Realm Makers Recap

It is a difficult thing, trying to summarize a week like the one I just had. I could do a play-by-play, but I feel like that would just come across a bit dry and boring. I could try to talk about all the things that were said that I found useful or helpful in all the sessions I attended, but then you’d be stuck here for rather a long time, as I have pages and pages of notes. So I’m just going to try to tell you about the number one takeaway I came home from Realm Makers with…

We have an enemy.

As a lover of fantasy fiction, I am well-acquainted with villains, especially the dark, insidious, bent-on-world-conquest type. And it is just such an enemy that we have. As Christian authors, the last thing our enemy wants is for us to go to a conference and encourage one another… or worse, send our message of hope to the world.

All weekend long, he whispered in my ear about all the things that were going wrong or the reasons why I shouldn’t be at Realm Makers:

I felt guilty asking someone to watch all four of my children for an entire weekend.

Three of my four children had colds when I left, and Brant’s cough seemed to be developing into one of his nasty croupy episodes.

The bookmarks I had sent to put in the welcome bags were in the same box as my books and so did not get seen or distributed.

The first thing I did was pitch to a publisher and it was absolutely horrendous.

I’m shy, and so I did not meet as many new people as I had perhaps been expecting to.

I developed a headache around 2pm on Friday and no amounts of acetaminophen or caffeine could touch it. In fact, it did not go away until we were halfway home on Saturday afternoon.

We had to leave early and missed out on the book fair and nerf war.

I woke up to an email from the head of RM on Sunday morning asking me to come pick up my books that had not sold in the consignment store at the book fair the previous night…. of course, I could not do this since we had left early and were a 5 hour drive from the conference…

All of these whispers and disappointments conspired within my heart, roiling into a cacophonous accusation that going to Realm Makers had been nothing but a colossal waste of time, effort, and money. That it hadn’t been worth it. That my books weren’t worth it. That I wasn’t worth it.

But that isn’t true. Because the majority of the weekend was incredible. So let’s talk about just a few of those highlights, shall we?

Highlight: Getting the experience of pitching my book to a publisher, and despite making a hash of it, seeing her light up as she got a better feel for what the story was about and skimming my first ten pages.

Highlight: Winning a t-shirt from Will Wight for asking a fabulous question (which was: “How do you find your target audience?” for those curious)

Highlight: Attending Will Wight’s continuing session on self-publishing and learning a TON about how to proceed, and getting confirmation that my future plans are reasonable and valid ideas.

Highlight: A publisher at Tyndale loving my first 10 pages, and while both of us acknowledge that my book is not right for Tyndale, she told me that my writing is solid and recommended I talk to the agent from TOR.

Highlight: Going to the awards banquet and having a friend come dressed as my very own Kamarie!

Highlight: Getting to chat with Allen Arnold about our mutual love of Stephen R. Lawhead’s books!

Highlight: Meeting a fellow Timothy Zahn fan and having a fun conversation about his books and Star Wars books.

Highlight: Meeting all my online friends in real life and getting to put faces with names and have actual conversations with them! Also, getting a picture with over half of my SilmAwards blogger friends!!! This was by far one of the biggest highlights of the weekend… meeting all of YOU who were there. Deborah, Madeline, Tracey, Claire, Kyle, Savannah Grace, Kendra, Laurie, Heidi and everyone else whose names and faces are escaping me at the moment (seriously… SO MANY PEOPLE)… you all made Realm Makers so much fun. Thank you for being “my people” and for making sure I didn’t just sit in a corner all weekend being shy. LOL

Highlight: Getting to chat with Kathy Tyers (author of the Star Wars book Truce at Bakura) and purchasing a book of hers and her signing it for me!

Highlight: Being told that I couldn’t possibly be old enough to have four children, and then having someone guess that I was in my mid-twenties.

Highlight: Two different people bringing my books up to me and asking me to sign them.

Highlight: Hearing Carla Hoch say, “All bunkbeds come with siege weaponry.”

Highlight: Learning from Nadine Brandes how to write a pitch and how to deliver it with confidence.

Highlight: The number of people who told Derek how cool it was that he helps me world-build for my stories.

Highlight: Writing a very short opener to a prompt in Wayne Thomas Batson’s class on suspense, having it rated as a 10, and reading it out loud to the entire class. Definitely one of my favorite memories from the weekend.

