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Normally, I would be putting up my resolutions blog. However, my resolutions haven’t changed from 2016. The essence is the same. So instead, I’m going to write an update. Guess what?

Tapestry is finally PUBLISHED!!!! At long last, that resolution has been met. It has taken me over three years. It feels surreal. I’m happy and nervous. My first book has been published…the first official Kalen Williamson novel.  Wow.  I did it!

tapestry art

You can buy it here. I hope you like it. I wrote a guest blog for it. You can view that here.

Obviously, I want to publish more in 2018. I know by the end of the year I should have a book out about Calliope Jones, a woman finding her independence and looking for love. Throughout the year, I will be releasing little tidbits of her story on Amazon. The first installment is called Calliope’s New Year.

Last but not least, the book I was collaborating on, Campfire Stories, has been released as well. One of the contributors, Allison, wrote a blog about what inspired out stories.

It’s funny how writing works. For the longest time, I told everyone I was working on projects, but I didn’t have anything to show for it. It kind of sucked. I SWEAR I’M WORKING!! There’s no instant gratification when it comes to writing.

Then, in what feels sudden but isn’t, I have multiple works published within weeks if not days of each other. BOOM!

2017 has been a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope all your resolutions come to fruition.



*I used Unsplash to make my Tapestry collage.


Campfire Covers

I took on the role of cover designer for my Campfire Stories collaboration. This was my first time designing for a group of people. I had a few doubts.  I’m not an expert photography editor, or an illustrator with ten years experience.

However, I have some skills. I’ve taken a few art classes. I’ve spent many hours looking at covers, movie posters, etc. I’ve experimented a lot with photography in the past, and was a part of a photography group. I’ve used Gimp, PicMonkey, and Paint to create different pictures. Experimenting helps a lot with the learning process.

Plus, I decided to volunteer for the job because I enjoy making covers. It takes awhile. Sometimes I spend over 8 hours just experimenting. Nonetheless, in comparison to writing a book, 8 hours feels like instant gratification. I also love visual arts.

Initially, I spoke with the group leader about what kind of cover to make. I wanted to make something with a campfire. She wanted the lettering to be a little girly, which made sense for our concept. We didn’t want to make a horror cover, because that’s not what we wrote. The cover should represent the writing, and our anthology has different genres within it. There’s horror, fairy tales, and even a tall tale. cover-campfire3

I showed the group leader some pictures, and we picked out a couple. I ended up using her favorite: a campfire in the woods. I had to use a big, bold font; I did not want the title to get lost in the background (right). It’s amazing how long I spent looking at fonts. I have a new appreciation for fonts.

cover-campfire-8I also did additional mark ups with the font the group leader suggested (left).

At this point, I posted  5 of the cover designs for the rest of the group to see. A different approach was suggested. I had a conversation with another group member to get an idea of what she was looking for in a cover.

This time I went with a more minimalist approach. This cover set was faster to put together, because I did not use any filters. I wanted an elegant font this time. I picked a couple cursive fonts and a couple funky fonts to give the group options.


The group voted this month! And the final cover is:



Working with a group was an interesting experience. It’s different trying to design something for someone else. It involves more than just my vision. However, it was fun and I enjoyed the process. Everyone was kind and cooperative. I hope it’s everything they wanted, and that we sell lots of books.

Thank you to the photographers who put their work in public domain.

Photo credits in order of appearance: