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Penalt


Commission Status: FULL

Jul
11th
2024

From the brim to the dregs, it pours sweet and clear... · 8:31am July 11th

Many years ago, back in the 1980s, one of my first jobs was that of a weekend/evening security guard at the courthouse in our provincial capital. It was a quiet job, usually broken only by letting law students in and out of the law library and the hourly patrol route around the building. During those long boring hours, I started writing out a story in longhand about a mermaid seeking revenge for her people, and it was then that I made the promise to myself that one day I would write lots of

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Jan
26th
2024

I got ART! · 6:51pm January 26th

I know I haven't done a blog in awhile, but being a full-time single parent working a full-time job, and a part-time writer tends to really chew into the hours I have in a week. That said, I just had to carve out a little time to show off the remarkable gift I was given from Lady Lightning Strike by way of the amazingly talented artist Pridark.

At Your Service by Pridark

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Nov
1st
2023

Commissions! · 7:46am Nov 1st, 2023

Yeah, been awhile since I've written any sort of blog post, but I do have some good news. I'm re-opening to commissions! My patrons on Patreon will get priority for their commissions first, but it doesn't mean that everyone else can't ask for some stories either. Here are my commission conditions:

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Sep
6th
2023

So... a small heads up about the upcoming month... · 5:55am Sep 6th, 2023

I'm about to start writing the final chapter or two of the Brightly Lit saga, after which time I'm actually going to be going on vacation for a week. As in actual time off from my job and all other responsibilities. Which means no Twilight Learned this month, and perhaps not next month either as I reassess things in the wake of the end of writing roughly 350,000 words on one pair of stories set in the same universe.

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Apr
16th
2023

So... a bit of a heads up · 1:17am Apr 16th, 2023

Over the past few years I've engaged in a practice of letting my patrons on Patreon decide what story I should update following the Brightly Lit update in the month, and I've noticed a bit of a pattern. Mainly that anytime "How Twilight Learned" comes up in the voting it easily wins. So recently I asked my patrons if they would like me to just concentrate on Brightly Lit and HTL until one of them was done.

And they said, "Yes"

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Oct
21st
2022

State of the Pen · 1:46am Oct 21st, 2022

It's been 10 days since my brother died and 6 since we laid him to rest at the foot of a willow tree near a shady stream. I find myself both functional and numb. I can act, react, and do things, but anything beyond the basics is like trying to push fog with your hands. Something happens but not much. I find myself staring at a computer screen and feeling... nothing.

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Oct
11th
2022

writing on hold · 5:00am Oct 11th, 2022

One of my older brothers died last night. His health hadn't been the greatest, but he wasn't super fragile either. His death is a complete shock to everyone.

Writing anything is obviously on hold for now, but I wanted you all to know why.

I am functional, I'm dealing with things as best I can. The emotional part hasn't really sunk in yet. I do have supports. All I'm really asking for is understanding about delays in stories and perhaps some sympathy.

Thanks for being here.

Sep
1st
2022

Short sick blog · 3:38am Sep 1st, 2022

I'll keep this short because my energy is low.

I have Covid, again.

This time, the symptoms are much worse and include some of the rarer ones.

I'm going to live, but I have to get through this first before I can do other htings. See you all on the flip side. Hopefully in a few days.

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Aug
4th
2022

So... here's how it went down. · 12:21am Aug 4th, 2022

So, as you may have noticed, Twilight Learned is late. That's because I answered a call for help that ate up the last days of the month I had set aside for writing time. It was an epic journey across a 30 mile wide stretch of water, an international border, six discreet biomes, and three major geologic features of the continent, while going past landslides, deer, and a trio of kamikaze raccoons. I will now use the words of my editor to describe why and what happened, with her permission, of

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Jul
12th
2022

Penalt's Reading Corner - Birthday Edition · 7:10am Jul 12th, 2022

One of the ways to describe music is as sonic emotion. The emotions of joy, anger, fear, sadness and so forth, expressed as musical notes in chords and harmony. Various genres of music are often associated with various emotions. Country and Western is often associated with determination and melancholy. Classical music is associated with elegant manners. Rap with outrage and defiance, and so forth and so on.

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