The State of the Writer: 5/20/18

<–The State of the Writer: 4/22/18          The State of the Writer: 5/20/18–>

A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished Projects: 6

Book Reviews: Master of Crows by Grace Draven – 5/7/18
Tags: The WIP Tag – 5/8/18
Game Reviews: Paper Mario Color Splash – 5/10/18
Awards: Mystery Blogger Award #4 – 5/10/18
Book Reviews: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #1) – 5/16/18
Book Reviews: The Diamond Tree by Michael Matson – 5/19/18

It was a productive two weeks 🙂

Project: Story
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count: 261,336
Prior Word Count: 261,419
Word Difference: -83
Status: Revising
Progress: First edit of Chapter 5

Quill pen with shadowI made some good progress in these last two weeks and am currently halfway through the first edit of the 5th chapter (that is a lot of numbers).  I think once I finish this I’ll be able to continue with my regular editing and posting schedule…after I consult my checklist of course 😉

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Mystery Blogger Award #4

I am four times more mysterious than I ever could have imagined.  Apparently my mysterious nature is a mystery even to me.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma, and I am delighted and honored to have been nominated for the award by  Dani of Touch My Spine Book Reviews, a wonderful book blogger and an ultimate sweetheart ♥

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Well, we’ve already accomplished the first four items on the list, so I believe we’re doing passably well.

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Liebster Award #4

I was nominated quite a long time ago by the deliciously dangerous Cupcakes and Machetes.  If you’re looking for awesome recipes, honest and hilarious book reviews, and adorable doggies, there’s no better blog on the internet.

What is the Liebster Award?

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger.  They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

The Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer.

1.  Do you consider yourself an artist in any way when it comes to music, arts, crafts, or hobbies?

I guess since I consider myself a writer, I suppose I could be considered an artist.

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10 Things That Make Life Worth Living

Update: I was also tagged in this by Gamers United, so I wanted to include a link to that lovely blog, too 🙂

It’s not a year yet since I was tagged in this by Athena from AmbiGaming, so I…win?  Not that there’s a contest hehe.

Anyway…I believe other bloggers were calling this “10 Things That Make Me Happy” or “10 Happy Thoughts,” but I don’t think that’s appropriate for me.  I’ll try to explain this as best I can, and I hope people won’t see it as something negative or needing pity, but I don’t really do happiness.  Like, I’m not a happy person.   Now granted, if you ever met me (and of course if I never told you this), you wouldn’t suspect it in the least.  I’ve been told I’m very pleasant to be around, which is because I tend to not be social on my bad days. This doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy things in life, nor does it mean I don’t feel things intensely (oh the feels are strong in this one); it’s more like the things I do, I do because they make me feel fulfilled and accomplished like I’m doing something.  I write because if I don’t, I won’t be able to get the stories, essays, metas, analyses, etc. out of my head.  I blog because I have things to say and the internet allows me to have my own place to say them.  It also gives me a medium to display my writing.  I play video games because they make me feel like I’m accomplishing something, and I can write about them.  I read because I love stories (yes, it really does all come back to stories/writing).  I do things that are enjoyable because I’d be less fulfilled and sadder if I didn’t do them, but I can’t say they make me happy, but that’s okay.  I don’t know if this is a common trait of people with depression or if it’s maybe an INFJ thing, but the binary of happy/unhappy is fallacious and harmful.  Here’s the Oatmeal saying it far better than I ever could.

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Not Really Another Liebster Award

I wasn’t actually nominated for this (hence the title of the post), but rather decided to take Inkbiotic up on her request, since it’s for “anyone who fancies answering them,” and I’m an anyone!  I think one of two questions were to my liking, and I figured I could muddle through the rest, so without further ado…

1). When was the last time you laughed? What at? – My husband is currently playing Destiny, and he was giving instructions to his team members on how they were going to do the raid.  It reminded me of the infamous “Leroy Jenkins” video, and I started laughing my ass off.

“At least I have chicken.”  Classic.

2). What’s the weather like where you are? How does it affect you? – It’s been more fall like weather (probably because it’s September), but it was a bit more humid today.  My allergies are starting to bother me, which means my face and nose are itchy.   I tend to suffer worse in the autumn and winter months.  I don’t know what I’m allergic to though.  Should probably figure that out at some point.

3). What thoughts keep you awake at night? – Am I dying?  No really.  I have all these stupid health problems with more cropping up.  During the day I’m logical and calm, but at night that wall is more wobbly so I wonder if my quietus is coming.  I usually have to poke my logic circuits at 3 in the morning and avoid checking WebMD.

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The Real Neat Blogger Award

I was nominated for this half a year ago by real neat blogger herself Ignited Moth who posts include abundant book reviews (with a special emphasis on comics and graphic novels), her own gorgeous art, A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones (one of our mutual loves), and many other amazing things.  And I just have to steal her gif.

It’s taking me a little while to catch up on my award nominations and blogger tags, and since I have so many thanks to all you lovely people, I’m finding I need to pass on any duplicates at this point.  I certainly appreciate the accolades, you’re all drowning me with your kindness ♥


Thank and link the person who nominated you.

