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Magical Muse Collection Anthology – Guest Post by KJ Hawkins

KJ Hawkins is a young fantasy author making her way into print. She has had a strong love for fantasy since she was nine years old.

As an adult the magic stayed with her inspiring her to write stories of adventure and magic.  Hawkins, at her best, brings personality to every word she writes, exciting her readers with every page.

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About the Anthology

The Magical Muse BookStories of fantasy ranging from dark, to light and inspiring, bring life to this anthology. The creatures featured throughout, both good and evil, display the devastating or wonderful personalities they were given by the authors who created them for your enjoyment.

Alexis Lantgen brings a twist to the story of a fairy changeling, showing a dark evil intent behind this mythological practice.

Andrea R. Cooper turns a dark fantasy tale into a lyrical piece that tests your understanding of your own mind.

George L. Duncan features a creature many never saw coming as the source of justice in a corrupt world.

Dark fantasy takes a humorous twist with Oz Durose, who introduces us to a new type of zombie that makes you regret deleting the files off your very own computer…readers beware!

Mythological hounds are a foreshadowing of doom for one man seeking refuge from their deadly chase. Allison D. Reid brings a tale of adventure as seen through the eyes of the hounds and their mysterious master, born from the darkness of hell.

Demons lurking throughout this tale bring a monster into the world. A demi-god finds out her fate as KJ Hawkins spins a tale of triumph and fear.

Matthew Frassetti presses the will of a man trying to save his lover from the hands of a demon. The bonds of friendship between man and beast are tested as this tale of adventure takes a twist.

Brendan Carroll brings a brilliantly fun, entertaining story to life, showing how in the midst of everyday beauty, time simply passes when you least expect it.

Khushi Agarwal tests the power of Christmas cheer with elves on strike. Will Christmas come on time, or will it be ruined for all?

The holidays are here as D.B. Mauldin brings a hard working elf into the spotlight for a special Christmas festival.

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April from Hell

By: KJ Hawkins

This April was my first attempt at joining Camp NaNoWriMo. I went in psyched thinking I was going to get on track with school distracting me for so long. The idea of writing was so exciting I was horrified to realize reality.

The plan was to write 20k but sadly I had to drop it to 10k. See this month was crazy with it being my senior year in college and all the major projects demanding attention. Between my senior research class and my thesis I had a heavy work load. Then I decided to attempt writing 20k, which didn’t work out that great. I was tearing my hair out within the first seven days.

So I broke down and lowered my word count to 10k. Then life threw me a fatal blow that ended any chances of me finishing my first attempt at winning Camp NaNo. My grammy had been diagnosed back in October with cancer. Only a few weeks into NaNo she was moved into Hospice care and labeled with seven to ten days to live.

The shock was unbearable along with adding school with writing also. I couldn’t function and came close to complete meltdowns. I managed to get through my projects at school but my writing was pretty much non-existent when I needed it most.

Now I am sitting at the end of April barely made it half way through my writing goal. I managed to finish my thesis for my exhibit and present it on time. I made it through one of the hardest days of my life when my Grammy  passed on April 25th.  However even though things didn’t go as planned I want to try again. I have every intention of doing my best. But this month was an April from Hell. Really makes you realize that know matter how you schedule your time, or how much you set goals life can throw you off your feet smack dab right on your butt. You will be looking stunned and wondering what happened.

But instead of feeling bad about my failure it has opened my eyes. I still wrote more this month than I have in several combined. The possibilities are endless for next NaNo adventures I undertake. Even though my heart is broken from my loss I have come realize that I now have my Grammy guiding me on my journey to finishing anything my heart desires. I would take her for my guardian angel any day.

1 Comment

  1. 2 May, 2015    

    No worries, KJ. You still did great. I thought I would be on track to win but I ended up not but over 8k is better than nothing.

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