Original Poem: “Blaze”

I can’t stop the story:

The movement,

The pain,

The dancing of visuals

Carved in my brain,

The eager compulsion,

That cry of my soul,

The frenzy,

The vision that’s burning a hole

In my mind.

I can’t shake it.

It’s mine, this I know—

My quest, not another’s,

For only I’m full

Of this racket,

This chaos,

This burdening fight

Of characters, stories

That scream for the light,

This rabbit hole,

Endless,

That calls me to war

To fill barren pages

With worlds from my core—

And I fidget;

I bite

On my lip in the dark;

Am I a creator?

And is this my spark?

Or is this insanity?

Should I give in

To this spellbinding blaze

Captive under my skin?

What if I’m deluded,

My passions misled

By this thing,

This enigma

That dwells in my head?

Am I stubborn,

A fool,

To think this could be gold?

But I’m sick

At the thought of my heart left untold.

Perhaps I’m obsessed

And should let it all go…

But a prayer leaves my lips.

And my soul whispers:

“No.”

The MBTI Types of Halayda – And How to Ruin Their Lives (Guest Post by Sarah Delena White)

Today I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for my friend Sarah White’s incredible fantasy novel, Halayda. (Seriously. Pick Halayda up!! It’s one of the best books I’ve read all year! Also, have you seen the gorgeous cover?? *drools* My print copy is coming in the mail any day now and I CAN’T WAIT!)

Sarah’s taking over the blog today to talk about two topics close to my heart: the Halayda characters (who are amazing and you should get to know them), and Myers-Briggs typology. 😀

Take it away, Sarah!

The MBTI Types of Halayda
and How to Ruin Their Lives

by Sarah Delena White

I use Myers-Briggs typology a lot as an author. It gives me a good springboard for creating nuanced characters and figuring out what motivates them. Of course, part of creating a good plot is knowing exactly how to mess with your characters. Here is a sure-fire plan for ruining the lives of the major characters in Halayda, based on their MBTI type.

Sylvie – INFP

Sylvie is driven by compassion and empathy, and she always tries to see the best in everyone and everything. She’s exuberant and friendly, but also likes her alone time and her piles of fluffy blankets. Though very gifted, she doesn’t always trust her own abilities. Most of all, she fiercely loves her family and friends and will do anything to help and protect them.

If you want to ruin Sylvie’s life, make sure you put every single person she loves in danger. Geographic distance is especially helpful here, as it will frustrate her to know that someone she cares about needs help and she can’t reach them. It’s also very effective to throw a bunch of complicated problems at her and then talk down to her when she can’t immediately solve them. When she gets stressed out, don’t give her a chance to hide under her blankets. In fact, take the blankets away entirely—have them get washed away by a river or something.

Taylan – ESTJ

Taylan loves having control of his surroundings and his kingdom. He likes consistency and reliability, and he doesn’t appreciate sudden changes. He also has a tragic past and a lot of hidden scars from past failures and poor choices. He doesn’t trust or love easily, but the few people he cares for have his complete loyalty, no matter the cost.

The best way to mess up his life is to make sure he can’t control anything. Turn his entire kingdom against him. Have his magical abilities go haywire at a time when he desperately needs them. Throw constant small annoyances at him, such as forcing him to ally with shady characters or eat oatmeal in a room full of screaming children. Most importantly, make sure the woman he loves is in constant danger, and force him to choose between her and his responsibilities.

Diza – ENTP

Diza is highly skilled and intelligent, and has a far greater wealth of knowledge and experience than most people realize. She loves to work with the people she cares about, whether it’s her husband or her friends. She sees endless possibilities in the world around her, and she loves to discuss ideas with others. She’s exuberant and creative, and is happiest when she can use her abilities to the fullest and experience the world—or the multiverse—with people she loves.

The most effective way to ruin Diza’s life is to force her to work alone. Make sure there’s no one she can have intellectual conversations with. Force her to constantly have to make important decisions without discussing her options with anyone. Strand her in a world where she can’t access her full power or communicate with her otherworldly connections. Make her have to put herself on the line for someone who repeatedly rejects her. Top it off by separating her from her husband—the one person she trusts fully—and making sure she has no one to cuddle with.

Casimir – ENTJ

Casimir is bold, arrogant, and extremely intelligent and gifted. He’s a charismatic leader with his own vision for the world. Though some may take issue with his extreme measures, he does everything for the sake of a better future. Exiled from his homeland and cut off from the magic of Faerie, he has survived through science and strategy, biding his time until he can return to his homeland and give the faerie king the reckoning he deserves.

The best way to infuriate him is to upend his infallible plans. Have no one comprehend his great wisdom or respect his vision for a better future. Have his loyal servants regain their fallible free will and reject his guidance and foresight. Bonus points if his plans are thwarted the weakest, lowliest person possible.

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About Halayda:

A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death.

Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers.

King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior.

Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes.

Her fate is life. His fate is death. With Faerie in the balance, Sylvie and Taylan must stand together before reality as they know it is destroyed.

Buy the book on Amazon here.

Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She’s an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is also the Benevolent Firebird (acquisitions editor) for Uncommon Universes Press. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found making jewelry, singing Irish ballads, drinking tea, and working a variety of odd jobs. She can be bribed with dark chocolate. 

Guest Post at Brianna Merritt’s Blog

Brianna Merritt invited me to guest post on her blog today. I wrote on how having a “thick skin” isn’t the most important thing when it comes to sharing our creative work:

What if, in spite of all my logical mental preparation, I can’t handle negative reviews? What if I’m a pathetically oversensitive snowflake after all, and bad feedback breaks me??

 Formerly so excited about debuting a story, I began to have second thoughts…not about the value of the story or my decisions in revising it, but about my ability to put such a raw piece of my heart in front of the world and open myself to inevitable criticism.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized something.

Read the rest here.

Also, Laura A. Grace interviewed me on her blog yesterday to celebrate the release of my short story, Threadbare. Check it out!

Threadbare: A Short Story

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!!!

I am so excited to announce the release of my first short story ebook, Threadbare. Writing this story has been a gift to me, and I hope it blesses you too!

Click on the image below or on this link to purchase the ebook on Amazon! You can also add it on Goodreads here!

Exciting Author News!

Hi, everyone!

As you may have heard through Facebook or Twitter, I have some exciting news to share –

In the next few days I will be releasing my first short story ebook!

THREADBARE is a YA contemporary fantasy story, full of action and feels, and I am so excited to share it with you. It’s truly straight out of my heart, and it was a blast to write.

Keep an eye out for a release day post, coming soon!

The blurb:

What happens when your gift turns against you?

All her life Bess has known the magic streams around her, waves of power she can draw from to wield the gift of magical threads. Now the youngest member of a team of Anchors, she helps protect the city streets from Drifters—energy thieves who prey on the life force of ordinary humans.

But when a battle leaves Bess’s threads in an irreparable tangle, she is faced with an agonizing choice: sever her threads and lose her magic forever—or be slowly consumed by her own power.

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