My 2020 New Year's Resolutions

Hello my lovelies,

Today I am here to talk about what I plan to do in the first few months of 2020. I cannot believe it is almost a new decade! I am getting older as the years go by, I’m 21 at the moment and I cannot believe I am going to be turning 22 next year.

I’ve had my ups and downs, suffered great losses, had intense issues with mental health and my past relationships. But… I want that to change in 2020. I have always wanted to publish books that I have written – me and my friends used to write books in high school, and we still do now, but I really want to make a go of it now.

I’ve been saying for the past 5 years ‘this is my year’ and it’s not really worked out. But I feel like… new decade, a year older, a new me and new goals.

So, I’ve been planning to self-publish. Rather than go down the painstaking process of traditional publishing for the first time, I want to make my name in the publishing industry, then try my hand at it. Get my foot in the door, as it will.

I have a few books I want to self-publish and work on in 2020 – those being:

The Shattered illusions Series: I have one book written here and one in progress. I am working on planning the third in the series right now.

The Lucid Clock Series: I also have one of these written (although short and currently undergoing editing) and a second one planned and partially written.

These are the two book series I hope to start self-publishing in 2020 and 2021 – starting with The Shattered Illusions Series as that will be longer and I am enjoying writing that at the moment.

My second new years resolution is: to be happier. Now, you are saying, how are you going to do that?

I have no idea. But I know I want to be, I want to work on myself and to be happier in my appearance, myself and my life. I have accepted that everything that has happened to me, did indeed happen. Nothing can change that.

But the people I have lost, I can make them proud. And others, I want to rub it in their faces for never believing in me.

That is all for me, I just wanted to share what I could about my new years resolutions. If you would – please comment below and let me know what your resolutions for next year are!

Thank you so much for reading,

Alaric

Bedevilled: The Silver Mirror

Hello everyone,

I have recently found a very old book of mine – I wanted to share the synopsis to see if people would enjoy it!

Leave your comments down below!


Bedevilled: The Silver Mirror

Tanner is the first male born into the Broderick Family for generations and while many would be thrilled at the pitter patter of their son’s little feet running ruckus about the home. Tanner’s parents are all but happy.

They are worried.

For a curse sits over the Broderick family by the woman that ruined their family centuries back.

The next male born to a Broderick spawn would be possessed on his eighteenth birthday and reign terror among the entire realm.

Tanner’s parents are sceptical, but when Tanner finds out about the curse through an old notebook written by the one who killed the woman, he realises his real power and potential to stop this curse once and for all.

It will take him on a journey to vast lands and develop his life into something he did not believe possible before.

All it takes is one step.

10 Best Christmas Traditions For The Whole Family

Ah, the holiday season. Love, gift giving, food, gift giving, Christmas Dinner, gift giving! There is so many different way to celebrate it and spend time with family that you might not think of straight away. Many of us would think toasty warm nights with tonnes of hot chocolate and gifts, cosy socks and snow, lots and lots of snow.

Everything is so fast paced at Christmas – things like sliding, creating Christmas tree ornaments that can last years, trimming up the home for the family and Christmas carolling (providing you can sing ha!) can often be overlooked at Christmas. So to take you back to basics, these top ten ways to celebrate and get your holiday spirit back in motion are sure-fire ways to calm everything down in an instant.

1. Make gingerbread houses and people.

This is fun for any age, but making a gingerbread house is as fun as it is to eat. You can make it from a box or make it from scratch with homemade gingerbread.

2. Attending A Christmas Market

Attending a Christmas market is a wonderful experience, the food, the stalls, the people and if you are old enough the wine/beer. It is lovely on a cold night just sipping on some hot chocolate or mulled wine, with a chocolate marshmallow skewer and a ride on the merry-go-round to top off the experience.

3. Secret Santa

So, I have to admit, this is something I personally do not do. But a secret Santa can be a fun thing to do around school or the office. Or even with family, it can be fun for the little ones to give gifts to mum or dad and trying to guess who gave the gift to who. Try it this Christmas if you really want to spice up Christmas like cinnamon spices up hot chocolate.

4. Get a REAL Christmas tree

If you get a Christmas tree of a certain kind, then the tree stays alive even after Christmas. This is what me and my family did and the tree is still out in our backyard thriving. But buying a real Christmas tree can be fun for the whole family, it gives the little ones a real experience of the smells and feels of a Christmas tree and they can decorate it themselves in any way that they want to.

