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Tuesday Tales 61 WINNER

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Oct 10 2012

Tuesday Tale Judging

I’m no good at promoting competitions, so I’m pretty happy with the turn out for this week with that in mind. We had some strong entries and several that were real pleasures to read. Since as part of my judging process I take notes on all of the entries, and as a writer I value feedback on my own work, I’m going to share my notes here on my site though I’m sure the official post over at Glitterword will be significantly abbreviated.

Judge’s Notes

Robin Abess (@Angelique_Rider) – Showtime – Something about the word “pitchman” really satisfies me, it says so much about the character and the scene in very little space. Definitely got a grim smile from me at the end. Darned pitchmen.

Rebekah Postupak (@Postupak) – Another excellent hook, you had me smiling and hungry for more in the first sentence of self appraisal. A great cautionary tale, but I’m not entirely sure I understood what happened. My impression, which I’m mostly sure is right, is that the dragon was turned into a human retaining only the draconic tail. Loved your dragon either way.

Ryan Strohman (@rastrohman) – Definitely got a hardboiled detective vibe from your 100 words, with the narrator who knows better and gets in trouble anyway. I like the attention to the shoes and the fact that you incorporated the secret word into the whole concept of the piece rather than just a throw away sentence. Unfortunately something about this piece doesn’t pop for me, and I can’t figure out what.

RRKovar (@rrkovar) – Crossroads – Great voice on your characters, and definitely a sweet way for a witch to get info as long as he does in fact manage to hang on to his soul. You have me curious about the larger story this snippet comes from. For consistency I would have appreciated more alliteration from the demon though, and there may be some grammatical trouble in the first line? I’m not great with grammar myself, but ‘Demon tongue twisted like her tattoo vines.’ doesn’t quite make sense to me.

Lisa McCourt Hollar (@jezri1) – Blind Date – Great immersion in the moment, and coming from you I was expecting some extraordinary twist by the end, and I actually think I was  a little disappointed not to get it. The word count is extremely limiting, but I still feel there could have been more of a story or point to this one. As is I felt like this would be excellent characterization for a longer piece.

Karen Valenzuela (@VictoriaNoir89) – The Cellist – Great period assassination. The disconnect of never getting any names or motives in connection with the murder is highlighted by using The Cellist as your title, first words and protagonist. It really makes me want to know more, which keeps the story in my mind long after I’ve finished reading as well as coming back to comb for additional clues… Though, I don’t think you used either of the prompts, so I think that’s a disqualification…

Nick Johns (@nickjohns999) – Mr Dark’s Designs – Egh, very visceral beginning. Something about bloody finger nails really hits me, so that’s a strong hook. You follow up with great sensory details like the ‘sewer sweat reek’. Really intrigued by the whole setup of paltering away curse marks onto others… It’s fascinating and compelling. Great entry, and very tempting for an honorable mention, but I think I’m deducting a few points for the Wednesday submission.

Honorable Mention

Alissa (@lissajean7) – I love how you started at the bottom of the picture, the shoes, and worked your way up to the art. Can totally buy the character who would rather be barefoot, and you present both the fancy shoe and art scenes in ways that I can strongly relate to. Bonus points for using more than one of the definitions.
Your attention to details and double usage of palter are what snagged you the honorable mention.



Rakel’ Sampson (@SampsonWriter) – Ooo, very nice! Your first sentence hooked me perfectly, I had to know more about whether she would live up to or defy the picture she presented—and what a pretty package for Vengeance! Whether super-hero or fantasy, this is absolutely in my genre, and is a completely told tale in merely 100 words.
You’re the clear winner in my book for such an elegantly constructed piece that fully incorporates both prompts and within the limited word count hit so many of the right buttons for my personal tastes.

*-Winning Entry-*

She looked the picture of innocence; blonde curls and open green eyes. Then his eyes trailed downward, lighting on the artwork of vines and flowers adorning her legs. What a mystery, he thought as they ate dinner.
On the dark walk home he made his move. Before he got a good grip on her thigh, something grabbed his wrist.
“Careful. The more you struggle the tighter my vines get,” she hissed.
“Easy. I wasn’t going hurt you,” he paltered. Then his eyes widened as the tendrils reached his neck. “What are you?” he choked out.
She leaned in close. “Vengeance.”