Highlight: Attending Allen Arnold’s third session on Faith and Creativity (I was a little burned out on the marketing strategy/tips/to do lists from the Self Publishing course, so we skipped the last one and went to Allen’s third class instead) and getting a mini-sermon tailored to authors that just poured beautiful refreshment into my soul.

Highlight: Going to the conference with my best friend and husband… and seeing him get excited about the future and my writing even more than he already was.

So what was that number one takeaway?

That my writing is worth it. That I am worth it. That this conference was worth it… and we hope to be able to attend again. But beyond that, I was reminded that I am not on this journey alone. My writing has always been a partnership, not just with my incredibly supportive family for whom I am eternally grateful, but with my Creator: the One who has given me a passion for stories and storytelling and the ability to do so.

I was reminded that it’s not about money or sales numbers, and it never has been. I have stories to share, and all the best marketing strategies in the world don’t matter if I’m not keeping my focus on the Great Author.

I got confirmation that I am happy as a self-published author. It may be a bit more “slow and steady wins the race” sort of pace, but I wouldn’t trade it. God has given me the ability to not need to make a living off my writing, and He’s also given me four small hobbits to raise, and they come first.

On Sunday morning at church, the pastor was talking about faith. The title of the sermon was “Faith Wins.” And he started off by asking, “Who of you out there could really use a WIN this morning?” (Note, this wasn’t a prosperity gospel sermon… it was about trusting in a God who is bigger than our issues and failures) but that question absolutely wrecked me. All the whispers and disappointments flooded over me and I could not stop the tears. I sat there with my hands over my eyes, trying to push the tears back where they came from… as any good introvert knows, crying in public with no access to a tissue of any kind is like a worst nightmare come true. Note to self, crying into one’s hands does not prevent the tears from falling, they drip down your arms instead… might need to remember that for a book scene someday.

And so, in the midst of it all, it was like God bent down, took my hand, pulled me into his lap, and reminded me of who He is. I was reminded that I serve an Extravagant God. He’s the One who parted the Red Sea, turned water into wine, fed 5,000, walked on water, and defeated the grave itself. And because of that, I’m stepping out in faith a little bit with my first series.

Now this is where all this learning that I did pays off for YOU! If you’ve been wanting to read the Minstrel’s Song, but haven’t been able to due to financial struggles… then this Back to School Sale might interest you.

Back to School Sale

 

For the foreseeable future (at least through the end of September) ALL FOUR of my books are available in the Kindle store for just 99 cents!

But that’s not all… because I know a lot of you out there are like me in that you prefer paperbacks… so I have set the paperback prices for each of these books as LOW AS POSSIBLE. I was trying to set it so that I would make one penny on each sale, but Createspace isn’t playing nice and that number apparently doesn’t exist in their algorithm. So the lowest I can go and still make money on each paperback is:

King’s Warrior – $9.99

Second Son – $10.99

Yorien’s Hand – $9.49

Minstrel’s Call – $12.99

Hopefully that helps make these stories a bit more accessible to you, dear Reader.

You can easily find all my books and their sparkly back-to-school prices in the amazon store under my Amazon Author Page.

If you went to Realm Makers, I’d love to hear what your big takeaway was! If you didn’t, feel free to ask me questions… I know this post was kind of a very outline-y sort of overview, and I am more than willing to go into some of the things I learned in the sessions in more depth! I hope you are all having a lovely summer! Please make sure to pop back in on Friday, because I’ve got a character interview going up that I was supposed to put up BEFORE I left for RM… ooops.

Also, yes.. I am aware that my ONE TAKEAWAY was actually like twelve takeaways… because that’s just how I roll.

~ jenelle

A Special Offer: BEDRCs

This is not a real blog post… I’m not really here… I’m just copy/pasting this special offer from facebook because I want to make sure all my super faithful awesome readers see it!

I have a few first-edition copies of King’s Warrior that have been sitting in a box for several years now. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with them, and I think I’ve finally figured it out! I’m willing to give them away as what I’m calling a BEDRC — “Beyond Expiration Date Review Copy” — like an ARC (advance reader copy) these books are available on a first-come/first-served basis in exchange for the promise of an honest review.

These copies are first edition, which means that they have glossy covers, white paper, no map, and a few typos/grammar issues that have since been edited out.