5. Get an advent calendar.

Whether it be a chocolate one, or an old stole picture one. An advent calendar can be fun for children and adults alike. And please adults, do not pretend that you do not get as excited as the children to get a chocolate from your advent calendar every single day of December! We see you!

6. Listen to a Christmas Playlist

Nowadays, everyone has some form of Christmas playlist that they love to listen to in the Christmas period. Whether it be classics, or newer Christmas songs, it is always a joy to remember the songs you’ve loved since you were little. Nostalgia at its finest.

7. Watch Christmas films.

It’s a Wonderful Life – 1946

I love Christmas films. We have a tradition in our house to go to the cinema every single year to watch a Christmas related film, a few years ago, Disney’s Frozen was the top grossing Christmas film, I remember watching it on Christmas Eve, and boy, and did it stick with me for a long time. So, if you don’t already, get your film buff on and watch some Christmas feel good films!

8. Watch a play or traditional nativity

Nativity of Jesus

It does not matter if you are religious or not, a nativity is a good story to tell. Whether it be watching your child perform one at school, or even watching a traditional retelling of A Christmas Carol – the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Everyone enjoys sitting in a warm room and listening to the stories that we have grown up to love and cherish!

9. Get your Christmas Cards sorted.

No one likes to forget Christmas cards. Whether it be personalised ones with the family, one you created or a shop bought card. Everyone likes to get Christmas cards, and it’s always nice for the little ones, and adults too, to give them out to friends and family!

10. Finally, Spend time together

This is a no brainier. Christmas time is all about giving, love and many other things as well, so why wouldn’t you spend it with the people that love you the most? Talk to the relatives you don’t see much, reminisce, love and just enjoy the holidays! It’s only once a year, have fun!

The Cinnamon Woman – Short Story!

HELLO EVERYONE,

So I have decided to share a very old short story that I wrote when I was 12… yes TWELVE. Please note, this does not show my current writing style… at least, I hope it doesn’t!

Hope you have a good laugh!

(If this has any spelling and grammar mistakes, twelve-year-old me is responsible, I am not!) 🙂


“When life gives you lemons, you squeeze them to make lemonade or if your feeling annoyed squeeze them in someone’s face.” That’s what Julie Danish was always told by her grandfather before he would head off to the family bakery. Rumour had it that he used an extra spice in his cinnamon buns: Chilli flakes just to give it a bit of a kick, but even in her thirties Julie thought that it was a bit adventurous, the family business was everything to her and her grandfather.

But as most popular places do well, there is always another place trailing loosely behind always trying to get the high end of the stick on their competition.

But where other people hated the shift on their own, Julie loved the solitude and how her grandfather would leave her be. Although she loved him dearly, he would not leave her alone. Always being the neurotic man he had been, talking about the end of his world if his secret was stolen.

“Grandpappy, the secret is locked up in my brain, it’s not like someone can just steal it from there. Just go home and rest your back.” Julie would always say as he left her alone. Then he would totter on home and occasionally call the bakery “neurotic man.” She would mutter as she went in the back to get fresh cinnamon buns to form the stove.

“Hello?” A voice called from outside the room. “Anyone here, I’d like to order some goods!”

“What can I get you?” Julie asked, waddling to the counter. The man was tall and light-skinned. He wore a black leather jacket, a biker maybe.

“A cinnamon bun and one secret to go.” He smirked at Julie, who just gulped in reply.

“What secret?” She lied. Fear nesting itself in her brain “I have no clue what you are talking about.”

“I think you do, miss.” He said as he began to walk behind the counter, Julie backed up against the wall she stood in front of trying to hide her face from the man who stools his face in hers. Blowing cold, musky air around her. Smoke evident in his breath. “You will need to come with me, you will be safe, don’t worry about that.” Julie just nodded and reached behind her to grab a bottle of cinnamon on the counter. She had learned that apart from lemons, cinnamon was the best thing to put into people eyes if you need help. And as there were no lemons in her reach; cinnamon had to do. “But if you do not comply, I don’t want to say what will happen.”

