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I seem to have skipped March...oops

posted Apr 1, 2019, 3:49 PM by Dayja

My brain is full of dinosaurs.  That happens to me from time to time, rather randomly.  Every once in a while, I’ll have a dinosaur dream, and the dream will follow me around afterwards.  You’d think dreaming about being chased by dinosaurs would be a nightmare…but they aren’t nightmares.  They don’t exactly scare me.  I kind of enjoy them even.  But they aren’t dreams either…safe, happy dreams where you live out something wonderful.  They’re something in between, and I’ve found the English language rather lacking in a word to describe that place in between dream and nightmare.  That space that is exciting and interesting but not at all safe and on the edge of too scary.  We live real life in that space so I suppose we didn’t feel a need to apply it to our sleeping life.

The best thing about dinosaur dreams: they have the best special effects ever.

The worst thing about dinosaur dreams: they have the best special effects ever.

This dream started off full of dinosaurs, and then for some reason introduced creepy zombie children with the perfect sound track that I kind of wish I could still properly remember, because it was the exact right mix of lightness to make the scene even more creepy.

You’d think, having a dream with zombies and dinosaurs, that I’ve been spending too much time with my own Pirate Perdita book.  But no…the two in the dream were completely unrelated.  Now, if I start dreaming about creepy unicorns…then I will know I’ve been working too hard.

In other news…I’ve decided to count myself as doing well if I post at least one update per month, rather than week.  So…here’s April done!  Or can I still count this as March and do April in a week or so?  I only missed March by a day, after all.

In hindsight, this should probably have been an April fool’s joke.  Missed a chance there.  Still…dinosaurs!  In my head!

I need a time machine

posted Feb 18, 2019, 8:06 PM by Dayja

So...clearly updating weekly is not my strong suit.  Still, better to pick up the next week than give up entirely, right?

So, what have I been up to that has taken me away from sharing on social media?  Schoolwork mostly; at the very least I cannot say I've done no writing.  I've also made a bit of progress on my new musical while ignoring most of my other projects.  So poor Oleander Jack is still stuck in Paris, my aspirations to create a graphic novel remains stalled in chapter 3, and my hundred or so books (plus one play) that I've begun are no more finished than they were two weeks ago.  That's the difficulty when I get something new stuck in my head; I have to get it out and on paper and it crowds out everything else.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has gotten into my head

posted Feb 4, 2019, 8:35 PM by Dayja

So I was watching clips on YouTube from that Hamilton show
And now my brains all tripped up and the rhymes won’t go
and there’re songs in my head and I’m not a musician
a whole story at once and it wants to be known
I feel inspired and wired like my brain is all fired up
And the stories comes in a rush like the faucet all turned up
Like a fire but not burned up, I’m ignited inside
And I want to hide behind the words, but the words I want heard
And I can’t help but write, like I’m bleeding light and everything is absurd
But right
And the rhymes don’t stop and it’s kind of exhausting and mad
But not in a bad way and everything I want to say comes out in a rad way
At least it’s not Shakespeare and his iambic pentameter
Now I’ve got to go write and hope it’s not too amateur

so... basically that is what happens to my brain when I decide to watch a bunch of clips from the play Hamilton.  And now I'm writing a musical?  I am ignoring the tiny little detail that I don't know how to write music.  This is all Lin-Manuel Miranda's fault.  I should be working on finishing my other stories, not trying to plot out an entirely new project while random songs run through my head.  Seriously, it's like I'm trying to write the beginning, middle, and end at the same time and it's not working very well.  Oh well, that has been my week.  Hope yours has been as...productive?  I guess that's one way to call it.

Pretend today is Monday

posted Jan 30, 2019, 3:06 PM by Dayja

Essays are one aspect of school I could happily do without. On the plus side, I can't say I did no writing this last week.

I have also been doing quite a bit of reading, and not just for classes. I was playing around on one of my favorite sites for free classical ebooks, and came across "Les enfants des Tuileries" by vicomtesse Olga de Ségur Pitray. I can't say why I'm enjoying it so much (beyond that the French is simple enough I have little difficulty following it)... it seems to be a sort of morality story centering on the lives of two sets of children, the 'good' children and the 'horrible' children (who eventually learn to be good). At any rate, it has the same charm all really old children's novels have simply from being from a bygone era, even if I find myself disliking the 'good' children almost as much as the 'bad'. All four grow on you, in the end.

