Ishness-ish + Snippets + Dragons

Li’l dragon sketch. Accurate representation of me waiting for bookmail.

Oh, hi, everyone! I’m back but also not back. XD

So, technically I ought to have been back from my blogging hiatus two weeks ago . . . but I’m not sure how often I’ll manage to blog since I suddenly find myself without home internet. And until that changes, it’s just a lot harder to keep up with blogging and all the social media on my very limited phone. *winces*


I feel a bit too scattered to do a proper Ishness post, so this is a less structured/complete-feeling post . . .

But I did have a lovely hiatus in May! Some things I did:

Having fun with a book about drawing dragons. Hadn’t sketched in years and really enjoyed this.

  • read a fair bit
  • drew some dragons
  • played Settlers of Catan

  • started a weekly-ish Star Wars re-watch
  • had a refreshing break from some online stuff (not realizing until later in May that this would go on rather longer than I’d planned)
  • had the chance to copyedit for some amazing authors ❤
  • generally kept busy

Book Shoutouts

Speaking of books I copyedited . . . shoutout to two books releasing later this month: Jenelle Leanne Schmidt’s upcoming novel An Echo of the Fae (June 21), and Midnight for a Curse by E.J. Kitchens (June 25)! I adored both books and y’all should totally check them out! 🙂


I did keep up with a bit of writing early in May, following my successful April Camp NaNo. Though not in the way I’d hoped . . .

See, I had plans of continuing to write Operation Foxtail, but got derailed by Tare’s series wanting some attention/snippets/editing, and also by brainstorming possible new Glassman ideas.

And, mostly, working on a fantasy short story, The Secret Piano. I’m greatly enjoying that and should probably share it someday . . . if I ever finish it. *collapses*

Cover (for fun) of my fantasy short story WIP, The Secret Piano. ^_^

Current plan is to finish that as well as some some tweakings for KW2 (because Tare is still interested in me working on that).

And then to see what I can do about wrangling all the plot threads and notes and things that need to happen for the last third (hopefully??) of Operation Foxtail.

If I can get that together somehow, I’m hoping I can make some progress on that again for July Camp. (Never mind how busy I’m going to be. Leave me to my delusions. *cough*)

Snippets (because I haven’t shared any in ages)

I stared, transfixed by the music which twined around me and planted me where I stood. The boy played on for a few more moments until his gaze drifted up and snagged on me standing there to the side. The notes jarred and jangled to a startled halt, and silence crashed around us like a brick falling on the keys or on my heart.


I imagined Thomas reading the letter. I imagined it sitting on his nightstand, him looking over at it sometimes. I imagined him burning it.

Perhaps it had never reached him at all. Did Thomas even get letters? I imagined a servant throwing it away. I imagined it lost, languishing indefinitely in a stack of letters to his father.

(The Secret Piano, WIP)


“I’m just doing what you’d do.”

Tare’s voice was flinty. “You don’t know anything about me.”

“Maybe not now, but I did once.”

Tare narrowed his eyes. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

(The Shadow of Kedran’s Wood, KW3, future WIP)

Anyway . . .

The Bookstagram addiction is real

Anyway, despite my planned good intentions of returning to regular blogging in June, I will probably be as sporadic on blogging as I have been (sorry!), but maybe I’ll get a few posts in here and there . . . And if I am behind on social media or emails or something, I sincerely apologize! Blame it on my vanishing internet. *shifty eyes*

Although, I am back to daily Instagram posts and having a blast with it!

Hope someone enjoys this mini post of semi-back-ness! Thanks for reading. ^_^

17 thoughts on “Ishness-ish + Snippets + Dragons

  1. First of all, I have to squeal yet again over your dragons because THEY’RE SO CUTE AND EPIC AND AKJSDLFJLJDF. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!! <333 The mail dragon is so accurate of us bookworms (excuse me, bookDRAGONS) waiting on bookmail. XD

    Secondly, THOSE SNIPPETS!!!!!!! :O The ones from The Secret Piano are just !!! SO BEAUTIFUL. That first one is so full of EMOTION. O__o I cannot wait to read thissss!

    AND THE TARE SNIPPET. *shrieks for a thousand years* I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING. BUT I CAN TELL IT'S EPIC. Good gracious, have I missed Tare and the gang. ❤

    Thank you so much for sharing this goodness with us! And it is TOTALLY okay if you can't post much. You can't help not having internet access after all! But I do hope you'll be able to get that resolved soon and that you have a FANTASTIC rest of June! *HUGS*


    • Thank you! I’m so glad you like the dragons! 😀 And yes, us bookdragons waiting for mail. 😉

      Aaah, thank you so much!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the snippets! I’m definitely having fun with this magical piano story. 😀 *cackles because yesss, Tare and things!*

      Aww, thanks for the encouragement and understanding! I hope so too. I hope you have an amazing rest of June as well! *HUGS BACK*


  2. Ahhhh! I love your dragon sketches!!! le sigh. I wish I could draw.

    Thanks for the Echo shout out!!!

    And your snippets!!! LOVE THEM!!! I can’t wait to read a book by mah Deborah!!!! Someday…….. soon??!!?!? 😉

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    • Aww, thank you so much! And I can only draw when I look at things… I used a book called Drawing Dragons for these and it was magic. 😀

      You’re welcome!

      Eep! Thank youuuu! Er, yes, hopefully someday. *nervous laughter*


  3. Ah, I love your dragon sketches so much! (That is the epitome of a bookdragon anticipating book mail XD).
    I love Settlers of Catan! My brother and I have been playing it recently, and it’s definitely one of my favorite games.
    Eeep, the covers for those two books are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
    Your short story sounds amazing, and the cover is beautiful, as well! 😀

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  4. No worries! Staying consistent with anything right now is really hard. I feel like staying de-stressed takes so much effort right now. I love your dragon sketches!

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