Julie went with the man, struggled and tugged but when they got to the car, he threw her in the back. Tried her up in rope and left her in the back of the car.

It was for hours. Or what felt like it until he started to drive. Singing a song on the radio. It was mumbled and inaudible. But although her arms were immobilised, she could still chuckle at how tone deaf her escort was.

“Where are you taking me?” Julie stuttered. She did not want to make any sudden mistakes, this guy looked dangerous.

“You don’t need to know, all you need to know is that you are safe and sound unless you do not spell what you know.” The man replied in a cold voice, making Julie want to throw the cinnamon at him already. But she knew if she did that, her plan she was thinking up, would all go to waste.

When Julie looked around the car, she noticed one tiny window by the boot of the car. But when she looked through it, she saw that much to her horror. She was in what looked to be the abandoned prison in her town.

“Why are we here?” Julie asked, fear eminent in her voice. But she did not get a reply, for either the man was not listening or had ignored her completely.

She kept watching through the tiny window as they drove into the high-security part of the prison, it was open. And could never be closed, clearly the people he was working for hadn’t figured out who to close it, it hasn’t be been closed since the prisoners were transferred somewhere else and the prison had burned down, this part was the only part that was still intact but no one had been in it, at least not after it was abandoned anyway.

“Come on Lady, you’re needed by the boss.” The man grunted heavily. One kick and he could fall over. Julie though but it quickly diminished out of her mind as she was marched towards a metal door; the one where the man or woman, the ‘boss’ hid behind like the coward they were.

“Open!” A voice called from inside. A clear male voice. But she knew that whoever it belonged to, was probably just as dangerous as the man who had his filthy hand on her right at this moment.

“Sit.” A voice sounded throughout the room. It was a man’s voice, but it’s the grainy sound made Julie feel uneasy “I said sit!”

Just them a charred chair appeared in front of her, it looked like it was going to break if she sat on it, her body would break it in an instant, even her foot would send it crumbling to the floor seconds after impact. But she did so anyway, with a rope secured to her hands, she was firmly tied to the chair, she complied to the notion, she did not want to get on the bad side of these men.

“Julie Danish!” A man chortled, his fat chops flapping as he talked and waddled about. Oh my god. The thought parachuted into Julie’s mind like an anvil. She knew who it was. The very man who had tried to buy her grandfather out of business a few years back; Mikel Zimmerman. Business owner and baker alike.

“Mikel!” Julie growled, trying to get free from the grip of the rope just to punch the man in the face. But she could not move an inch. She sighed in defeat as he knelt in front of her and caressed her face, what was he planning? “How dare you! My grandfather said no to your advances, and now you’re blackmailing him? How classy, if he said no, then what makes you think that I will, eh?” She spat towards the man, a glob of her spit landing smack dab on his cheek.

He just chuckled and wiped off the excess spit “Why do you have a rope on her? We are all friends here, and she wouldn’t try to hurt me, not in her current situation anyway.” Mikel said to his accomplices.

“She might try to hurt you, I wouldn’t put it past her, she may look innocent, but who knows what she is hiding, silence is the greatest foe here.” One man said before earning a grunt from Mikel.

“Untie her.” he said in a patronising tone, not wanting to repeat what he said again “Now.”

Almost immediately the restraints were removed, ‘Big mistake. For a big businessman, your quite stupid.’ She thought rather devilishly, keeping the same blank expression on her face to mask her intentions now her arms were free. As the man and Mikel were talking, the man earning a substantial amount of hate towards him for what he had done to me, clearly, Mikel didn’t like being disobeyed. And this man had not listened to instructions. She reached into her pocket and procured the bottle of cinnamon she would always keep on her person when in the store just in case a customer needed extra, she opened the bottle and began to cough.

Mikel noticed her coughing and walked over to her to ask if she needed a drink of water, the perfect question and one she had been anticipating, although he had kidnapped her, Mikel was not a man to hurt and had a soft voice and demeanour, as he stood close to her she stood up and on a whim threw the cinnamon from the bottle in his face.

She did not see him fall or scream out in pain. She was escorted out do the room way before that had happened. But she could hear him from outside, a grin of victory playing upon her face as the door closed behind her.


It was the silence that was sending Julie to madness. After a few hours of being trapped inside a room with restraints laid upon her arms, alone. She had begun to dislike the idea she had when she lunged the cinnamon into his face, but on the third or fourth hour, she had honestly lost count, Julie finally heard movement.