If you are interested in this limited time special offer, fill out the google form below!

~ jenelle

Independence Day + Nightstand Books + Updates

I promise, I’m going on hiatus… at the end of this blog post… which is why I’m rolling this month’s Nightstand Books and Adventures and Episodes into one big post.

I might have some character interviews coming in the near future. I know at least one of those is going up this month. July is a bad month for hiatusing, apparently. But this is my last regular post until August.

First of all… HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Be safe, have fun! Remember why we celebrate…

Second, it’s the first Wednesday of the month, which, of course, means it’s time for NIGHTSTAND BOOKS! Which is a monthly meme thought up by DJ Edwardson in which we all share what we plan to read in the coming weeks. My nightstand is properly color-coordinated… almost. Look at all the shinies!

Nightstand Books July

The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson. I’ve been meaning to read this trilogy FOREVER, and finally got around to starting it… in no small part because I’m going to be listening to Mr. Batson talk at Realm Makers and thought I should probably have read something of his before that happens. It’s pretty good so far. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, probably because I’m just getting pickier about my YA/MG fiction as I get older, and the allegory is a bit heavy-handed, buuuuut… it’s adventurous.

Mercy’s Prince by Katy Huth Jones. This one’s been on my bookshelf for a while, and I did a poll on my facebook page a few weeks ago to ask your opinion on what to read next, and this is what won!

Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek. This was the June book club read. I’m about halfway through it and I am enjoying it very much. I didn’t get through it in June because… well, you’ll see in my “Adventures and Episodes” portion of this post.

Joey: How a Blind Horse Helped Others Learn to See by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley. This is a brand-new release by one of my friends back in NC and I am so over the moon excited to read her debut book! There’s been a ton of chatter about this book, it hit the #1 best-selling new release Christian novel charts, and I believe that there is even a MOVIE in the works!!!! I’m not jealous…. okay, maybe teensy bit…. okay, maybe a lot. But mostly I’m just so thrilled for her and looking forward to reading this book.

Ellie and the Prince by J.M. Stengl. I love fairy tales. (I’ll wait while you get over that shock) and so of course I’ve been super excited about the Faraway Castle series.

So that’s what’s on my list of to-read in the near future. I know for a fact I won’t get through all of that in a month… but I don’t know how to set small goals when it comes to reading.

And third… let’s find out what all happened in June… shall we?

Adventures& Episodes

 

Writing

Writing is basically all that happened this month, people. I wrote… wait for it…. 40, 031 words in June!

That is my best month of writing EVER… rivaling that very first summer when I wrote King’s Warrior. I still can’t believe I hit that number. I also passed 100,000 words in Turrim Archive book 3… and while I’m a little bummed I haven’t reached the end of the story, I’m fairly certain that the close is drawing nigh. It’s also very possible that I’ve already written some of book 4… but we shall see. One character arc is complete, and that’s the one that might actually go a teensy bit over into book 4 material. I have two character arcs that are very close to completion… one might be done, depending on how much of a cliffhanger I want to leave everyone on. I’ve never ended a book on a cliffhanger before, and I know a lot of readers don’t like it, so I’m a bit nervous about that idea. And one character arc that is only about half finished. All told, I probably have between 15,000 – 20,000 words left in this story.

Reading

Because of ALL THE WRITING, I managed to read half of Water Princess, Fire Prince by Kendra E. Ardnek in the month of June. And that’s it.

Watching

We did watch quite a few things in the month of June….

Derek and I decided to re-watch the entire Thor thread of the MCU, so we watched Thor, Avengers, Dark World, Age of Ultron, and Ragnarok. It was extremely interesting to watch the movies like this, mostly focusing on the character of Thor. I liked Dark World and Age of Ultron a whole lot better this time around. The story arc was so fun to watch unfold in that way, and now I want to go back and do the same thing with Captain America and Iron Man and see how the story changes when I focus on a different MAIN character.

Star Trek: TNG – we’ve been watching this as a family and it’s fun to revisit these beloved characters. I didn’t watch really any Star Trek until after I got married, so I’m a more recent convert.

Trollhunters: Tales from Arcadia – we finished up season 3 and I thought it ended well. This has been a fun cartoon to watch with the kids. It can get a little creepy, though, so more sensitive kids than mine might be terrified.

