Saturday, December 2, 2017

In which I take a break



from my unscheduled absence to briefly bring your attention to this BRAND NEW BOOK by Jessica Greyson. XD 

[Hullo, blog-world...I live and breathe and have some being...but if you have any friends in residency, be nice to them and try to forgive their absences...XD]


I read this story away back in college and am looking forward to getting the chance to read it again, with all its female-deputy-and-lover-of-Jane-Austen-novels-meets-the-unexpected delightfulness and trauma. XD It's lovely good fun, and you should get yourself (and others) the perfect Christmas evening read. :)





click the picture to go enter the giveaway!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beautiful Book


No, I am not doing NaNo this year. This November I will be switching from adult medicine to pediatrics, with entirely different rules, attending physicians to answer to, and work required...and as I am not an entirely magical creature, nor an entirely masochistic one, I do not plan to frustrate myself by attempting one more thing at which I will inevitably fail. 

Which is not to say I am no longer writing. In fact, 2 weeks ago, when I had a microcosm of breathing space and was able to go to church 2 Sundays in a row, I ended up writing some 12 pages of a new story idea. It's a still-forming idea, but I thought this month's beautiful people book swap questions might be fun. 

1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea? I've had pieces of the idea for a long time...character ideas I wanted to use, themes of love and brotherhood, of war and hope, refugee patients whose moments of horror I needed to show others, the idea of Scriptural warrior-womanhood...I had random things jotted down that I wanted to write about and then they started pulling together into an idea cohesive enough that I thought it might actually work for a novel. XD
2. Describe what your novel is about! ...I haven't written it yet; how would I know?
Ok, ok, refer to question 1. XD I want to write about darkness and light, pain and love, in ways that I have not written before.
3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like! gold, crimson, ebony, ivory, sand, ice, fountains, fire, hidden fear, blinding courage, ruling rage, secret power, truth, love, lies, faith, immortal souls shattered beyond all repair except perhaps by the God who first created them.
4. Introduce us to each of your characters! Eh, see question 8. I'm still meeting these characters myself for one thing, and for another thing there's too many characters to introduce them all.
5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
- Hahahah. Howling. Definitely. XD
- I have a pinterest board that I'm working on.
- I have a loooong list of things to research, from history of African kingdoms prior to Zugwe, Kush, and Nubia, to Mongol invasion of Russia, with relative time periods, appropriate names, and the ever-dangerous decision of how firmly - I want to anchor this story in history and/or reality.
- ^ because every story is improved by dragons, right? I am tempted...
6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel? Writing different sort of characters from what I've ever tried writing before. I don't know if I can do it yet, but I'm going to try.
7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting. - pyramids.
- wasteland steppes.
- the Inner Court of the Hidden Kingdom.
8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way? = The mainest of main characters wants to save his younger brother from the slavery they were sold into as children. The no-entrance policy of the Hidden Kingdom, the MC's current position as mercenary under bond to the High King of the North, and that younger brother himself all stand in the way.
= What does the younger brother want? Power, more than freedom, since freedom he does not remember, but his own powerlessness he feels every day. Slavery, his country's customs, and an older brother he'd thought long dead are all about to mess up his plans.
= Queen of the Dark wants safety for her people...and a pack of lies from her future husband, the High King is between her and that safety. Plus, obviously, the enemy at her family's gates. Not to mention the endless wild steppes in between, and the faltering trade routes, which are currently being taken over by restless tribal raiders. And maybe the rest of that future husband's harem. Where does that future husband's mercenary fit into the picture? She does not even know.
= I think the Raider just meant to one-up her cousin...ending up captured by a mercenary furious that she's endangered his chances at fulfilling his oath to the High King, and then handed over to that High King as one who nearly killed the future Queen was not part of her goal. She's flexible, though. She can work with that.
the high queen
Ay Yaruq stand-in...
the raider
Yoo Seung Ho as Yeo Woon in Warrior Baek Dong Soo
the slave
Lee Joon Gi - Scarlet Heart Ryeo - 4th Prince Wang So
the mercenary
High King Option 3
the current contender
for High King
another slave/assassin

previous high queen
the blind seer
I am missing one of my favorites...the Translator/Priest...I don't have a face for him yet.