A man walked into the room, he had the same attire and haircut as all the men in the facility they were in, and he held a gun in his right hand, Julie knew what he was going to do with it. “You come to kill me now?” Julie shouted to the person, as she sat in the corner of the room.”Do it, you’ll never get the secret out of me!”

“Which is why you need to go.” The man said, much to her surprise. He started to walk up to her, but she tensed up. “I’m here to help.” He said as he untied her restraints.

She was free. Or somewhat anyway. “Why free me when I could strangle you?” She spat, sensing a new side of herself in her voice

“Because, I know you wouldn’t do that, Julie.” He said that in a tone that made Julie tense up again, how did he know her name?

“You may be right.” She said looking around the room for an exit, one that would not be detected. “You’ve freed me, but how do I get out. And what is your name?”

“Watch and learn cinnamon woman.” He smirked in a devilish way “They trust me, but maybe they shouldn’t.” He looked back at her before revealing who he was “my name is Joel.”

“Okay, tough guy, show me the way.” She laughed as she followed him, always looking out for people just in case they were caught trying it escape. She had no cinnamon on her anymore.

“Almost there!” She smiled at the man who had helped her, but their journey was ur short. Oh, so much like the films Julie thought to herself. But this was real. She and Joel would have to fight them off.

“Julie.” He whispered to her from a short distance “Reach into my pocket, and get the thing that there.”

She did as she was told, and to her surprise, it was chilli flakes and cinnamon. Yeah! She thought to try to contain her excitement. As she handed Joel the chilli flakes.

Anyone must have thought the two were completely mad to use spices against people, but in desperate times, use what you have. And as the two men who were coming closer started to wield batons. These were desperate times, and Julie had just had enough.

“Joel!” She called “Throw!” Then out of nowhere, the two men fell to the floor in a fit of pain. Cinnamon and chilli flakes covering their bodies and eyes, it gave them just enough time to get away.

“Let’s go, let’s both get out of this place.” Then they ran, and although Julie had known Joel for only a few minutes, she knew that the gratitude was he held for him was strong. And nothing could ever compare.

In a matter of minutes they were outside, starting the car Julie had come in and driven away, getting as much distance from the place and away from those people as possible. “We did it.” Joel smiled behind the wheel.

“Why did you help me back there?” Julie asked, curiousness covering her face.

“You didn’t deserve what you got, and that stunt you pulled against Zimmerman was amazing, it was wrong for him to kidnap you. So I saved you from your torture. He was planning to kill you for your incompetence. I couldn’t let him do that.”

The journey from the prison to her house was silence from then on. But when she got to her house. She knew that she would have to explain to the neurotic man behind the door what had happened. “Do you want to come in?” Julie asked Joel.

“Sure.”

But all her grandfather wanted was to see her safe. He thanked Joel for his help. His advice about the lemon and cinnamon was of help. And that night, he added chilli flakes of the list of things to throw at people if he ever needed to do so.

So neurotic. Joel and Julie though to themselves.


It was three weeks before they had got any news about Mikel Zimmerman and his kidnappings. It was said that he had been arrested, apparently not only had he kidnapped Julie he had lots of people hostage, or had been in hostage before ever but had never spoke up about it. Julie’s story was their salvation. And finally after three months of his trail after the news, he was arrested.

His henchmen were given a few months, but Joel was set free, although he had helped the hostage. These judges saw it that he has also helped and because of that, he’s was free of any charges.

Joel became helpful around the bakery. And he had even suggested adding new things to the recipes. Lemon zest to give it zing. And although Julie’s grandfather was sceptical at first. He added it, funnily enough, it made it sweeter.

Although in their happiness of freedom. The words Zimmerman said before he went down, still rung in the back of their heads “I will find a way.” At first, they thought it was just a stupid statement. But the thought was always in there. Searing the back of their brains.

Joel and Julie felt safe in the bakery now, but they always had lemons in arms reach if they needed to squeeze in people’s eyes.

Latest Book Project

Hello everyone,

So, long time no speak.

I have been busy, of course, I have been working on planning a few projects.

I have been working on planning out a science fiction book about traveling back in time.

I want to share the plot with you here.

