Had such a great day playing Yugioh at an awesome place hidden away in Knoxville, IA, called Frank’s Cave. Besides a great turn out it was an awesome place to test out my new vampire deck.
Frank’s Cave located on 109 S 4th St Knoxville, Iowa, IA 50138, has room for gaming and runs weekly gaming tournaments. In the past month, I came their cribbage tournament and came in 3rd place. It has a great laid-back environment which really puts you at ease. Being out of practice for both cribbage and Yugioh I felt at ease playing games here.
Playing my new deck, I did lose both round one and two, but I learned several weaknesses of my deck.
With all my writing projects, I find it important to do fun things I enjoy. Despite doing professional business I have no problem admitting I’m a nerd and I love playing Yugioh.
Does anyone else play? Do you have ideas for my new deck?
One of the many hats I wear is being one of the heads of the Iowa Pokemon Battle Frontier. We are the major Pokemon video gaming presence at AnimeIowa. I currently run a fire team focusing on special attacks and speed. My favorite Pokemon is Blaziken, the fire chicken. Not just because of my love of chickens. I love how strong and protective he appears. Fierce, yet with a kinder side. I use its special ability Speed Boost to outrun my opponents.
On top of this I run a Ninetails with Sunny Day. This sets up the field to perform killer grass type attacks to wipe out water opponents.
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I began a new part of my writing career after working with Makin Books Publishing. The company was great, but was making big changes. Over supper one day the founder offered a proposal.
“Would you like to work for us officially?” he asked.
I happily agreed. For the next few months I help plan and revise the company, while offering my services to do book covers. Not a month later we met up again for supper.
“I have something to ask you,” he said.
A nervous vibration worked out in my voice when I asked what it was. He wanted me to become Vice-president and help run the new company. It was such a sudden big jump. After a quick joke, I agreed. So, we went on. I planned our next few company events, which were successful. Shortly after that we again met. Another supper. Several jokes.
Once again, he dropped a loaded statement. “I got something really important to talk to you about.” His voice sounded unsure and nervous.
In response, I also grew nervous for a moment. “Sure. What?”
This, right here, he dropped the biggest question I ever heard. “Would you be willing to become the president of the company?”
I choked a moment. After a few awkward moments, I agreed. I then, in a little diner, became President of Prometheus Indie Solutions.
What a journey to become president of a company in just a few months. Now I run our events, plan our company marketing, and still do author services; covers, editing, formatting, and some other things. I’m so happy for this experience.
Back on September 17th my story 'No Regrets' won first place at the Montezuma All Writers Fiction Contest. Ne Regrets is the story of Abraham's life. The former Amish man can be found in my upcoming novel Creating Grace. Abraham first came to me long ago while watching the movie Warlock.
This started my idea that I can use an Amish/Mennonite in my novel. I liked the idea of someone with that background joining the English world. I furthered this idea in my short story with my neighbor mom's house I spent most of my childhood in. Mama Karen once told me the story of old Lady Fortner who died in the house on Thanksgiving Day. Yes that really happened in the real 'Fortner House' I have in my story. I used this real story as a bases of Abraham's history. From there he leapt onto page, writing the wonderful and painful memories of his past. Everything that made him the man he was in Creating Grace.
So keep watching! No Regrets will be out soon. FREE!!
So now that Past In Shadows is getting published I thought I'd share my inspiration for the novel. Oddly enough it all started with a dream, that now I almost can't remember. What I do remember is being in a dark ally. A man pressed up against me. His breath hot on my neck. My hearted raced. I didn't know if it was it. Was he going to kill me. Bite me. I wanted to wake up, but t my surprise he did something else. He pulled back, seeming to gain control. With a deep voice he whispered in me ear.
The tall dark and handsome man in black coat watched me as I fled, and with that the dream, or at least my memory of it, faded.
This all started, Past in Shadows. I HAD to capture that moment. That emotion. I began to write.
What helped me round his character was actually House. Gregory House. My character already had an attitude, especially with waking up daily with suspicious pains no one could account. I returned to old episodes of House and immersed myself into the crass, sarcastic, and asinine like personality he had. Great for really cementing the language.
Considering nothing could be as hot as my dreams, hehe, Steel was a bit harder to capture. The suave vampire had a touch of Keanu Reeves / Matrix mixed with some vampire darkness from Angel and Underworld. Being very hard to pin down personality I let him stew in my head longer. I also did a bit of photo editing to try and make a digital rendition of my dream man. Didn't get it quite the way I wanted, but it is a start.
She might have been the hardest. I had a good idea in my head, but long ago lost it before it could be recorded. Her name, Ada I started with. But a last name eluded my until I watched the movie Bloodrayne. What an interesting B level movie with a hot red headed star. Perfect! Rayne was the perfect added mystery and much better than the names I was finding in the phone book. (Yes I still have a phone book) I also did some digital photo editing trying to make a little hot steamy something. Her photo is much closer to my mental image of her.
They make a great mysterious team and definitely a strange collection of me seeking inspiration at 1AM; to much coffee, watching whatever I found on Netflix.
Stay tuned and I'll share more of my random inspirations.
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Some new updates I'm only going to share here....