So that has been my week, schoolwork and play. I hope yours has gone as well!

Why do I write?

posted Jan 22, 2019, 10:06 AM by Dayja

I write, because the words are there

like a secret door,

like a glimmer in the dark,

like a friend inviting me to play.

I write for the love of the story in everything.

I write because there are little mysteries everywhere,

and it’s only in writing them down

that I can find the answers,

can find the story’s heart.

I write because words are my playground

and I love to make words dance.

I believe in stories and poems and words,

those little things we share

that make us human.

I believe writing is a journey,

and that journeys are adventures,

and it is in going on adventures that we grow.

So do join me on my playground, share my journey,

and let’s learn what it is to be human.

Mir Foote

School Has Already Fried My Brain

posted Jan 15, 2019, 7:35 PM by Dayja

Yay, the second Monday of the year, and I'm already a day late in my post.  To be fair, Monday was also my first day of graduate school, so I did have other things on my mind.  (For the curious, I am getting my MLA.  To become a librarian.)

Well, as far as updates in my writing progress, there isn't much to report anyway.  I pretty much did no work whatsoever in any of my many projects.  Which isn't to say I didn't write...just that I didn't write anything for my books/plays/poems.  Okay, not quite true.  I spent a good deal of time trying to work out a new character in the Pirate Perdita story.  In other news, I now know how the French say 'John Doe'.

So, what can I share if I didn't really do much writing?  I suppose I could discuss my current reading list.  When it comes to reading, a task I greatly enjoy, I have a somewhat sporadic attention span.  So I either devour a book in a day...or I read a tiny bit at a time for ages.  Les Miserables probably took me about a year to go through (Though to be fair, it did have some intensely boggy sections...following by some of the best action sequences I've read).  So currently I am reading: Sense and Sensibility, Mary Poppins, The Paris Architect, The Lost World (Jurassic Park, not Doyle's), and Little Women.  And two new text books for my classes, but I kind of have to read those, so I'm not sure they count.

And that has been my week!

New, weekly updates

posted Jan 7, 2019, 3:56 PM by Dayja

So...I am trying something new.  Where I actually make the attempt to keep up my social media presence.  Which means creating weekly updates on my various projects.

One week into the new year, and where am I headed?  I am still working on the graphic novel for Pirate Perdita, slowly but surely.  Chapters 1 and 2 are done and chapter 3 is in the works.  Which means having to draw dinosaurs.  Lots and lots of dinosaurs.  

The writing of book 2 also continues to be underway.  For that, I am researching seventeenth century France, the history of ballet (apparently, despite the language of ballet being French, it came from Italy.  Who knew?)  and unicorns.  The most difficult part of writing a time travel series is keeping my timelines straight.  I've made charts.

Other projects: my play is still halfway done, no real progress there.  I've organized my artwork, to hopefully make future artistic projects easier.  I have at least two other novels that I add to sporadically.  And a few picture book ideas that I may or may not get around to fully illustrating as all my current artistic efforts are going into my graphic novel.

So...this is me updated.  Until next week.

New Cover Art for Memory

posted Jul 26, 2018, 6:51 PM by Dayja

The fourth book in the Chronicles of Evrion is coming soon!

Book available as ebook and paperback

posted Dec 1, 2016, 9:06 AM by Dayja

Mathew Maria Brings the Sun: Juvenile Chapter Book, 3rd grade reading level
Book 2 in the Mathew Maria series

Just because something is very small, that does not mean it can’t be important. Mathew Maria is very small, but she still does amazing things.

Giant plants are taking over the street. What can be done? Some people want to burn them all. But thanks to her mother’s wonderful invention, Mathew Maria can talk to the plants. Will she save the day? Or will the plants unite to burn down the street? Join this little genius on her adventure filled with excitement, danger, and new friends!  

New July Sale!

posted Jul 1, 2016, 9:54 AM by Dayja

All of my books are free or 50% off at for the entire month of July!

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