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel? If I knew that, I wouldn't have to write the book. XD
10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?I saw something Maggie Stiefvater wrote once, about how she wanted readers to feel after finishing her stories: 
"I don’t want them to be able to say what it is they want, though — I want it to be a bigger thing than words. I hope they get to the end and don’t know what to do for the rest of the day. I hope they feel unsettled and needing of something more. I want messages that say, “Stiefvater, please, I just want … ” and then silence. They don’t know what they want. They just want."
This is how I would like my readers to feel. Only I would like them to know what they want. To know there is more to life than what they can see and hear and touch and taste and to want that more with all their being. To long for what is beyond and to be driven to search for it themselves. 
I want the story to make them hungry for what is most real.  



Monday, October 2, 2017

Catch Me


This is a post I started writing just before residency started, and did not finish until now. Which does give it some perspective...and show how once again, God was pointing something out to me before I even knew how much I would need to learn it.



via pinterest

A lot has happened in the past few weeks. 

I bought my own vehicle...
I went on a road trip to Florida with some darling girls and swam in the ocean for the first time...
my mom got sick enough to go the ED (for maybe the second time since I've been alive, so of course while I was gone)...
she and one of my younger brothers witnessed an armed robbery and later learned, after the robber was found dead, that he was an old friend of my brother's...
I was proposed to by a stranger...
we went on a family vacation that involved far more cleaning than vacationing, though it turned out we got most of our money back because of all the cleaning...
we had a quadruple graduation party for everyone in our family graduating this year...
my younger brother had a work accident and lost a good piece of his right hand...
I moved to my own apartment...
and I started residency.


The first two weeks of that last (our "Disorientation to Stressidency" as they've called it) were an incredible whirlwind of getting to know the 17 amazing people from all over the world who have come to this program to become US physicians. 
(They keep me laughing every day, though the program directors have made dire predictions about how quickly our excess energy will disappear.)

It's been a roller coaster, to put it mildly. I've barely had time to face one emotion before the ground was dropping out from underneath me again, and I started residency with one thing firmly in mind. 

That family vacation? It involved quite a bit of time with my adorable nieces, the older two of which were just shy of their 5th and 3rd birthdays. Tal-Tal, the now-3-year-old, is a funny little creature who looks a shockingly lot like a certain aunt who was most similarly blonde and frowny-faced a few decades ago, even though personality-wise we're quite different. That difference is exemplified most thoroughly, perhaps, by her willingness to jump. Even as a 3-year-old, you see, I thought through my actions. {Even if those things went in unexpected directions, given my lack of life-experience at that point.}

Tal-Tal, on the other hand, during those days I spent with her, entirely ignored the entire concept of gravity. Whether standing on the couch, on the deck, on the stairs, on the water trampoline, once she decided she wanted to go somewhere else...she would simply twist and throw herself at the nearest person, trusting that they would catch her. 
Time and time again, whether standing at her side or a few feet away, jumping up from the couch or desperately trying to keep the kayak from flipping, I found myself lunging to catch her. There was no way I'd let her fall and break that trust. 
But of course it wasn't that she'd never been hurt before, but rather that the trust was not so easily broken. I'd heard of previous bumps and bruises from adults more traumatized than she was from the experience. I watched her trip and fall while playing with her sister and slam her ear against the floor--she sported a purple bruise the rest of our visit. I saw her slam her hand in the door, and then simply turn to me and gasp "My fingers!" as I ran to open the door and release them. No, she'd been hurt plenty. And yet still it was over the wall and into the nearest person's arms with scarcely a warning, over and over again. 

That's a hard way to live. 

To trust, each time, that God will catch me when He calls me, and that it will be good, even if I am yet bruised from the last time I tried to follow Him. 

He has said that His yoke is easy and His burden is light...but He who called Himself Truth also most certainly called it a yoke and a burden and said "In this world ye shall have tribulation." I want things to be easy...and so very, very often they are easy, and His grace is clear and beautiful and incredible. But that does not mean so much of the time I am not walking one step at a time, without any idea of what is ahead, and asking God why He has chosen the weak things of this world and would He PLEASE hurry to show Himself strong because things are wearing very thin and I don't know what's going to give. 