*- -*

So get onto Twitter, Google, Facebook or whatever you use and spread the good news of winner @SampsonWriter and honorable mention @lissajean7 for all to know their glory.

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Second Dice Games Retrospective

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Jun 13 2012

So I’m setting this review of ‘Timony Souler’s Dice Games from last week in advance to post as a sort of ‘Other Web Wednesday’ for the week since it does mention and link to other sites those of a reading or writing bent may wish to check out. I’ll already be out of town until late the 22nd by the time this goes up, so I want to mention that I commented in response to every entry from this round of the Dice Games I could find–so if I didn’t comment on one of yours that means I didn’t see it and would appreciate you posting a link to it in the comments section.

You can jump back to read my entries from the beginning by following the link to my adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.


‘Timony Souler: Our monthly challenge host, ‘Timony Souler invites us back into the dark and unexpected corners of her mind with this second installment of Dice Games—where we had to roll for each of our writing prompts from a list with some real oddities, as evidenced by the variety of stories that arose. My favorite of ‘Timony’s personal contributions this time was her second entry, Slaughter, because a great panicked atmosphere and Inquisitional overtones.

Lisa McCourt Hollar: Her impeccable writing gets you right into her characters’ heads, and doesn’t let you out no matter how much you want to escape. Honestly a lot of her stuff is too scary for me, but well worth checking out if you value good writing at all. If you also like horror than you may love Jezri’s Nightmares. I only found one entry for Dice Games, Perfect Strangers, but it’s one of my favorite things she’s written. When an author does horror so well, sometimes it’s nice to dislike the protagonist.

Stevie McCoy: A good friend and a good writer, host of the Tuesday Tales Blog Challenge, excellent community builder and all around versatile and impressive person. This time around she gave us proper vampires in tales of blood, hunger and amorality. My favorite was the first one though, Death Becomes You, because I can infer an incredible relationship between the vampire and her two victims.

Emilia Quill: An absolutely amazing fantasy author, who I’m actually hoping to do a short cross-over work with soon if both our schedules can clear up a bit. Her worlds and creatures are so rich and evocative, they really speak for themselves. So my favorite was her second entry because it captured both of those and told a genuinely awesome love story.

Julie Fisher: Though I only found one entry for this Dice Games, Julie delivers another dose of feel-good sentimentality with her entry. She does a great job of capturing the feelings in her scenes, and I’ll never complain about a piece that leaves me with a smile.

Lena Corazon: Lena’s an amazing writer and academic whose site regularly delivers everything from compelling fiction to insights into the craft and just generally fun reading. My favorite was definitely her second entry, Worthless?, for so many reasons—but just for here I’m going to say it’s because I am Gareth and love Serenity.

Meg McNulty: The weight of historical and cultural relevance behind Meg’s work guarantee a far deeper and richer experience from reading her work than would otherwise be possible within the word count. My favorite was her third entry, Achilles’ Choice, because it really gets into the myth and history that make Meg’s work so rich while also humanizing the characters through their choice and actions. That and I love Odysseus.

Glitter Word

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May 23 2012

I initially found Stevie McCoy’s site, Glitter Word,  because she’s a personal friend of mine, but became a regular visitor for the quality of the writing. She crafts compelling, character driven, stories from her flash fiction on the site to her longer works which can also be found online–even in her more fantastic scenarios of angels and demons having a reality to her characters and their emotions that is deeply relatable.

I even had the privilege of being a peer-reader while she was first writing her Angel of Tears Young Adult Novel.

In keeping with the previous two Other Web Wednesday entries, part of why I’m featuring Stevie’s site now rather than later is that she hosts on her blog a weekly flash fiction competition called Tuesday Tales. Competitors get 100 words to tie together a prompt word and image in an award worthy tale, and thanks to Stevie’s excellent promotion of the competition it’s one of the busier weekly challenges I take part in. The competition is stiff, but that makes it a great learning opportunity both for really stretching your craft and observing others doing the same.

Not to mention the occasional presence of special judges who have offered such mouth-watering prizes as publication of the winner’s entry in Haunted Waters Press, which will likely get its own Other Web Wednesday at some point. Stevie’s built up a great community around Tuesday Tales, and her site is another place I highly recommend going for a quick writing fix.

