Writing and Crafting


I am officially moving on. Tiny’s story has had four revisions, two complete betas, three rounds of chapter by chapter review. If the story isn’t finished by now, it will never be.

I’m working on Nik’s story now. It needs a good name, and I have been trying to figure out how to title it. In my review of books at the library, there seems to be a key word issue.

  • Fantasy stories tend to say things like “magic” or “elven” or “spirits” or “angel.” Nik is an alchemist so I could try and work that in.
  • Action stories tend to have an action or power word in them like “hunt” or “treasure” or “battle” or “revenge” or “exploration.” Nik’s running from assassins. I’m not sure if I’d like to focus on that for the title. Even though it is accurate, it seems like making Nik weak or focusing the title on the assassins instead of the MC.
  • Lots of titles refer to a place. “Space” or “Paris” or “Garden.” Nik’s story does take place in a cool cliff side town called Sealine Shores (of course, I could always change the name of the town; I am the author afterall.) I might be able to use the location to help.

I’m sure there are tons of other comparisons or commonalities I could have drawn, but I was really looking for my next read and not studying titles for how to name a book. I’m tossing out ideas like Cliff side Alchemy. Survival Alchemy. Brewing a Safe Harbor.

baby blanket and booties 2015
baby blanket and booties 2015


My next door neighbor is pregnant. Their baby is due sometime in the next two weeks. Somehow I decided the perfect thing would be miniscule booties and a baby blanket. Now if it only I can get the baby blanket big enough in the next few weeks. It is 36 inches wide, but only 18 inches long so far. I’ll see how much gets done before the baby is born.


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