I've gotten a fair bit of bruising since residency started. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is where God has placed me and I'm doing what He wants. I also have been shocked at how the poorly I've done on the things that are hard for me...how big the gap has been in some things I feel I should have completely mastered...and how incredibly I've managed to screw up even things I usually pride myself on doing well. {If we're talking about things God is teaching me, pride is most thoroughly getting cut out of me.} It's hard to keep pushing ahead, trying for a perfect {or at least way closer than my current position} standard I can see in the teaching physicians around me practicing daily, and daily finding things I thought I had down tripping me up instead. 

But I am also learning daily the things I am here to learn...the safety net of seniors and attendings keep me from messing things up in a way that would impact the patients I'm here to care for, and every thing I do manage to do right is a moment of hard-won victory which is due another person patient enough to show me how do something for the dozenth time. This is the path God has called me to, and no, it's not easy. But He is good, and what He has called me to do is good. 

Tal-Tal gave me a new definition of the word abandon. I don't yet have her indefatigable ability to bounce instantly back from a hurt and trust that the next jump will be wholly worth it...but I hope I am learning. That every day I will do better, until my obedience to and trust in Him is as immediate and as unconcerned as hers. That I will continually turn to Him until He is all I see, and all others see when they look at me. That I will live each moment abandoned to Him, knowing He will always catch me. 



Monday, August 28, 2017

grace check






So, I was praying for something the other day...something I needed Divine help in order to accomplish...and while praying I heard myself say, 

I don't deserve Your help with this, but...

and I went...???Wait, what???

When do I "deserve" His help? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my brain likes to head down two different paths.

I'm in medical school because God pretty much highlighted and opened every door for me.
He really should smooth the way for me now.


I am taking a test but I really didn't study for it like I should have.
He should probably let me fail like I deserve.


I quickly reminded myself that I'd always heard grace defined as undeserved favor - by definition I didn't deserve His divine favor, ever. The question remained, do we, at certain points, deserve His favor less? Logic said if I was doing something wrong I must deserve it less...but the corollary seemed to be then that if I was doing something right, I deserved it more. Which would make it not grace.

Having thoroughly turned my tired brain around, I went to look up what the Bible had to say about grace. 


Romans 5:15 - But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

the free gift: charisma - derived from charis, grace, indicating the result of grace. A gift of grace, an undeserved benefit from God.

grace of God: charis - from chairo (to rejoice) or chara (joy, favor, acceptance, kindness granted or desired, benefit, thanks, gratitude, grace). A favor done without expectation of return; absolute freeness of the loving-kindness of God to men, finding its only motive in the bounty and freeheartedness of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favor. 

What then does this free gift, available to all, abounding unto many, do?

Takes us out of sin's power.
Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Saves us.
Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.


Allows His power to rest upon us and allows us to do and endure whatever He has called us to.
2 Corinthians 12:9 - And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

His grace was the thing I was asking for...I did not deserve it...but because it is a gift centered in the lovingkindness of a Bountiful Giver, not in my {often faulty} judgement of my worthiness or lack thereof, I could still ask for it. My question really boiled down to, how dare I come before Him and request His assistance with my daily problems? Which of course led back to a misconception of Who He is and who I am. The verse that came to mind as I thought about this?

Luke 12:32 - It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Which ties into:


Romans 8:32 - He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Matthew 7:11 - ...how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Which also got me thinking about how each piece of the Lord's Prayer is asking for a form of grace, whether asking for our daily needs, our deliverance from temptation, or that His kingdom would come and the implications of that request. Jesus told us to ask for things. It is our Father's good pleasure to give us the kingdom...and seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. 

Ask. Ask the Giver to give. Ask Him for His grace, and, like Paul did at the beginning or the end of nearly every letter he wrote, ask that grace for those around you.



John 16:24 - Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. 



*all verses from the Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible, KJV, with Strong's Dictionary & Concordance


Monday, August 21, 2017

Summer Snippets of Drama and Trauma


Like my neat combining of July and August into 1 post? XD That way, you see, I can post July snippets in August.  ;)

These few are all from Rebel Queen, my current WIP and the sequel to Contract to Time Travel, my dear dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy/time-travel story.
(i.e. there MIGHT be spoilers for CTTT here. You've been warned. XD)





Echo's lips parted in pure shock, but the blood itself drained from Rui's face, and the shattering of his very center showed clear, as every carefully placed mask he had ever managed to create broke at once, leaving upon his face the look of one who saw Death made manifest. Rui, who had faced death itself a hundred times at her side and never flinched.



