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I have an agent!!!

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I have an agent!!! An actual literary agent!!! This morning, I signed a contract for representation with Denise Barone of Barone Literary. Never let anyone tell you to give up. If you do, you’ll never know what the next day will bring. Being a writer isn’t easy. It’s long hours of sitting at a computer or with paper and pen, spinning tales from your mind. It’s agonizing over a single word, or cutting out a scene you love but makes no sense. It’s days/weeks/months/years of frustration when you’re out there, querying agents and publishers. And getting told no over and over again. But all it takes is that one person to believe in you and how you write to make the difference. I’ve spent more tim...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 39 – Time to Breathe

Thia lowered herself to the floor, her back to the cavern wall. Her friends busied themselves with looting the corpses and cleaning their weapons of blood. All she wanted to do was take time to regain her breath. Rummaging in her pack, she pulled out some dried beef and began to eat. A few remaining strands of the web Ishacte had cast on her lingered on her boot. It didn’t matter. Her sister was dead. Well, that one anyway. None of her friends were seriously hurt in this attack, either. Damn it, she thought. Why can’t they just leave me alone? “So, Thia,” Jinnaari said as he sat next to her, “how are things with you?” She shrugged. “Okay, I guess. Want some?” she held out a piece of jerky. H...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 38 – Betrayal

“Go ahead,” Ishacte turned toward Jinnaari. “We’re not far now. The tunnel at the far end leads right to Vizeran’s tower.” The dragonborn turned to her. “Ladies first,” he growled. And I’m using the term loosely, he thought. Earlier that day, he’d found the group. Or they’d found him. It was a little unclear. The best way to describe it, really, was that their paths converged. Caelynn had his gear, and he grateful to have his sword and armor back. Ishacte, though, was another matter. None of them trusted the Drow. Adam had explained why they were paired up, and it made sense. To a point. He glanced back at Thia as she walked next to Pan. The druid kept telling a constant stream of stories ab...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 37 – Friends and Relations

“And that’s how our Uncle Randy defeated the troll,” Pan barely paused before launching into a new story. “Let’s see, who’s next? Oh, yeah. I haven’t told you about Uncle Bran!” Thia smiled slightly, letting the druid keep up with his stories of their ‘family’. Disguising her as his sister may not pass a close inspection, but he regaled her with tales all the same. It was a welcome distraction from everything else going on. The cavern Ishacte had led them into was narrow. Thia didn’t need light to see, but she was tempted to create some all the same. Being able to distinguish her surroundings in the dark was part of her Drow heritage. Her soul desperately needed the light as a reminder of he...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 36 – Beginning Negotiations

Helix watched Ishacte as the party slept. Like Caelynn, she didn’t sleep. Talking to her without the rest taking notice, though. Now, that would be the trick. “What is it, Tabaxi?” Her voice was low, barely above a whisper. “I’m curious.” She turned her full attention to him. She may have the same lilac eyes as Thia, but there was a coldness to hers that intrigued him. Adam and the rest weren’t fooled. Ishacte would turn on Thia, on all of them, if the situation called for it. “You’re a Tabaxi. That’s a normal thing for your kind.” “I was wondering if you and I couldn’t come to a mutually beneficial arrangement. Providing things turn out as we both want when it comes to Thia, that is.” He co...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 35 – Freedom is Won

 Pain pierced his dreamless sleep as the box he was in slammed against something hard. Splinters of wood dug into Jinnaari’s skin. He blinked, desperate to chase away the drug induced fog that clouded his brain. Something heavy stepped on his leg. He screamed, the sound muffled by the gag, as the bones snapped under the weight. The creature moved. He couldn’t see, only hear. The ring of metal against something, punctuated by grunts, told him a fight was raging. More than once, a scream was cut off abruptly. The battle wasn’t going well for someone. Given that no one had come near the remains of the crate he’d been stuffed into, Jinnaari hoped that ‘someone’ was his captors. A bestial roar ra...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 34 – A Clouded Future

She held the crystal in her hand, trying to calm the dread that encompassed her soul. “You can ask any question, Thia, and we will answer. The future is ever in motion. Whatever answer you seek is not set in stone. Not until the moment when you chose to set your foot on one path or the other.” The voice was calm, even. And did little to calm her raw nerves. “I’d like,” she hesitated, “I need to know. Will I succumb to the evil that chases me?” The last words came out in a rush. If she didn’t say them fast enough, she knew she’d never utter them. The smell of lilacs…my father’s laugh…the feeling of Kelemvor’s presence…using some of the techniques Adam taught her, Thia strove to regain a sense...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 33 – If

