BEWARE! DARK SEAS: Of Scales and Sorrow by Nicole Mainardi

Welcome to Beware! Dark Seas Halloween showcase, an annual author & artist showcase that features talented creators. Come back each day, the entire month of October for a scare! Prepare for dark stories, myths & legends, and creepy creations that will make the hair on the nape of your neck stand up straight. May the water have mercy on your soul. A full posting schedule can be found here. Of Scales and Sorrow BY Nicole Mainardi   “You were born of scales and sorrow, and it will destroy you, and everyone you love.” This was the last thing y[...]


NaNoWriMo Update #1 – Orchard Pointe

Wow! We're already a week into NaNoWriMo! How is everyone doing? I'm sitting happily over 20,000 as of this afternoon but if I'm being totally truthful, it's only because my writing partner Brian LeTendre is a total beast and has been killing it on writing daily and consistently. I wrote over 2,000 yesterday and it felt sooooo good. We had a Twitter writing party with several amazing people (thanks guys!). In one hour, we'd compiled over 10,000 words between us! One hour! I love writing sprints. It's the best writing with others and holding yourself and your[...]


BOOK NEWS: My book is coming out in SEPTEMBER!!!!

It's an exciting day!! Why? Because today is the day that Brian LeTendre and I get to spill our BIG NEWS. Our super duper BIG BOOK NEWS. OUR BOOKIEST NEWS YET. Are you ready? HERE IS MY NEWS: Brian and I wrote a book.   It's called HARROWED.   It's coming out THIS SEPTEMBER.     Here are the details!   Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders #1)   It's a YA Horror / Thriller novel ( which of course is my favorite kind of thing to read and write. It's releasing 9/22/15 by Horror Twins Press. Brian and I poured ourselves into thi[...]


You, Yes YOU, Are Successful

I've thought a lot about success lately. How it affects us as writers and how it affects us on our writing journey. First, let's start with the definition of success. According to the dictionary, success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.     What I love most about this definition its simplicity. It's so mindnumbingly simple. You set a goal. You accomplish it. Boom, you're successful. But I've noticed as writers, it's not always that easy, is it? We compare ourselves to others. We base our success on other people's success. And when[...]