His gaze swept the room. “I will swear upon anything you wish, give to you any proof I am able—though I was more surely Amon’s than any of you, and though I stand guilty of all you would accuse me of and far else, I am yet more deeply the God’s who has claimed me, and I have not played you false."
In the silence that followed, Echo took a breath, allowing herself to rest a moment in the power and the aching truth in his voice. Perhaps she was a fool, to trust a voice that so easily commanded—she, who had lived two and a half years with chimeras and knew their subtle charm—but though she lived a thousand years, she could not forget [___] sacrificing himself, and on that moment she would have staked far more than this. 



Minato ground his teeth as he bowed his head, and kept his voice carefully neutral as he spoke. “I am back.”
Her prayer ceased abruptly as she turned to look at him, her gorgeous face pale in the liros light. A moment she stared at him, and then the words slipped from her as if in answer to something she saw upon his face. “Eleven months. Eleven months and we are still alive, Min.”
He settled the rage more carefully inside himself, and bowed deeply to her. “May you be blessed with sleep,” he said aloud, and headed to his room.
I would rather be dead.



Echo closed her eyes, feeling the heat of the sun against her skin. She thought unaccountably of Ja-Il and shut her eyes more tightly, lest the missing of his fire burn more deeply than she could bear. 
Phoenix would not understand those tears.



“Look at me,” he said, and so she did.
He was not as she had expected.
Black nails, suma-lined eyes, irises so dark they were almost black themselves. Pale skin, appearing even paler beneath black hair.
He was younger than she had imagined.
Far more human.
Far more terrifying.


Monday, August 7, 2017


So I happened to see one of my undergrad schedules. I posted it on here several years ago. :D

So that was totally one of my easier semesters, and I found myself plenty busy with it. (I was writing a novel that semester...)


But here's one of my extreme easy weeks in med school, to compare:



Residency? Here's this month's schedule, color-coded to hide my colleagues' names. XD

Times? Oh, 5-6am until somewhere between 10-16 hours later...(We can by law be on call for up to 28 hours at a time, but are limited to 80 hours per week, averaged over the month. My program has chosen to so far keep us to 13 hours straight, plus whatever is required on each end to finish our work for the day. As senior residents...28 hours will be happening.)  

So if I'm absent this month and next...you can guess why. XD


Monday, July 31, 2017

Cake Flavored Tag


Having seen this tag stolen and modified multiple places in the blogosphere (though I saw it here first...), I couldn't help but do the same. Only I'm going to add to the modifications by using foreign TV dramas, instead of books. Which most of you will never have heard of before. But...if I had not seen a few blog posts myself, I'd never have heard of them either. So. XD I mean, I had to read the subtitles, so surely it counts as reading.

If this be treason, make the most of it.



CHOCOLATE CAKE
(a dark story you loved)
The Bridal Mask. 
This is a WWII era Korean drama about the Japanese Occupation. Dark barely covers it. By the time family members have destroyed each other, best friends have become bitter enemies, school girls have been shipped off as comfort women, people have ended up torturing their beloveds, and freedom fighters have been practically annihilated...you might have to rethink chocolate being sweet. 
But as a story about redemption, about inspiration, about refusing to give up the fight for truth and freedom, about how one person can inspire others, about how no matter how far one has fallen they can become a new person...this story is incredible. 
Note to all: chocolate cake is the best.
And I dare you to watch this clip and not be moved.


VANILLA CAKE
(a light story)

Descendents of the Sun.
Yes, if this is my "light" show, what are the others like...but seriously. This drama gave me the happiest feelings. As a story basically about the romance between a doctor and a soldier, one whose job is to save lives and one whose job is take them (even if in order to protect other lives...), it was a fascinating look at creeds and justifications and motivations, while being an adorable romance set in the middle of dozens of horrible moments of natural and political destruction. And the MC, Shi-jin, is basically the equivalent of taking all my favorite heroes and combining them into one incredibly sweet smart-alec. It was an absolute delight to watch. 
I don't go much for vanilla cake...but DotS fits the description while still being amazing. 


