depressed you. I’m not sure whether it was due to a winter slump, but the days are getting longer now (even if they are still cold) and I’m feeling a lighter story bubbling to the surface.

The mysterious junk box is no more, and we should all thank our lucky stars for that! Can you imagine what would happen if you could just fill the world with a never-ending supply of wants and craves and impulse items? Any number of fables and cautionary tales demonstrate the evils of always getting what you want. Our hero, the janitor, was able to destroy the box precisely because he wanted for nothing.

What’s that, you ask? Was he meant to represent the Fool card from classic tarot? A bit. You smarty pants, you.

Would you be able to resist that box? Would it be full of junk when you looked inside, or would it be empty? I’m afraid I must plead the 5th.

Onward towards spring, and into another story!

March 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm 1 comment

Endings, Beginnings, and the Hard Work In Between

Wikipedia says that “Moksha” is the removal of the soul from the cycle of reincarnation. It is the cease of suffering. What happens after that? You turn gold, apparently. Who knew? Another insight brought to you by the blank page.

Even though each of the tales I pen here have a big “THE END” where I stop writing, the stories do not stop. In my head, the characters continue to have adventures, and their worlds continue to spin. That makes it difficult for me, actually. Since the format of this blog is so loose, and my purpose here is to go with the flow no matter where it leads, it takes a bit of effort to halt that process. I know that at some point I must begin tying up the loose ends and find a satisfying way to bring things to a close.

You would think starting with no idea of what I’m about to write would be the hard part.

I confess that usually by the 6th or 7th post in a tale, I have already begun planning multiple endings. Moksha gave me trouble and that’s why it became the longest story on the blog so far; I kept waiting for her to tell me where she was going and she had no idea!

Off we go into a new year and a new tale. Here’s to lucky 13!

January 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm 1 comment

A Lyrical First Yearical

Happy Birthday!

‘Twas one year ago today that Aquarius Boy arrived on the scene and my bedtime-story-blogging experiment began. Thank you to everyone who has come along for the ride, but thanks especially to superfan Craig T. Adams, who took it upon himself to illustrate ALL the stories from this past year! I am humbled, elated, and verklempt. *hugs*

A Lyrical First Yearical

Illustrations courtesy of the amazing Craig T. Adams

(If you’ve been playing along at home with your version of the Astrology Reference Guide, you may have guessed that sometime soon there will be a tale featuring the four Cardinal signs of the zodiac. You’d be right, I’m sure.)

Onward through Year 2 and beyond! All hail the glorious promise of the totally not scary blank page!

June 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm 3 comments

Plot Twisterrific

Huzzah for plot twists! Lady Silver was such a joy to write, I never knew what was coming until I sat down and logged in to post. Well, by the time I got to p.17 or so, I mostly knew how it would end, except for the castle floating off. Lazy fantasy cliche or the beginnings of an alien conspiracy series? Even I am not quite sure.

Now we move on to another tale, which, when completed, will likely put me over the year mark since beginning this blog project. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, or that I’ve written that much. Thanks for sticking around. Your comments make me smile, and I hope you’re getting as much out of this as I am.

Stay tuned for more high adventure! Or anthropomorphic parables. Or romantic legends. Or thinly veiled treatises aimed at getting you to eat your greens. We’ll see…

May 16, 2012 at 5:23 pm 2 comments

Bonus Geek Note Included

I just want to say that “Clive Smythe” is the coolest sounding evil villain name I have ever come up with, I think. It just feels oily and sinister in your mouth when you say it, and you can’t say it too fast (if you are enunciating properly) which makes it even heavier and more foreboding. I am sad that he didn’t end up having a bigger role in this story. I would like to revisit the circus in the future and play with him some more.

(Bonus Geek Note: The inspiration for the name ‘Smythe’ came from a Patrick Troughton era Doctor Who episode. General Smythe was an evil character, of course, and the actor who portrayed him had the most fantastic cleft between his eyebrows, which made him look mad all the time.)

I will confess that I did not spend as much time on this story as I would have liked due to March being a terrible month in general, so I hope I have not done a disservice to our characters. Fear not, Clive Smythe, you shall have your day…

Once again, I face the blank page of a new story. I can’t offer you any teasers because I have no idea where we’re going! Wee!

March 29, 2012 at 10:38 am 1 comment

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