Liebster Award!


Big thanks to LeeanasCreativeBox for nominating me for this one! Definitely go check her out. So, let’s get to this!


Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
Display the Liebster Award on your blog.
Share 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for the Award and have them answer 11 questions.
Let the other bloggers know you’ve nominated them.
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  1. I have read Island of the Blue Dolphins about six times, but I don’t actually remember any of it.1
  2. I didn’t start really reading until one summer when I picked the biggest book I could find2 in the hopes it would take a long time to read it and then mom told me I only had a week.
  3. I didn’t start writing a lot until high school, when I got positive feedback on a short backstory I wrote for my character in a friend’s comic she was making.
  4. I made nine things for my Christmas tins this year.
  1. I am a marathoner when it comes to shows. I said I would watch Supernatural and I think I finished 7 seasons in two weeks.
  2. I have read the books for Game of Thrones and have not seen the series.
  3. I don’t have either cable or Netflix at the moment.
  4. I don’t actually live in Vancouver. It’s just the default location I give because no one outside of the Lower Mainland knows where my city is.
  5. I seriously considered moving to Ontario and starting over not long ago. Unfortunately, I blew all the money I would have used doing it on a trip out to Toronto and found out how damn expensive it is to get across the country.
  6. I have plans for a trip that would take me about a month and a half to complete and about $7,000. I don’t know if I’ll ever take it.3
  7. When I was younger, I wrote a lot of fanfiction. It is still available online because I can’t access the account.4


  1. What was your favourite toy when you were young?
    I had two stuffed animals that I loved. A pink teddy bear and a green bunny rabbit named Pink Bear and Bunny.
  2. Which band or musician would you recommend to the world?
    2NE1. I’m still on a KPop kick and I love these women.
  3. What is your all-time favourite TV series?
    Whose Line is it Anyway? I have a deep love of that show and it is great to get me out of a funk.
  4. If you could ban one thing in this world, what would that be?
    The question “What are you?” and all derivatives of it in the context of trying to figure out what race or ethnicity someone is, because I really hate it.
  5. You have to stay on an island Survivor-style for a whole month. You’re only allowed to take five things with you. What five things (not people) would you take.
    Tough. I think I’ll go with laptop,5 solar powered charger, a tent, a knife, and potatoes. I think I can figure out how to cook a potato on a deserted island.6
  6. Do you think there are aliens ‘out there’?
    Statistically speaking, probably. I don’t think they’re super interested in contacting humans, though, in the same way we’re not using a lot of resources to contact them.
  7. Which book do you read when you’re in a ‘there’s nothing to read’ mood?
    I usually try to read Sophie’s world again. One day, I will finish that book.
  8. Why did you start blogging?
    Originally, to post my stories up online. At least, that was the reason for my first site.
  9. Which of your posts are you most proud of?
    I don’t know if it’s on here, but I wrote a post about how writing your first draft is like running away from zombies. Always liked that one.
  10. Do people get your sense of humour?
    Not always. My references tend to be a little obscure, and not in the cool way.
  11. If you found Aladdin’s Lamp, what wish would you make?
    The final wish is always free the genie. The first would probably be for something lame like financial stability for the rest of my life. The second would be for my own magic powers.


  1. What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
  2. What is your second favourite song?
  3. What book have you reread the most times and why?
  4. What’s your zombie apocalypse plan?
  5. What’s your go to snack food?
  6. What’s your favourite fiction genre?
  7. Ebooks or print books?
  8. Do you listen to any podcasts? Which ones?
  9. Do you read any comics and which ones? Any recommendations?
  10. How addicted are you to your phone?
  11. You wake up one day with the ability to raise the dead. What do you do with this power?


I don’t know that many people out in the blogging world just yet, so here’s a shot at 11.7

  1. Aditi Pallod
  2. Busy Bri Covered in Pink
  3. Rantings Of A Third Kind
  4. officeboredomblog
  5. 2D’sworld
  6. Yellow Wolf Enlightenment
  8. A Cooking Pot and Endless Tales
  9. Bun Karyudo’s Scribblings
  10. blabberwockying!
  1. I was in elementary school, so the memory is a little hazy. []
  2. The Sword of Shannara []
  3. I don’t think there’s a job out there that will let me take that much time off []
  4. And I don’t use that email account anymore. It doesn’t exist. No, I’m not telling you where those fics are. []
  5. With a whole lot of books about surviving on an island and some writing projects to work on pre-loaded onto it []
  6. If all else fails, I will overheat the laptop and boil the thing. []
  7. And who I think are also under 200. I’m not sure where to find that number. []

What do you want from me?