Answer the seven questions your nominator has provided.

Nominate 7 other bloggers and create 7 questions for them.

Easy enough…sevens across the board 😉


1.) What is your favorite memory of 2016? – Can I say when it ended?  Is that too morbid?  I don’t think 2016 was a great year, but then a year is really just the time it takes this planet to circle its sun that we humans have imbued with arbitrary meaning (and yes I am fun at parties).  There’s also the fact that we’re more than halfway through 2017 (which also is pretty terrible…I’m seriously trying to avoid Facebook right now, because ugh), so it’s hard to weed out what happened in the past year from what happened currently.  Hm, hopefully, I’ll do better on the next question.

2.) If you could make a living in any profession (your absolute dream job) what would it be? – Writer.  No questions asked.

3.) Have you ever met anyone famous? – I did see Tom Hiddleston in real life last year in NYC, but I didn’t actually meet him (mores the pity D:).  Hey!  That could be my “favorite memory of 2016” 😀

4.) If you could travel to any one place in the world right now where would it be? – England.  I’ve always wanted to go, and we nearly went to London a few years ago, but the finances just weren’t in place.

5.) Who is your favorite author? – George R. R. Martin writes my favorite book series A Song of Ice and Fire, so I suppose he could count as my favorite author, but I really think of it more as he writes my favorite book series (if that makes any sense).  Martin has said some problematic things, and while I like it when celebrities are playfully trollish, sometimes he comes off a bit harsh.  While I appreciate any writing advice given by a master of the craft and someone who’s achieved wild success, the fact that the advice varies from master to master says a great deal for the arbitrary and fickle nature of the publishing world (I’m including Stephen King in this assessment, too.  His advice about “never using adverbs” seems a bit too cut and dry).  Obviously talent is often involved in gleaming success (though not all the time), and it certainly is in Martin’s case, but there are many other factors that are often outside a writer’s control to contend with, which leaves many potential masterpieces undiscovered and an abundance of authors in the shadow of obscurity.  So though Martin writes my favorite series and second favorite story of all time, I’d have to say my favorite author (at least currently) is Grace Draven who wrote the Wraith Kings Series.

6.) What is your favorite mythical creature? – I don’t think angels count so I suppose I’ll go with vampires.  They’re close to as beautiful.

7.) What do you look most forward to in 2017? – I suppose I should go to 2018 at this point.  Finding time to improve my blog and get my YouTube channel underway.


The Writing Hufflepuff – I can’t have a Harry Potter question and not tag her!  She’s the Harry Potter guru whose blog is an utter and adorable delight.  I’ve added many a book and graphic novel to my ever expanding TBR list due to her recommendations.  In fact it’s arguable that she steered me in the direction of graphic novels, though someone else recommended Saga.

Getting Through Anxiety – A fellow writer I’m happy to support.  She has one mid-grade/YA novel out Rest in Piece and a book of short stories, Abstract Clarity, which I recently bought.  Like most authors, she’s always in the process of writing more!

By Hook or By Book – Another blogger who has contributed to my growing TBR shelf.  I hold her reviews in extremely high esteem and have even forgone reading some novels, because I trust her judgment that much (and I have way too many things to read).

Space, Time, and Raspberries – She’s currently and quite diligently posting an endearing story about snails, true love, and warfare (yes you read that right) as we speak, and I know I’m not the only person to benefit from her writing wisdom.  I especially appreciate how she inspired this idea 🙂

AmbiGaming – One of my best blogging friends and a brilliant essayist to boot.  I often check my blog subs on my phone during down time at work, but certain people I need to clear out some time for, because I need both the time to read/absorb and formulate an intelligent response.  Anyone whose posts require some is someone you should check out.

Comma Hangover – One of my latest follows and I’ve already added quite a few books due to her always prompt weekly updates and reviews!

Arkham Asylum – My literal maid of honor (no like really in my actual IRL wedding) who’s blog is a genuine and often raw account of her experiences with mental illness.  As someone who faces some of those demons as well, it’s a place of solidarity to both give and receive.


  1. What mythical/legendary creature would you choose to be?
  2. What’s your Hogwarts House, if you’ve taken the Pottermore quiz; if not, what Hogwarts House do you think you’d be sorted into?
  3. What’s your favorite/lucky number?
  4. What’s your favorite planet in the solar system?
  5. What’s your favorite fictional weapon?
  6. What’s the last movie you saw in theaters?
  7. What’s your favorite graphic novel?

Always optional and open to everyone (not just those tagged).  Have at it!



The Mystery Blogger Award #3

For the third time this year, I’ve been nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award.  I must be a veeeery mysterious person 😀

This nomination came from Ignited Moth, a lovely blogger whom I’ve been following for over a year now.  She writes about whatever the hell she wants, but usually alights on graphic novels, comics, various other books, movies, her own gorgeous artwork, and the book club she’s in with her notorious partner in crime and best friend Cupcakes and Machetes.  IM nominated me a while ago, but I’m abysmal at accomplishing anything quickly (there’s actually an older nomination sitting in my notes, but it requires more thought than this, and I’m too tired and preoccupied to work on that).

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