Novel Update [123k Words]

After nearly one year of investing every minute possible into my book(s), I've nearly finished with the first draft. As of this morning, my word count total is 123,000. By the time I finish he final chapter, Books 1 & 2 will total approximately 150,000 words. What a life-changing journey it's been. Joseph ShanklinFebruary 24, … Continue reading Novel Update [123k Words]

Bella In Ogni Modo [ Intervallo ] [ Intermission ]

As I edge closer towards the end of this chapter, I've decided to take a few days off from Shelby, and post a few additional pieces of writing. My pen [fingers & thumbs] never rests, and I find myself in a constant state of researching, writing, and of course reading. This is the life I've … Continue reading Bella In Ogni Modo [ Intervallo ] [ Intermission ]

Beautiful In Every Way [Shelby Chapter] Part 5 of 15

Holding her hand over the phone's receiver, she spoke to herself in painful desperation. "Non posso farlo!" It was at that moment that a idea came to Shelby, a flicker of hope in the back of her mind. Yesterday she had discovered something fantastic, yet slightly terrifying. After placing her cellphone on speaker, she could … Continue reading Beautiful In Every Way [Shelby Chapter] Part 5 of 15

Beautiful In Every Way [Shelby Chapter] Part 4

First closing her eyes; Shelby steeled her mind as best she could, then stood up and looked at the vanity mirror, followed by the mirror on the opposite wall. She had lived with Gabriel for four years and until now hadn't noticed this one thing, something very unsettling. The mirror over the bathroom sink reflected … Continue reading Beautiful In Every Way [Shelby Chapter] Part 4

Bellissimo In Ogni Modo [Beautiful In Every Way] Shelby Part 3

Thirty minutes had gone by before Shelby's head stopped spinning and she ran out of tears, her breathing heavy from not being able to inhale through her nose. Wiping her tears with both palms, she looked at the tattoos on her left hand. Years ago three of her fingers had been beautifully detailed with three … Continue reading Bellissimo In Ogni Modo [Beautiful In Every Way] Shelby Part 3