I am going to try to keep this blog relatively updated throughout the next year. Call it a resolution to tack onto that list of things I’m going to be doing in the new year that I’m going to genuinely be trying to keep up with. But I’m running into a but of a problem with that goal.

I have no idea what you want out of me.

I’ve thought of a lot of things, don’t get me wrong. Book reviews, previews and excerpts from upcoming books, talking about the industry or the writing process1 or just showing off some of the stuff that gets cut when I’m editing things.

I’d love to go into some of the backstory of characters that got a bit of a brush off in some stories or about that story arc that was originally there that got cut. There’s a lot of little things that never made it into some of the stories, but I don’t know what’s actually interesting to people.2

I could talk about the latest political thing that I heard or about some of the stories I have from when I worked in a comic shop

I could also go on more about the development process of making the game. Actually, I don’t think anyone wants to hear about the dev stuff. But I will definitely talk your ear off about the theory that’s behind some of it and give all of the previews about the plot and how it ties into the main stories.

But I’m not the one who is reading this blog. I’m writing it. You’re reading it.

So tell me what you want from me.

  1. Or even the rewriting or editing process, really []
  2. Or what’s going to be a spoiler for later at this point. []

The 2016 To Do List

NaNoWriMo is done! I managed to write two full novels, a bonus short, and worked out a few other things for next year during the month, so I’m pretty happy with myself. I also managed to cause myself quite a bit of wrist pain, but overall I’m pretty happy with things.

It’s also December, which means that I have started coming up with my to do list for the new year. If you prefer, you can think of them as goals or resolutions, but for me, it’s really a checklist of stuff I want to get done next year. And, as usual, it’s a little bit ridiculous.

So what’s the plan?


Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector: Legacy

It’s the last book in the series! I am incredibly excited to have it so close to completion and to be able to reveal a couple of the mysteries that have been in the rest of the series. I’ve got a firm date for release on this one: April 4, 2016.

Changing Tides

I wrote the book for NaNoWriMo in 2014 and it’s the next one on the list. It’s another shot at writing for an older audience, this time in the more familiar Urban Fantasy genre that I like so much. I’m going to need two rewrite and edit and all that good stuff. Hoping to get this out by the summer.

Looking Glass Saga: Book 4

Once a year I’m going to put out one of these. It’s a good pace. We’ll continue Alice’s adventures in and out of Wonderland as everything starts to fall apart even more. Any more than that would be a spoiler, so I’ll leave it at that. This one I’m planning for an October release.

Cloned Evil: First Steps

I have no idea what I’m going to do with this one, to be perfectly honest. I know I’m going to write and edit it, but I don’t have an exact time for the release of it and I think I might actually end up serializing it before releasing it in full to everyone else.


Day’s Work

I was originally planning to release this one this year, but stuff came up and I started to over complicate some matters, so I’m going to instead try and get this one out for the summer. It’s a tie in and companion to the Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector series and it’s one of those fancy choose your own adventure novels that you can play online.

Twisted Eden Alpha

I am not aiming to get all of this done, but I want to have the base of the code for it done this year between all the other projects. I can at least get that much done, and if you want a more in depth look at the process behind actually making this thing, you can check the link for the Facebook page I set up for it. I continue talking on there about the progress.

New Drafts

White Noise Sequels

There are two more books planned for the series. I’ve been changing the plot over and over again, but I think I have the core of it down and I’ll be writing both of them at once as soon as I get a spare month to do that in. With any luck, the whole thing will be out in 2018, but I’ll update you on my progress as I get them written.

NaNoWriMo Novel

I have no idea what this book is yet, but I’m going to do it. There will be a poll showing up in September-ish to vote on which book I end up writing. It’s probably going to be a stand alone this time, though.

