Inked

After a year of enduring the bite of Kile’s needle, Evie thought she’d be accustomed to the sting by now. With only a few short weeks between sessions, the itch and bruising didn’t have much time to heal before another sitting. The stylized masterpiece covered her back from neck to waist. The red hawk perched…

Guardian

A month before, Evie began preparing for the ritual that would begin at dawn of her 18th year. The first daughter in four generations, Evie’s marking would be an occasion for her entire clan to celebrate. The ritual, which would take 12 months to complete, would start at midnight on her birthday, and end at…

Next big thing

Recently, Lisa from “empty the well” tagged me as part of the Next Big Thing Blog Hop. It’s been quite a while since I’ve joined in this kind of blogging shenanigans, but I really like the questions involved with this one. Here are 10 inquiries about my future, award-winning novel. Being that I am once…

Opening a vein

The voices in my head, pounding against my skull, jockey with each other to break free. Relentless in their onslaught, I can only quiet them by surrendering, bleeding them out through my pen. For this weekend’s Trifextra, challenge… “in honor of (National Novel Writing Month and) all of the writers throwing rationality (and perhaps sanity) to…

Same song, different verse

For the past two years, each November, I’ve done this thing called National Novel Writing Month. I’ve managed to bleed out 50,000-plus words in 30 days on each attempt, and hope to do it again this year. The first year I didn’t have any idea what I was writing until that first day. The story,…