Collected Tales of Machrae Diir #2

Hello, readers! Here’s the second collection of short stories originally published under my secret special Twitter account at Ashenvein Gate. I did say that if I did any further writing during the holiday season, you would not find out about it until the New Year, yes? As for the first post of the day, which […]

Am I Okay?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: right, so, um… I have been dealing with a staggering amount of mental baggage. I feel the need to be frank about some answers that are going to sound pretty insane. Let’s start simple and non-crazy: this blog only ever had one author. Plurality was something I tried out for […]

Confessions of an Artful Coward

Hello, readers. This will be another of those posts where I unpack my latest batch of unearthed psychological problems on the blog. This will not be another post where I try to tell you I’m done with the blog or writing. Those were never the desires I wanted to escape from. I understand that now. […]

The Thing About Mistakes

Hello, readers mine. I’m struggling with something at the moment, so I’m afraid we’re due for another of those posts. You know the ones. The ones where I treat these pixel-born pages as a replacement for therapy. Ironically, I’m at a point in my life where I’m open to therapy, but can no longer afford […]

And From the Ashes?

The following is a scheduled post. I’ve set it for close to a month after I reached the decision stated here. That you are reading it means nothing has happened in that timeframe to change my mind. Hello, readers mine. I always felt that this day would come. I’m thankful to you all for standing […]

Coming Out

Four days ago (less a few hours), I posted an advice article titled simply, Writing Female Characters, Take Two. That seems to have gone over well; however, as of today I had to go back and update it with an extra disclaimer at the start. And believe me, the irony of having waited until some […]

Where Have You Been, Word-Nerd?!?!

Alright, yes, a fair question! Aaagh–would you–STOP HITTING ME WITH YOUR CAPS-LOCK KEYS! (Hypocrisy, thou blowest from the north, and upon a lukewarm wind because my place of residence forgot how to winter in 2020)–so, let’s ditch the over-tangential style of 2013-2017 North and answer the title question: where have I been? Ach, mensch, I must tell […]