So what am I up to these days?

Well, most importantly, I’m still homeless. I’m spending my time going from Holiday Inn to Airbnb to stay off the street and, let me tell you, it’s stressful. One of the people helping me said I’m something of a wandering nomad and that’s true. Everything I carry is with me and when I’m out on the street I probably do look like a homeless person, only a bit cleaner because I can get a shower now and then.

Right now I’m staying in a Holiday Inn and I expect to be here until Sunday. One of my friend could help me into an Airbnb until after I get my Social Security, so there’s that. And I’m working to get my eviction off my record because, as I was told, no one will rent to me since I have one. It’s not a fun way to live.

On the writing side, the second book of A For Aware is out. Yeah, I published it over the weekend as both an ebook and a print-on-demand. It details the first full week of school, which was a crazy week for the kids. You’ll find it on Amazon by following this link.

And speaking of writing… I wrote a play. Yes, I did this over a three day period starting this last Saturday night. 13,800 total were written, with me doing just over 5,000 words on Monday night. It was like the old me back in my first NaNo grinding out the wordage and getting so much done. I handed the finished script to some theater people I know—and thank you, Scrivener, for having a screenplay template that is just wonderful—and they’ll give it a read. I’m supposed to hang with them tonight for a Hamilton watch party, so maybe I’ll get a little feedback tonight.

That’s about it for now. Hope to have more good news for you soon.

I know I could use it.

A Return to the Past

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken with you. Perhaps speak isn’t the correct way to put things, but it works for me. In a way, I am speaking to you: I’m dictating this with Dragon software. It seems in the past couple of days Dragon has learned my idiosyncrasies far better than before, and my dictation seems far clear than it ever was in the past.

It’s a good thing, too. The place I’m currently staying at (I’ll get to that in a minute) doesn’t have a writing desk. What it does have is a coffee table, but after leaning over that and typing for a while, the back begins to hurt. So I broke out Dragon–which, honestly, I almost took off my computer–and began writing through dictation.

As you can see, it’s doing pretty well.

Why am I writing with Dragon? There’s a simple reason behind that…

For the past couple of months I’ve been working on a new story, one that takes place in the Demonic Majesty universe. Even though I twenty-one thousand words into the story, it was getting harder and harder to start each scene. So last Tuesday, during a meeting of my writing group, I decided to do a little writing somewhere else–

I began finishing a scene that I had started in December for C for Continuing.

Yes, I got back into the world of Annie and Kerry, my two kids who have missed so much. And from Tuesday night until last night I’ve added about thirty-five hundred words to their story. Where are they now? They just touched down in San Francisco, more or less Kerry’s old hometown.

But if you think they’re there to do a little sightseeing, well… Maybe they are. But I’m sure it’s for another reason as well.

And what’s up with me? I’ve been moving from one Airbnb to another, managing to keep a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in. This is been helped out by the fact I am now collecting Social Security and the money coming in is going toward food and shelter right now. As soon as this lockdown is removed, I’ll find an apartment and settle down. I’ll also get my car fixed, but that’s another story.

Right now I think of told stories enough.

Or maybe I haven’t…

How About Something New?

So what’s been happening of late? Well, the book is out and it’s also in paperback now. You can find it here, so if you want to start in on Annie’s and Kerry’s story, here’s your chance.

One thing I should point out: this said Book One, which is not the same as A For Aware, B For Bewitching, and so on. One of the things I did was break A For Aware into SIX different volumes, because releasing a 435,000 novel was out of the question. One of the things I’ll do later is release all six books together in a box set for people who want it all at one time. That’ll probably be in paperback and probably run close to $65. You heard it here, first.

The other good news is that I have Books Two and Three ready to go. Book Two isn’t being released until April, with Book Three being released in June. By that time I should have the remaining three books edited, so releasing in August, October, and December won’t be a problem. And it’ll probably give me a chance to get the B Novel edited.

But what about the C Novel? Where am I on that?

I’m 325,000 words into it and looking to probably add another 125,000 words at least. It may even go a half a million words before I’m done. That could mean at least six novels there as well, or even seven. I have to wait until it’s done to figure it all out.

What else do I have? Well… I have an excerpt.

Yes, here’s a part of the C novel where Emma and Kerry start out on the Polar Express. Not much happens, but you get a good idea of what’s ahead of them.

So enjoy.

The Foundation Chronicles, C For Continuing. Copyright 2020 Cassidy Frazee. All Rights Reserved.

Emma and Kerry popped into existence in the middle of nowhere. It was dark but not completely: there was a near-full moon low on the southern horizon bathing the land in stark, white light.

After they sank a few centimeters into the hard-packed snow they stashed their brooms in Hammerspace and went to work. After they removed each other’s backpacks Kerry started a fire and Emma began setting up lights around the site. Kerry threw a red light screen over the fire to protect their night vision, while Emma kept the illumination points a deep red for the same reason.

Both started digging into their pack for the parts needed to put up the tent. It was all compressed, so it was a matter of pulling out what was needed and undoing the Compression spell. Emma carried the actual tent and covered entryway; Kerry had the poles, stakes, and tools. Together they began assembling their shelter, putting together poles and running them though the tent. During their trial run the weekend before they’d put up the tent in thirty-four minutes: this time they had the main section up in twenty-eight.

