Please Stand By

Okay, you can sit if you prefer.

The next installment or two will conclude the main story line. There will be an epilogue so the novel itself won’t be finished for another couple weeks. However, this close to the end, I want to do a good job and today, I’m not up to it. I am probably the only one who cares but I still want to do it right so I’m going to hold off for a day or two until I can.

The novel has been written in the blog – this is the draft being published as it is written. It’s been an interesting experiment – I wasn’t sure I could write chronologically when I started. Once concluded, it will be edited (that process has already begun) and finalized (yeah, yeah, so I forgot and called him Thompson instead of Thompkins a few dozen times…). The final version will be available as an ebook – still debating whether or not to include the pictures but the book itself will be done fairly soon after the conclusion.

Anyway, whether anyone is reading this or not (oh come on, a year and a half hiatus isn’t that bad!) I will get it finished in a few days. Thanks for playing!

You may return your seat to the upright position now.

And Now a Word From Our Sponsor

Which at the moment, is me.

The continuing story of my crazy, falling apart life is chronicled at my other blog, ever so aptly named Larilee’s Blog. Online diary, disaster report, faith journey and random meanderings all in one convenient place.

So, what about Archena’s Weblog? Well, for starters, I do plan to finish the first True Slayers novella here. After that, in addition to publishing short stories I’ll discuss writing, my writing and all things literary here.

For those interested, I’m planning to compile the existing chapters into a first draft PDF. When the novella is complete, the final version will be an ebook – but you will still be able to read the first draft here. I have lots of plans for Jack and company so the adventure will continue – but I probably won’t try the serialized version again.

I have two other novels in the outline stage. I plan on publishing some excerpts here – assuming anyone is still reading this by then!

I have a number of other blogs to attend to so for right now, my target is to publish here monthly beginning in August or September. If all goes well, I’ll go to a weekly schedule to complete True Slayers. If not, well, it will get completed eventually.

Which brings me to my final thought for the day – thank you, Mandy, for your encouragement and everyone who has commented, supported, critiqued or at least read my work here. I do so very much appreciate it!


Til next time!


I still want to finish the novella – maybe someday. I doubt anyone is still following it anyway.


I am just depressed and hurting. Everything is crashing around my head and the only thing I have left that I care about I’m probably going to lose. Yeah, I know – everyone thinks I should have just dumped my pets at the pound long since – but I don’t want them to die.

I get lonely like anyone else – but I’ve never had a someone else. There’s no one at home to talk to, argue with or care about – except my pets. They are live, warm bodies that touch me – I don’t get a lot of ‘touch’. When I was young, I’d been so strongly conditioned that I disliked it – now, I need it. But few people touch me and fewer ever hug. Just my babies when I get home – something warm will brush my leg or demand lap time. Love will sit on my shoulder; Tigger will demand attention; Sweets will shake paws. Chocolate will greet me in the front yard; Rocket will drag himself out of his house and wag a tail at me.

It’s not a family – they aren’t human – they aren’t my children. They are just the only live things that actually enjoy my company enough to be with me. Whether they feel love as humans do doesn’t matter – I love them.

I can’t win. I lost my job. I’m being evicted. I have no money. I’m a failure.

But I still love them. And I still love Him.


Faith and pets – all I have to live for right now. I’m gonna lose the latter and it’s killing me. Not literally – suicide is the same thing as telling Jesus I don’t love Him and He isn’t enough – so no, no matter what, I won’t do that.

Just tonight I hurt.

A friend sent some money – I haven’t been turned down for unemployment – I can try to appeal. Love will be there when I get home tonight. So, there are little lights. I even have one friend who understands why I don’t just get rid of my pets – that means a LOT to me.

But it’s lonely tonight. I hate that I’ve failed again. I am so scared – and so tired.

I can walk again – my arthritis hit big time last week and had me on crutches. Hurt a whole lot but I’m walking much better. Lot less pain. Another little light. And the abscess in my jaw is shrinking – that one God did. Warm little light.

Well, the coffee shop is closing so it’s time to go.