Looking Glass Saga: Book 6

Because of how NaNoWriMo goes, this is probably going to be the second book I write in November. Unless something really inspires me and I want to write it earlier, of course.



I am going to give Patreon a shot for a year. I have a lot of plans for it, including a lot of bonus content that I’ve written and never put out for various series, requests, and general nonsense. Of course, I might get no one, but on the off chance I do, that would be pretty awesome.

Syndicate Print Book

As per the poll, I am already working on making the Syndicate book into a print novel. At this point, it is already formatted, the cover has been acquired, and I have ordered a proof copy. I might actually be able to finish this off before January at this rate, but we’ll see.

Buy an apartment

Through a very convoluted series of events, I found out that I can afford a mortgage and an apartment of my very own. This is both terrifying and fantastic, but I’m slowly learning that my obsession with HGTV is not helping me all that much on this front. That show channel has lied to me on the house hunting front.


You can keep up with the list all year over on the page. I’ll also be doing check ins once a month about my progress to keep myself accountable for all of this.

Dammit, Supernatural Romance

To be clear: I am not a fan of the romance genre in general. It’s a genre that’s been targeted at me my whole life that I have never liked. I don’t mind it as part of the narrative where it isn’t the most important thing, but on its own, I find it irritating and predictable, often playing mostly on gender tropes that I’d rather would just die.

But I have a lot of supernatural romance on my Kobo. I downloaded a lot of free books once upon a time and they looked like they would have more supernatural than romance in it. Plus, I know romance is a bit of a weak point for me, so I wanted to see how other authors with more experience handled it. I figured reading them would be an educational experience and I would get something useful out of the experience, even if I knew it would end predictably.

I’ll give them this. I didn’t see any of these endings coming. Mostly because most of them made no goddamn sense.

So let’s go through what appears to be the rules of the genre, near as I can tell. I read three of these books so far all the way through1 and I’ve noticed a few trends that they all share. Please note, I didn’t read anything with a love triangle.

  1. Straight female protagonist, probably in her 30s. Most have some sort of job that allows them to be independent.
  2. She’s gotta be hot, but she probably doesn’t know it.
  3. She also has no parents. She can have grandparents or parental figures, but her direct parents are dead.2
  4. She’s married at the start3 to a guy who is an alcoholic. He’s probably also cheating on her. If he is, he’s gotten the other woman pregnant.
  5. It is definitely his fault the relationship is failing/has failed. The main lady is absolutely,100% not at fault for the failed relationship.
  6. The woman has no friends who could be potentially romantically threatening. All potential male friends are either gay or in relationships.
  7. The love interest has some sort of female fetish type job, or at least one with a super sexy uniform.4
  8. It’s set in a small town, or it feels like it must be a small town.
  9. The love interest is completely perfect. At least, the book will really try to sell this guy as a completely perfect man, no matter his actions.5
  10. When she hooks up with the love interest, she is still somehow married to the unrepentant douchebag she was with before.
  11. Children are always important to the main lady in some way.
  12. At about the 2/3 – 3/4 mark, she will have a heart to heart with the unrepentant douchebag ex and they will come to an agreement of some sort. And then he will die soon after. They will still be married.6
  13. Even if the main lady ends up killing someone, it will absolutely not be her fault that it happened. It was probably even something out of her control.7
  14. There should be minimal if any scenes in a hospital. If the main lady is hospitalized, she can definitely just walk out of there.
  15. The reveal that leads into the climax will make me want to throw my book out a window.8

While I think I could definitely write one of these books at this point, I am not going to. This is not my genre. I’ve seen positive and glowing reviews for all of these books and I just can’t with this type of escapist fantasy. I understand why, but it’s just not my thing.

On the other hand, I still have more on my Kobo. And I have no plans to delete them.

  1. And gave up on others []
  2. I think this is supposed to be the grown up Disney princess genre []
  3. Even if you don’t know it right away! []
  4. I got a doctor, a fireman, and a sheriff []
  5. Letting the protagonist off of crimes that she’s definitely guilty of, taking her to a romantic cabin in the woods instead of a hospital []
  6. This still technically happened in the one potential exception. []
  7. The sea murdered people for her! []

The Lyle Experience

So as I mentioned before, I was writing under the pseudonym Lyle S Tanner for a good few years. It was an interesting and very enlightening experience, there’s no doubt about that, and it allowed me to make a lot of mistakes as I started to try and navigate how all of this writing stuff was eventually going to work for myself.