At this point you may already know the interview questions from the previous Other Web Wednesday entries, so I surrender the end of this post to The Glitterlady, Stevie McCoy, herself.


Glitterword has been around since November of 2010 but I didn’t start up #tuesdaytales until August of 2011 and it’s been on every Tuesday since it’s inception.

My motivation for starting Glitterword was to create a place where I can go to practice and challenge my writing but I didn’t want to do it alone. So I opened the pixelated door for other like minded writers to join me in flexing their fingers and their minds with a photo + word prompt. I do plan on expanding my posts to promoting writers and their work by reviewing their work and doing interviews. I hope to have that up and running sometime this summer.


Us writers tend to be reserved in our own little worlds made out of our imaginations and a little creative magic. It’s inspiring and motivating to be cheered and assisted by other writers to continue the craft. The mini victories received by fellow writers helps make the inevitable rejections we will receive in our writing careers bearable and taken as a cue to improve instead of a cue to lie down and stick the paper where the sun don’t shine. Like a wise man once said, “I write one page of masterpiece to ninety one pages of shit” – Hemingway


I’m currently looking for recently published (self or traditional) authors to be featured on my blog for interviews and book reviews as well as guest bloggers. If anyone is interested in being put on the block I prefer being initially contacted on Twitter @theglitterlady or even respond to my call for submission post on my site!


To the mini Victories that keep us going!

Nightgale 4/4

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Jan 26 2012

Jan 26 Nightgale 4/4

Daisuke smiled at Tomoko bandaging Kenta’s arm below. The night wind brought clean air, which Daisuke breathed gratefully before climbing up the scaffolding to where Anastasia stood watching the city’s twinkling skyline.

“We did pretty good, huh?”


“What?” Daisuke glanced back at the demon corpses, then Anastasia who hadn’t even blinked. “We defeated six demons! We all helped, none of us were seriously hurt and we even saved the hostages!”

Anastasia’s crimson eyes never left the sallow moon, “Those were low class demons. Your work was slow and sloppy.”

Daisuke scratched the back of his head with a laugh, “Well, yeah, I guess we’ve still got a long ways to go. We’re certainly not at your level; but I’m going to get there.”


“You’re my inspiration,” Daisuke leaned toward the skyline with a contented smile. “I’ve read so many stories about people you’ve saved; how you face even the fiercest demons without fear. Most of my life, I haven’t had to deal with real demons; but you’ve still been an inspiration to me! I try my best, because some day I want stories about me to inspire some kid to try his best, like your stories inspired me.”


And now since we’ve reached the end of the Nightgale Blog Challenge all that’s left is to add these entries to the Dark Hunters timeline and mention the others who partook of this challenge.

Stevie McCoy: The host of Nightgale, as well as the weekly Tuesday Tales. Besides being an active and dedicated host, she also writes stories packed with emotional punch. Her specialties include romance and angels, both of which factor in her Nightgale entries. My favorite’s still her week 1 entry, Take Me to My Angel, because there’s something about the aftermath of love that I find very engaging.

Jeffrey Hollar: A writer I became acquainted with early in my experience with blog challenges, I can only take his work in small doses because of its potency and darkness. Very powerful and often cuttingly insightful work, but also merciless and unforgiving. His week two submission for Nightgale was my favorite, A Lesson Hard Learned, because of the colorful setting and characters—just good fun there.

Rebecca Clare Smith: Another author I met early in my blog challenge participation, her worlds of urban fantasy are rich with sensory details and evocative language. For the Nightgale challenge her entries are presented in a poetic format that really sets them apart. The poems actually all weave together into a lovely bittersweet story, and my favorite so far is week 3 of 4 because that’s when it really started coming together for me—but that does mean there’s a chance this week’s is even better.

Charles W Jones: I haven’t known him as long, but recent exposure has me captivated by his dark and haunting works. I get a sense of spirituality to his work, that there’s more going on than words on a page (or screen) or even the story they tell—basically that his stories have soul. My favorite of his was week 3, To Die and Become One With Nature, because of the frightful insights into the mind of a writer.

