End of year wrap up

I hope that you (yes you reading this right now,) had a merry Christmas and I also send my best wishes for the new year. Don’t have a specific book to feature today so I thought I would just go over some of the highlights from my year.

The first highlight is a book that I featured twice on the blog, once as a cover reveal and once as a guest post. But it also has an Easter egg inside that makes it very close to my heart.

HoC CoverIt’s Heart of the Curiosity by H.L. Burke. Every story has those minor characters that might only be mentioned once, these characters still need names. Towards the beginning of chapter thirteen, on page 127 of the print version is a character who is named but never shown. Cathrinia is a ballerina who is seriously hurt in an accident. Do you notice the lack of an e between the h and the r? That’s because she’s named after me. Cathrine, without the e in the middle. I was so excited and to see that, because H.L. didn’t give me a heads up.

The second highlight is a book that I beta read. This means reading the book before it is ready to publish to let the author know about any plot holes or continuity errors. I also featured this book twice as a cover reveal and as a review.

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It’s Wish you Weren’t Here by Janeen Ippolito. The great thing about this book was the author thanking me by name in her acknowledgements, and she used a suggestion I made for expanding a character’s role.

The next highlight is an event. The annual Realm Makers conference was amazing this year. You can read about my experience here.

In personal publications. I was published on the daily fiction blog Havok not once but twice.

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First time was on May, 6th 2019. It was a Mystery Monday story titled “The Cover Was Blue.”

The second was recently on December, 16th 2019. It was also a mystery Monday story, titled “Snow Blind.”

And of course I can’t forget my two anthologies that I was accepted into.

The 2019 Halloween short story challenge, 72389416_2492090504211068_1742301497061801984_oincludes my story, “Seeing Double.” A story about what happened when too many wore the same costume.

Christmas Spirit coverThe 2019 Christmas Spirit challengeincluded my first ever Christmas story, a rhyming experiment titled, “Holiday Cheer.” It features a trigger warning because it involves a suicide attempt.

There were other highlights too, like all the great books I read and featured here on the blog so feel free to click around in the archives and find something to read.

What are my goals for next year? Reading more books and hopefully writing one of my own.

Two Years In

It’s that time of year again. It’s my Blogaversary. Well it was anyway. The actual anniversary was on the twelfth but I missed it. Oh well Happy belated Blogaversary to me.

Two years ago I started typing out my random musings and giving them a home here on the web.

I may not have always been consistent with my posts but I do hope that they were all interesting.

The highlight of the year was probably serializing my story “The Feud Worth Forgetting.” Which can be found under the Short Stories category, subcategory “The feud worth forgetting.”   Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to get to part one.

The past year also featured two of my stories being published in the Cross and Cosmos: Year One anthology. Last year was also my first entry into a writing contest. The Family Fiction Create Romance short short story contest in which I became one of the top 200 entries.

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog. I got 8 followers this year, you know who you are. I hope you liked what you found, obviously you did or you wouldn’t have followed my blog. I am going to try to post more often this year.

Who am I kidding? I will post when I feel like it. These are random musings after all.