A Welsh Locomotive in America

Lately I've been working to improve and expand the listings on my Etsy shop (link in the menu), and part of the process is creating a line of greeting cards I plan to release in the near future. I drew this little engine for the Valentine's Day card, as implied by the engine's name. (The... Continue Reading →

Novel Excerpt: Resilience

The tip of a pine tree crashed through the house and speared between the stilts and into the earth beneath. Charlotte yelped and Isabelle crossed herself. They could see through the hole into the living room. The torn, jagged edge of the trunk was sticking up half way to the ceiling, which, of course, now... Continue Reading →

Discarded Novel Opening

The way my current work-in-progress manuscript originally opened. I later decided to skip this scene and start the novel at a later point, but I still thought this was a fun moment.   There was the sound of performance-grade fireworks, then a pillar of blue flame erupted on the living room sofa. When the inferno... Continue Reading →

Novel Quotes Out of Context

A selection of quotes from my work-in-progress manuscript, but without any of the surrounding scenes. I still don't have a working title I'm happy with, but to be honest I find it's best if I create the title last anyway; that way the title fits the work instead of me forcing the work to fit... Continue Reading →

Novel Excerpt: Shadows

Sometimes Nesrin just looked at her own shadow, the part of her that always reflected her jinn half, even when she wore the body of her human half. She pinched her arm. Yep, her human body was still physical and solid, but the shadow always reflected her jinn form nonetheless. “Everyone says jinn are rebellious... Continue Reading →

Novel Excerpt: Table Talk

Jason rolled his eyes. “Will you calm down and eat, Isabelle? Everyone else is halfway through and you barely started.” Isabelle had a pen and her journal where her plate should have been. The excitement still hadn’t worn off after meeting her favorite author and artist Aravis Quarterfire then finding out Aravis was Nesrin’s niece,... Continue Reading →

Novel Excerpt: Previous Chapters

Nesrin removed the Colombina mask she’d worn to the parade as she, Isabelle, and Jason walked back into their apartment. She held it up to watch the light dance in the red, orange, and yellow sequins that formed a dancing flame design over a background of black felt. When she’d played long enough, her eyes... Continue Reading →

(Former) Novel Excerpt: Family

Edit: When I wrote this piece, the novel was still in the planning stages; there were a few different stories I was considering telling. This excerpt reflects the direction I thought the novel would go at the time. However, I would later change my mind about three more times before I made my final choice... Continue Reading →

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