Monday, April 21, 2014

Dragon Warriors Needs Your Help!

This is my sister Kristi Shimek and her husband Steve Shimek's new movie coming out...It's really funny and great for fantasy and comedy fans everywhere! Check it out! Click below to see the trailer and donate to the Kickstarter Project!

DRAGON WARRIORS: a feature film starring James Marsters
A fantasy film mixing today's epics like 300, and Lord of the Rings, with the tone of the classics like Willow, and The Princess Bride.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Untreed Detectives

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears (and your eyes)!:
I am lucky enough to be published AGAIN! A sequel story to my novella The Hudson Diaries, called "A Knife in the Dark", has been selected to be part of an amazing detective anthology, The Untreed Detectives, published by Untreed Reads. You can find the anthology here:

I hope you enjoy! Pass the news along to those who like to read!


For The Hudson Diaries: The Life and Times of a Baker Street Resident, follow this link:
Hope you enjoy some good reading!

Monday, September 30, 2013


Life can be really interesting sometimes. I was saying to a friend the other day that I don't live a cookie cutter kind of life, and I don't, but now that I think about it, I don't think anyone does. We live in a world where most things we want are at our fingertips, and our lives rarely turn out the way we expect them to be.

Not that this is a bad thing; in fact, it makes for good stories, and if you are living life to the fullest, it is something you will not regret. Make sure to make a bucket list. I know I have mentioned this before, but I mention it again because it gets my goals written down and it helps me remember the things I want to achieve.

In that vein, I can say "CHECK!" to another of my bucket list goals...Try something for thirty days, and that is blogging. I know that is a weird goal and kind of weird result, perhaps, but when I had writer's block it has really helped me out.

Thanks for joining me on this thirty day journey, and I hope whoever happens upon this that you are doing well!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sick Foods

Sick Foods=AWESOME!

Saturday, September 28, 2013


I may have mentioned this before, but I love the holiday season, and for me, it starts in three days! Huzzah! From October 1st--when you start decorating--to January 2nd--when you have to get back to real life-- life just seems more relaxed, people are generally nicer and life is just a little more fun.

We have parties, seasonal foods, comfortable readings by the fire, decorating, candlelight--and the list could go on. I find that mankind for some reason is more generous, more forgiving, more enthralled by the simple joys of life. We let ourselves go, in a good way, and let our hair down, dusting off the things (and relationships) that we've held back for so long.

Colors also fill the stores, the streets, the trees, the homes. Everywhere you look you will find color: orange, red and yellow in the autumn, green, red, silver, white in winter, and the colors continue to grow as the year ends. Although the weather outside gets colder, hearts become warmer, and that gives me hope in mankind. It restores your faith in the idea that all is not lost, and when it comes down to it, mankind will for the most part help each other out.

We remember what the important things are in this life, and hopefully let others in. We hold tight to each other, and we remember that if we stick together, no harm can really come to us (even in a haunted corn maze :) ). We go back to our childhood, if even for just one night, and help our own children or relatives, and even strangers, live the traditions that have made us who we are. We eat, sing and laugh together; we get together with old friends and make new ones. We share a cup of cocoa, ghost stories or things we're grateful for.

Let us live for these moments, and while we cannot have these holidays year-round, let us remember what we learn and have warm hearts and giving hands winter, spring, summer or fall.

Z is for Zoo

The power went out yesterday at my apartment, which is why if you have been following this, I did not write last night, So sorry! We're going to catch up now and I will do two blog posts.

I like the zoo an awful lot. I'm not sure how to explain this, since most of the time I enjoy animals in general, but I'm picky about them too. I DO NOT like rats, snakes and spiders--too shifty. They give me the creeps. But then I love giraffes and elephants, all cats and penguins, polar bears and several others. The list could go on. I guess I'm not as picky as I thought, but just know I don't enjoy the reptiles and amphibians very much. Creepers :).

At Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City Utah, where I live, they have this event called Zoo Lights. I've lived here for twenty years and have never been. I'd like to go sometime. It happens during Christmas, and apparently it's really fun. I already have a vision of what it might be like==colored lights everywhere, probably snow on the ground (It's already gotten really chilly here, and fall hasn't really happened :(!), and all the polar animals will be out, along with the year-round ones. Exciting!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Y is for Yellow

Yellow is such a happy color. Although my favorite color is blue, when looking for help, comfort and hope--which I must admit I am seeking right now--I think of yellow. It reminds me of warmth, both physical and emotional, and that there can be healing, even when your life feels like it's falling apart.

It is also the color of light, though other colors are mixed in or it could be possibly white, just an older light bulb :). Either way it can bring physical light into a room or even knowledge to the soul.  I know that doesn't really make sense probably in context, but I hope you can understand what I mean.

Yellow is also the color of my favorite flower, the daffodil. Daffodils just make me smile every time I see them (Too bad they are only in season in spring!). If only they could be in season all year round--I would absolutely love that.

Pick a color that brings you joy, and when life gets you down, think of that color, find a place with that color or pick a project using that color. Hopefully it will bring hope and comfort back into your life.