mounter archer

It’s been a bit crazy for me the past few months. I’m just now starting to get enough traction to write again–put out a couple hundred words the other night! Baby steps, right? The past couple days have also seen me working on some watercolor pieces. I’m attempting to come up with and capture more headlining-type art for this blog. It’s harder than you would think. It’s almost like cover design.

I’m fairly happy with how this picture of Zare and Hook is coming, but it’s not yet what I was imagining. And…it’s not a header image, not in this form, anyhow.

your last prisoner

I was getting brave enough with my paint mixing to try to browns and burgundies…and I kind of love the way her hair came out with the blue overlaying the black.

This story is spooling into a much bigger story than I anticipated. Zare was always part of a bigger story, but the stories are turning out to be much more interwoven than I originally anticipated. It’s exciting. I’m excited, guys. I want to read it as much as you do. Maybe more.


creative process

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I have rewritten the next post in Zare’s story–almost entirely–3 times. I’ve been pecking at it for weeks in between work, holidays, and hours spent studying for my exams.

It got a little better, but still wasn’t what it should be. I thought and thought about it. Once exams were behind me, I tried to give myself time to be quiet (did chores without music or audio books). That helped, but the episode wasn’t fixed yet.

Finally, I gave up and read a book (Crown of Midnight, if you’re curious) and was filled with a deep desire to write. So I wrote. Re-wrote, really.

Finally, finally, I feel like the story has a heading again. The episode is ringing true. It’s not done (I suspect I won’t feel it is until I’ve got at least an entire episode or two after it written) but it’s just a matter of tweaking now. There shouldn’t be thousand word restarts for this baby. Not anymore.

I hope.



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Welcome to the new year! Last year I taped the adage “If you want something to change do something different” to my laptop and started doing things differently. Now things are really picking up steam: I have three businesses I am working on this year. I know, right? I think I’m crazy, too. (If you’re curious, radio drama, real estate,  art and of course Zare’s story (the dearest to my heart).

So, I apologize now for any gaps between Zare’s episodes. I’m excited about all this new stuff, but I’m also an introvert and there are energy realities that are hard to get around!

I’ve found myself writing Han Solo’s quip “Never tell me the odds” on just about any paper that can’t run away from me.


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It’s December! Zare is taking a break for the month of December, time to soak in the light and joy of Christmas celebrations.

To tide you over, I’ll be sharing some of the results of writing prompt games I’ve played with some of my writer friends. These appeared on my other blog, over a year ago.

I hope your holidays are lovely, we’ll see you in the new year.


We were pretty close to having a Zare episode today. I wrote for hours yesterday–and still didn’t get one finished. But I got a lot of things worked out. So. That’s good. Bodes well for next week!

In the mean time, I have this:

Yup, I made myself a tee shirt! I kind of love it.

You can have one, too, if you want. I have it for sale at Redbubble.

Also, there is more than t-shirts; pillowcases, mugs, bags, notebooks…

You should go check it out. 

Also, Redbubble is having a 20% off sale today (Monday, 6/20) use code CARPE20 


Late Spring/early Summer is apparently a rough time on my writing! I apologize for the interrupted posting. It’s when all the travel wraps up that I tumble flat on my creative face and find that coloring books are about all I can manage. That and practicing my penmanship.

I promise I’m working on the story, too.

I even drew a little from scratch this week.