June Updates

Hello and happy June to everyone. This month has a lot of activity set to start in my writing endeavors and I thought I’d update you all on that.

Alright, on to the news I just mentioned! The Channeler is still being edited at the time of writing this, but I suspect it will be done before summer’s end. That will still leave me enough time to meet my personal goal of publishing it before the end of the year. And I would like to remind everyone that while they’re waiting for that book to come out, I do have another one they could be reading.

Poems are going well, too. I’ve lately been taking old poems I didn’t share yet and polishing them up, usually by fitting them into an established form. So far, I have a villanelle, haiku, and Shakespearean sonnet I’m especially proud of. Those three are currently making the rounds with various literary journals and anthologies, so keep your fingers crossed they get accepted.

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Now on Fiverr

As the title suggests, I am now offering some commissions through the website Fiverr. At the moment, I have two different products available: Editing and map illustration. Both have descriptions on the site, but I’ll put some explanation here, as well.

Editing is more or less exactly what it sounds like. If you have a piece of writing and you want to make sure it’s the best it can be, I’ll be happy to give it a thorough round of editing. You can learn more here.

If a map is more what you’re looking for, I can supply that, as well. I can map out any fantasy realm you’ve imagined, whether it be for stories, games, or anything else you need one for. If that sounds like something you might be interested in, you can read more here!

My hope is that these links will get into the hands of those who could really benefit from the services I’m offering, and to that end, I would be endlessly grateful if you all could perhaps share them with others you think might be interested. Thank you very much and I’ll see you all again when June is upon us!

School-Age Psychopomp

I recently read a very moving poem by PeriodicFable. I felt a strong connection to the poem and needed to express that connection in some verse of my own.

From a technical standpoint, I like to think of this poem as a semi-sonnet. The line structure is the same as in a Shakespearean sonnet, but I opted to release it from the usual rhyme scheme. I did try rhyming but felt the result interfered with the mood.

If you would like to read the poem this is a response to (and you should), you can find it here: A little less conversation

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Find Me on Fiverr!

Hello again, everyone. Did you know that I do work as a freelance editor in addition to writing my own stories and poems? If you’ve ever wanted a top-notch editor at a very affordable price, your search is over. Just head over to my page on Fiverr, where you can find all the options I’ve made available to customers. I hope to see you there!

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Chronicles of a Dwarf Fortress

I’ve started playing this game called Dwarf Fortress lately. It’s the most ponderous, difficult to understand game I’ve ever seen and it’s beautiful. The relationships and stories that emerge through the silly dwarves going about their daily lives are both hilarious and tragic. This is the first of three short stories I will be writing to chronicle my first attempt at a fortress, the imposing Barrowkeep.

Also, I don’t actually know what category to put this in. It’s an original story based on some randomly generated dwarves and the antics they got up to, but it’s also based on a game I didn’t make. Is this fan-fiction? I don’t know!

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A First Try at Doll Furniture

Lately, I’ve become quite interested in dollhouses and other miniature scenes. This is my first-ever attempt at making furniture at the 1:12 scale (or any scale, for that matter). I think it came out pretty well for a first try, although I definitely have a lot of improving to do. Speaking of improving, please forgive the poor photo quality. I’m still working on proper photographic techniques at such a small scale.

Do any of you have similar hobbies or perhaps some advice you could give a first-timer? I’d love to hear from you :D

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Canon in D

The short version: I’m a hopeless romantic and this poem is what being a hopeless romantic feels like.

The long version: This is a poem about love, but not in the way many poems are. In a way, this poem puts into words how I feel about love itself. The title was chosen as an homage to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, the single most beautiful piece of music I’ve ever heard. To me, that song captures the feeling of being in love better than I ever could, but I hoped to give it a try in this little piece of poetry. I hope you all enjoy it for what it’s worth.

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