Spoke with a publishing house in Iowa and they have accepted me. I'll get the paper work in the next few days and I'll hopefully be signing on soon. The editors and other staff have read the first few chapters of Past in Shadows and really like.
I'm also meeting with y editor tomorrow for some serious edits. I'll be pitching Creating Grace to one of the largest romance publishing houses in Canada.
Pokémon fanfic is going great and I'm making big gains.
With any luck my book with be out this year! I'm so excited.
So my newest project has been a personal one. The man I love, and live with, doesn't have much of a romantic side. Especially in public. With an upcoming friend's wedding I made it my goal. I will make him notice me this time. The last few wedding's didn't go so well. We fought. I got upset. Felt lonely. Watched him dance on the dance floor with other people as I sat alone. Waiting. Wanting. But never did he ask me. I was going to make this different.
I started at noon. Wedding was at 5:30. I picked out cute clothes. Even a skirt, something I don't normally wear. And also my puffiest bra. I wanted to look beautiful and sexy. I spent an hour googling makeup tutorials to figure out how to do foundation, contouring, and blush. I got into my mom's jewelry box. She gave it to me before she died. I got out a lovely necklace set and a bracelet my mom made years ago.
Next I spent another hour curling my hair. Ohhh, that's so hard. I sprayed every curl to make sure it would last all night. Almost burned myself twice. Is this where I mention that I haven't done this in over 8 years.
Lipstick. Dress. High heels. Matching purse. Phone charged. I prepare. I breathe. I don't want to cry again today. I don't want to feel alone again. And I go.
I get there and the ceremony starts. He lines up as a groomsman. He glances my way, but I don't think he sees me. But I wait. I will wait it out until the end to see my goal.
Waiting on the reception he's not there. During the reception he walks right by me and doesn't see me.
I still wait.
I still hope.
After a groomsman hugs his wife next to me, he comes over. Gives me a casual, friendly, but distant hug. It hurts. I feel the void.
I still wait.
He comes. He goes.
I still wait.
Fast dance. Slow dance. I see him on the dance floor, but he doesn't come to me.
It must be hopeless. I'm still not as pretty as the other girls. More flat chested. Strange. I'm not really his type. The others go for a slow dance. I debate about leaving. About walking away. Maybe even telling him I can't take it anymore.
A hand takes mine. I turn. He gives a slight smile and pulls me towards the dance floor. It's been so long I put my hands in the wrong spot. He moved my hands to his shoulders and he take my hips.
In close. Soft side to side rhythm to the music. He gives me a goofy grin. That's how he deals with serious stuff. But he's dancing with me. A slow dance.
I keep my eyes one his. I will remember this for the rest of my life. He looks at my eyes, and his expression changes. Softens. That romantic look he gave me when we first started dating returns.
He leans in. He kisses me. Not peck. Not on the forehead. He takes my lips to his. The deepest, tendersest kiss. He does not kiss my in public. He's not romantic in public. But here he is. On the dance floor. Close to me. Giving me the sweetest kiss.
It was my first kiss on the dance floor.
No matter what. This will be a magical memory. Even as I write this I try not to cry. I wish I could take that feeling and bottle it. Keep it forever.
I, for a short moment, felt truly loved.
So I haven't been writing much. Why you say? It's because of this wonderful magical world of Anime Iowa. I run my own business and I put in over 30 hours work in 3 days. Hard work. But it was so much fun.
Anime Iowa is all about being accepted. You meet so many kinds of wonderful people. I don't have a picture of him, but there was a very tasty Thor there as well. Didn't get a chance to hunt down (or touch) him. Sad day.
But great news.
I won second place in their flash fiction contest!!!
Click below to read it. It's under my business name. Rendezvhoo.
Also, here are some photos from me weekend.
Alright. Well I thought I'd start my July blog out with my newest obsession. Lately I've been watching Bleach. An anime I'm totally addicted with. While watching I've falling totally nerd girl in love with two characters. One they killed - yes I screamed- and the other they might have killed. (Watching every episode I can get in to find out. Please no spoilers)
So the first one they killed. Muramasa.
I first hated this character, but then loved him. It was such a wonderfully cruel plot. He is a servant, totally loyal to his master who you find out treated him badly and all he ever wanted was recognition. When his master lost him mind and was imprisoned, Muramasa vowed to release him. He used his own people, defied every rule, and almost killed himself just to save his master. When he finally releases his master his master then tried to kill him because before he was imprisoned he called for Muramasa. Muramasa did not hear him and therefore was not there to help him. This deepened the pain this character felt. I have so much feels for this character. This is a great example of making an antagonist a character no one will forget.
There other from this series is Jushiro Ukitake.
His character built a lot slower in the series. What drew me to him was his gentle sweet demeanor, balanced with strength and skill. Strength that is surprising because this character suffers from a lung disease causing him to be frequently sick. But if any of his squad is in danger he will risk everything to protect them. This character is built on wisdom, internal strength, and selflessness. That and his childlike soul. He is ever gentle and fiercely protective.
These are both animated characters, yet the way they were built and created makes me feel for them. Makes me love them. The same cane be done in novels, which I plan to use. I'm not sure yet is I use any of these writing tools in my current work, but until I'm done with this series I sure won't get them out of my head.