Saturday, September 27, 2014

My FanFiction Stories - Post #4

I have to admit... I didn't like The Hunger Games or the other two books that much. In fact I threw Mockingjay across the room when I finished because I was so mad. The Hunger Games was okay, it was interesting. I was reading about a new world, new characters, a new writing style. But it all went down-hill for me from there. My biggest issue(s) was Katniss (the protagonist), and the writing style. Which led to the thought: how would have I written The Hunger Games? And this story is the product of that idea.

Description: What if Katniss and Peeta hadn't been picked for the Games, but bitter orphan Terra Hunter and Capitol hater Gale Hawthorne? What horrors will they face in a Game where children fight to the death? What sacrifices will be made to keep those they care for safe? What love might be found amidst anger and betrayal?

Book: The Hunger Games

Characters: Terra Hunter (OC), Gale Hawthorne

Genre: Romance/Horror

Rating: M

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn...

So I'm sitting in front of my family's first fire of the season watching little Grass Valley's first rainfall of the season. California has been in a drought for a while now and it's such a blessing to watch the pitter-patter outside. I love fall, it's a time of sweaters and scarves, pumkin-spice coffee, colorful trees, long afternoons of reading, and... shivers and coughs. Yes, I'm currently pretty sick right now (please pray for me) and that means I'm not doing much school today... so do you know what that means?

Friday, September 19, 2014


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in and out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and Maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get Parental consent to administer Calpol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

(This has been passed around from profile to profile on It is sad, but oh, so true.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yes, I live on a farm...

So, yesterday I started harvesting our latest flock of meat chickens at 7:30am and didn't finish until 5:30pm (which is actually a record time). We had rented a trailer and had a few friends come over. Together, we harvested 195 chickens which we are now going to be selling at the local Farmer's Markets.

Enjoy the photos...

If you dare!



Sunday, September 14, 2014


WIP (Works in Progress)

Besides working on Destiny's Hand (book 2 in the Latanica Saga), I'm also working on several other writing projects. Four in fact. The first one I'm going to keep a surprise. But I will say that it will probably be available around the same time as Destiny's Hand, maybe a little before. The other three I have been writing for on and off (I like to switch things up so I don't get bored with doing just one project). It's slow going but I'm having a lot of fun with them. I have absolutely no idea when these three will be coming out but I just wanted to share with you all a little bit about my writing life. Between now and when they come out, I want to give you little bits and teasers every couple of months; maybe a picture that reminds me of the setting/characters or a line from the manuscript. For now, let's start with the names! ;-)





Monday, September 8, 2014

Exciting News!

I have some exciting news... but you'll have to hop on over to the Latanica Saga website to see what it is! If you're interested to hear the news, click here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Latanica Saga World Map

Hey guys!

So I thought I'd take a second to share with you my latest piece of artwork... Which is the map of Geia! It took me a couple of days to complete; I would work on it during short bursts of time. First I had to figure out the Geography in my head, and then I started with the shape. It took me a while to get a shape that I liked and this is what I came up with! Next was just little details like islands, mountains, forests and rivers. I didn't think I'd be able to do it but I am so happy with the finished piece! Well, what do you guys think?

Done on plain sketch paper with an HB pencil and fine tipped sharpie.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Post #14

Here's something new! Every Tuesday I'm going to share with you a picture that showcases a moment from my book, Jazmine. Below it, I'll have a quote that is related to the picture. Hopefully this way ya'll will be able to get inside my head a little and see what Latanica is really like! None of these images (unless otherwise noted) are mine.

                                                                 From THE LATANICA SAGA: JAZMINE --

A silver mirror shimmered into view beside her, the delicate glass rippling like a still lake.  She beckoned me to move toward her, but I stepped forward hesitantly.

I turned my head to take a quick peek in the mirror... and a strange girl stared back at me.
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