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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.

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it is troubling (this grief) — Frank Prem Poetry

I am troubled by the rattling of the liquid ambar outside my window at work it is a glorious spreading strongly muscled creature that plays host to wattle birds kookaburras and parrots silver-eyes and pardalotes but the leaves . . . the leaves have been an autumn magnificence through all the years I have know the tree rich reds and yellows and shades of orange piles of them on the groundto […]

it is troubling (this grief) — Frank Prem Poetry
Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author Update: Go Biden, BLM, WIP and Reaching 400 Followers

The saint and I were walking our dog recently around our neighborhood. When returning home, I picked up one of those pesky advertisement newspapers that people like to deposit on your driveway so you can then put it promptly into the recycling bin. Kind of like when someone leaves a flier on your windshield–it’s just too kind of them to give you an extra chore to do that day. A woman passed by, walking briskly and offered us a wide smile.

“Three more days, right? Can’t wait!” she chirped. I realized she was recognizing us as the owner of the Biden Harris 2021 sign, standing next to our BLM flag. We had decided to leave the election sign up until at least the inauguration; the BLM flag up for all eternity. Stalwart resolutions against the Trump flags and signs we had seen scattered haphazardly around our area. I had recently applied a coat of fabric paint to the flag, freshening its sun bleached surface.

“Y-yeah,” I replied, my shy nature ever present amongst, well, everyone since birth. Let’s be honest.

“Go Biden!”

“Go Biden!” I returned, offering a smile and a wave as she returned to achieve her walking goals.

One successful human interaction, in the bag.

***

Just a little story, showing there are still nice people out there, encouraging one another to stick it out. Over the past year, I have witnessed the good (peaceful BLM marches) to the bad (see recent Capitol atrocity) play out around me, with the pandemic lingering above the stage, ever present. We are living in a crescendo of history, forces pitting themselves against each other, people drawing lines of a social Civil War that’s amping up across capitols nationwide.

On my current WIP (GOTD), I am nearing the 45,000 word mark. I’m not much for word counts–I think a story is as long as it needs to be–but it serves as a helpful indicator to show how far I’ve come through my starts, stops and rewrites. I’ve probably broken all the “rules” of writing six times to Sunday by now, but that’s alright. What matters is the final product.

I’ve gone ahead and updated my website, and posted a brief teaser of my next book under “Works in Progress.” I hope you’ll give it a read, a like and an encouraging air high five from six feet away. I’ll be sure to return the encouragement. We all need that, don’t we? And in final news, Peregrine Arc reached 400 subscribers the other day. Similar feelings with follower counts as with word counts, but a useful marker all the same.

How is your writing going? Are you taking care of yourself? Growing a little more every day? Update us in the comments below. Cheers and happy writing. Stay out of the stagnant water of ignorance and hatred—go forth and flourish!

Uncategorized

Do Not Whitewash What Happened Today (US Capitol Mob)

Do not forget what happened today; do not forget the lies and mixed messages the POTUS said to the riot he incited. This is an incredibly sad and tragic day for our country. Do not be ignorant; be educated. This is NOT what a Democracy is.

This news is developing so quickly, so forgive me if I don’t respond for awhile. From locking children into cages, from supporting white supremacists, making fun of a disabled reporter, putting down women and minorities–this is evil and this is hatred.

I do not, and have never, supported Donald Trump. I do not, and have never, supported white supremacy. I do not, and have never, supported evil.

Everyone, please be safe and take care out there.

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Quick Social Media Update (New Accounts) 📷🐦

Just a quick note to say I created an Instagram and Twitter account. I’ve been encouraged by some of the nicer, authentic writers I’ve come across online who are serious about their work and have developed their own platforms. I hope this will help get my next WIP (GOTD) partnered with a publishing agency who falls in horror-love with the manuscript.

To be honest and transparent, I have a reluctant, love-hate relationship with social media; a lot of it seems fake, shallow and insincere to me. However, I realize there are good writers out there to be found and discover their own works and journeys. As long as I can continue to be authentic and encouraging to others on these platforms (as on this blog), I think it may be a good thing to take a chance on.

If you’d like to give me a follow, that’d be great. I hope you are well in this pandemic and that you continue to write and grow during these difficult times. God bless you and keep you.

https://mobile.twitter.com/PeregrineArc

Inspiring Quotes

Author: Inspiring Writing Quote, Alice Walker✏️

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”

-Alice Walker

Author YouTube

Author: Bean Bunny Painting (YouTube Video)

I am slowly, but surely, learning my way around my video editing software a bit more. I completed my Bean Bunny painting today and compiled my footage together into a video on my YouTube page. I had a bit of trouble with the quality of the paint as I went along, but I think we got somewhere. Cheers!

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: House Projects & Zealotry, Oh My (Five Minute Humorous Snippet)

I am an avid house project kind of person, when I’m not writing. With YouTube, Google, Logic and Experience latched into my toolbelt, I know no bounds. I’ve embarked on everything from upcycling, painting, tile work, gardening to other DIYs. I have chanted the oft repeated phrase: “Can I fix it? Yes I CAN!” until the neighbors took up a timeshare in the Bahamas. I have also have run into my fair share of mischief and oopsies (that’s a technical term) along the way. Painting is one of my favorite DIY projects to do.

Today, I began to paint some heater vents that were original to our house. I think they were last painted in 1647 by the looks of them. In my zealousness to try out my new paint and sponge painting technique, I got the very white paint all over my hands and even (as I discovered anon) in my hair. This paint (I did not realize until later) has primer in it. Primer in Latin means “forever with you, sucker.” I looked it up. I then realized (anon, again) that I have a hair appointment tomorrow morning with my hairdresser (in order to look like a halfway decent human being, etc.). The saint, my husband, turned to me and said the following after I bemoaned I couldn’t get said paint off my hands and probably wouldn’t have much luck with my hair before tomorrow’s appointment.

“Don’t worry; you look beautiful.”

My response?

“I look like a pigeon who poo’d on itself.”

And that, ladies and gentleman, is a glimpse behind the mirror of my writing, humor and life. Please remember to tip the attendee on your way out. All proceeds go towards pigeon safety training, feeding times and rehabilitation. Coo coo, cachoo.

Happy writing.

Arcian Art

Author: Painting in Progress (Henson Bunny)

Some in progress artwork. If the footage comes out halfway decent, this will be turned into a YouTube video (I hope). Five worthless points if you can name the character, the movie title, the movie scene, what song the character was singing during this scene AND the director.

Happy New Years. Cheers.

Brief Humor & Check-Ins

Author: Jim Henson & 233 Scene Takes

Just a quick check-in to wish everyone a Happy New Years. My second novel (GOTD) is going better–slow and steady. I’ll be focusing on that over the holiday weekend to get as far as I can.

In the meantime, here’s a fabulous video of 233 takes from Henson’s “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas.” The director wanted the drum to fall just right against the milk cannister out front, and land sideways halfway off the curb (which finally happens…233 tries later). I read somewhere in the comments that when they tried this during rehearsal, they nailed it the first time. When they went to tape it…well, you’ll see.

Two hundred and thirty three tries. I admire the tenacity. A necessary skill to have in writing.

Oh and Frank Oz, you’re a genius. God bless The Muppets. ❤