It’s been a wonderful year, and I can’t believe it’s about to draw to a close at the end of the month!
The paperback for Windows Into Hell is now available at Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2gKvXtY
and Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gQo74M
The audio book production is coming out soon on Audible, and I can’t wait to share it! (I’ve listened to a couple of the anthology stories already, including my own, and I’m really excited). This will the first official audio book I’ve ever been a part of, so I’m stoked. Special thanks to Tonya Adolfson and her studio for the production.
Also, Curiosity Quills is putting the Kindle edition on Sale for 99 cents on December 11th and 12th! Mark your calendars and grab yourself an e-copy of this creepy masterpiece.
I have to say that it has been great to see the reviews come in, and to read that so many people are enjoying this collection. It was so fun to write a story for this, and it has been an honor to be included with these other fabulous authors. To all looking forward to reading this anthology or gifting it to friends and family over the holidays, I hope you enjoy!
I’ve finished up my grad school applications, and I’m jumping back into writing more this month. I’m still working on my orc novel (which I am super excited about, and it is coming along nicely), but I’ve also decided I would like to write (or complete) a couple of stand-alone novellas–before the end of the year. Yea for goals!
I’m hoping to get another review or two posted for books by fellow authors before the end of the year as well.
Happy December! Happy holidays! Merry Christmas! And happy reading, writing, and doing whatever it is that gets you into the spirit of the season.
My 29th birthday was on Sunday, and today is Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S. It has been an amazing year for me, full of unexpected ups and downs as well as adventures and opportunities. I participated on panels at LTUE, the World Horror Convention, and Salt Lake Comic Con, among other wonderful events once more, to mingle with and learn from all my favorite local authors and creators. My little sister married her sweetheart in the Provo City Center Temple. I retook the GRE this summer, and I’m in the process of applying to graduate schools again. I have a lot to be grateful for, and I feel very blessed. I am especially grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve as the Relief Society secretary in my LDS young single adult’s ward since June. I have grown so much in this time, and I have learned so much from fellow presidency members as well as the sweet, strong, incredible women in my ward.
The weekly responsibilities I have related to this calling made my birthday this year a special one indeed–and my fellow RS presidency members brought a few things to our pre-church meeting to celebrate with me. Thanks to Lauren for the pumpkin pie and whipped cream, Emily for the delicious chocolate cupcake, and Carlie for driving us to and from our stake training at 7:30 in the morning on Sunday. I love you three–thank you for making my morning special while we talked about ward activities and needs. I’m also grateful for Brooke and Marisa, whom I served with in this presidency for just a few months. I learned so much from you. I love serving all the sisters in my ward (we call each other “brothers” and “sisters” at church) with this crew of wonderful leaders, and I am so honored that I have the opportunity to visit with you, teach you, learn from you, be your friend, and help run our Relief Society on Sundays and support your activities during the week.
I also want to thank my mom and dad for preparing a delicious dinner on my birthday, and for the family members who celebrated with me. To all my friends who sent me a message, spent time with me, or gave me a hug on my birthday, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words. I’m lucky to know you and have you in my life.
May everyone enjoy feasts of family, friendship, and good food today!
YouTube is a fantastic expressive outlet as well as a trove of humble, yet amazing, talent. I’ve enjoyed following and discovering many independent musicians through YouTube, not to mention a host of other entertaining content–from video game demos, to comedy routines, to lifehacking vlogs, to backyard chemistry experiments. It’s wonderful to find so many contributors at all levels of various expertise having a good time sharing what they love. Further, as I carry on in my own career as a writer, I find myself drawn, not only to investigating the production work that goes into creating quality audiobooks on a budget that an independent author like me can afford, but also to observing the creative ways others utilize audiovisual social media to promote themselves, share their work and passions, and connect with their fan base on a more personal level.
YouTube is also a powerful tool. The art of producing an intriguing channel with quality video content, much like producing a quality podcast series, is a media form that fascinates and inspires me. Publishing fiction independently or through a small press is another platform with its own unique challenges to quality and visibility that I’m personally more familiar with, so I can at least sympathize with the amount of work, trial, error, and growth that must go into cultivating a great YouTube channel. This is notwithstanding the incredible advances in digital technology in the past decade that have made sharing one’s work with the world wonderfully accessible.
I discovered Lindsey Stirling on YouTube when the Piano Guys gave her a shout out on their Facebook page one day. She had her own quirky style–dancing with her violin–and I fell in love with her music as well as the beautiful videos she produced. She’s an independent LDS music artist who has made quite a career for herself that, in many ways, began with, and has been perpetuated by, that meek online platform (YouTube). I downloaded the audiobook of The Only Pirate at the Party because I was intrigued to learn more about the journey of this successful and delightful personality.
Lindsey’s memoir is both candid and wholesome. It is the story of how her faith, family, and upbringing are woven into her drive to keep learning, growing, and experimenting with her talents–even in the face of setbacks–and how these aspects of her life have informed her values and carried her through poignant personal struggles, including an eating disorder. It is an insightful and entertaining read (or listen, in my case), and it’s chock full of quirky humor. The audiobook is narrated by Lindsey herself, which is an additional treat.
Check out The Only Pirate at the Party here on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gdyA7w
Or find the audiobook here on Audible: http://adbl.co/2fj1owt.
This is a picture of my grandmother, Helen Gladys Smith Seeley, who served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. My grandfather, Robert Marquis Seeley, served in the U.S. Navy, and my mother’s father, who is still living, served as a wireless operator in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Today I want to remember the courage of my veteran ancestors, and the sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces who fight for our freedoms and for others, at home and abroad. You are amazing, and I am honored and blessed by your legacy.
Thank you for your service.
Happy Veterans Day!