Emilia Quill: Absolutely amazing fantasy author I’ve had the recent pleasure of online acquaintance. Her worlds and characters are amazingly constructed and tightly interwoven in a very living way that makes her stories fun realms to spend time in. Hard to choose a favorite, but I think I’ll have to go with her week 3 entry, A Final Gift, because of the level of respect I have for the earth mage it follows.

Nellie: An author I’ve met through recent blog challenges, this is the first opportunity I’ve had to mention her in a blog challenge end summary. Her Nightgale entries are character driven explorations of human experiences and especially relationships and well executed as such. My favorite was week 2 (of 4), because of the tightness of the narrative, relatable feelings of the main character, awesome water imagery and final splash of the fantastic.

Daniel Swenson: Haven’t known him long and his entries for Nightgale are the better part of his work that I’ve read—but I’m already completely jealous of his writing ability! I have no idea how many drafts he went through on each entry, but they came out so polished they shine. My favorite is definitely week 2, Lynchpin, because of the depth and completeness of the setting and ensemble cast he creates in very few words.

Lara Schiffbauer: A writer I met through the Nightgale challenge, a generous and generally pleasant person to know. Her submissions for Nightgale featured a really fascinating setting and characters where the interpretation of heaven and angels felt distinctly science-fiction to me, which was a cool space to explore. I loved how her stories tied together in that way, but my favorite was definitely week 2, Samael, because when an awesome angel of death meets a loyal dog who is awesome in his own way the story just rockets to amazing heights.

Julie Fisher: Another I met through Nightgale, her writing is very immediate and has a journalistic or memoir feel to it that makes it feel like a really personal look at real—likely historical—people. Even better all her entries continue a single story. The interplay between the narrator and Elisabeth is the heart of her pieces to me, and the second week, Dinnertime Conversation, is definitely my favorite because of how well it highlights Elisabeth’s odd matter-of-fact way.

Lupus Anthropos: I’ve seen him about in various flash-fiction challenges, at which he is absolutely brilliant, but this is the first full blog-challenge I’ve had the pleasure of participating alongside him in. His wit is sharp and quick, and plays nicely to expressing himself in the constrained word-space of flash fiction. Of his various works for Nightgale, my favorite is still his week 1 entry, 100% Effective (Use as Directed), because of his keen insights into the state of the modern world. This look into heartless—and mindless—consumerism strikes me as particularly apt.

Robert Mahone: Another new face from the Nightgale blog challenge and I’m excited to say writing a movie script, excerpts from which comprised his entries! I know none of my scripts are up on my site, but I love the medium as a really efficient way to blueprint a story—and of course being so visually oriented I appreciate when it is a blueprint for a movie or show specifically. Week 2 was my favorite of his entries because of the beautiful balance and interplay between the scenes in everything from length to content to characters.

Rebekah Loper: Again a writer I met through the Nightgale blog challenge, her writing is just lovely. The images, the characters, and the scenarios all catch your eye even existing as words on the page (or screen) and are for lack of a better descriptor just pleasant to look at. She does a great job with her fantasy pieces and timeless themes. My favorite was definitely her week 2 entry, Alone, for the epic scope of the mythos she constructs there grounded in the heart-wrenching struggle of two characters from essentially different worlds.

Margaret McNulty: The hidden character for this blog challenge, she entered late but is a regular from past challenges whose depth never fails to impress me. Her writing is rich with history and context beyond the simple reality of the text. My favorite of hers this time around was week 3—her first submission—To Die and Become One With Nature, because of the elegance of its delve into an old myth I’ve always enjoyed.

Nightgale 3/4

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Jan 19 2012

Jan 19 Nightgale 3/4

“He isn’t dead, David!” Kirsten bunched David’s shirt in her fist, though she didn’t lift her head from his shoulder.

David stroked Kirsten’s hair, feeling her warmth before speaking softly, “Of course he’s dead. And after that last ritual we’re both clean. Free. He’s not coming back.”

“I see him everywhere! Feel him watching me,” Kirsten’s eyes watered with desperation. “And he’s not angry! He’s just, watching. I can’t tell what he’s feeling. David, I’m scared.”

Marshaling his inner strength, David held Kirsten firmly to him. Odds didn’t look good for them being out of bed before noon, but at the least he had to lay Kirsten’s fears to rest. He’d nearly lost his soul to be with her—and probably would have if she hadn’t felt the same way about him.