“Everyone okay?” Adam’s voice rang through the chamber. “Helix? Thia?” “I’m fine,” Thia responded, her voice quiet. She heard the rest of the group speak up. No losses for them, no wounds that she couldn’t heal. For the dead Drow at her feet, though, there would be no next battle. She stared at the corpse; her mind numb. Lifeless lilac eyes stared back at her. They were same color as her own. Were they related? Did she just kill a cousin? A sister? For a moment, she thought about asking Ishacte, but quickly dismissed it. They were barely on speaking terms; asking her if the Drow Thia’d killed was a relation would only make things worse. Couldn’t they just understand she wanted to be left alo...
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I leveled up!

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Yay! I reached level 52! That sounds infinitely more badass than I had a birthday yesterday. LOL We took a road trip to Oregon. I stopped by my fave coffee supplier in Troutdale, Harry & David, and got 4 new bags of brew. The gaming group will be well caffeinated! We also stopped in at Torrid and I came out with a few more goodies. Before we left, gifts from my family & friends were opened. A gorgeous Scottish themed nutcracker (now named Hamish), some lavender soap, a nice dish out of some I’ve been collecting, a beautiful new Swarovski bracelet from the hubby… And this, painted by my son: He did the art…I got the frame when we got back home. It’s now hanging above the coffee station in the...
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May All Your Days Be Merry and Bright!

Good morning! I’ve got a short, 4 hour day at the retail job and then I’m off for 8 days. In that time, I plan to celebrate the holidays with my family, have some fun for my birthday, play some D&D (yes, there’s going to be at least 1 new story), take a lot of deep breaths, and write. Regardless of the faith you follow, I hope the holiday season is a good one for you. Sometimes we celebrate with family. Others will celebrate with a family of their choosing. My hope is that, regardless of the who or why you get together, it’s a wonderful experience. I do plan to do some fun things with ‘The Waystation Guardians’ series, and hope to get new covers done within the next month so they can get bac...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 32 – The Descent Begins

Caelynn kept a watchful eye on Thia. Her friend was pale, and she was quiet. Not that Thia ever spoke much, mind you. But she’d barely said five words beyond what was necessary to cast spells since they’d started the descent into the Underdark. “You okay?” Thia only nodded in response. “Leave the corpse,” Ishacte ordered, stepping over the fallen demon. “There’s enough carrion feeders down here that it’ll be picked clean within a week. We need to keep moving.” “Give us a minute,” Adam said. Caelynn exchanged a look with him. He was as concerned about Thia as she was. Ishacte snorted, “Why? Is the mongrel in need to coddling?” “She’s not a mongrel,” Caelynn spat at her. “Her name is Thia. And...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 31 – Diak’s First Strike

The sound was the first thing to penetrate his slumber. A single wheel creaked, once every rotation. The noise chased the blackness from his brain. Jinnaari tried to move his hands, but they wouldn’t budge. Working his jaw, he felt the gag. Opening his eyes, he raised his head and hit it on something solid. He was in a box of some kind. The wheel creaked again. Shifting, he felt the rough wood against his scales. Was he naked? That didn’t make sense. “Dyointy hai, Diak,” a female voice said. Jinnaari didn’t understand the language that was spoken. He tried moving his hands again, testing the rope that tied them together. The smooth fiber cut into his wrists, but held fast. He tried moving hi...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 30 – A New…Friend?

Adam looked around the room, puzzled. All of the paladin’s gear was there. But Jinnaari was not. A slip of paper was tied to the hilt of his sword. That bothered him. Adam had yet to see his friend without a weapon in arms’ length. To leave it, sheathed and laying across his bed, was not at all what he expected. “What’s it say?” Thia asked. Picking up the note, Adam started to read aloud. “I have the murderer. He will be delivered to Herasta for justice unless you hand over the one Lolth covets.” “Shit,” Pan breathed. Adam looked at Thia. Her lilac eyes were wide with fear and a resolve that cut into his soul. “No, Thia. That’s not what’s going to happen.” “It will, if you don’t listen to me...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 29 – Pan

