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Ki Brightly’s Patreon!

patreon-logoSo, I decided to do a thing I said I would never do, which is basically put myself “out there” as me, in all my awkward, fumbling glory.

Let me break it down:

For a while I have been struggling to live off of what I make as a writer, as it is not the easiest thing to do in the world. For various reasons I have been doing my work from home with my kids, which is also not easy if you’ve ever done it. This is not a litany of complaints post (though I could likely do that), but about a million things have conspired, in various ways, to make me chronically short on cash.

So…a friend convinced me that I should start a Patreon, something where I’m not simply begging for money, but allowing people access to new or unusual “Ki Brightly” content that they may not otherwise get a chance to see.

Okay.

I literally have zero idea about what I’m going to do with this thing, but here it is. And you get to see me, if that’s something you’re interested in. Here is the link to my Patreon account.

If you haven’t been convinced that you would like to participate in my Patreon here is some of the content you might expect in the future if you were to become a Patron of my art. (I am snickering as I type that. I have no idea why my brain has decided it is so funny.) Here I am doing a partial reading of “If You Give an Incubus a Cookie”.

All right friends, and if I’m perfectly honest, I’m hoping that the enticement of a couple of bucks a month will make me more dedicated to working on my blog. I don’t know why I have so much trouble sitting down and doing the “blog” thing (other than my general lack of five minutes to sit down and think when my kids are home), but…wait…no, it’s probably the kids. (I love them, really I do.)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

Happy reading!

kibrightly


Check out my newest book Trust Trade!

trusttradefs_v1Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

See a sample of Trust Trade here.

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Writing Fugue

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(Mark Ruffalo as  Bruce Banner from The Avengers)

This is basically how I feel when I’ve been writing for two hours straight and finally resurface.


Check out my book The Shape of Honey!

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Available on Amazon , Dreamspinner Press, and other retailers.

Yulian Volkov is an entrepreneur and lone werewolf who hates the city. At a pack meeting, he learns the only member he’s attracted to is being expelled for crimes unspecified. Yulian strikes a deal with the pack leader to allow Rolly Witten to live on his farm and work in his Meadery. Although enjoying handsome Rolly’s company, Yulian must tread carefully, since Rolly doesn’t trust him and the pack doesn’t acknowledge homosexuality exists. Meanwhile, Yulian stealthily courts Rolly by teaching him the value of his wolf side.

Rolly, who’s known he was gay since he was a teen, has accepted a life of solitude—and a life of crime. He has no desire to relocate. Yet Yulian’s trust in his ability to do honest work builds his confidence. As life is settling well for them, Rolly learns a friend from his old pack had a crush on him, and he’s torn between returning his friend’s feelings or pursuing the budding relationship with Yulian. But that’s not their worst problem. Assassins are trying to take out both wolves, and they need to figure out who wants them dead or all the trust and happiness they’re building together won’t matter.

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Language of Love

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I’m putting together a character bible for a short shifter story I want to submit to an open call at Dreamspinner Press. That in and of itself is not unusual. I usually end up doing an unholy amount of planning for short stories that I may not even touch for novel length works, just because if I don’t know where I’m going I have almost no way of getting the story done under word count. (In this case, it tops out at 18,000 words, which isn’t actually that constraining, but still makes me sweat.) I’m the worst at trying to write short stories, though I’m working on it.

(Writing short stories is a skill, my friend. Don’t let anyone make fun of the short story. They’re so much harder to write than books.)

Anyway, I decided to use a sheet of questions for my character bible that isn’t the typical questions I use (I have about 50 that I’ve compiled myself over the last few years.) I figured, what the hell. A short story would be the perfect time to try out these new questions.

questions for character bible

Well, here’s one of the questions:

How does your couple express love for each other? (Examples: Acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, or receiving gifts?)

I laughed and laughed. These are from the book The Five Love Languages, which, a good while ago, I had a therapist tell my husband and I to look into. We’re two of those people who love each other more than anything, but don’t necessarily communicate the best, which leads to misunderstandings that don’t need to happen. I’d never considered breaking down the love needs of my characters in quite that way. There is a list of about twenty questions in the book I’m talking about that helps you determine what you need to be happy in love. Acts of service are things like: your partner washes your car or takes out the trash. That’s what I scored highest on. Mow the lawn for me? You’ve got the inroads to my heart. My husband scored highest on physical touch and words of affirmation. We’re polar opposites in so many ways, yet still we work. He likes it when I cuddle him (which I like too!) and tell him how wonderful he is. In my own life I realized how easy it is to get away from doing simple things like that when there are a million and one other things that need to happen in a day.

It’s easy to avoid things like HOW a character loves when I’m writing because they’re all in the honeymoon stage. The ooey gooey goo goo eyes, I LOVE YOU, stage, but it’s good to remember in real life, and just all around for character development, that over time people’s true temperaments are going to be slightly different than that head over heels stage. That’s not good or bad or any other thing, it just is. And sometimes we have to take the time to get to know our lovers all over again after a year or so if we want to keep them happy. We have to pay attention. We have to take an interest in them.

I know that sounds stupid, you have to take an interest in someone you see every day, but it’s easy to start taking someone for granted. My goal is to love the people in my life in such a way that they never feel like they’re extras. I want everyone, from my lover to my best friend, to feel like they matter. That’s not always easy because there is only so much time in a day, but if you know what those people need from you most—be it cuddles and touches or for you to change the oil in their car—it makes each relationship easier to maintain.

And, damn it, a hot sweaty man who has just re-roofed my house is where it’s at.


You can pre-order my book The Shape of Honey! It’s a m/m werewolf romance!

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