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.

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.

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: My Summary of Crocheting (Humor) 🧶

I watched a couple tutorials about crocheting today. Another skill I could perhaps learn and make useful things using yarn. I don’t know what I was thinking.

I tried to learn how to knit once. The knitting needles were flung into the nearest wall in a fit of rage and ire, the likes of which has never been seen again. People who visited thought I had a porcupine living in my walls. No, no. It was just a visual reminder I kept to remember the evil that was and to never return to again. Ever.

The saint (my spouse) can knit and sew a bit, and quite well; he enjoys it. He’s been collecting quite a stash of yarn for his projects. He’s a patient teacher but I would rather do anything else, short of murder, than knit.

Here’s my summary of the evil that is crocheting. And remember now, this is humor.

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“Yarn over… Yarn over… This here is a chain. It becomes a prison of crocheting. Yarn over some more… Now we’re going to do something very simple, you peons, so please do try to keep up this time. We’re going to do a triple, double, ventriloquist, three quarter backflip, in Chinese. Now take the third loop, feed through, you should have six loops now… If you don’t, all hope is lost and you have failed miserably. If you’re still with me, cast off a fish and off we go…!”

Ain’t life grand? No wonder cats attack balls of yarn. They were trying to save us all this time…Thanks, Fluffy. 🐱

Author YouTube

Author YouTube: Reading Excerpt from Memory Bound

I wombled up to bat today and took a swing at reading a few pages of my book, Memory Bound. This short excerpt is taken from the beginning of the prologue on pages 1-2. Memory Bound is a horror book and can be found on Amazon in both hard copy (soft cover) and as an e-book. Or you can request your local library to order a copy for you to read and to add to their circulation.

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Take A Book, Leave a Book, Thoughts & Reviews

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People (Brief Book Review) 📖

I volunteered to read this book for work, to better myself and to learn more about biases and how humans think (often erroneously) and why. I found the book very illuminating and a helpful tool to become more aware of my thoughts and mindbugs–a term used frequently in the book. There are also several IATs (Implicit Association Tests) you can take in the book, or online.

I included a presentation from one of the authors and researchers below (Dr. Mahzarin Banaji; the other is Dr. Anthony (Tony) Greenwald.) Stick it out until the end; she ends on a hopeful note. And there’s some witty humor throughout.

Do not become rootbound in your life; do not conform to one pot and cease growing. This is a very sad waste of human potential and a paved road for bigotry. Those with power (of whatever kinds and varieties) use this to control people and persuade through manipulation. It’s a tale as old as time. And I am heartily weary of it, in my country and worldwide.

Dr. Banaji’s work will help break your pot and put you into a slightly bigger one where you can continue to learn and grow. This is my continued life goal, and has been. Like the researcher says at the end, there is great hope to change our biases, to truly allow people to flourish and live freely.

Take care and happy writing. ✏️

*If you do take the online test (s), please DO NOT share your results below. These are for your own use and should be taken in context of the book and larger body of research. I will be monitoring comments closely as well.


Writing: I've Got Gadgets and Gizmos a Plenty...

Author: Vintage Brooch, Postcards (New Interests)

I’ve been trying new ventures lately–everything from listening to jazz music to trying to teach myself skills like sewing (pray for me). One of the most recent interests I’ve developed is one in vintage fashion and keepsakes. I picked up a couple of items today at a vintage & antique store the saint and I visited for the first time (photo below).

Here’s a beautiful postcard (please forgive the bad lighting) that I may begin using as an end or starter card for my Author YouTube channel. In the upper right, I purchased my first vintage brooch. It has a lovely leaf design with a curled tip and is inlaid with (faux) pearls. It’s like a Hobbit going to a gala, am I right?

I sometimes feel I’m intruding into someone’s privacy when I read messages written on the backs of postcards. Here in pencil or pen, love is being freely given between people who are strangers to me; inquiries are made on another person’s safety and health. Everything is written in that eloquent cursive that I love so much. Oftentimes, the postcards are signed with older sounding names: Arthur, Edna, Beatrice, etc. (I made those up as examples, but you get my meaning). It makes you wonder: what happened to these people? Did their trip go well? How did they live? Where did they go afterwards? What did they struggle with in life? What were their wishes and dreams they thought about at night before drifting off to sleep?

