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Another Update!

… Then it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming.  I promise.

Okay!  So my GoFundMe has been successful!  Thanks to the donations of the following fantastic people:

  • Jessica P. for purchasing two chain bracelets!
  • Keith L. for donating FIRST $25 and THEN another $10!
  • Mr. Anonymous for donating $25!
  • Shelley T. for donating $5!
  • Lounge Talk Radio (seriously, check out Gretchen & Toni and all they do. They’re amazing!) for donating $40!
  • Chris B. for donating $50!

Really, there’s no way I could have bought these books without all of you.  You’re so amazing.  I swear, my first novel will include a thanks to all of you for being so generous and supportive of my trek into the “down and dirty” aspect of creative writing.  If you wanted a bracelet, but couldn’t make it in time for the Book Fund drive, that’s okay!  I still make them, and I’ll have other designs up soon!  I’ll post my Etsy shop as soon as I revamp it, make some back stock, and get some decent photos!

For everyone who is entitled a bracelet or a key fob or earrings, etc, I got my rings in! I’ll be photographing the colors as soon as the sky stops being so dismal so I can steal some decent lighting.  Then you can give me your measurements and color choices.  It could be 10 days until I can make all of them.  I’ll get as many as I can out with what I have, but I have another shipment of rings on the way. <3

On another note, I’ve got more Writing Life content stewing around in my brain.  I really just need to find the time to write it down.  I’m also working on the plots for some short fiction that will be thrown about in here.  And, by popular demand, I will be restructuring Letters from Blackford Hill and using that plot for my NaNoWriMo this November!  Instead of seeking publication for it, I think I may self-publish it and make it available on G&L.  Very exciting things to come, my loves!

I also need to work on a signature for my posts….  I have a tablet, I can do it easily, I just keep forgetting.  TONIGHT!  Yes.

All of my love, G&Lers. <3

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Amity Dawn, GoFundMe, and JaxPPD!

Another progress report, guys.  I know you’re getting sick of them.  I’ll have new content for you soon!  Right now, I’m focusing on getting ready for school, muddling through draft one of Amity Dawn, and fundraising.  It’s been an odd summer; one filled with motivation, support, and love, and it just keeps getting better.

So, let’s start with Amity Dawn.  It’s still a working title, until I can find the one that pops at me.  I’m working through chapter 7 at this point, and getting ready to convert chapters 1-4 into third person perspective.  Kadri is just about to confront the primary villain for the first time, after muddling through lead-up conflicts lackeys for the first six chapters.  I’m excited.  This novel is taking shape slowly, coming to life from the outline I began a year ago this month.  Unfortunately, I put it down for a bit too long, but better late than never, right?  Before long, I hope, I’ll be hunting down beta readers.

As for school, I still need to raise some money to buy my books.  I’m still selling Byzantine chain bracelets for $20 a piece (+$1.50 for shipping within the US).  You can see the details of that in this post.  Alternatively, you can visit my GoFundMe page and check out some of the smaller donation amounts.  They come with neat perks.  =]

Lastly!  I may be sharing a table with another writer friend of mine, J. Meridith Harmon, who has recently released his new novel Snyper: A Matter of Caliberat Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day!  Check it out on Amazon!  Anyway, I’ll be volunteering at PPD regardless, so you should come visit if you’re in the Jacksonville area on Sept 22. =]  If we do get the slot, I’ll be selling bracelets, G&L bookmarks, and possibly prayer beads (if I can settle on a couple of patterns I like, I’m being fickle).  It’s going to be awesome.

See you kids around. <3


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Fundraising for Books!

I hate plugging on G&L, but I need to throw this out there.  I go back to school in September, and I have two books I need to cover before my financial aid kicks in.  That said, I’ve got a little “business” to promote:

I’m going to be selling Byzantine chain bracelets for $20 a piece (+$1.50 for shipping within the US).  I have an array of colors on the way.  I’ll post photos as soon as the rings arrive to give everyone a good idea of the pallet.  I need to sell SEVEN of them to make up the cost of books and materials.  College books are expensive (whine bitch whine).

Here are some examples:

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2013-08-05 16.52.02Chain maille is fun. =]  I still have the black and copper in copper rings, if you’re interested in that.  The new colors are going to come in anodized aluminum.  The clasps are toggle (though I also have lobster, they’re a pain in the butt to get on one-handed).

If you’re interested in picking up one of these spiffy bracelets, feel free to contact me at katiemacconnell [at] gmail [dot] com.  I’ll give you my Paypal details and we can chat about your bracelet.  =]  IT’S FOR A GOOD CAUSE! 8D

Thanks for reading this. <3



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Refinement & Personal Growth

I’ve got an update!  Well, there are several updates, really, but this is the first one.

