GOSSIP, GIRL

While I have a tendency to binge-read a book I find particularly interesting, I took my time digesting Sapiens. I consider Harari's look into the past essential reading for humanity.

"A second theory agrees that our unique language evolved as a means of sharing information about the world. But the most important information that needed to be conveyed was about humans, not about lions and bison. Our language evolved as a way of gossiping. According to this theory Homo sapiens is primarily a social animal. Social cooperation is our key for survival and reproduction. It is not enough for individual men and women to know the whereabouts of lions and bison. It's much more important for them to know who in their band hates whom, who is sleeping with whom, who is honest, and who is a cheat...

The gossip theory might sound like a joke, but numerous studies support it. Even today the vast majority of human communication — whether in the form of emails, phone calls or newspaper columns — is gossip."

— from Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari


While there's plenty to learn about writing from writers and their creations, there's also plenty to learn about writing from people who understand people. After all, it's people I'm writing about.

Harari's Sapiens left me with an enormous amount to consider, but his research also enabled me to reflect on a life-long question that just keeps nagging at me: Why am I so obsessed with storytelling? As it turns out, it's not about me at all. All humans are obsessed with telling stories because that's very possibly how language evolved. We were telling stories before we thought to write them down, and long before the world wide web existed, enabling us to share them globally.

How humbling to imagine the millions upon millions of stories both told and written under these very stars. Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash

I'm a storyteller not because I'm special or talented; I'm a storyteller because I'm humoring my hardwiring and giving in to one of the most basic impulses we all share. We're all driven by storytelling, by characterizing people and situations in order to categorize them in our minds. The ending will differ depending on who's a hero and who's a villian, and there are times when keeping track can mean the difference between life and death.

As a child, I was told gossip is a sin. As an adult, I owe gossip for the craft I've chosen to dedicate my life to. Writing novels is a way to pay homage to gossip without engaging in it and hurting someone's feelings and/or reputation. Evolution isn't something that happened a long time ago—it's happening right now, to all of us, whether we like it or not. I am growing and changing as an individual while the human race grows and changes collectively. We are all in this together, and I am fortunate beyond measure to live in a time and society with the acumen to make that observance. Hindsight is still 20/20, even in the virtual age.


Mood/Music

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The Kinks
Apeman

I think I'm sophisticated
'Cause I'm living my life
Like a good
Homo sapiens

NOW AVAILABLE: LEGACY & LEGENDS

Legacy: Bloodline Book 1 and Legends: Bloodline Book 2 are now available for purchase in both paperback and Kindle formats!


Paperback Trim Size: 5.25" x 8". In order to determine trim size, I took all the books in my home off their shelves and held each one in my hand. This is the size I prefer as a reader, so it's the size I chose as a designer. Though I've made my manuscripts available in electronic format, they were intentioned to be paperback books. I've always loved the feel and smell of a book in my hands, and am pleased to present that same experience for the reader.


In 7th grade, due to circumstances beyond my control, I transferred from a public middle school of several hundred kids to a nondenominational Christian school with twenty some kids in my combined 7th/8th-grade class. There I found friendship with a group of girls who not only loved to read (like me), they also loved to write (like me). And so we spent our formative years writing and swapping stories and asking questions and spurring one another on. Their affection for the craft pushed me to explore the parameters of my own, and my sentiment for storytelling soon grew from like to love.

It is with that same love that I present Legacy: Bloodline Book 1 and Legends: Bloodline Book 2 for the curious reader. These books evolved into something I didn't see coming, and I feel like I've finally written the story my main character, Carly, deserves. And now that I've accomplished that goal, it's time to let these books go and move on to the next thing. So, if you're interested in catching up with Carly, or perhaps getting to know her for the first time, please check out Legacy and Legends. If young adult dark fantasy isn't necessarily your thing, maybe it's time to sit down and write your own story. ;)


For more information regarding Legacy and Legends and where to purchase, please visit the |BOOKS section.

BLOODLINE: LEGACY & LEGENDS – 2ND EDITIONS AVAILABLE MAY 2018


Same Carly.

Same Story.

Just a
little...

s h i f t e d.

PAPERBACK & KINDLE – MAY 2018

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YOUNG ADULT DARK FANTASY
Cover Design – Michelle Roxanne Bredeson


2ND EDITIONS, IN WRITING + LIFE

I suppose it was a typical break-up—I was ignored for 6 months before I received news from a third party that our relationship was over. Except this time around, the heart-crusher was the small independent press that had published two of my manuscripts and had promised to publish my complete Bloodline series. With hindsight, I now understand that the closure of a small press in a highly competitive market is commonplace. At the time, I was caught up in mourning the loss of what I'd built as an author. I went from having a signed contract for my third Bloodline manuscript to having to beg for my author rights back. By the time I resumed ownership of my work, I was determined to keep it indefinitely.

So, I set to work on one of the biggest learning curves of my life. I attempted to understand what I didn't know in order to move forward. I ended up where I thought I wanted to be, with books ready to put in print, when life gave me another slap in the face—severe physical illness that ravaged me for two years. In too much pain to read or write, I digested storytelling through film, music, television and podcasts. Too sick to work, I listened, absorbed, honed my craft in hopes of picking it up again someday. And when that someday finally came, when I finally beat the thing that took so much of me, I realized I wasn't the same person or the same storyteller.

I had evolved, and the Carly Morneau I'd introduced to the world in Bloodline had to as well. It meant scrapping a proofed third manuscript in lieu of a more satisfying story. It meant revisiting two novels I'd already had published and shaping them into the best versions of themselves. It meant more work than I'd ever anticipated, but to work is to live, and what a privilege it is to do both.

The versions of Legacy and Legends I'll be releasing May 2018 comprise the first half of Carly's story, which will conclude in two more novels (release dates to be determined). In addition to continuing Carly's adventure, I'll be publishing a stand-alone young adult horror novel, Sleep to Dream, August 2018. I've written a lot of novels trying to figure out how the hell to write novels; I've got Carly Morneau to thank for finally showing me what to do with them.


Mood/Music

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Radiohead
Optimisitic

You can try the best you can
You can try the best you can
The best you can is good enough