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2013 in review!

Just a short post. I’ll let WordPress do most of the writing for this one. 🙂

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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Blog Redesign!

This post is taking the place of my usual Wednesday post because I am incredibly impatient have exciting news! Plus, it’s after eleven PM so it’ll be Wednesday soon enough anyways.

Remember that blog overhaul I mentioned a couple of weeks ago? It’s finally here! I switched themes, got a lovely image from the amazing Jenn over at J-Raye Studios to use as a header and I’ve tweaked other minor things. Like, for example, the domain name. I’ve dropped .wordpress from the link and my website is now!

Unfortunately, I was unable to use the entire image for the header due to cropping issues, but I believe I’ve found a suitable solution. 🙂 For those curious, however, and to give Jenn proper credit, here is a small version of the complete image.


Isn’t it beautiful? I can’t thank her enough for this amazing drawing!

These are the two main characters of my current project, Kieran and Avalyn. I’ve made some pretty good progress in their story so far and I don’t plan on stopping!

Overall, I’m incredibly excited to be taking this blog in a more professional direction. Expect more posts about my writing and other assorted things, as well! If there’s interest, I might even blog about my ongoing study of the Japanese language.

Let me know what you think of the new design!

I hope you have a great week!

If you can, show some support to the amazing artist! Check out her art here:


Blog Updates + New Look!

Updates, designs, and text, oh my!

That’s right, everyone. Today’s post is on the short side, as it’s just meant to make you aware of a few things. Nothing major, just some minor changes and things coming in the future. Shall we begin?

I thought so.


As some of you may have seen, the design of my blog has changed. The overall color scheme has remained the same, but other changes have been made. Small details edited and improved, and some other, major changes.

The very lovely Nakaya de Jong took her earlier work and improved it tenfold. Many thanks to her; I can’t express my gratitude enough.


Between April 1st and April 14th, I will be visiting a friend in England. These means that during those two weeks, I might have limited time on the internet. I intend to write blog posts for those two weeks in advance and schedule them to post on the correct dates, but should a post not show up in your inbox, that’s the reason.

If all goes as planned, however, posts will continue as scheduled.


During the next few weeks, you’ll notice some changes to my blog. These changes will target my blog pages. I won’t spoil what kind of changes they are, but look forward to them!

In the meantime, have a wonderful week! Proper posts will continue Wednesday.


Irregularity: Is it possible to prevent it?

Blog posts have been irregular these past two weeks and for that, I apologize. I am working on falling back into my normal Wednesday/Friday/Sunday schedule, but between college, work and National Novel Writing Month, my blogs took a back seat.

Starting today is my attempt to get back into that rhythm. Blog posts will follow the regular schedule unless something extreme comes between them. Of course, there are rare days where things don’t work out the way they’re supposed to and I doubt that I can prevent that. I rarely use the WordPress feature to schedule posts in advance, because I tend to write my posts on the days themselves.

I might try to use that occasionally, but overall, my system does work – life just threw a lot at me, what with the extensive amount of writing and, to be fair, poor planning on my part.

Things will fall into place.

Do you have any advice for keeping a schedule, despite other things interfering?