I learned the technical things like formatting books, but I also learned about marketing. I read all the articles and tried to emulate a lot of the advice that they give in them. I created social media accounts, followed back, tried to keep a blog, kept releasing books, all of it. It was interesting, but ultimately I learned one key things.

None of that advice actually works. Not for me, anyway.

There’s a thing people have been saying for years. “Authors don’t buy books.” Until trying all this advice, I never really understood what it meant. Now I have an understanding of it.

See, the advice tells you to do things like follow back. Send these followers welcome messages. Maybe offer things to your followers. The problem is, once you list yourself as an author on a social media platform, the people who end up following you are other authors trying to push their books. They read the same articles as you did. They are following the same other authors.

In my experience, no one ever really talked either. My preferred platform was Twitter and following back turned my feed completely useless. The articles say 80% other content and 20% book promotion. 20% is too much. The other 80% ends up being sharing other people’s book promotions or articles on promotion or writing. As much as I love a good post on writing, there were so many that I couldn’t keep up.

Adding to the problem, I didn’t read any of these people. They were in genres I really didn’t enjoy1 and by people that were advertising so aggressively that I figured they didn’t need my read. I was an author and I was reading, but I wasn’t buying any of the books that anyone else was selling.

They also tell you about free giveaways. If you give away your book for free, after all, you can get those precious reviews! Here’s a quick warning for those of you who try that. On Goodreads and Library Thing2 I managed to get a total of about four reviews across all platforms after giving away 168 copies of Syndicate.3 Some of those didn’t come until a year or two after I’d given the book away.

I will note that Story Cartel worked for White Noise pretty well.4

Under my own name, I know better than to follow the advice. I’m sure it works wonderfully for some people and to them, good for you. For Lyle and for me, it turned out to be pretty worthless. I’m just going to focus on writing my next books.

  1. Though I’ve tried Supernatural Romance now. I dislike it even more than I thought I would. []
  2. The two platforms I tried this with as Lyle []
  3. I realize it’s an anthology series, structurally really strange and not for everyone. The numbers still stand. []
  4. White Noise is also a much more normal book, but 3 reviews for 29 downloads is a lot better ratio. []

Extending Greywalker

It’s been a while since I did one of these, but I’ve been itching to do one for Greywalker since the end of the series.

For those who haven’t followed my rambling reviews of Greywalker, it’s a series of novels about Harper Blaine, PI who can also see ghosts. While she continues working cases to pay off her bills, she also has to solve the problems of ghosts who she can see and interact with.

I am still salty about the end of the series,1 but let’s try to do something about that.


Really, this would make an interesting series that actually falls into an interesting niche demographic. It’s that paranormal show for the people who are starting to feel a little too old for Teen Wolf or who are disillusioned by Supernatural’s insistence to make everything about implied sexual tension between Dean and Castiel.2 Doing it as a series of hour long episodes, likely for Netflix so it’s a lot easier to have uneven length seasons, could make for a very faithful adaptation.

It could also bring in a much wider audience in television and speed up the pace of some of the investigation. The books don’t really get going until the half way point, but you can do it different for the show. Merge a few elements. make the first five books into one season and the second four into the second one. Two episodes a book. It could be good.


Seriously, someone give Cameron a blog. In the first book, we meet Cameron, who is still trying to learn the ropes of this vampire thing. Because the series is not about him or the vampires, we only get glimpses into vampire society and very little idea of how becoming a vampire actually works. Cam documenting his experiences as he slowly comes to terms with what he’s become could be really interesting. Plus, he’s a college kid. He’s probably going to be on some social platform. A blog makes sense.

There’s also the matter of the second half of the series. After book 5, Cameron takes quite the position of power in the vampire underworld and I have no idea how that went down. We see him briefly once and then he’s gone again, never to be heard from again. I want to know what happened.

