Ensign’s Log, Entry 36: September Month Map Final Update


Finally, an update that’s actually on time! Yay! Mostly because I’m sleepy and don’t plan on doing anything else productive tonight once I’ve finished this post. Here’s the final Month Map: For some reason the image keeps showing up as that of the previous update’s map, so I’m praying that it’s just some visual glitch. However, if it should prove not to be–the red line should be complete, the gold line should be mostly finished, and the last bit should be mostly green, detailing how much progress I made this month. Oh, and the title should be all nice and … Read full post

Magic Monday: Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis

courtesy of Amazon.com

As I mentioned in a previous post, this month’s Magic Monday is arriving today, the fourth Monday of the month, rather than the second Monday of the month. I wanted to give a little more leeway between when I read the book and when I reviewed it, as it’s for a book group I recently joined and I didn’t want to spoil anything for them. Without further ado, however, I present Spinning Snow by R. C. Lewis–a fantastic sci-fi retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.   First, may I just say how much I freaking love this cover. … Read full post

Author Interview: JR Creaden

The second interviewee for the Blog World Tour: Science Fiction edition is JR Creaden! I’m happy to have her here today. Welcome to my blog, JR! Let’s begin. My first question is which writers inspire you? So many authors have inspired me, but I’ll narrow it down to not sound boring. First and foremost, Isaac Asimov is my greatest inspiration. His plain speak approach to storytelling sold me on science fiction for life. The character arc of his android, R. Daneel Olivaw, over millions of years across eleven books—this is the type of hero I want to write and read … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 35: September Month Map–Week 2.5


Obviously, I forgot to update for Week 2 this month, so instead you’re getting an update midway between Weeks 2 and 3. I also missed Magic Monday, which was last Monday, so will instead post a book review on the 26th (the last Monday of the month.) There will be another Blog World Tour–SciFi Edition interview on the 23rd. Overall, progress has been fair this month. The month map is gathering colors and goals are reaching completion. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve gotten done since my last update: Upgrade: I printed out a copy of the latest draft. It’s … Read full post

Author Interview: Eleanor Konik

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It’s time for another author interview for the Blog World Tour: Fantasy Edition! Today’s interviewee is Eleanor Konik, a fantasy writer who loves history. Her current work-in-progress, The Last Collared Mage, is in her own words “a fantasy mash-up of Rome’s greatest defeats”. I’m very much looking forward to reading it when it’s done! In the meantime, I’m so glad to have her here on my blog today. Welcome, Eleanor! My first question is: What inspires you to get out of bed each day? This is a really hard question for me. I have depression–though thankfully I no longer need … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 34: September Month Map–Week 1


It’s time for an update for the first week of September! I’m already making better progress than I was at this point last month, and my wrists are also doing better. Yay! Here’s what the map looks like right now: Yes, that’s right! I finished revising the current draft of Upgrade. It’s now printed out and waiting for feedback from a beta reader (Mom, who is amazing at catching all the little (and not so little) problems that might have cropped up in the latest edit). Once she’s read through it with a red pen, it’ll be my turn… And … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 33: September Month Map


It’s a new month with new goals and a shiny new month map to mark my progress on! I have three main goals for this month. Revise Upgrade, revise Demon’s Blade, and finish Of Beauty Within. The first two days haven’t been extremely productive for various reasons, but the month is still young and I’ll definitely make up for that soon. For now, here’s the fresh new map, and I’ll be back on the 8th with an update of my progress. … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 32: August Month Map Final Update


Well, the final results are in! Did I make all of my goals? No. Did I make good progress on them, though? Yes! Will September’s goals be more approachable? Yes! This is still a learning experience for me, determining what is too much to aim for and what is too little. However, my sister and I recently (read: in the last week) started developing a timeline of deadlines for the next year of writing projects and publications (read: my publications; still sorting out hers though she does have a book in the works!). So I have more concrete goals, and … Read full post

Ensign’s Log, Entry 31: New Profile Picture

Heather Hayden profile pic

Early this summer, my sister worked on an art project. I was commandeered as a model, and the resulting painting was so awesome I begged to be allowed to use it as a profile picture. Because the art project needed to be kept a secret until the start of her school year, I have spent the past few months waiting (im)patiently for the chance to start using the image. This evening I finally got the green light! I’ve always had trouble finding a decent profile picture for myself. I never look good enough in photographs. Thankfully, I no longer need … Read full post

Author Interview: Alasdair Shaw

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This is the first interview for the Blog World Tour: Science Fiction Edition, previously announced here. Like the Blog World Tour: Fantasy Edition, there’s a prize available for the first commenter to guess my secret posting schedule: a digitally signed ebook copy of Augment or a voucher for a free digitally signed ebook copy of any novel I publish this year or next year. If you think you’ve guessed it, let me know in the comments! Today’s interviewee is Alasdair Shaw. A fellow science fiction writer, like me he enjoys exploring concepts surrounding artificial intelligence in his stories. I’m delighted … Read full post