March 2020 – Onward, Upward!

Housekeeping Stuff

Patreon!

I’ve dusted off the old Patreon which has lain dormant for… a while. If you’re interested in reading chapter updates early, and a tier for exclusive content like… Stormy Skies. [See below]

Tutorials and How To’s!

What would you like to see in upcoming tutorials and how-to’s? Let me know in the comments!

  • Editing process
  • Designing a cover for serial sites
  • developing a character from flat to flat-out-awesome
  • Other?

Stories & Where to Find Them

Taking Names

New Adult/Adult Paranormal Thriller

When Sif’s mother is killed, she’s hellbent on revenge. Things get complicated when Sif meets the extended family that her mother never told her about. A very large, very rich, very powerful family that could help her find out who put out the hit on her mother.

Hell hath no fury like a woman wronged, and Hell’s never seen a woman like Sif before.


Among the Trees

New Adult Fantasy Romance

Karley is a grad student in robotics software at MIT who desperately needs a week away from all things technical. When she takes a vacation to go hiking, the last thing she expects is to meet Hunter, a fellow wanderer with a voice of gold and a sad smile. As they spend time together on the trilocular realizes not everything can be explained. Hunter’s wild freedom is something that’s been missing from her life.

The forest sings when Hunter’s around, leaves grow greener, and everything feels… better. It’d be easier to explain that it was all in her head, but Karley knows what she’s seeing is real.


Stormy Skies – Patreon Exclusive

Adult Fantasy Adventure – Sequel to the Watty-winning Hungry Skies. Cowboy elves, Santeria orcs, and a lot of good dogs.

Millie Berry survived the battle of Scorched Bluffs, but she’s not sure she’ll survive her return to civilization and society. A society that hasn’t forgotten she used to go by the name ‘Butcher’ during the war. Not everyone believes she’s changed, and old enemies are emerging from the shadows with time-honed grudges. Can she atone for her past sins, or will Millie lose the family she’s protected so fiercely?


That’s all for today, I hope you folks enjoy my stories and writing-cat sends her regards.

oxo, Cal & Cat

2020 Foresight

It’s the last day of the year, and thank god what better time to look forward?

2019 was difficult in many ways, but by Fall, the hard work I’d been putting in started to pay off in my personal life, in my health, and in my writing. I started working on a ‘silly western and fantasy’ story at the beginning of 2019, though I only really got around to sharing it on Wattpad in March or so. I found a community there was supportive at moments I felt bogged down by what was quickly becoming a full-length fantasy novel.

Then, in October, it won one of Wattpad’s Watty Awards for Fantasy. (That means, of the 170k stories submitted, mine won one of 60 awards.)

Suddenly I had a finished draft of a novel, that people liked, that won an award, and that hadn’t been a goal I set out for myself this year. Best of all, I had done it without burning out despite the day job being more demanding than it has been in a while.

I did it. I finished drafting a novel, start to finish.

And in 2020, I’m going to do it again.

2020 Goals

  • Get outside at least twice a week for a walk. Yes, winter too.
  • Strengthen and rebuild muscles to feel stronger.
  • Continue to work toward a balance of work and life.
  • Continue to look up, to notice the world around me. Screens aren’t everything.
  • Finish the next book. Then the one after that.

2019 Surprises

  • Finished Novel Draft
  • Won award for Novel
  • Learned how to better cope with stress and anxiety
  • Found a supportive group of writers that uplift and encourage me while also challenging me to do better
  • Was able to shift my focus from fighting for/against things to a more positive approach of growth and healing.