In terms of execution, I’m thinking you throw a cipher into each episode somewhere and Cam’s blog link shows up in an episode early on. You go to the site, enter in the initial username and password to get access to Cam’s vampire journey, with blocked content that is only accessible with the solved cipher in the episode.


At the end of the last book, we have two magical children in Spain by the names of Soraia and Brian.3 They are going to be taught by an Irish witch the ways of magic, or so I assume, and there is another baby that is also possibly gifted with magic as well. This could make for a great series with the pair of them learning about magic and generally getting into trouble with it, while occasionally getting visits from the main characters of the series.

I am leaning for something of a Books of Magic feel from it, where they get in actual trouble and have to deal with the consequences. It would deal with things related to the main series and maybe calling on Auntie Harper or Uncle Jay to find out more, not to mention looking to Brian’s parents, the witch and the paranormal researcher, for a few answers. And, of course, Soraia’s mother, the doctor, has a subplot of coming to accept magic that is much more dangerous than she realized. Ultimately, though, it could stand apart from it and they have to learn a lot of stuff on their own.

  1. Seriously, that is not the ending of a series []
  2. Or maybe it stopped. I haven’t watched since Season 8. []
  3. Well, a potentially magical one and an actually magical one. []

The Nanowrimo Poll

I have been doing NaNoWriMo1 for years and for years I have also been running a poll to decide which book to write. Up until now, I have done it on my other site, but I’ve decided to bring the poll here this year, particularly since so many of my NaNoWriMo projects are being rewritten and edited for publication.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00032]The Sword Prince
Prince Siegfried, after an unfortunate encounter with a basilisk, was cursed to be a sword at the bottom of a lake. When he is removed from the lake by his descendants, he becomes a boy again just in time for the throne to be attacked. He finds himself caught in the middle and his curse slowly taking hold once more.
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00032]Arcleo
Mirabella knows she is a princess. She knows because she doesn’t want to be an innkeeper’s daughter. When a group of people come through the inn looking for the real princess of a conquered kingdom, Mirabella sneaks out to join them on their quest to fulfill the prophesy to retake the kingdom. The journey isn’t quite what she had hoped, full of danger and uncertainty, and she is not the only potential princess they’ve picked up in their travels.
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00032]Sky of Butterflies
Deciding to try their luck on their own, Mateo and Serafina venture out of their orphanage and into the wide world outside, only to be swept up in a revolution. The robots have caught their world up in a tyrannical rule while the rich remain safe behind gilded gates. The kids, however, soon learn that the resistance is not all that it seems to be… and neither are they.
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00002]Static
Roughly a year after the events of White Noise, Willow suddenly recovers from her vegetative state and takes Max with her, provoking H&R to try and deal with the situation. Harrison is not a fan of what that means and starts to learn just what H&R have been up to, the real reason of their research, and how far they will go to keep their research private. He still doesn’t know what Willow wants and still can’t quite remember what happened the last time he went into H&R.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00032]City Without Heroes

In a world full of supervillains and superheroes, Indira’s parents have decided to take jobs in the crimeless city of Whitten. She couldn’t be happier about it. Super powers run in her family and Indira is psychic, though plays her powers down as much as possible to keep from being roped into becoming a hero herself. Her uncle distrust the place, but Indira quickly settles, not realizing the price that comes with keeping a city like Whitten free of both heroes and villains.

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  1. National Novel Writing Month []

An Introduction to the Twisted Eden Sector

With Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector now under my name, and Evidence, the fifth book of the series1 coming out on September first, I figured I should at least talk a little about the series. Since I’ve been writing a lot of young adult urban fantasy, the more mature supernatural horror might require an introduction.

Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector

The magic of the world never really went away. It’s just been hidden, forced into back alleys and out of the public eye for so long that some don’t believe that it ever existed at all. Scattered across the world and hidden away into the back streets, there are many who know otherwise and make it their lives to hide it.

They have more than enough work on their hands as they seem to be at the center of something big. The fabric of the universe seems thinner here than anywhere else. Their sector sees more enchanted items, dangerous people and strange creatures than any other. The appearance in recent years of children born with an innate ability to perform a single spell with no training in their sector and theirs alone has baffled them and flooded their files. Something is coming, but without knowing what it might be, they are forced to deal with it one case at a time.