I’ve recently enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s creative writing BA program.  Awesome, right?  I know, I know.  I’m still an active supporter of “you don’t need a degree to write a novel.”  It’s true.  You don’t.  You do, however, need experience in editing and refining your work to make it appealing to people.  Some of us have more trouble with that than others, and so I’ve decided to go back to school for something worthy of my passion.  I’ve tried so hard to look for a degree or certificate program that would be a quick fix to my lack of professional direction, but there’s nothing out there that really makes me happy.

Writing makes me happy.

Writing is what I spend my time doing and thinking about.

Helping other writers to write well is something I take pride in.  It’s rewarding for me.

I can’t help writers with any credibility if I don’t further educate myself.  I can’t edit and rewrite my work very well, either, if you want the truth, and some guided direction is going to do wonders for me.  I just know it.  I want to be able to bring the benefit of these courses to others.  I want to be able to help you, my readers, and anyone else who might stumble on this blog.

I also have an announcement!


It’s true!  Our local writers’ group has spread from a small library in Southbridge, MA to three separate states!  I’d like to welcome Inkwell Imaginings – Oklahoma City to our ranks!  Honestly, we never thought it would ever get this far.  Now that it has, though, I’d like to talk to everyone about Inkwell.  I’ve told you about it before, I think.  It’s a group created for local fiction writers to gather socially, get their work critiqued by peers, and celebrate or commiserate over their stories.

Want an Inkwell in your town?  Let’s make that happen!  Keep an eye out for a post on “How to Create an Inkwell Imaginings Chapter Near You!”  I’ll include an FAQ about Inkwell, what we do, how to join or create your own, popular meeting formats, and how to contact me.


Don’t judge me, I’m getting there.  Chapter 6 will be done soon.  I’m debating on whether to go back and fix my first person chapters by putting them in third person, or if I should just write the whole thing, then go back and include it in my first-pass revision.  x_x Ah, writer problems.

Coming up next, a shameless plug for chain maille bracelets that will help me buy my school books… STAY TUNED! Same Bat time, same Bat channel.


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Writers and Their Quirks (or an extremely irrelevant opinion on coffee mugs)

I’ve got a lot of friends who are legitimately (versus college dormitories, ‘apartment over the garage,’ and ‘we need ten people living here to pay the rent’ roommates) moving into their own places now, and, naturally, that comes with the need for new stuff.  Furniture, cookware, decorative nonsense, and dinnerware.   Now, I’m a person who likes organization.  I like things to match.  Furniture should be in matching sets, obviously, and your dinnerware?  Absolutely.  Plates, bowls, glasses–gotta have everything looking tidy.

But not coffee mugs.  I think people who match their coffee mugs with their plates and bowls and things have no personality.  When I choose which mug I plan to drink my coffee out of for the night, it sets the mood for everything I do afterward.  I have a mug that I tend to use when I’m catching up on TV shows I’ve missed.  I’ve got a couple for writing.  A couple for reading.  One for crocheting and doodling.  A few that serve multiple purposes.

I’m not a crazy person (that’s probably debatable.  I have no concrete proof), I just think that a coffee mug can possess a lot of character.  I’ve got one with my business card design on it.  It’s pretty.   I don’t use it much, since it doesn’t hold nearly the volume of coffee I’m used to consuming.  (I have been cutting back.  Don’t judge me.)  A coffee mug should reflect the personality of the person drinking it.

Moral of the story?  Don’t be boring.

Don’t believe none of my coffee mugs match?  HERE, LET ME SHOW YOU.  (One of them actually has coffee in it.  =D)

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What are your quirks that have nothing to do with writing?  (Points if they are beverage-related. =P)


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“Boston Strong” – G&L’s 3rd Birthday

A lot of you might know that I’m from Massachusetts, so you can probably understand that I’ve been glued to the television recently.  The bombing at the marathon and the subsequent shootout and manhunt were hard to avoid, even in Florida.  They were everywhere.  Watching the news teams across half a dozen networks cross-checking with one another, getting things wrong, exaggerating, recanting, apologizing, re-reporting–it was nerve wracking.


Waiting on Monday for the phone calls, text messages, and Facebook updates from people that I cared about was agonizing.  But you know what?  It didn’t get easier when I had everyone safe and accounted for.  The people that were affected telling their stories, sharing their fear, and, most of all, helping each other, only made it more important that I stay updated.

When the thousands of photos and video clips flooded the FBI, when people responded and pitched in, and went above and beyond what was called for, I wanted to know more.  I wanted to help.

I’m nowhere near Boston.  I should be, but I’m not.  It’s impossible not to feel helpless when you’re 1500 miles away from the place and people you love in a time like this.  What could I do?  I posted links to the Red Cross on Facebook and urged people to help.

They didn’t need the urging.  Seriously, I’m sure you’ve all seen the reports of people doing everything they could for each other, opening their homes to victims and police officers, feeding and hydrating law enforcement during the manhunt.  It was amazing to me what people will do if given the chance.  Being able to see the good in people in the face of such horror tends to lap at the cynicism in me just a little.

