Book Photo Shoot – July

What does a writer do when they are taking a break from their own projects?

Sometimes we support other authors by doing a book photo shoot!

Below are some of the images I took of this awesome book by Tamsin L. Silver, “The Curse of Billy the Kid”!

Go check it out here!

What creative things do you do to pass the time?

WOTF Honorable Mention vol.37 Q1

Sooooo I got an Honorable Mention for the short story I submitted to Quarter 1 for vol. 37 of the Writers of the Future contest!

I highly encourage each and everyone of you who is looking to advance their skills as a writer, and move up that ladder called the path to publishing, to check this contest out.

I had such a great experience with it, and I look forward to seeing how my Quarter 2 submission performs.

In other news. I’ve submitted a piece of flash fiction (a short story 1000 words or less) to another market, so fingers crossed it gets accepted.

The final draft for Chondrial has made it through two rounds of reviews. Going to let it sit to the side before I do any line edits and start trying to query it.

Other projects in the works include an urban fantasy about a vampire hunter in Vegas tentatively titled Apollo Grant. I’ve also started a world build for a YA fantasy series, and have a few short stories in the bucket I need to work on.

Thanks so much for visiting everyone!


Keeping Busy During Quarantine

Those straw-looking weed things? Yeah, those are tumble weeds. My apologies for it being so long since the last post. I promise to keep things more active on a weekly basis here.

For now, here are a few updates of some things I have in the works.

My NaNo draft was completed. Will I do NaNo again? probably not. But November is a bit far off, so who knows what will happen in 2020. The novella for that project did finish final edits in March, and “Once More, With Clarity” was submitted to a publisher.

My fantasy novel project, currently titled Chondrial wrapped up the rough draft stages this week. Hoping between now and the end of May while the country is still in lockdown to have that draft typed in so I can start sending out to beta readers soon. (I handwrite all my rough drafts)

I’ve started an urban fantasy book outline for a vampire hunter series, of which the first book is set in Vegas–tentatively called the Apollo Grant project for now until I get more than the first chapter composed and figure out a real book title.

Other projects in the pipeline include another short story submission for Writers of the Future v37 Q3 (still waiting on results for Q1, but judging I know has been on hold because of everything with COVID-19), a rewrite on a young adult fantasy series tentatively titled “Crystal and Ash”, and interactive all-ages story about a character called Frederick the Dinosaur.

Pay attention to that last project in the pipeline everyone. More details will be coming soon about how the interactive story project will work.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and please look forward to the next update. A lot of great things are happening in 2020!


It’s October!

I hope you are all enjoying the month of October as much as I am! I know the month just started, but I love the fall! Cooler air, festivals, the trees changing color…I sense a trip to the mountains is not far off in my future. Just wanted to give all of you a few updates on some projects that are in the works.

Earlier today, I submitted my short story entry for Q1 of the Writers of the Future contest! I will provide updates to its progress as I hear back. Interested in learning more about the contest?

Here is the link to the contest rules.

I wholly encourage and support anyone that takes interest in wanting to submit to this event. I had an awesome time participating this quarter and I already have some idea planned for the next short story I’ll be submitting in January. Eventually I may turn the stories I submit into this contest into an anthology collection, so please look forward to it.

We are only 30 days away from National Novel Writing Month (Nano). Are any of you planning on participating this year? I had been going back and forth on whether or not I would make an attempt at this event in 2019, but ultimately decided to come up with something after some encouragement from my friends.

For my Nano Project, I am working on an outline for a sci-fi noir piece. I hope to have this outline completed by the middle of the month so that way, on November 1st I can hit the ground running. This is outside of my usual fantasy comfort zone, but after receiving some feedback, it’s a solid concept that I am looking forward to running with. I will be sure keep you all updated on progress for this project as well.

Here is the Nano link for anyone that wants more information:

Currently, when I am not working on my Nano outline or coming up with potential short story ideas, I am working on the draft for a contemporary fantasy novel (Working Title: Chondrial) that I HOPE to have the draft for it finished by the end of the year. It’s got a dystopian feel to it, and has a magic system that uses quartz stones as it’s base (I love geology, more than a sane person probably should). I have some other science elements tied into this story as well, and will be sure to release news concerning that as well as I am able.

That’s all I have for now, will talk to you all again soon!


My name is Rey Nichols. I’m an aspiring writer of fiction, currently living in Cramerton, NC.

I am currently working on my first book, an as of yet untitled dystopian fantasy, and I created this blog so that readers can join my journey with me as I work on this book and announce future upcoming projects.

My hope is that by communicating with my readers, I can answer questions about my work and engage in genuine discussions about what they would like to see develop out of me as a writer.

Thank you all so much for visiting, and please keep checking back for more updates!

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