While Kerry hammered the last of the stakes into the ground, Emma put up the cover for the entrance, which would allow them to store goods and equipment, and allow them access to the tent, all out of direct contact with the arctic elements. Within fifteen minutes both were finished with their respective jobs on the outside: now it was necessary to move to the inside.

With Kerry inside the tent, he assembled the low hammock frames for their sleeping bags that would keep them from making contact with the ground, but allow them the ability to move around without a great deal of difficulty. Kerry did the assembly as he was the shortest of the pair and it was felt by both Emma and he that he’d have the least difficult time moving around the interior.

As they’d done during their dress run the weekend before, Kerry had both frames together in less than twenty minutes and the sleeping bags in place in five minutes later. With the time approaching 01:00, they were ready to bed down for the night.

Except there was one thing Kerry needed to do before going to sleep.

Emma stood near the dying fire. “You sure you still want to do this?”

He nodded. “Of course. We decided upon it a while ago.”

It was her turn to nod. “How high you going?”

“About half a klick.” He pulled out his broom and mounted the seat. “You can pull the filter off the fire: that way I can key on it and I won’t drift.”

Emma waved her hand and the red filter vanished. “I’ll be right here in case you get in trouble.”

“No problem.” Kerry pulled slightly upward on the control column and ascended into the sky.

Once he was at five hundred meters Kerry secured his compass to the control column and aligned his broom with magnetic north. He wanted to get a feel for what was around him, but from this altitude there was little to see—

Except for the sky.

With no light pollution the sky here was as brilliant as see from Salem. The Milky Way stretched from one horizon to another, arching directly overhead as it ran from north to south. The moon made seeing stars in the south a little difficult, but in the north Orion and Taurus were hugging the horizon, with the Pleiades a bit higher, acting as the major standout of the sky.

To the north and west the land stretched off into the distance. There seemed to be a strobing light of some kind at Kerry’s eleven o’clock position, but the only thing he could imagining it being was a light at an airport. There are airports up here? I’ll have to check the maps in the morning.

It was the land to the east that made Kerry curious. It was flat and featureless, but in the moonlight it appeared to be a different composition than the land below—

That’s when it hit Kerry. That’s not land. That’s water. We’re near either a huge lake or the ocean. Again, he’d check the maps in the morning, as it was necessary for him to lock down their starting position before their departure home.

Satisfied he’d seen enough, she dropped down out of the sky and landed only about a meter away from where he’d lifted off. Emma was alongside in a second. “Everything okay?”

“It’s good enough for now.” He hopped off his broom. “Tomorrow’s already here: the water bottles ready?”

“I’ve got them set up inside.” She motioned toward the tent. “Let’s get to bed.”

After they both hung up their brooms in the covered entryway, they moved into the tent, Emma taking her sleeping back on the left and Kerry his on the right. They began stripping off their outer layers of clothing quickly, laying their heavy parkas over their sleeping bags and their boots at the end of their low hammocks and stuffing their sweaters and pants inside. It was only once they were down to their socks and full-body undergarments that they crawled in and zipped up the sleeping bags. Inside hot water bottles prepared before leaving Salem, combined with their clothing, kept both kids warm against the fridge arctic night.

Kerry made sure his wool hat was secure on his head before double checking his watch. “See you in the morning, Emma.”

She did the same, smiling back. “’Night, Kerry.”

He settled in, pulling the bag’s opening close to his face.

Kerry was asleep in seconds.

And there you go. Hope you enjoyed that.

New On the Book Front

Yes, it’s been a while since I was last out here, but I’ve been busy. As in Writing Busy. It’s not an easy job when you sit in front of a computer all day and just put words down on “paper”. You think it is, but… you should try it.

See, the stories about Salem have been coming together. Last month I put together The Scouring and published it. Yes, it’s been out for about a month now and I didn’t say a word about it.

The Scouring is the pre-novel to all the events that happen during the time of Annie and Kerry and in it you get to see some of the people you know–like Wednesday and Deanna–when they were students. You also get to see Jessica and Erywin as instructors in the year 2000. It’s all quite interesting and cheap to own: $1.99 for the $7.99 for the paperback. That’s right! It’s also out in paperback.

Follow the links to pick up your copy. eBook Paperback

But that’s not all!

Another book is coming out on the 28th of this month. Do you want to guess what it is? If you were to say, “I’ll bet it’s the first book you wrote about Annie and Kerry,” you’d be correct!

Yes, The Foundation Chronicles: A For Aware Book One: Worlds Apart, is coming out at the end of the month. I say “Book One” because A For Aware is SO large–425,000 words–that I split the novel into six separate books that will come out this year, with the first one appearing in two weeks.

So if you want to see Annie and Kerry meet, go on their trip to America, go through their E and A, and have their first encounters with the school, you can read about it here: eBook. And if you wonder about a paperback, don’t worry: it’s coming as well.

You’ll hear more as time grows near.