Voltron: Legendary Defender – we also just finished up the 6th season of Voltron… which I love. It’s such a blast from my past, and they’ve done an excellent job remaking this show. The kids love it, too.

Derek took the big kids to see Incredibles 2. I want to see it sooooo badly. Don’t anyone tell me anything!!!!

Heartland – this is my go-to show for rewarding myself for getting writing done. Such a sweet show, and it makes me nostalgic for my horse-back-riding days as a kid. That’s not something I get to do much anymore.

Edited to add… I can’t believe I forgot Lost in Space!!!! Derek and I watched our way through the new Lost in Space on netflix and AAAHHHHHH! SUCH an intense show. We watched slowly because I couldn’t handle more than one episode at a time. Just a lot of things that made me want to hide behind the couch (which is hard, as our couch is pushed up against the wall). I appreciated that it was a clean show, and a lot of focus on family and things… but SOOO intense!!!

Life-ing

The kids all had swim lessons in June, so that kept our mornings busy for a couple of weeks. They’re also participating in the annual summer-reading challenges at the library, which are fun and not just all about how many books you can read. Brant is taking a t-ball skills class, which is equal parts adorable and hysterical. Watching three-year olds learn baseball skills is…. ALL THE HEART EYES! It was probably silly of me to sign him up, since he’s so little… but he thinks it’s AWESOME and seems to have fun, so… worth it.

We finally signed a contract with our builder and will soon be the proud owners of a large hole in the middle of our property!

Other than that, it’s just been trying to stay cool… doing some baking (it’s strawberry rhubarb pie season, so I had to make at least one of those), playing i the sprinkler, eating popsicles, doing some chemistry experiments, going to the park, going for walks, riding bikes, and just enjoying the freedom of the summer schedule.

Future Plans

This month is Realm Makers!!!! I know, I know, it’s practically all I ever talk about these days, but I am just sooooo excited to be going this year. I’ve wanted to go ever since 2013, which I think was their second year, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to make it. We are also rolling our trip to RM into a family reunion, so that’s fun. Love that we’ll get to see some family and the kids can play with cousins.

Hoping to have this rough draft done before we leave… we shall see if that happens.

I just submitted a 300-word piece of flash fiction to a contest thing for Realm Makers the other day… not sure if that will go anywhere, but it was fun to write. It could also flesh out into a much larger story if I wanted… not that I need more story ideas.

And that’s about it. The rest of the summer should look much the same as the beginning has. I can’t believe it’s July already… but we have some fun things to look forward to before I need to start pulling out school stuff again.

 

Happy Fourth of July! How was your June? Do you have any plans for July? Are you going to Realm Makers? Are you doing Camp Nanowrimo? I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

~ jenelle

The First Tag

Hi hi! Okay… we’ve officially hit REALM MAKERS MONTH and… I’m supposed to be on blogging hiatus this month. And I will be… shortly… maybe… I love this blog so much, though, it’s hard to let it just sit here, all lonely and sad and dealing with abandonment issues and things.

If I’ve learned a single lesson from blogging over the past 6 years it’s this: the quickest way to come up with a plethora of blog ideas is to announce you are going on hiatus. :nods:

Anyway, I’m actually writing this particular post in June. So it doesn’t count. Haha!

And Madeline @ Short and Snappy tagged me… (thanks, Madeline!) and it looked like fun, so I’m doing it! Huzzah!

Who was the first character you ever wrote?

Hmmm… that’s a tough one. The very first character I remember writing was a dog name Rogtu. I was about 9 or 10 and my best friend and I decided to write a story together about the adventures of two small puppies named Rogtu and Scamper. Rogtu was my character, and Scamper was hers. They were mischief-makers and got into all sorts of adventures.

What was the first story you ever finished?

Sadly, I don’t think we ever finished The Adventures of Rogtu and Scamper. The first book I ever finished was a story I called “Snake Dancer” (which is super cool sounding, and nope, I didn’t make it up… totally stole it from a book I read… I don’t remember which one). I don’t know if any copies of this awful, terrible, ridiculous manuscript still exist out there… I certainly don’t have it anymore… so I am thrilled sorry to say that I can’t share any snippets. However, the basic premise was about two sisters who ran away from the terrible orphanage in which they were living, found a forest on the outskirts of town, built a little cabin (because the owner of the hardware store was willing to give them scraps of lumber and leftover nails and some of his old tools, no questions asked). The younger sister found a wild horse, tamed it, learned how to ride it, and entered it in the Kentucky Derby… of course they went on to win the Triple Crown… because, obvs, that’s what you DO when you find an awesomely speedy wild horse in the woods.