“Kirsten, your dad was an evil psychopath who got what was coming to him. You were his back-up plan for coming back from the grave, but you’ve chosen to follow your own path.” Leaning in David kissed her fevered forehead, “And I love you all the more for it.”

“You don’t understand; my dad never had just one back-up plan.”



Only one more week in the Nightgale Blog Challenge, at which point my entries will be added in their chronological place to the main Dark Hunters timeline. They’re definitely all connected, though as far as the Nightgale challenge goes this one is probably harder to place without some of the previous pieces like Sloth, Lust and Patience–or even Gluttony, you see it really does all tie together.

Anyway, this has been a most enjoyable challenge and I’ve greatly enjoyed the uptick in comments on the site very much. Whether you’re familiar with my custom for the end of running blog challenges (admittedly don’t do it after single-post challenges) or not you can look forward to it with next week’s post.

Nightgale 2/4

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Jan 12 2012

Jan 12 Nightgale 2/4

Shivering, Megumi pulled her shawl tighter about herself and tried to tease more wind cover out of the cave wall. It didn’t help. The lonely wind rushed relentlessly over the wall until it found her again. Icy talons trying to rend the precious life from her womb. But she wouldn’t allow that.

Cradling her protruding belly, Megumi began to sing softly, a song she remembered her mother singing when she was young. Everything was happening so far out of her control, but she needed to be strong for both herself and her baby. If Anastasia found them she’d murder little Alhazard, and probably Megumi too.

It had been hard following Alhazard at first—especially when he asked her to drop out of school, leave her family and everything she knew to go with him. In order to become God, Alhazard needed to be reincarnated through virgin birth. When he asked Megumi to carry him, she knew how much he trusted her. How much he needed her.

Anastasia had sworn to destroy Alhazard before he could become God. Alhazard was stronger of the two, but now he was vulnerable and only Megumi could keep him safe.

She wouldn’t let Him down.


Another entry for the Nightgale Blog Challenge from my Dark Hunter universe.

Nightgale 1/4

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Jan 05 2012

Thursdays this month you can look forward to more from my Dark Hunters story, this time tied to my friend Stevie’s Nightgale Blog Challenge–details on her site.

Jan 5: Nightgale 1/4

The light was dim, the room silent. Shutting herself in, the first hints of ecstasy crept through her body wrenching agony. Soon she could set her burden down, shed this terrible weight crushing her selfish heart. Soon, but not yet.

Anastasia kept her chin up and back straight as she walked the carpeted floor of her penthouse apartment. Starlight from the open window and her own infallible memory of her abode was all she required to find the bottle of Bordeaux and chocolate bar she had set out to finish the evening. Ignoring the throbbing ache of her heels, Anastasia stood by the end table.

Not needing to look, Anastasia opened the bottle and poured her first glass with the precision of ritual. She set the bottle down and lifted the glass. Swirled the contents and breathed the vanillin bouquet. After the first blessed sip she finally allowed herself to sink down into her arm chair.

Kicking off her heels and letting her hair down, Anastasia allowed the dry wine and bitter chocolate to pierce her reality. She even thought little moments like these made her eternal life bearable. They didn’t, but for now she was content to think it.

Blog Challenges Etc.

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Dec 16 2011

So, I’m actually busy. I know, crazy right? Busy during the Holiday season. Anyway, it’s true. All the same the new post, 12N, of Lost Girls’ Society is up. If you’re new, start from either the Lost Girls’ Society or Niar Saga main story pages.

Marshintire will be back on the art soon as she should now be done with finals–and at risk of forcing a late night somewhere later this month or missed activity I am going to commit to getting more art up myself for Lost Girls’ Society AND getting the gallery and links page back up to date… I’ll probably even get around to catching up on the sites on the Links page I haven’t been to in a while, but for sanity’s sake I’m not going to commit to that this month.

Got a lot more writing to get done and it seems a fair bit of merry-making.