RED VELVET
(mixed emotions)
Two Weeks.
This is one of those incredible redemption stories that I adored but that which is slightly harder to recommend to everyone indiscriminately. Basically, the MC made a terrible choice in attempting to protect someone he loved, and his life was destroyed. When the story starts, he is in a very bad place, and the story doesn't shy away from the depths to which he has sunk. When his ex-girlfriend finds him and tells him that she actually had the baby he demanded she abort, and that baby is now a young girl dying of leukemia who needs him donate stem cells...his life takes a different turn. Watching him fight step by step to believe that he can change, that he can become the person those he loves need so desperately, and come to a full understanding of what exactly he has done in the past...it's incredible. {There is a scene where he ends up helping a stranger deliver her baby, and the moment it truly hits him what he almost forced his girlfriend to do and that he might never have met his daughter if his girlfriend had followed through...gah.}
I...actually don't have mixed emotions on red velvet...it's like somebody took chocolate cake and filled it with red 40. WHY????

CHEESECAKE
(recommend to anyone)
City Hunter.
I do recommend this to anyone. XD It's a story of brotherhood, of fathers and sons, of guilt and love and lies and truth and justice and revenge, and it's completely awesome. It's like The Scarlet Pimpernel crossed with The Count of Monte Christo and it's amazing. While at the same time being cleaner than like 98% of American television. People should just watch it and be introduced to another culture. 
This drama is way better than cheesecake. Just sayin'. And I do like cheesecake.




COFFEE CAKE
(started but never finished)
Goodbye, Mr. Black.
This was supposedly meant to be a Korean remake of The Count of Monte Christo. It had three extremely talented main actors, and obviously brilliant source material. 
And it was boring. I saw three episodes and couldn't force myself to watch more. It is an absolute travesty that anyone would dare to have an incredible story and the people to do it amazing justice, and then...do that. Still not over it. 
I do usually finish coffee cake, to be fair to coffee cake. It's very not memorable, however, and therefore surprisingly accurate here. 

TIRAMISU
(left you wanting more)

Solomon's Perjury.

I have seen the first of two Japanese movies, and then the Korean series, and again, a story about teen suicide, adult betrayal, and the pain of growing up to recognize the two-faced life of those one idolized as a child is not a light thing. But unlike what I've heard about, say, 13 Reasons Why, no matter how dark the subject matter, this story managed to hold to the fight for light, for truth, for love and righteousness both in a beautiful way. In fact, it came so incredibly close to being perfect, I couldn't help but wish for more. A bigger budget, a few more episodes to help with depth, the actors to have just a bit more training, and the truth the story reached to cross the line into clearly spiritual.
Okay, but really, why would someone want more tiramisu? I've had it exactly once in my life, and that was plenty.

CUPCAKES
(a mini series)
Page Turner.

This is a short and sweet three hour series about a young musician, her most bitter musical rival, and an athlete who saves her life when tragedy strikes them both. It is about dreams and skill and what you do when they are taken away from you, and for as short as it was, it was a delightful story with surprising depth. 
Chocolate cupcakes are best, but I suppose these would be vanilla cupcakes. XD  





FRUITCAKE
(not what you expected)
Ruler: Master of the Mask.

 I expected something incredible from a historical drama starring two of the best young actors/actresses in Korea set in a story where they could use historical gravitas mixed with dramatic license and shades of The Man in the Iron Mask...but so far the only acting skill they've been utilizing is that of crying on command, which is well enough in short doses, but which does not an intense drama make. Here's to hoping it later surprises me, because the world did not need a historical Goodbye, Mr. Black.
I feel about fruitcake rather how I feel about this drama. What is this? WHY is is THIS WAY? 


STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
(favorite short story)

Dong Ju: Portrait of a Poet.
Epic, gorgeous, incredible movie about Yun Dong Ju, a Korean poet who died in a Japanese concentration camp for being involved with the Korean Independence Movement/writing poetry that the Japanese wanted to believe had to do with Independence. Brilliant use of poems, of black and white imagery, of music, of everything...oh, it hurts, but it is truly beautiful. Korean movies can be more on the miss side of hit-and-miss for me, but this was most definitely a hit. Just to the left of my sternum.



