So my first horror short “Autonomy Bleeds Black” has been available on Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Scribd, and other ebook platforms for a couple of months now. To make the free excerpt of the story more accessible, I’m going to share it on my website and on Vocal after I do some line editing. It is my first published work lol it’s not perfect, but I am proud and want to share it as much as I can.
The free excerpt will be available next week. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
On my BLM/LGBTQ+ page, I added another Google Doc link of a LONG list of petitions and more resources. You are welcome to copy, paste, and share the link wherever you feel is needed. Please if anything sign those petitions, most of them being on change.org.
Edit 06/30/20 @12:31pm: I’ve removed Ads from the BLM/LGBTQ+ page. I apologize if the ads being there came off as if I wanted to profit from the situation.
This is the Tumblr post I found the resources on. You can access the Google Doc this way as well.
The new page Stand Up is live. On the page are resources that help with the Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ+ community. As a black queer person, I’m determined to do my part in getting information out there. There are several sources there now, but I will add onto it as time goes on. I especially need sources for those who aren’t American because I know many of my readers aren’t American and I thank you for your support.
I can’t thank you those of you who support this movement enough. Thank you for putting your integrity ahead of your comfort. If you know of any other resources that will help, let me know. We must stay connected and informed. We need to be united more than ever because unfathomable changes are coming and change is always hard to accept. We must be there for one another. Be with me.
My goal for today is to create a Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ support page that will list resources for those who need it.
Also, my blogging theme of the day is going to be Terror Tuesday’s where I blog about the horrific and monstrous. Based on what’s going on recent events, I’m starting with narcissists because America is ruled by them.
The only pages on this website will only be the front page and my blog from now on. I’m keeping it simple.
All completed or available projects are now at my new store: Authentikei’s Workshop. Although it’s a work in progress, this webstore is a cleaner, more user friendly way to access my completed work. Eventually, Authentikei’s Workshop will have merchandise and other products available for purchase.
I did this because my website on here was a mess. It was tempting to abandon WordPress altogether, but I have a good following here and also didn’t want to lose touch with the other bloggers I follow. So this blog will still be personal, professional, and promotional, but overall, it will always be me.
Authentikei is the name of the business. Kris Leliel is my name.
And yeah, that’s about it. Let me know what you think of the store.
I keep going quiet unintentionally, but it’s mostly because I’ve been busy. Writing articles has been a lot of fun along with working on my novel and working on a creative project every week. This week, I’m focusing on a short story that I aim to publish on Kindle Direct Publishing.
Making my creative content into more and more of a business has been an exhausting adventure, but I don’t mind it at all. It’s really testing me and the obstacles I’ve run into with each test has been more helpful than defeating (Yes, that was basically “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.)
I was thinking about making my announcements with the novel an actual article, but whatever. I have finally read through the exposition of my novel, which truly was the first 100-110 pages and now I’m actually WRITING the second draft rather than just reading and making notes. It’s been really awesome to catch all the things in my story that made the beginning so plain and a bit predictable. I had to completely revamp my protagonist’s personality and weave the subplots into the main plot with a lot more finesse than before. So yeah, I’m thrilled about that!
For my short stories, I’ve been back and forth about how to present them, but I finally have a solid concept for the first story. My goal is to present short stories first to give you an idea of what my world and its dynamics are and then the novel. Many other authors I like have done that, and it’s been really fun so far. I have to admit, it’s sure making me a stickler about timelines (That’s a good thing though. A stressful, but good thing.)
That’s all I have to say. More research articles to come. I made a post on Instagram about the Kybalion which has been…a doozy, to say the least lol. It’s still going to take me a while to write about it because I need to have a solid foundation on Hermeticism first.
And just to reiterate, although I am pagan, my research/articles are done under a more objective or reflective intent for the sake of my creative projects and has zero intent to spread false information or be disrespectful of other belief systems.