The books name is Project History.

I know it’s a short post today, but tomorrow I will be going over more things I will be writing in the future, with updates on my latest writings and word counts for books!

Thank you so much for reading,

Alaric

31 Days of Writing – Day 10

Hello everyone,

So today, I did an awful lot – and not just writing either.

I had a job interview today and boy, was I nervous.

It’s the first interview I have had in two years – for a promotion on my current job, I just hope I did well.

Now, onto the writing.

Editing for These Fated Secrets is going well, I have added three more chapters to the roster for the plan, so that brings me to eight extra chapters planned – I just need to write them now!

Boy is it dark.

The characters are getting more and more developed and the lore of the book is becoming more fleshed out and darker every word written. I just hope that it all will flow together, I suppose I will see once I have written them. I can always go back and change things later.

The main characters are Joseph, Alex, Caulan and Freda, there are a few supporting characters (that in later books will become mains) Grayson, Jerry, Dana and Maura.

The book follows the same premise as it does here – read more about the synopsis.

But the lore is far more planned out and the reason for the Hunter’s guilds are explained as well! Plus another Part added onto the story about a secret I have been wanting to add into the books for a while but never knew how to.

Well, I have figured that out.

Woo!

Keep an eye out for Day 11, as I will be telling you more about that a bit later (spoiler free)

Hope you have a great day!

Alaric

31 Days of Writing – Day 9

Hello everyone,

So it’s day nine of 31 days of writing and even though it is only 12pm, I’ve already got a lot of writing done.

Yes, I am making up for the disaster that was… yesterday.

So today, I planned a number of changes for These Fated Secrets – meaning that now, I have some planned out chapters to add onto the 53 that I already have written.

The book in it’s current form is 60k words, but I want to at least get it to 80k – maybe 75k. So that adds a few more chapters and character development + more time in the actual story.

In the current version, everything happens within a matter of days, and to be fair, it’s meant to be a quick adventure due to the incoming issues ahead of the characters – but I want to add more lore to the story and make sure that everything flows well.

So, that is what I am doing right now, I have planned out about  5 chapters planned to add already, but things change and I might change my plans later on. For now, however, I am happy wih theb way this is going.

It’s hopefully going to make the story a better one and far more dark than it was before (which is my main goal)

It’s been called in the past – like a darker Disney, which I feel is a very high compliment in my eyes. I love Disney.

So I will be doing this for the next couple of days but I will update you about it as well!

Hope you all have a great day!

Alaric

31 Days of Writing – Day 7

Hey lovelies,

Today is day seven of 31 days of writing, and today – I have done some more planning for editing these fated secrets,

I want to share some quotes from the book that I like rather than talk about what I actually did *whispers* I didn’t really do much and probably won’t tomorrow either, I may be hung over.

  1. This was one of my favourite parts of the book – I don’t want to share too much but you get an idea of the characters

2. This was the first line of the book and I love it.

3. You need context for this quote but I always cry at this scene. You’ll understand when you read it *keeping the suspense*

I really like all these quotes and I am really excited to plan more to write! Keep an eye out for more!

Hope you all have a good Saturday!

Alaric

31 Days of Writing – Day 6

Hello everyone,

So today is day six of writing for 31 days, and today was a good day for writing, I was working for most of the day but as soon as I got home – I wrote *drumroll* 1500 words, just about.

The two projects that I am writing at the moment are Throne of Embers which is the second book in the Shattered Illusions series – a book about a human becoming part of a world that he did not know existed and being thrown straight into the issues and misdemeanours of the people hidden within.

And These Fated Secrets – the first book in the Realm Jumpers Series – a book about character in a world where magic is outlawed, where magical people and creatures can be killed for their powers and the main character just happens to be magical – the book is about him trying to bring magic back to the world so he and a little band of fighters can be safe once more.

And so far, these two projects are going well, I am writing Throne of Embers and editing These Fated Secrets – getting it ready for possible publication!

More on that soon!

So today, I have made some good progress! I am wanting to take a bit of a creative break from Throne of Embers, however, due to the fact that I have been writing the series none stop for three months and I am becoming drained. I want to focus on The Realm Jumpers series – which was my favourite piece of writing back three years ago!

Hope that you have a great weekend! More coming tomorrow!

Alaric