Monday, July 24, 2017

to name something is to own it -- Part II

~ Thomas L. Friedman

I already ran through a bunch of character names in the last post...but this time I'm curious about Book Titles. 

I began noticing titles differently when I started watching Korean dramas, whose translated titles range from straightforward (Dr. Frost - about someone named Dr. Frost) to confusing (Missing Noir M - a crime procedural drama) to simply ridiculous (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo - a historical drama that does involve the moon and a whole lot of scarlet, but still...). One of my favorite titles is Time Between Dog and Wolf - as a drama about identity, the ability to see clearly, how to know those around you, and who is on your side, the title fit perfectly, as well sounding awesome and coming from L'heure entre chien et loup, a French saying about the difficulty of distinguishing dog from wolf at dusk, and referring to knowing friend vs foe. Seeing the odd ones (To the Beautiful You...7th Grade Civil Servant...Who Are You: School 2015...High Kick! The Revenge of the Short Legged) definitely made me look at titles in a whole new way.

One of my earliest novels was titled The Jeweled Dagger {Biblical Fiction}, and, as makes sense, prominently featured a jeweled dagger. Given that the MC was a horrifically scarred slave girl, I'm sure I could up with some more metaphysical meanings to the title...

My faith, hope, & love trilogy worked out decently enough to include Hope Sprang Up (I'm somewhere in the middle of a re-write that makes me happy), And it was Love (I'm less pleased with both title and story, but I think there's enough there that a good rewrite might find something worthwhile...XD),  and Faith Through Flames (partially written...it is the lynchpin and keystone to the trilogy, so I should probably get writing that...). The entire trilogy came from Hope Sprang Up, which title came from the story's heart.

Haunted came from an Emily Dickenson poem that says:
One need not be a chamber to be haunted,
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place. 
As a story about personal demons and how pasts affect presents, it seemed fitting. 

Imperfecta actually came from osteogenesis imperfecta, otherwise known as brittle bone disease. I did not use that disease in the story, but did use several others, along with an entire theme of the beauty of humanity as creations of God, right along with how we have corrupted that beauty and the pain of facing the ugliness, and of feeling utterly imperfect. 

Rule the Whirlwind, that Hebraic/English mix of Chaos's story that is something of alternative history, came straight from Hosea 8:7, “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Certain characters are very willing to sow the wind...but they believe that they can rule instead of reap, and the title very perfectly encapsulates their identity and their personality and their goals.

The title of The Sons of Bretton Meyrick (remember that one? XD) was inspired by this song, which is funny when one is from an old Western involving Johnny Cash/John Wayne, and the other is a modern YA involving drugs and crime and a murder mystery...but both are about 4 brothers, and the feel of the song reminds me of certain of the brother's POV.

Inside My Mind, the futuristic sci-fi story inspired by The Phantom of the Opera comes from the particular line from the musical that inspired the entire story.

Cat's Got my Tongue, the futuristic sci-fi story inspired by The Little Mermaid, comes from the mermaid's inability to speak while referencing the feel of my particular retelling. 

The Medusa Maze, the futuristic sci-fi story inspired by, surprise, surprise, the story of Medusa, is kind of obvious, but fits my computer hacker MC quite well. I should maybe try blending it with the story of the Minotaur...oooh...

Contract to Time Travel came from the thing that started the story--Ellian Roya signing a contract to travel time in order to protect his story. Oh, the consequences of that decision...XD

Rebel Queen, CTTT's sequel, switches between Rebel Queen and Queen of Time with some regularity. The story hasn't decided what should be the main theme yet. Understandable, considering I added like 3 new POVs just last week. *AHEM*


This Present Time, the third book in my Time Travel series, was originally titled, Where Past and Future Meet. That was a bit bulky, though...and where past and future meet is obviously right now, in the present. Plus, considering the book's subject matter, Romans 8:18 seemed right on. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. {Eheheheheh...yes, I'm looking at you, people who have read the first book...XD}



Where do you get your book titles?
Thoughts on my titles? 
Do titles make you want to read particular books or do they not make much difference? What titles have caught your attention and did those stories match up to their titles?  

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