A quick look at things to come in January though–which if like me you’re at all creative you might want to look into–include my friend Stevie’s Nightgale Blog Challenge. A classic literary exploration on the theme of immortality which will run through the month of January–but for which sign-ups are this month. I’m afraid classic literary is not the lens through which I typically consider or explore immortality so this will undoubtedly be a difficult endeavor for me. But that means if I can do it you may be able to do it better and should look into it.

And of course at this point I don’t think I can ever miss a ‘Timony blog challenge, so I’ll be participating in Resolution Confusion next month too. For now it’s more confusion for me than resolution, but I know the crowd ‘Timony draws so I fully expect a great community around the challenge. My hope is that we’re dealing with resolutions by fictitious characters, because I’m not sure I have the fortitude to make a real resolution… Unless, well, maybe…

Just hard introducing such an obvious avenue for further disappointment to my own life right now.

Blog Challenges

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Oct 24 2011

The new Lost Girls’ Society post, Nadine’s 7th page, is now up and accessible via the Pages navigation to the right or from the Lost Girls’ Society main story page above or to the right. If you’re new to the site I suggest starting from either Lost Girls’ Society or Niar Saga at the top or the right. The main story pages collect the entries in order and give you an introduction to the stories–as well as linking additional material like the Wednesday flash-fictions.

Looking ahead briefly I thought I’d give you an idea of a few special items coming to the site in the near future (no not the gallery update, that’s coming but it shouldn’t count as special no matter how late I am getting to it). I’m thinking of starting a Monday Miscellany feature on the site which will allow for the Monday home-page updates to at times break the typical mold of the site in small ways.

The first Monday Miscellany you can look forward to is a Kerri’s Creatures Comic on Halloween, October 31st. I had no idea Kerri would get her story developed the way this month has done for her, thanks to Lady Antimony‘s Ghouls Galore blog challenge and a special Extended Edition of Tuesday Tales. Then coming in November I intend to use Monday Miscellany to actually get some reader interaction with the worlds of Lost Girls’ Society–so get ready for it and tell your friends, going to want writers, readers and anyone with any interest in creativity. Until then please note the current poll, and the one that will follow it, in the sidebar will in fact impact the course of Lost Girls’ Society.

On the topic of blog challenges and creativity, I thought I should mention a few I’m part of that you really should check out if you want to flex your writing muscles, join amazing online communities of writers, or even just find a reliable source of good weekly reading.

There is of course Lady Antimony herself, the first blog challenger I became involved with. Every month since the first Seven Sins challenge with her she’s provided further opportunity for writers to come together and tackle common prompts. Ghouls Galore, the seed for Kerri’s Creatures, is the October challenge and worth hunting down the other entries.

Then on Mondays we have Cara Michaels‘ Menage Monday challenges–three part prompt and 200 words with again a great community of regulars that is still growing. Every Monday you can submit your brilliance to her site in the comments and be recognized by other authors, or just stop by and read some amazing flash fiction.

And on Tuesdays there’s The Glitterlady‘s now (or soon to be) legendary Tuesday Tales. Really amazing how rapidly that community has grown. You get 100 words, so it’s quick, but everyone makes their words count so I never envy the guest judges.

I know there’s more great blog challenges out there, in fact I think there’s a Week in Flash or something like that with challenges every day of the week, but these are all the more I can juggle on top of my other activities. Feel free to check them out or link to your favorite blog challenges in comments.


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Oct 21 2011

Well not a lot to talk about today, the new Lost Girls’ Society post is up and accessible via the Pages navigation to the right or the main story page above or to the right. The volunteer positions I looked into are coming along nicely, which it’s very refreshing to have something go right for a change.

And as busy as I’ve been I know Marshintire’s been at least as busy, leading to a handful of Work-In-Progress images going up with the Lost Girls’ Society posts. These will be replaced with final images as she has time to complete them, though once they’re replaced they’re down forever–so you may want to stay caught up to actually see more of the process from Work-In-Progress to final image for Lost Girls’ Society.

It’s only a rough image for now, but thanks to my friend Stevie (aka The Glitterlady) for designing Nadine’s new outfit.

Otherwise remember you can scroll back for the Saturday postings of Kerri’s Creatures for my contribution’s to Lady Antimony’s Ghouls Galore challenge, fun seasonal reading and a character I never thought would get her full fifteen minutes in the spotlight (let alone a month of challenges perfectly suited to her story).