In this post: A tax form applicable to your favorite fantasy and science fiction worlds.
For subscribers: An exclusive scene from my fantasy WIP featuring a humorous financial negotiation.
Nobody likes tax season, and last year's season had me literally in tears. My Dragon and I joke that we were penalized for having gotten married, but the piles of extra paperwork was certainly no joke. Despite help from a computer tax program and volunteer help from a certified accountant we knew, I still spent hours with a good ol' calculator and a plethora of forms.
In this post: The fascinating neurological condition synesthesia affects how I see and write about the world. Join the conversation and I'll tell you what my synthesthesia senses in your personality!
For newsletter subscribers: In your inbox, you'll get an exclusive scene from my work-in-progress featuring a character who "reads" emotions through synesthesia.
When I was thirteen years old, I had a deep-water experience that terrified me. My sister, cousin, and I swam out to the buoy that delineated the beach area from the rest of Lake Champlain. Not being a strong swimmer at the time, as soon as I reached the buoy, I was tired and wanted to head back to shore.
I flipped onto my back, since backstroke is my strongest stroke and easiest to do when I'm tired.
My right arm is apparently a lot stronger than my left arm, so I pulled unevenly.
Unbeknownst to me, I was heading straight out toward the open lake.
In this post: An excerpt from C. S. Lewis' Perelandra, a little bit of my life story, and how failure shaped my writing. For newsletter subscribers: A humorous excerpt from my current work-in-progress, Book One of my Firewing Chronicles.
A few years ago, I realized that I had never really failed at anything.
Don't get me wrong. I've spent my life, like most people, fearing inevitable moments of failure. "What if it doesn't work out? What if I've put all this effort into something that does not create the expected outcome?"
But C. S. Lewis taught me something in Perelandra, the second book of his science fiction trilogy, that changed my mindset.
Welcome to my life told fantasy-style! In this post: I discuss how I got into bullet journaling and ten ways that I have used it to bring my life into balance. (Also: Lots of pictures!)
I once opened a fortune cookie to reveal this nugget of wisdom: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
But what is the best way to plan?
It was a few days before Christmas and, in a discussion of New Year's resolutions and goal-setting, a friend of mine asked: “Have you ever heard of bullet journaling?”
“No. Educate me!”
So he pulled out a plain, dark-covered tome in which he had written many spells and recipes for a productive and meaningful year, with notes and observations along the way. He explained the process and I thought to myself, “This is flippin’ awesome!”
I have now been bullet journaling for a fortnight and here are ten thoughts on it:
In this post: Two fun graphics about how life works, a peek at my past website themes, and a fun quiz to help you identify which mythical creature you are!
It's been a crazy year. In 2018, I celebrated my one-year wedding anniversary with my Dragon, started writing a seven-book epic fantasy series, got diagnosed with a functional neurological disorder that involves non-epileptic seizures (among a host of other symptoms), started a new job and lost it due to the aforementioned disorder, and toured the western United States in an incredible five-week trip.
I've learned a lot about myself and about the stories in me that must be told.
By the end of 2018, I was not the same person who I had been just a year previously. And the stories that burned in me were deeper, fiercer, and brighter. I needed a platform to share those stories that matched their vibrancy.
But my journey to this place has not been linear. Observe yonder explanatory graphics:
"I truly believe if people just read that first chapter, they would be hooked."
When Lara at Story Storming said this about my tribal fantasy novella, Wings Beneath Water, I told her I could do one better: I would give permission for her to post the first TWO chapters on her blog. The "Look Inside" feature on Amazon doesn't even get through Chapter One, so this is a treat!
In Lara's words: "Guess what. It's my birthday. And today, I have a special treat for you. A sneak peek into Yaasha Moriah’s amazing novella, Wings Beneath Water. Two whole chapters! Because why wouldn’t someone who’s passionate about stories want to share one of their favorite reads of all time on their birthday?"
I'm so grateful that I can be part of Lara's birthday celebration (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LARA!) and share this gift with all of you as well. Check out the blog post at Story Storming and give Lara a cheerful Happy Birthday greeting!
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My First Impressions
Steampunk. Dragons. Shifters. Airships. Mystery. True love. I don't often read steampunk, but when I do, I'm intrigued by the creativity. Lawless does not disappoint. This first installment of the Ironfire Legacy was delightful just in the fact that it combines so many elements in a world rich with its own culture and politics. (Some inclusions make this story definitely an adult book, as we'll see.)
Welcome to my stop in D G Lamb's blog tour for his Driven to the Hilt series in anticipation of the release of the third book! You can find all the blog tour action here on Storystorming.wordpress.com, which will culminate in a Facebook party for all you speculative fiction fans.
I am reviewing the first book today. This should be a good introduction to your enjoyment of this action-packed science fiction series! (Gotta say too, I love that cover! Suspenseful and intriguing!)
In the first episode, the Incredibles visited the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Beartooth Pass, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and Schweitzer Resort. In the second, they journeyed to the Cascades, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, the Oregon Coast, Yaquina Lighthouse, Crater Lake, the redwoods and sequoias, and Redrock Canyon.
In this episode, they experience the final stage of their journey!