Ahem.

Cringe.

Is it awful that a part of me still loves that story?

What was the first piece of writing advice you ever heard? Or what was the first piece of writing advice you used and it actually worked?

Hmmm… these questions are dredging the earliest glimmerings of my memory. I honestly have no idea. I received a lot of great writing advice in high school from my truly wonderful English teachers.

One of the most helpful bits of writing advice that I have used and it worked, not only in the story I was working on, but continued use has helped me grow as a writer was during the edits of Stone Curse. Time and again throughout the story, the editors asked me to include specific mannerisms for specific characteristics in my characters. I was at a loss, so I asked for clarification. The response and explanation I received were so helpful that I’m just going to share them verbatim:

As to your question about character reactions–You need to do a blend of both showing reactions via body language, etc. and telling reactions, via narrative. This is a constant balance and really depends on the individual circumstance. No one way is better than the other, but you should be using both means to communicate who Karyna is. Body language and physical reactions are great for more active scenes in which you’re not too concerned with getting into the heart of WHO Karyna is. But narrative reactions are better for more emotional, character-building scenes (such as the scene in chapter 2 between Karyna and Barend when we’re seeing what their chemistry together is for the first time).

Be vivid and descriptive with such narrative, however. Instead of “Karyna felt anxious as she spoke,” you might say instead: “Karyna felt as though she balanced the weight of the world upon her shoulders. One false step, and she’d send the whole of it tumbling, never to be recovered. No one should be forced to bear such a burden, yet bear it she must. Her voice thick with anxiety, she said . . . .”

Do you see what I mean here? Get down into the real heart of her anxiety. The likelihood is there’s a lot more going on behind her anxiety than pure anxiety. Everyone feels anxious. What makes Karyna’s anxiety different from Ritter’s? Or from Setella’s or Barend’s or Bellenya’s anxiety?

Ritter’s anxiety might look very different from Karyna’s. Instead of saying, “Ritter felt anxious as he spoke,” you might say instead: “Ritter felt as though he climbed an unclimbable mountain; as though every time he attained what he thought might be the peak, he only discovered another looming cliff-face, another slippery slope. But this time . . . this time might be different. This time he might just get the answer he needed, if only he managed to ask the right question. Anxiety laced each word as he spoke . . . ”

Karyna’s anxiety is much more focused on other people. “If mess up, other people suffer.” Ritter’s anxiety is more focused on himself (and I don’t mean that in a selfish way . . . what he’s trying to accomplish in and of itself is unselfish). “I’ve got to get there eventually . . . but it feels so impossible!” –Anne Elisabeth Stengl

This advice has been absolutely invaluable to the crafting of my characters ever since.

Who was your first Villain?

I’m pretty sure my first Villain was a man named Nefario. Yep. Bask in that for a moment.

He was the main villain in the sci-fi story (which we called Starfire for a long time, then changed to Skyfire for a while… something with skies and stars and fire was the basic gist we wanted to convey) my friend and I co-wrote in high school. He had usurped the throne from the rightful king of the galaxy and his reign of terror was complete. Unbeknownst to him, however, a small group of young rebels was forming (called, brilliantly, the CHALLENGE), and among them was the prince and rightful heir to the throne – who had escaped the palace coup as an infant… somehow… and grown up in secrecy and hiding.

It was such a plagiaristic blend of Star Wars and the Star of the Guardians series. Sigh. I’d still kinda love to rework it… maybe someday… but probably not. It’s too… really awful, really.

(I am currently re-reading a section of the story and… wow. Oh goodness… it’s bad. I remember it being a whole lot better…)

What was the first storyworld you ever built?

It would have to be the galaxy of Starfire. One of the planets we created had people who were born with various “talents” or gifts. Our main protagonists from that planet could fly and were awesome at gymnastics and martial arts. Because: reasons.

What did your first attempt at worldbuilding or mapmaking look like?

