“The Girl and the Daunt” An Inktober Story

In 2019 I wrote and illustrated a short children’s story as an Inktober project.  I followed along with the official word prompt, provided by Jake Parker and everyday I added a few sentences and illustration to a story that was unrealized and unpolished.  I posted the progress to Twitter and Instagram.

There was no story planning at all.  What I had were the words from the prompt, a character I designed and a title:


“The Girl and the Daunt”


Day 1:

“The last of the great bells lay in ruin. It had one ring left to grant.”

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Studio Adorkable Behind the Scenes: Drawing Writing Bits

Welcome to the first in a new series for my blog which takes you behind the scenes into the progress for my little illustration company, Studio Adorkable LLC.  Hooray!

For this first post I wanted to show the simple process of how I draw the characters that become stickers.

When I’m creating characters that reflect a certain activity or profession I like to include a range of expressions to make the characters relatable. These characters, “Writing Bits”, were extremely satisfying to draw since I’m in the process of writing a novel of my own and could relate to each one of these little faces.

Especially the frustrated one.


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#writing freebie!

Today, February 1st is my 33rd birthday.

In Fellowship of the Rings Biblo Baggins has a grand party and rather than receiving gifts he instead gives them out to all his guests.

In true Biblo Baggins fashion I’d like to give a gift to all of you who share in this writing journey with me.  It’s hard.  It’s a struggle.  It’s maddening.  It’s wonderful.



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Click the link below to download the pdf.  This freebie is for personal use only.  By downloading you agree not to use work for commercial use, resell or claim as your own work.

Art is copyright © LaceySimpson

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“The Greatest Villain” Flash Fiction Story

The warrior stared back at her foe, feet planted, eyes locked ahead.  A breeze past between them in the quiet, the crisp edge making her skin shiver, yet she did not look away.

Come to me… it called.  She heard it’s voice in her head, the words welcoming, promising, seductive.

Come to me…

No… her voice was weak.  No, there was much to be done.  She could not give in.  But, under the alluring gaze of this, her greatest villain, the warrior’s resolve began to falter.

That’s it… the voice cooed as she stumbled a step forward, longing for satisfaction, come to me… And then the last of the warrior’s strength faded, her resistance slipping until there was no more.

Her sister would find her there, hours later and shriek in utter shock at the terrible scene unfolding before her eyes.  “I don’t believe it…”

“I don’t believe it… You’re asleep again!! I just don’t believe you! Don’t you have a deadline for that big project?  Isn’t it due, like TOMORROW!  God, you are SO LAZY!  And you can’t just leave this window open, idiot, you’ll get sick and then you’ll be on that stupid couch forever- which is probably what you want anyway… UGH!”

The warrior groaned, deep within the maw of the beast.  She barely heard the words of her sister, lamenting her fall, so full of sorrow and despair.

But never fear, the warrior thought, shifting in the coils.  I have it right where I want it.

“Dreaming” Flash Fiction

It was utterly unforgivable. 


Completely malicious. 

 No course or conviction could justify such a monstrous act.  Where once there had been pure joy, so tangible, so incandescent, so like the comfort of a soft woolen blanket now there was only cold and darkness.  Gone was the peace.  Fading were the remnants of a blissful existence, of magnificent feats, of a careless and glorious campaign.  Now all was lost and what was once golden had been violently tarnished; doomed to never shine again.  Torn.  Ripped away…  Now there was only despair and the culprit who lingered nearby…

“Daddy,” the small villain said from the foot of the bed, “Can I have a glass of water?”

“In the Dark” Flash Fiction

Your move, they taunted.

Eyes narrowed, he crouched at the edge of the fortress, preparing.  Defiant was his gaze over the vast canyon.  In the cramped corners, in the empty crevices between jagged points and suffocating folds they lurked.  His salvation lay aloft; a single source of light in this ever-growing pool of villainy.

Then he leapt!  Abrupt and heroic he sprung from the edge, dashing across the perilous terrain, reaching forward for his only hope!  Even as the sudden surge rose to throttle him he would not stop.  They clung to his legs, tendrils coiling up his body… but he reached, fingertips grazing the tiny, plastic switch and with one final stab against evil he pushed up.

A sharp, penetrating burst of purest light shot forth!  It filled the land, sending the vile creatures into an agonizing scream of disintegration and defeat!  He fell to the ground in an exhaustive groan of relief and victory… even as his bedroom door opened and his mother entered, he felt not fear of punishment, but the satisfaction that came with vanquishing one’s foe and sending it back to the depths of hell where it could rot forever.  Or until the next night.

World Book Day

World book day was a little while ago.  I went to my shelf and contemplated what my favorite book is after all these years of being in love with the realm of stories.

It’s probably one of the most difficult questions to ask a book lover… you want me to pick just one?? (you can hear the shrillness of my voice, I’m sure.)

Since the person who initially asked me that question was, well, me I decided that I could break the rules and pick a small collection of favorites instead of just one.  Because really, what was I going to do about it?


What I selected were the works that held special meaning to me and what I feel most influenced by.

  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Peter Pan by JM Barrie
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Sector 7 by David Wiesner

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Herding Whales

It’s been a very busy last few weeks trying to get organized enough to start a productive writing schedule and really get to work.  My brain is constantly fuzzy and I go to bed and wake up STILL sorting through all the to-does and trying to separate them clearly so I can prioritize and get to what I really want.  It’s been absolute madness and chaos…

People talk about organizing chaos like herding cats…

But… you see… I don’t like cats sooooooooo instead I’m going to use whales.  Enjoy a brief comic of the lunacy going on inside my head…


When it began

I don’t remember the moment when I decided I wanted to be a writer.

What I remember is growing up and making up stories, either in my head or writing silly little garage plays and forcing my younger sister to act them out.  I have always read, and I have always daydreamed.  Looking back, I remember writing stories as a child; stories of little girls named Strawberry and Blueberry, stories of princesses with special powers, urban legends from our summer bible camp, even World of Warcraft fan fiction (don’t you dare judge me!)  but for whatever reason it never occurred to me that writing stories could be a profession.

My first job out of college was in a zoo, a wonderful place for an active imagination, and when the weather became too cold and we sold very few tickets I’d often sit in my little office doing nothing, and so I read.  When management told me I wasn’t allowed to read I decided, “okay, fine.  I’ll just write my own story then…” and so I took a yellow legal pad and began.

This was in 2009.  By 2010 I knew I had a story.  Somewhere in the tangle of poorly developed characters, cheesy dialogue and highly suspicious and coincidental, not to mention predictable, plot lines there was a story, I just had to dig it out.

And while I wasn’t sure if it would be anything worth publishing, it excited me.  It was the book I always wanted to read.  That was enough.


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