More on The Muse

A feeling of spaciousness is crucial. Ideas come from reading, experiences, TV, looking at art, dreams, eavesdropping. Living in as many directions as possible.” — Kim Addonizio

And, so it goes, A. Kimmerly is a Messy Muse, spreading her marvels across the blog board, staying true to no particular subject other than what strikes her impulses and sensory data.  From poetry reviews to tasty booze to exposing snazzy places encouraging everyone to bust out oldschool MJ dance moves–this lady is out to explore all subjects–art, culture, tunes, authors, venues– and divulge her discoveries across (but surely not limited to) the fabulous city of Austin, Texas.

Like a circus clown, she skillfully juggles a million jobs at once.  She copy-edits and markets novels for Robert Stikmanz’s Hidden Lands of Nod offbeat fantasy series, co-authors the forthcoming glossary of his invented language, Dvarsh, reads/edits fiction submissions for Fringe Literary Magazine and poetry submissions for Black Heart Magazine, and blogs for We Put Words On Paper. She will copy-edit your novel, screenplay, poetry chapbook, web site, manual guide, and other documents for a reasonable fee. Add Amanda on Facebook or Twitter, combined with a nice message, so she doesn’t think you’re a scamming, spamming robot! Xoxo.

Habvetdza – pearl; Dvarsh by R. Stikmanz


5 Responses to More on The Muse

  1. Hello,
    I was your first sale at the Saturday ApolloCon, while you were still setting up the table. I got all three books and some nifty free dice. So now I’ve read books one and two, and had to report.

    If there were four books, I could maybe have used the phrase “three out of four ain’t bad”.
    As an indie writer and art philanthropist, I like to support fellow indie authors, and I’m so glad I took a chance on Robert.

    Speaking with you and Robert helped put the story into a fascinating context that convinced me it was something I should read.

    And it totally was. I am seriously impressed. And grateful to have experienced that.

    Prelude is all manner of brilliant! Fantasmic. Even though its elements are fantasy, it felt more like sci-fi to me—which is a good thing. One of my favorite aspects is the fanciful usage of jumping terminology and metaphysics… the imaginative turns of phrase.

    Also, the philosophizing was mightily enjoyable.

    Your storytelling style and approach is not unsimilar to mine.

    In most ways, the world you’ve built is compatible with the Arcanum world in my own stories, and I was thinking (as I read along) how fun it would be (for me, anyway) to combine them somehow. my books can be found here:

    Anyway, I liked and– most important– believed all the characters and their scenarios; how they were constructed and presented and developed. The poetics of Plenty were not bad, either.

    I am also amazed by the elaborate intricacy and realism Robert achieved with Dvarsh/ Thrm culture and Nod’s Way.

    I’m eager to know more about Nod and the clown element.

    The way Sasquatch was integrated and explained was genius, and a joy to read.

    The story was well conceived AND well composed. At the conclusion, I was eager to see what happens next.

    But, alas, Entranscing was so problematic, it didn’t work for me. Especially painful and disappointing after the magnificence of Prelude. I did not believe or like any of the characters and scenarios. Meg was petty and juvenile and kind of an idiot— am really I supposed to believe a person as broadminded as she doesn’t understand how messing with the Squeak IS a form of cruelty? How did she become this selfish, thoughtless person, living among the seemingly enlightened Dvarsh?

    And Rataxes 2 was a moron, the way he kept accommodating Meg’s “fact finding” instead of resisting or capturing her.

    A person like him would be more clever and resilient to succumb to such a gross lapse in self control.

    So many narrative errors and bad cliches tainted book 2, I was repeatedly thrown out of the story by the awkwardness.

    However, I did appreciate the sense of Winnie the Pooh throughout the text, and in the chapter titles. Well played, sir.

    I also enjoyed further explorations describing the Disciplines, the jumping mannerisms.

    Now I’m on to book three, undaunted. and optimistic.

    I’ve listened to the We Put Words On Paper podcast, and am impressed with your perspective on writing.

    I’m very interested in reading your first collection of fiction. Details, please?

  2. kimmerlyaj says:

    Sean! Wonderful to hear your comments. You’re a fast reader! I truly hope you enjoy SLEEPER AWAKES. It’s more Sci-Fi than any of them. Let me know what you think when you’re finished! My e-mail:


  3. Hi Amanda
    Trying to catach up to talk about joining your group

    You can reach me at 785-4868

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    • kimmerlyaj says:

      wonderful, Dora! Right now, a few of us are on vacation, in and out of town. I think the group will all get back together starting in August. I’ll keep you posted! 🙂

  4. Tom Young says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I just stopped by your blog to take a look and see what you are up to. I’m a first time visitor but am inspired by what you do. It is good to know you. Keep up the good work.
    P.S. I’m just about ready to send out the official evite for our house concert and awakening. So please look for it.
    All the best.

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