Now, for those of you who don’t think there’s much left to do, that everything is wrapped up and over, you’re wrong.  Those people injured and killed at the marathon are going to have incredible hospital bills, living expenses, and the like.  There’s this charity on and there’s one day left to order a “Boston Strong” t-shirt, $15 of the $20 goes to the victims of the marathon bombing.  Ready?

G&L’s three-year anniversary is on Tuesday, and I’m going to ask something of you.  If you’ve ever enjoyed Goggles & Lace, if you still read in spite of my sparse updates, or if you just feel like offering up a random act of charity, order a “Boston Strong” t-shirt.  I would be really moved if any of you ordered one of these t-shirts, a fantastic anniversary gift to G&L.

Be awesome, and pass the link along to others!  There’s one day left!  I already ordered two, one for myself and one for my mother.  I’m excited to be able to wear it around Jacksonville.  Take a lesson from Boston, everyone; it’s only $20.

Thank you all!

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Random Update

No featured blog this week, but I will let you all in on some nonsense.

The blogging tribe idea has gotten a very slow start.  We’re all trying to hold onto our enthusiasm, I think.  My work schedule has included far too many 10-our shifts for my liking, so it’s been hard to really kick things into high gear on my end.  In all straight up honesty, I can’t wait to move back to MA.  Firehouse is draining me of anything that brings me even the faintest bit of joy.

On the up side, I plan to be back in Massachusetts by March.  I’m either taking up bartending or hairdressing, I haven’t decided which, but both look like some measure of fun, even if it’s only to find out I’m terrible at one or both.  I need to keep writing, and that’s been a bit of an issue lately.  I’ve been working at some flash fiction pieces that I’ll share soon, as well as some character creation.  In another realm of things, I’m getting myself situated with making candles and beauty products.  My new shop, The Midnight Magpie, will be open online hopefully within the month.

I know, I’ve got my hands in a lot of different pots right now, but I really need to find some measure of happiness in my life before I go completely insane.

On that note, expect a Flash Fiction piece on Wednesday, featuring a new character.  In fact, the next two weeks will feature brand new characters!    Yay!

Okay, enjoy your Monday.



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The Tragedy in Newtown, CT

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, and after many promises of a better schedule and frequent updates, I’ve let you all down again.  I apologize.

Today, though, I want to address the tragedy in Newtown.  Just briefly.  I’m not going to rail on about gun control or health care.  I’m not  going to tell you that it could have been prevented or that, by some cosmic nonsense, there was a reason for this.

It was senseless violence.  Twenty children, ages 6 and 7, and seven courageous and caring educators were gunned down two days ago by a man who had no business being in that elementary school to begin with.  It was a tragedy.

Twenty families will experience the holidays without their little ones.  Twenty families will have unopened gifts on Christmas morning.  A season that should be filled with joy, love, and charity will now be associated with grief and loss for an entire town, and my heart goes out to them.

That was all I really wanted to say.  I haven’t been able to get that shooting out of my head since I found out about it.  Please keep these people in your thoughts and prayers through the holiday season.



On the same day, Dec 14, a man in Beijing, China stabbed 22 children and an adult outside of a primary school.  I just heard about this today, and it sickens me.   Please include the families and victims in China in the above request for thoughts and prayers.  Thank you. <3


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Brilliant Ideas & Traveling the World

I know, I’m attacking you all with posts lately.  (Which is how it really should have been from the beginning, only… better posts that mean something. =P)  I promise I’ll be posting better content.

Truthfully, Jade’s IndieGoGo campaign got me thinking that it couldn’t possibly be a better idea to start my own.  See, one of my biggest goals in life was to travel the world, scribbling down my tale (and various fictional tales inspired by my amazing truthful tales) and being a carefree lunatic and empowered woman, doing her own thing abroad!  I’ve been making slow-going plans for almost a year now, but being poor as I am, things fall through, working becomes more important than culturing myself, etc, etc.  All in all, being a “grown up” just gets in the way.

So, I’ve started an IndieGoGo campaign to get the ball rolling.  My plan is to go to England for three months on a working holiday–meaning I get to volunteer on farms, at B&Bs, inns, and in private homes for lodging and food–and write myself brain dead before coming home.  Hopefully coming home more cultured and with broader horizons–and possibly an ebook of my travel journal.

It’s going to be amazing.  So, if you’re inclined to contribute, I would love you forever.  =D  If not, take a look anyway.  Once I get the ball rolling, I’ll be updating a separate travel blog that might snag your interest!

So, a day in the very zany life, I suppose.  =P  Thanks for being here for my projects and whimsical nonsenses.  <3


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Kadri, Sewing, and Sundries

A little overview of a new project (probably poorly presented, since I’m freaking exhausted right now), crafts, and possibilities.

There WILL be a Writing Life post on Friday!  I promise I’ll get better at this update thing.  For the last 2 months, I’ve been working six days a week, then I got sick and injured last week.  I just can’t seem to budget my time well, but I’m trying to improve. <3  I hope you all still love me.


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