Second, I have a Pinterest that you’re welcome to visit if you’re into that or if you’d like a different way of seeing the different kinds of articles I’ve written, check out the Metaphysical / Spiritual Growth board. If you just want to get to know me in an aesthetic kind of way, feel free to follow me.
Third, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my nerdy ventures by posting more literary and metaphysical terms.
Lastly, there’s a project on the way. Hints are on Instagram.
First, another article is on the way and I’m really going to do my best to make them more frequent. Some articles, like this upcoming one, will be more of a sharing of resources I found intertwined with my own insight on the matter. The next article will briefly discuss The Backwards Law by Alan Watts and how I connect the analysis of it provided by the YouTube channel Pursuit of Wonder with the meaning behind the Wheel of Fortune Card in tarot. So that’s neat!! The other kind of articles I’ll be sharing will be longer and more enriched in research (basically what I’ve been doing). The next one of those is the literary analysis of the first Hermetic Principle.
The next bit of news is that I’ve accepted I’m having a bit of a relapse with my mental health. I’ve been dealing with a work-life imbalance for months now and I’ve finally had to address it to others. The hardest part about this is other people don’t really understand the work I do with Authentikei, so my part-time job doesn’t seem like a big deal compared to a full-time shift. My mental and emotional health makes it very difficult for me to work like the average American that can bust out a 9 to 5 throughout the week (even with all the conditioning I had during childhood lol). That’s why freelance writing is perfect for me. Even though I don’t receive a lot of sympathy and understanding sometimes, I’m grateful my inner truth finally burst through and pointed out my current dilemma. With that being said, I may disappear sometimes, but relapses like these inspire me like you wouldn’t believe, which means more content! I know that messages about regressions in mental health are usually disheartening, but I’m actually sharing this to express happiness. The wheel of fortune is turning.
You’ll know what I mean once I share the article.
Thanks for reading and be well. Take care of yourselves.
I’ve sectioned off where the range of my exposition in my first draft and have decided to just read and edit it. Keeping it simple is helping me see the big picture of the novel series as a whole because the exposition is where the audience decides whether they want to invest time in the world and its characters or not. So I’m trying to read like a member of the audience, edit like a editor/publisher that wants the story to be enticing enough to sell, and that helps me brainstorm as an author that’s going to stick to their guns when it comes to themes of the story, yet flexible enough to make the changes needed. This is my mindset anyway. I even have a notebook set aside where I’m writing down my criticisms as an audience member. It’s helping a lot.
As for my article on the Hermetic Principles, I’ve realized that I want to do a literary analysis of all the principles and I know it’ll be fun, but I’m also afraid…because I keep leaning towards deconstructionism for my method of analysis…which is INSANE. They’re paradoxical enough. We’ll see. I’ll stay in touch.
I’m just glad I had the energy to work on both of these things today, even if it was for a short while. I’m so exhausted…
I did start this website to track the progress of my novel series and I nearly forgot that (not gonna lie, I feel I’ve said this before…yikes). I’ll be posting more updates regarding the novel and the side projects I’ll be doing for the sake of the novel (writing articles, blogging, making music, short stories, etc.) more frequently. I think this is the best way to keep myself on track.
The article series on the Hermetic Principles is still going on along with research on past life experiences, auras, and preparing another prose poetry piece on elemental magic. All of it is relevant to the novel. Pouring into those short-term projects and sharing them with you all helps others understand my writing style and build my audience. I’m grateful for all of you, by the way. The support and patience all around the world is really inspiring. I love connecting with other writers and other people who have had these metaphysical or paranormal experiences. With that being said…
I’m going to create a “Contact” page soon so anyone can message me through the website if they like. I’ve had a few messages via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, which is great, but I want there to be accessibility on the website too in case those of you who visit my page aren’t into social media. I’ll announce when that’s up.
Lastly, I have a worldbuilding idea that will allow me to share it with everyone in the midst of construction without spoiling the novel series. It’s been a dream I’ve put off for too long. So here we go.