Introductory

Updates on the Journey

Hello and welcome to Peregrine Arc, a Horror Author’s Scratchwork. I published my first novel, Memory Bound, in October 2018. I’m currently working on my second horror novel, GOTD.* Both books feature female protagonists struggling to survive in worlds where uninvited guests come just a bit too close for comfort…

I’m also starting an Author YouTube Channel. Here you’ll find me talking about my writing, literature, and dabbling in some arts & crafts. This page is in development, but I’ll be sure to post updates here when I get the steamworks up and running. Won’t you join us?

All opinions, mistakes and spiderwebs are my own here. Pass the ink blotter, would you? And do watch your step over the landing. Last chap didn’t quite make it out, poor thing…

*I only give my novels’ names in acronyms, until they’re published. Memory Bound, for example, was MB.

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Seasons Greetings (Out ’till New Years)

Just a quick note to say I’ll be using the rest of the year to (finally) finish up my second novel–GOTD (acronym given only, until published). I’m currently beta reading for a fellow author, and I hope to be done with this for him by the end of the month/sooner. It’s been a great exercise for me to see how other people write and look at the process from different angles. It’s been helpful in getting my gears going again, clearing the cobwebs and giving me the courage to finish my book.

The saint and I also picked up a bunch of horror movies we found at a dollar store. I plan to watch these to see if 1.) if they’re any good (I’m so very picky about my horror; a lot of it is junk) and 2.) if they are good (or fail abysmally), I will take a look at the plot (story structure) and see what went right and what went wrong. When I write, it’s a very visual process for me, so I feel this will help strengthen my writing. This can also be done after you read a book, of course.

So Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great New Year. I’m off to Wonderland, ta-ta.

Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts

Compassion International: Sponsor a Child in Poverty

The saint and I sponsor several children through Compassion. This Christmas season, if you are able, consider sponsoring a child. You’ll exchange letters, get to know your child, and see how they are progressing in school, health and life skills.

This is an organization I’m very passionate about. This is the real Jesus–caring for children–the innocent and very vulnerable–in a kind, compassionate and faith driven way. Building up communities with well thought out, phased planning.

Find out more here. Thank you.

YouTube Shares

Close to a Cure: Epidermolysis bullosa (EB | Butterfly Skin)

Link is in the video description if you want to donate to the research fund; consider sharing the video to spread awareness. Sounds like they’re really close to a cure! 😁👍❤️
Brief Humor & Check-Ins, Introversion/INTJ

Author: Poking Pesky People, Introversion (Humor | Bring Snacks)

I’m going to go out on a limb here and offer an observation. You’re welcome to swing it back over the net and volley it around. I’ll walk away and let you chew on the little birdie. 🏸

Introversion is seen as a problem by many people as a personality “quirk” that is less than ideal. If you’re not a card carrying member of the fabulous trifecta F’s of American society (see: football-family-and forever fiestas), you might get the coveted ‘weirdo’ sticker plastered onto your forehead. This sticker doesn’t come off in the shower, but one can fix their bangs around it quite stylishly. Sassy…

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Ponderings

Author: Veganism & Responding to Rude People (Bring Nunchuks | Humor)

Many people, I’ve learned, choose to have closed minds and closed hearts. They do what they do, like what they like, hate who they hate and think they’re right 99% of the time–the 1% they’re “wrong” is them being gracious. They may chew on something you present, to the best of your knowledge and patience, that is novel and slightly interesting to them–only to have them spit it back out on the table and return to their life, as-is. These are people who refuse to grow. Unique dietary choices are one of these topics…

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Horror Author Quotes, Inspiring Quotes

Horror Author: The Woman in Black (Susan Hill) Quote

“No, no, you have none of you any idea. This is all nonsense, fantasy, it is not like this. Nothing so blood-curdling and becreepered and crude – not so…so laughable. The truth is quite other, and altogether more terrible.”
― Susan Hill, The Woman in Black

One of my favorite horror books and films (the original 1989 version). Susan Hill is one of the greats. This scene in particular is one of my favorites; great for inspiration.

Quick humor

Horror Author: Poison Ivy & The Lingering Evil (Short Humor)

Did you know you can get a poison ivy rash in the Fall and Winter, even after all the leaves have fallen off the plant, and just the vines and roots are left? I did not. The saint and I knew we had a few patches left in our garden beds to get rid of–we waited until a few frosts had passed. I walked into our backyard recently to find a field of crunchy frost, thick and deliciously cold. Now was the time to finally kill the fiend–or so I thought. It still lived, quietly waiting to attack. War was here. But I was ready.

You can’t burn the evil that is poison ivy–the smoke releases the infamous urushiol oil from the plant (what gives you the rash) and you can inhale the oil into your lungs. If you pick the plant (see: forcefully yank up the said beast with a wild glint of triumph and malice), you’ll need to wash all your clothing–and your body–thoroughly–including the gloves and other protective gear you should be wearing. Otherwise the oil lingers and chuckles in glee, causing continued reactions for up to a year. I did discover one alternative to eradicating the evil plant. GOATS. Goats eat poison ivy apparently–along with a plethora of other items questionable to our human guts.

I may write a letter to Heaven then, asking Gabriel to send forth a holy flock from on high to my backyard one day soon. Kill the evil that is, dear little goaties, once and for all. Go forth and conquer!

Author YouTube

Painting Jack | Author YouTube

Just some short and sweet, spoopy painting on good ol’ Jack. I am still learning how to film and edit, but I think I see progress. Where, you ask? Just ask Jack. He was there.

I love Jack-O-Lanterns. I should put a pumpkin in my next book. How’s your current work in progress? Let us know in the comments below. Enjoy everyone.

Arcian Art

Author: Snoopy Painting (Happy Spoopy Month)

Did some painting today. I put together a collage of some in progress photos I took. The final piece is in the upper right hand corner. I used acrylic paint on a wooden surface; I used a few images from Google on my cellphone as reference and for scale. Everything was done freehand.

Enjoy and Happy (early) Halloween.