Trace Riles's Blog

October 18, 2012

Hey there,

It's been a while since I've posted. I apologize for that.

A few months ago, I lost my dad to cancer. It really shook me, and it took a while for me to be able to get back to the things I used to do.

I've been writing again, and I have a few shorts coming out over the next little while, most recently "Suspicion" which you can check out here... http://tinyurl.com/8n4g76l It's good and creepy, just in time for the Halloween season...lol

Also,I hope to have the second part to Barely Human completed soon.

Wishing all of you a wonderful day. Take care of yourselves and your peeps. Life is short, try and make the most of it.

Trace =)
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Published on October 18, 2012 09:37 • 76 views • Tags: ghost-story, halloween, short-story

May 28, 2012

Wow...lately I've been feeling like the harder I try to get things done, the further behind I get!

But maybe, just maybe I'm getting back on track.

I'm about half-way through some edits on a short-story which I hope to finish in the next day or two.

Hoping to get back to the second novel, which picks up a few months after the events in Barely Human.

Recently started a new course I am loving, but finding hard to fit into my schedule.

And well, it's gardening season around here...hmmm, maybe I should consider cloning myself...=P
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Published on May 28, 2012 20:29 • 68 views

January 7, 2012

I thought I'd post some links to a couple of places I can be found.

My fb page is open to all kinds of chatter, writing, books, movies, and just about any kind of art. If you have questions for me about my writing, this would be the place to post them. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Trac...

I'm still new to twitter but I try to get on every couple of days. Join me @BarelyHumanBook

Hope to see you there!

Trace
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Published on January 07, 2012 16:16 • 75 views

December 19, 2011

We hear it all the time…everything in moderation. So why then is it so difficult to apply that simple idea to our real lives? I believe the answer is expectations. Our own, other peoples, and especially the expectations we perceive other people have for us. Well this year I’m saying phooey to all that. I don’t expect anyone else to run themselves ragged, so why should I do it to myself.

Normally at this time of year I’m in a tizzy with all of the demands that the holidays bring. After last year, I was determined to take a step back and pick and choose the things I would say “yes” to a bit more carefully. So far, my tactic of not agreeing to everything is working. I’m not baking a hundred different things, or shopping like a fiend, or attempting to squeeze three to four visits in one evening.

Other than our own family meal, we have agreed to go to one holiday gathering. We have made plans to take our children to do things that they will enjoy, and not things they are expected to do. The slower pace has allowed me to make it to the children’s school concerts, visit with a group of wonderful friends, and even continue working on my second novel. For the first time in a long time, I can say that I am enjoying the holidays.

Now if only we could get some snow!
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Published on December 19, 2011 09:32 • 83 views

December 13, 2011

It's the kind of night that swallows the light. Streetlamps appear weak, as though someone or something has drained the wattage from the bulbs. Passing motorists move a little more slowly, cautious as the beams from their headlights get gobbled up by the darkness. Even the glowing windows of the houses that line my street appear diffused, the drapes drawn tighter against the dark. Random I know, but there you have it.
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Published on December 13, 2011 19:31 • 79 views • Tags: dark, random

November 9, 2011

Every time I go to the book store I find myself uncontrollably attracted to the kiddie corner.

While I'll admit my favorite adult fiction genre is urban fantasy...I just can't help myself when it comes to kids books. I can spend as much time in the children's section as I do in the rest of the store. The colorful covers and silly stories can keep me engaged for hours.

I'm so happy my children have been bitten by the book bug too! Now we can enjoy all these wonderful adventures together...it doesn't get much better then that!
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Published on November 09, 2011 19:26 • 81 views • Tags: children-s-books