Pretty sure it was a pencil or pen drawing of a sort of oblong-ish country with a couple of spots marked for forests and rivers and a mountain range. The world sort of grew as I wrote the story. A friend made a map for me the summer I was writing the book, and that was very helpful. World-building is something I have gotten a lot more intentional about over the years!

When was your first crush-on-your-own-character? I know it happened, don’t lie to me!

Heh.

I was totally in love with Raoul, our sci-fi heir-to-the-throne Starfire character. I mean, he was mysterious and stoic and intense, he could cook and fly a starship and sword fight, sure he was a little broody (his entire family was killed when he was an infant, who wouldn’t be a little broody?) but he was also kind and patient and a good teacher and encourager of his companions. So… what’s not to love, really?

What was the first character death you ever had to write and how did you handle it?

Hm… well… that might be a bit spoilery.

I’m fairly certain that the first character who had an actual death scene (as opposed to non-up-close-and-personal occurrences, like Raoul’s parents dying when he was little and him relating the story) would be Seamas. The original version of that death was much different. There was no glimmer of remorse for his actions, no chance for forgiveness or redemption. However, as more of the series came together, I realized I needed to adjust that moment… and turn it from an ordinary death into something far more overarching and powerful for Brant’s story to unfold properly.

When did you first decide that your story needed a full-blown series?

That just kind of happened gradually… honestly. I wrote King’s Warrior to be a stand-alone. But then I had so much fun writing it, and there were so many questions revolving around Brant, that I knew it needed a prequel – thus, Second Son. Then Kiernan Kane showed up in the prequel, and I NEEDED to know more about him, so I wrote Yorien’s Hand. I thought the trilogy was complete, but there were still so many loose threads around Kiernan, and my dad kept insisting that there needed to be another story… Minstrel’s Call was the slowest of the books to unfold, but I’m glad it did! So I guess… I never really decided this story needed a full-blown series… it just sort of happened.

With Turrim Archive, I knew right away the story was more than just a single book or even a trilogy. The world is so big and the cast is so complex that I knew I couldn’t do it justice without a full-blown series.

When was the first time you stepped out of your comfort zone to write a new genre?

Um…. I mean… can we count moving from ridiculous horse-stories to speculative fiction?

No?

Well, then… do fairy tales count as a “new genre?”

Um… never. I guess. But I’m good with that. I am a happy spec-fiction writer.

Though some have suggested I try my hand at romance.

No thanks.

What was it like using a prompt for the first time?

I don’t know. Interesting? I took a creative writing class in high school and we used a lot of prompts. I enjoyed several of them, and hated others. I like music prompts and picture prompts. I’m not a fan of written prompts, usually.

Opening line: share your first, your favorite, and your most recent.

I don’t remember or have access to my FIRST first line. But I can share the one from Starfire:

“It was a perfect world. Too perfect, Jade thought.”

My favorite:

“It was dawn when my brothers and I awoke for the first time.”

And my most recent… well, this is the current first line…

“Lord Adelfried studied the three men assembled before him, wishing they were not so young.”

What was your first ending like?

Snake Dancer won the Belmont, completing his Triple Crown victory and the two girls earned enough money to live happily ever after with their horse on a beautiful ranch, the end.

What was the first ship you wrote, and… be honest… did you make them a ship name?

Kamarie and Oraeyn were my first ship.

I have not made them a ship name. But I recently saw a reader call them Kamraeyn…. I’m good with that.

What year was your first Nano?

2012, according to the info on my horribly neglected nano dashboard. I have never completed a Nano, because I just don’t do a lot of writing in November, or I never am really at a good place to begin a project. Maybe this year… I’m hoping to be in the middle of (or at least starting) Turrim Archive book 4.

Which novel is memorable for being the first one you ever gave up on?

Probably the very first story I ever tried to write. I was about 8 or 9. This was just pre-Rogtu and Scamper. I don’t remember much about it, except it was about a girl named Jessalyn who lived on a ranch. Something to do with horses. No idea where it was going.

When did you first share your work with someone else and how did they react?

I wrote Snake Dancer as a birthday present for my friend’s 12th-? birthday. She liked it. We were 12 and horse-crazy. That tends to make a person understandably less than a book critic.

Okay, time to tag some people….

I tag…. Kyle Robert Shultz | H.L. BurkeTracey @ Adventure AwaitsChristine @ Musings of an Elf | and YOU if you think this looks like fun!

~ jenelle