As a writer, this can be a bit like lighting a match inside your imagination. Lots of ideas fly around and you can just sit in Wonderland and breathe in the air. The human story; endless possibilities.

Hope everyone is doing well. How’s your writing going? Cheers.

Labrador Lessons, Quick humor

Author: My Dog Curses Out Veternarian Staff (Humor) 🐾

My dog cursed out both our vet and our vet tech today. It’s a little known fact that if you translate a dog’s barks, you’ll get language unfit for anyone’s ears. Our vet’s office has been coming out to owner’s vehicles during the pandemic to take the animals in for their treatment; they gives a verbal summary of the treatment at the end.

My dog’s speeches went something like this:

“I told you to get away from this car, you cheap tiara wearing, cat lover who dunks their biscuits in beef gravy and doesn’t share. If you get any closer to MY PERSON, I’ll dig your own muddy grave with my bare paws, you squirrel’s bottom!”

“Please stop barking. I’m so sorry, she usually isn’t like this–“

“And another thing, you blunt toothed canine prancer, spawn of feline, you. You smell disgustingly sweet and clean. When’s the last time you rolled around in poo, or in anything dead and rotting? Does your kind have no decency? You smell like cat and whiskery things that are made to be eaten! Well, today’s your day, lady…SAY YOUR LAST WORDS.”

*Later, in the car ride home…*

“So would you like to explain yourself today? Hmm, oh doggo of mine bosom?”

*Dog gives me the stink eye before leisurely responding from the backseat.*

“They’re all demons and work for Satan himself. If you take me back to that portal of hell and they shove that thermometer into my fluffy bottom again, I’ll take you down with me. And you better expect another pile of throw-up tonight just for sheer spite. Now roll down this window, I need to sniff this funny dog sitting next to us in traffic… HEY, YOU THERE! You’re not a dog; you’re a raccoon in a collar! Hey! Hey! Hey! YOU SMELL CLEAN! HAH HAH HAH!”

That was my day. How was yours? Cheers!

Author YouTube

Author YouTube: “Bring Me Back My Rose” (Horror | Humor)

Fiddled around some more with my new camera and editing software today. The steamworks on YouTube is slowly getting up and running. I also discovered how to do subtitles. Let the snarky humor commence…

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Take A Book, Leave a Book

Book Review: “Homeless Bird” (Get Lost in a Book) 📖 🇮🇳

If you’re anything like me, and need a break for a few hours from the pandemic, the news and hearing about the latest incident of human stupidity and evil, I recommend reading Homeless Bird, by Gloria Whelan. My brief, Goodreads review is down below.

This is another treasure of a book I found tucked away on a dusty, back corner clearance shelf at a bookstore. It’s a difficult book to read emotionally, as I noted in my review, as it touches on heavy themes at a young reader level. It’s really alarming to see women being treated as “things”, even in such a modern setting as the book takes place in. The writing made me reflect on religion and society makeup. I always try to be sensitive when I come across differences in theology or culture, but why can’t we get it right (regardless of our beliefs) that we’re all human with wishes, wants and feelings of our own? Is it such a hard thing to see humanity and worth in an “other”?

Enjoy the book; 10/10.

Exercise Challenges

Cycling: 1.5hr Japan Island Hopping Ride

I’ve been continuing to do cycling through iFit on this end. Ran into a speed bump in August with recovering from a pretty gnarly bout of poison ivy, but I’m back on and pedaling, attempting to finish up the latest iFit challenge before the 9/7 deadline. Here’s the ride I did today:

I am beyond thrilled and proud that my body was able to do this ride–and it wasn’t as hard as I had worked it up to be. It was my longest ride yet by about 30 minutes. And I did it. 🌈👍

Japan’s countryside is beautiful. I rode through bamboo forests and saw plenty of fishermen. We ended outside a Buddhist temple that (I couldn’t help but think) reminded me of Kung Fu Panda just a bit. Different countries, I know, but I could imagine Po wobbling out with a plate of dumplings in his Jack Black voice going “Sweet country, am I right? Here, take a few, trainer. Veggie ones just for you.”

I only hope one day I can do many of these rides in person, including one I did the other day in Maui. That’s something to look forward to.

Until then, ride on and write on. Ker-kaw!