All the New News

And yes, I do have new news.

First off, I spent November being a part of NaNoWriMo and during that month I added fifty-five thousand words to The Foundation Chronicles: C For Continuing. What did I write about? Yule in Pamporovo; Annie’s adventure with the Guardians; and Emma’s and Kerry’s adventure on the Polar Express. It’s all done.

The other thing? I edited and published a novel.

Back in 2012 I wrote something called Suggestive Amusements. It was a bit of fantasy, bit of romance, and a bit of erotica all rolled into one. Back in September I pulled it out and started polishing the chapters and what do you know: over the weekend I finished everything and moved it up to Amazon for sale.

Right now the ebook is in pre-order and you can find it right here. The ebook drops on Friday the 13th, so if you buy it through pre-order, it’ll show up on this Kindle all by its self.

But I did something else as well: I formatted the document and released it as paperback. Yes, it’s a solid book you can hold in your hands and turn and smell and all that. You can find the link for the paperback here and know that this is print on demand so half of the cost of the book is actually having it printed.

And that’s the news for now.

Hope you found that enjoyable.

The Wilderness Life

What am I up to today? Well, being hungry for once. Yes, I truly am a hungry artist as I’m -$38 on my bank account and I’ve used up $5 of the $13 on my remaining credit card. If you got something you can pass me through Kofi, I’ll love you for it.

I’m also doing a lot of writing. As of right now I’ve passed 38,000 words for Nano and I should bust 40k tomorrow. Since that will be 21 straight days of writing, I’ll get two badges tomorrow. Only one remains after that and we know what it is.

I finished Annie’s trek with all the Guardian Girls–that makes a good name for a girl gang–and now I’m about half-way through the Polar Express. As you can see, it’s coming right along:

How are things going? Well…

Emma did that thing everyone expected her to do. And it blew up in her face, leaving her butthurt.

However… she’s apologized after learning all the truth about Annie and Kerry and even admitted she was trying to force Kerry into something he didn’t want to do, which is known as “Non-consensual actions” by a lot of people. So things are good today.

Let me tell ya, writing about Emma wanting to jump Kerry was hard, because I really had to imagine her being total desperate. Which she was. And it hurt to write it. But that’s some of the shit we writers put ourselves through: it’s all about beating ourselves up so we can get our souls down on paper.

I’ve also been playing with ebook formatting and I’ve done a couple. I’m actually going to release a novel next month, but it’s not what you think.

I’ll talk about that later.

Where, Oh Where?

Hi there! I’ll bet you’re surprised to see me. Particularly since the last thing I did was a video back in August. Well, a whole lot has been going on.

Not all good.

First, I was homeless for a while. Three weeks, actually, living in my car and spending my evenings in the parking lot of a 24 hour Wal Mart. Believe me when I say staying in your car isn’t a lot of fun.

Then I ended up in a mental hospital again. You don’t need to know the why, the how is I spent 11 days in “The Unit” back in October and I’m much better now. I’m resigned to the fact that I’ll be on med all my life: I don’t have a choice. If I go off my meds, I go back to the hospital. It’s not gonna be fun.

But here’s the good thing–

I’m writing again.

I’m doing NaNoWriMo for the first time in years and I’m 30,000 words into my novel. And what novel is that?

Why, C For Continuing.

Yes, I’m writing about Annie and Kerry again. I’ve finished Christmas in Pamporovo, I did almost 17,000 words of Annie’s adventures with the Guardians, and I’m about to start on Emma and Kerry alone in the wilds of Canada for the Polar Express. It’s going and I’m going to win NaNo ’cause I’m ahead right now.

And then… we’ll see, won’t we. Right now I want to write.

Also, I’m over on Wattpad. I’ve got one of my mermaid stories, but more importantly, I have an unpublished novel that I wrote back in 2012 called Suggestive Amusements. You can find it right here and I hope you go out and read it while it’s free. I’ll warn you now, there’s swearing and sex in it, so don’t be shocked.

Last but not least… I played my last derby game of 2019 on 5 October. I was jammer three times. The first two times–well, I didn’t do all that great. The third and last time it was the last jam of the game and I not only got through on my initial pass, I was lead jammer, I scored one point, and I called off the jam to end the game.

One point doesn’t sound like a lot, but I became the oldest jammer ever for DDR to score a point in a legit game and probably one of the oldest in WFTDA for 2019. I consider that quite an accomplishment. Below is a photo of me getting lead.

So have fun, get sleep, and enjoy reading.

I’ll try not to be a stranger.

Just When You Least Expect–

Cassidy's Corner

Hey there!  I know, long time no post.

Well, there’s reasons for that, but I’m not going into that now.  Why I’m here is–I have a novel for you to read!

Yes, you got that right.  It’s something I wrote a while back–six years ago, as a matter of fact, when I was living in Indianapolis.  Since I have time on my hands I decided to put it up on Wattpad right now so people can read it for free.  I’ll likely keep it there a few weeks and then… well, we’ll see what happens.

Anyway, here’s the link.  Enjoy.

Suggestive Amusements by Cassidy Frazee

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