Holiday Hiatus

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Aledan Merfolk! This is just a quick post to let you know I’ll be on a blogging hiatus for the rest of the year. I always forget how busy November and December are at work (who knew nuclear chemistry and retail had the same busy season?), so I need to focus all my energy on the dayjob and the next draft of StO. Three of my CPs sent their critiques back (within 24 hours of each other!) and they all said basically the same thing: StO’s narrative arc is solid, but I have a lot of characterization to work on. I already have a plan to re-write the first chapter, and plenty of changes to make in the middle, and I think this draft is going to be really solid.

I’ll see you next year, Aledan Merfolk, and I’ll have a new blog theme based on Erie! Have a safe and happy holiday season :)

Erie is even more beautiful in person!

Erie is even more beautiful in person!

Custom of the Week: Erie the Seapony

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! I’m recovering from the amazingness that was YAllFest yesterday, but I have a super extra special custom for you today. You might remember back when I featured the Wind Whistler Seapony in March and said I’d be commissioning an Erie version when I finished the first draft of Speak the Ocean. I finished the first draft a few weeks ago and commissioned my seapony and Tiella sent me photos of the finished project this week! In fact, I should be finished with my first read through and basic edits by the time Erie the seapony gets to my doorstep! (Which is why there was no update or science post this week – I’m scrambling to edit so I can send it to CPs)

Erie, by TiellaNichole

Erie, by Tiella/Soulcookies

*Squeals in excitement* Isn’t she stunning? I love the hair and eye color <3 And that she looks like she’s in a tiny fish tank. I’m going to have to replicate that.

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me:

Custom of the Week: Summer Bloom

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! How was everyone’s Halloween/Samhain? I heard there was snow in Michigan on Halloween, and while I remember dressing up with costumes over winter coats when I was younger, I don’t remember it ever actually snowing on Halloween. So why don’t we warm it up again with a beautiful summery pony? Caeti was one of the judges for #PonyFest14, and I do believe this is the first of her customs that I’ve featured.

Summer Bloom, by Caeti

Summer Bloom, by Caeti

Don’t you feel a warm summer breeze just looking at this pony? I love the jewels on her leg!

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me:

#ScienceInSF Guest Post

Happy Wednesday, Aledan Merfolk! I’m happy to say I’m cruising along on the re-write/edit of the first four chapters of StO. The first chapter is finished, and I’m working on the horrible third chapter right now (third chapters are always my difficult chapters). The second and fourth chapters have their fixes plotted out and written on stickies. I hope to be finished by the end of the week, but that’ll depend on how this bar scene in the third chapter goes.

But that’s not really why I’m posting on a random Wednesday. I’m here to tell you Dan Koboldt invited me to write a guest post for his Science In SF series and it posted today! It’s all about Proper Lab Technique – if any part of your novel takes place in a laboratory, check it out and make sure you aren’t misusing a pipette in those scenes. Trust me, as a scientist reading your book things like that stick with you ;)

I didn’t have a chance to get Science Tuesday up yesterday, so I’ll be posting it tomorrow instead. All of Octobers best science news, all in one place on my blog!

Cover Reveal: ONE LAST SONG by SK Falls

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! Today I have a special treat for you, and it’s actually a special treat that has a lot to do with a special treat I showed you before. You may remember me gushing about this book being dark and twisty when I read it, and since then it’s gone through some major changes. The biggest change? It’s been picked up by an agent and publisher, and SK assures me that it’s even darker and twistier than the original version – and it has a new cover to match!

But before we get to the cover, have a blurb:

I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.

My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.

She stayed by my side all night.

I never wanted it to end.

When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It’s scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it’s like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.

For me, that someone was Drew.

And now for the new cover!


Look for One Last Song on January 13th, 2015! For now, you can add it on Goodreads.

Skfalls12_colorsat_100x125S.K. Falls likes to believe a degree in psychology qualifies her to emotionally torture her characters in an authentic fashion. Her books have won the gold medal in the 2014 IPPY awards, been featured on USA Today’s book blog, and regularly appear on Amazon’s various bestselling lists. When she isn’t writing her twisted love stories, she can be found gallivanting around Charleston, SC with her family.

Visit her on the web at

Custom of the Week: Witching Hour

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! I have a dark and twisty cover reveal for you tomorrow, and later this week I’ll be over at Dan Koboldt’s blog talking about Proper Lab Technique for his Science in SF series. If you missed the #PonyFest14 winners post, you can find it here. And speaking of dark and twisty and PonyFest – I have an awesome, Halloween inspired custom for you today, from one of the PonyFest14 judges! We’ve seen one of Jupi’s customs before – isn’t GIR adorable?

Witching Hour, by Jupiternwndrlnd

Witching Hour, by Jupiternwndrlnd

Doesn’t she get you into the Halloween spirit? Friday will be here before you know it – better buy that candy soon!

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And the Winners of #PonyFest14 are….

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! As the title promises, today is the reveal day for the winners of PonyFest14! You’ve spent the past two weeks visiting the blogs and voting for your favorite designs, and if you’ve seen the voting post anytime after the poll closed you already know who won the popular vote.

Air Elemental started out with a strong lead before Pestas pulled ahead early in the voting and held on to the number one spot for almost the entire race. Kasmira was right behind him for much of the time, often tied, but on the final day Hunger surged ahead in a last-minute sprint…that unfortunately winded her before she reached the finish line. Kasmira saved her energy until just before the midnight mark and pulled out a last-second win, much like Marce did in PonyFest12!

Congratulations Kasmira and Bethany!

Congratulations Kasmira and Bethany!

That fierce little pony wins a pile of books and a Mane Six character of her choice!

But that wasn’t the only vote this year, and although I’ve known who won the judge panel vote for the past several days, I’ve been sitting on that information like Smaug on a pile of gold. And it was SO HARD not to spill the beans before now, because I’m delighted! The winner of the panel vote has been playing PonyFest since it’s beginning in 2011, and I adore her writing. In fact, now that she’s won the judges vote, she’ll have an official custom to go with the poor excuse for a custom I made her last year ;)

That’s right, Cetus the SeaDragon is getting a friend!

Congratulations Air Elemental and Angela!

Congratulations Air Elemental and Angela!

This angel of a pony also wins a pile of books – and a custom pony based on this design! The judges panel has already gotten to work helping Kalavista to sculpt wings, and I can’t wait until I can show you guys the finished product – it’s going to be stunning!

So there you have it, Aledan Merfolk, the winners of PonyFest14!

To everyone who played, I want to give a huge THANK YOU! I can’t express how much this contest brightened my days as I clicked through to look at the ponies time and time again. You’re all very talented writers, and very talented pony designers. I can’t wait to have your books on my bookshelf!

And if you didn’t win, or didn’t know about the contest in time to enter: No worries! I run it every year in September/October (around my birthday, because who doesn’t want all that happiness on their blog for their birthday?!) And if you’re really itching for your own custom pony let me know – I’ll get you in contact with a customizer who can make it for you :)