  Thia ran through the dark streets, one hand raised to keep the hood of her cloak over her head. The inn wasn’t far from the temple. After what had happened, though, it felt like miles. She rounded one more corner and caught sight of the building. Finally. Warm candlelight beckoned from the windows. The sound of music drifted out as two men stumbled out of the door and into the street. She glanced back, checking to see if she was being followed. No one she could see. Quickly, she pulled the door open and stepped inside. Caelynn was up on the stage, playing her instrument. Helix and Moon sat on the edge of the stage, watching. Thia scanned the room, finding the rest of her friends at a large...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 28 – The Solar and the Cat Lord

“Will you please tell me why you’re here?” The Solar sighed, watching the Cat Lord stare at the myriad of dots on the wall. The Tabaxi’s ears twitched. “Fine. But can you make the lights move again?” “Not until you’ve told me why you’re here,” he responded. “Your friend…the warlock…he’s doing important things, right? I mean, that’s why Helix is with him. But I don’t think that’s good enough. I’ve got a rogue that just began her second…wait…maybe it’s her third? Dunno. It’s hard to keep track when you get nine lives. Anyway, I’m sending her to Waterdeep. She’ll be there by the time your friend and all of his friends arrive. I told her to find him. You might want to warn him. She’s got a grudg...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 27 -The Way Home

“We’re not leaving yet,” Jinnaari stated as the group stared at the portal. “But,” Adam objected, “we destroyed the soulmonger. The curse is over.” “Acerack isn’t dead, though.” Lor replied. Jinnaari nodded. For once, the other Dragonborn was right about something. “Lor’s right. We came down here to kill him. And we’re not leaving until we’ve done that. Or at least made sure he’s not coming back anytime soon.” Caelynn spoke, one arm draped protectively around her sister’s shoulders. “There’s only one more door we know of. If he’s not there, he’s not anywhere in this tomb.” Not wanting to hear any arguments, Jinnaari jerked the door open. Beyond the threshold was a library that, at one time, ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 26 – Going Fishing

Adam leaned against the wall of the room, standing far enough from the edge so as not to slide into the lava pool. Sweat dripped from his forehead. Partly from the heat, yes, but mostly from the battle they’d just won. Did they win, though? Acerack had been standing next to Thia one minute, gone the next. At least he didn’t take her with him, he thought. That Lolth would use an Arch Lich to get to Thia wasn’t something Adam would put past the Goddess. He glanced over to the door they’d come through. Jinnaari had finally made his way to Thia, and she was removing the curse Acerack had placed on the paladin. The Dragonborn’s frustration was all over his face. It was a battle he’d prepared for,...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 25 – The Dreams

“It’s agreed, then?” Bahamut asked, looking at the creature across the scrying pool from him. The Solar flared, but the light was a comfort to Bahamut. The creature was one of the Old Gods, and deserved His respect. “Do you want to go first?” The Solar asked. “Thank you,” The Dragonborn shifted his gaze to the pool of still water that lay between them. The surface rippled, and an image coalesced. The group of heroes, on whom so much depended, slept for the most part. The bard sat watch. Bahamut found the thread that connected Him to Jinnaari and tugged. * * * Jinnaari woke with a start. “Damn it!” he swore as his vision cleared. He was back in Drakkus’ office. And he wasn’t alone. “I didn’t ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 24 – Training Begins

Adam moved across the floor, making sure not to step on any of his sleeping companions. Jinnaari sat on the far side of the room, watching him. He was early for his turn on watch. He had to talk with the paladin, and didn’t want anyone else to hear, so now was the best chance he had. “All quiet?” Jinnaari nodded, stretching out his leg, “Just some snoring. You’re early. I have another hour yet.” Adam eased himself onto the cold stone floor. “It’s fine. I woke up.” He paused, looking around the room. “Besides, I think we need to discuss something.” “What’s on your mind?” “We have a problem with Thia.” He heard the dragonborn shift position. “In what way?” “If she woke up and found herself in ...
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The Murder Hobos – Episode 23 – An Old Friend is Found

Adam brought up the rear of the party, keeping his ears open. Thia had been acting odd during the last fight, screaming at someone the rest of them couldn’t hear. Jinnaari and Caelynn went down a staircase. “How the hell…,” Jinnaari called up to them. “I thought you guys said Helix was dead?” “He was. We saw him die. His body’s in the portable hole.” Caelynn responded. “Then what’s in the damn cage?” Adam went to move forward, but Rhaine held up her hand. “Lathander calls me home, Adam. Take care of her.” The redhead elf’s body dissipated into a thousand tiny sparks, drifting upward through the stone. Thia stared at him, “What happened?” she whispered. He shook his head. “I don’t know. But w...
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