The Mourning Moon

The Mourning Moon
It’s tiny, but it’s there.

October’s full moon was about removing things from my life—letting objects, thoughts, or feelings go if they no longer served me. November’s full moon is the deeper pass.

Now is the time to let go of things that I once cherished, but are now merely draining my energy. Accomplishments I tried to achieve, but fell short on, projects left unfinished or that I probably will never begin. This is the time to reflect on those things briefly, then finally lay them to rest.

Expectations can be thorny. Every perceived failure pricks at the soul and lets energy bleed from it. This month, I’ll be focusing on sealing those energy sinks—letting go of all those expectations, grieving the things that didn’t go the way I wanted, and clearing room for new hopes, new aspirations, and new paths.

Speeding Growth

When I became serious about my writing, I knew that two skills would be more important for me than any others: to write well, and to write fast.

I love my stories and want to give them the best form I possibly can. I want readers to love them as much as I do (okay, at least come close 😉 ) For that to happen, I need to keep my prose clear, my pacing tight, and my characters fully-developed.

I also have a ton of stories to tell, so I knew I needed to be able to write well quickly. Continue reading “Speeding Growth”

“Resident Alien” Pre-Order!

One of the biggest milestones in getting a book out there is seeing it come up for pre-order on various sites. Resident Alien is now on Amazon!

Resident Alien by Cassandra Chandler

I love that cover. It captures the feel of the story perfectly. The little touches also really make it for me—like Brandon’s watch (he’s a tech genius). And of course, that beard… What was I talking about? Right, the cover. And the book! Continue reading ““Resident Alien” Pre-Order!”

Villains

Some of the characters I’ve created are truly disturbing (the best villains are). My villains can be subtle and complex or outgoing and terrifying. I spend quite a bit of time thinking about who they are and the motivation behind their actions to make sure they’re as three-dimensional as the protagonists.

I’ve found that I’m much more comfortable writing monstrous villains than human ones. Give me a spider-headed zombie over a human antagonist any day. It’s much less frightening to think about giant multi-eyed grub worms that I seriously doubt exist (at least, I really hope not!).

While writing, I need to keep in mind the reason I have villains in the first place: to give my protagonists something to overcome. I’m not interested in writing detailed accounts of a vampire’s descent into madness. That doesn’t mean I don’t think it through outside of the pages of my books. Knowing the villain’s history and motivations adds depth to the story, but in the end, my books are tales of love and triumph.

Happy Birthday, Garrett!

It’s time to celebrate another fictional character’s birthday from The Summer Park Psychics series. This time… Happy Birthday, Garrett! My first gift to you is not calling you Dr. Wolfstrom. Except for…mentioning it there. Oops.

I can’t say too much about Garrett’s thirty-ninth birthday without giving away things from his story. I will say that there will be plenty of music, tons of laughter, a great deal of dancing, and an abundance of friends that are as close to him as family. He will consider it to be the best birthday ever…until next year 😉