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Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
United States
Novels to date:
(Phoenix Trilogy)
The Waking World - final editing
Pyroclysm - first edit
Ciaran's Well - in progress

Novels ideas for the future:
Bruxlia - the story of survival in the rat kingdom
Growing up Lower-Middle Class
Open to commissions/trades.

I began writing my novel at age 13 after a short dream that I've had every year on the same night since. It was very bad, so I tossed it in a corner for about 7 years. Thanks to empowering writers like Juliet Marlier and Jacqueline Carey I now have a much better storyline to work with; things I'd wanted to write all along but didn't think anyone would want to read.
Mostly I collect art here that blends well with my characters or scenery to provide inspiration. I am on the search for someone to commission cover art (as well as some pieces for my own enjoyment), so drop a line if interested.
In my free time I work as a full time vet assistant/office guru. When I'm not writing, that is.

Current Residence: near Seattle/Tacoma, WA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: 2x
Favourite genre of music: too many - depends on my mood
Favourite photographer: hmmm....
Favourite style of art: Realistic fantasy, mostly digital
Operating System: Windows 7 now.
MP3 player of choice: yeah...
Wallpaper of choice: rotating
Favourite cartoon character: heh...
Personal Quote: I find most of life's problems can be solved with additional lubricant.
Interests
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: the water trickling in my fish tank
  • Reading: What I just wrote
  • Watching: Maiden Rose
  • Playing: Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock
  • Eating: Fries
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper
I have decided to post some excerpts from my two finished novels here, as well as some from the book-in-process as I go.  After collecting so much art to inspire the writing, I thought I should give something back.  Thanks to the artists featured in my Favorites - your works have made the words pour from my hands and I praise you for it.  Please feel free to leave comments, criticism, etc.  If you are interested in having the text I've written to "go with" your art, message me.

A bit about my trilogy:
I won't go into details of the plot.  This series started simply as a source of entertainment for myself.  Over the years as friends and acquaintances have read pieces of my work I've gotten praise and criticism that have shaped how I write, when I write, what I write.  I began writing at 13 and rewrote the same idea several times, too many to count at this point, through high school.  Once I reached college the entire idea got tossed into oblivion when the love of my life led me to believe it was bunk.  I didn't write for 7 years, and those years were some of the most difficult in my life.  I'm sure if I had written at that time, the mood would've been very macabre.  However, on the other side of those seven years I had learned a great deal about myself and the world.  I'd used the story as a crutch in the past to help me through the toughest times; now I wanted to use it to help others find themselves as I had, offer a different view of the world.
My motivation to start writing again came from a friend and coworker.  She introduced me to Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's series.  At first I found her writing style so bogged down, her endless list of characters too difficult to remember; but as I forced myself through those first few chapters I found my heart fluttering with the realization that it did not matter how many people objected to the subject matter - the story was brilliant.  It was such a perfect play of fiction, history, and erotica that I couldn't help but sit down and type all night long on that story I'd abandoned, the words pouring onto the page as if they'd been trapped and suddenly set free.  My whole life I'd been unable to qualify WHAT I was.  Now I knew, introduced to an alternate world that wasn't unlike my own.  I had my muse and my motivation back.
I completed writing The Waking World in approximately 4 months, typing away on my lunch breaks, staying up until 3 am, taking every free moment to escape back into the world I was creating.  It was the easiest to finish since the ultimate story had not changed.  I sent it to a select "committee" of peers for review, each with their own useful perspective: the person the main character was based on that had read some of the previous incarnations of the story; the coworker that inspired me in the first place; an acquaintance from college that enjoyed the same genre; a friend from college that served as my technical editor; and a friend that was there at the very first writing and also the basis for a character, who hadn't seen it grow over the years but could honestly compare it to the original.  I braced myself for the onslaught.
So far there are very minor discrepancies I've corrected with their help, but the overall feedback I've received has bolstered my confidence again.  I'd gotten so much of "it's good, but I don't think it's worth publishing" in the past, and when I got "OMG this is awesome!" universally I continued on to the second book without reservation.  It took about 6 months to write, and I've just sent that off for their review as I am starting the third.  Once my technical editor gets the first back to me I will submit it for publishing, and cross my fingers.
I've never been in this to make money.  I would pay to have it published.  If just one person learns something from reading it I will consider that payment enough.
So please, as I post more and more to DA I welcome your thoughts, positive or negative.  Do not hold back.  I haven't.

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nekodegomen Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the fav! I very much appreciate it. 
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Thank you for :+devwatch:ing! La la la la Hug
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karmen1611 Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the llama badge Heart 
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Millenium2908 Aug 7, 2013  Student Photographer
thanks for llama :)
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Thanks for the llama! :D
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Thanks for the fave!
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galaticknightmomiji Jun 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for the fave *^-^*
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AbsolutVaklav Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the Fave!
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staino Mar 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :thanks:
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