Every book in the series contains 11 short stories, mostly in chronological order within the book, and all of which are linked thematically. There are several characters that appear in several stories throughout the books at different points in their lives.2

It is a largely nonlinear project, though. The books are told one on top of one another. For those who want to check it out, but can’t handle not knowing when one story happens in relation to another, I have a timeline you can check out here.3

If any of this interests you, do check it out. If not, don’t forget to vote in the book poll!

  1. Simya Academy is more of a spin-off []
  2. In theory, you could follow just one character in the books, or even assemble the shorts on your own to follow the characters you’re interested in. []
  3. A little out of date now, but I’ll be updating it soon! []

Print Book Poll

Last year, I managed to get White Noise out in print. I learned InDesign to lay it out and I keep thinking about doing it again. I am going to make it a goal to start making one of my books into print a year.1 I can only really afford to do one a year at this point, both in terms of financially2 and time-wise, so now I have a decision to make.

I’m looking at the ones I have currently that could be next on the list. The way I see it, it will be one of three:3

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I don’t really want to be solely responsible for choosing, though, so I’m going to let you pick. Which one would you like to see in print next?4

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  1. Because I definitely have enough that I can []
  2. Ordering all of the proof copies []
  3. With updated covers []
  4. I won’t be making them until December, so probably not in time for Christmas []

Out of Print

I recently went digging to try and find a book I could only vaguely remember from my younger days. I was a teenager and the book was actually in the teens section of the library instead of the adult Sci Fi/Fantasy sections I’d come to frequent back then. I was only just delving into the teens section after reading every Star Wars novel they had and was disappointed by the YA selection of related materials, but I found another book to tide me over at the time.

It was the second book in the series, I remember. Six books total. There were these boys who had crashed on a deserted island, their plane totaled and they soon found they weren’t alone. There was a mad science lab there and strange creatures1 and the boys splitting up was always a bad idea. One of them went rouge, I think. I can’t quite remember all the details. The cover might have been kind of yellow.

I do remember a scene in which a character rather graphically tries to treat an arrow wound to another character. Something about pushing it in and cutting off the shaft of it that I remember more as the feeling I got from reading it than what actually happened.2

I think I’ve finally found that old series. My library only had three or four of the books. They were missing volumes 1, 3 and possibly 4, so imagine how excited I was to finally get a lead on this series that I could remember no specific details from after so many years!3 It’s a series called Escape from Lost Island by Clay Coleman. And now that I’m an adult with my own money to spend, I can finally get the books and read the whole damn thing after all these years!

One problem. It appears to be out of print.

I have tried Amazon and it returned several results that look like they probably are not in actual possession of the book. There appears to be no one who has turned the series into a digital copy so that I can legally download it from anywhere. The internet has not given me a lead yet as to where I can find these books.4

Even now as I make plans to start hunting through used book stores to try and track the books down, I can’t help thinking that this is a problem that’s been mostly eliminated in modern publishing. Almost every book that comes out these days are immediately digitized and put on the ebook stores. There’s print on demand options for books if you can get your print rights back after the publisher decides not to print your book anymore.5 Out of print is becoming a thing that doesn’t exist anymore.

Until this, I’d forgotten how difficult it is to find a book that’s out of print. It’s just something that I forgot could even happen. I am having trouble even tracking down the author on social media. Maybe he’s the same guy that wrote the book on diving, but I really don’t know.

I, for one, am really glad that this isn’t going to be a problem going forward. I like being able to dig up books from my past and rereading them to see if they are like I remember them. In the mean time, though, I am looking up every used book store in the lower mainland and going to try and find these books now that I remember what they are.6

  1. Might have been zombies. Might have been mutants. I can’t quite remember []
  2. I suspect this was what led me to enjoy some of the gorier scenes in novels in the future and why they occasionally come up in my own. []
  3. Seriously, every “Boys plane crash on deserted island novel” search turns up Lord of the Flies []
  4. Not even the… less than legal options are of any help on this one []
  5. And, if all else fails, the pirates will probably have it stashed away somewhere []
  6. At least I think I do. I’m going to be so sad if I track them down and I’m wrong. []