Episode 2.6 is up!

Click here to start reading! Another Emily Dickinson poem is mentioned in this chapter, here’s the text in full:

 

Because I could not stop for Death –

He kindly stopped for me –

The Carriage held but just Ourselves –

And Immortality.

 

We slowly drove – He knew no haste

And I had put away

My labor and my leisure too,

For His Civility –

 

We passed the School, where Children strove

At Recess – in the Ring –

We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –

We passed the Setting Sun –

 

Or rather – He passed us –

The Dews drew quivering and chill –

For only Gossamer, my Gown –

My Tippet – only Tulle –

 

We paused before a House that seemed

A Swelling of the Ground –

The Roof was scarcely visible –

The Cornice – in the Ground –

 

Since then – ‘tis Centuries – and yet

Feels shorter than the Day

I first surmised the Horses’ Heads

Were toward Eternity –

Read Chapter 2.4 Now!

This week’s installment gets its name from one of my favorite Emily Dickinson poems, which I included in full in this blog post since it doesn’t appear in its entirety in the chapter. Click here to start reading!
After great pain, a formal feeling comes –
The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs –
The stiff Heart questions ‘was it He, that bore,’
And ‘Yesterday, or Centuries before’?

 

The Feet, mechanical, go round –
A Wooden way
Of Ground, or Air, or Ought –
Regardless grown,
A Quartz contentment, like a stone –

 

This is the Hour of Lead –
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow –
First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –

Episode 2.3 Now Up!

Another Monday, another episode. Feels weird writing about my characters in a refugee camp as I’ve been thinking about the refugee crisis (or, actually, crises, as many parts of the world are war-torn and dangerous). Part of why I started writing Home of the Brave was to experiment with what it would be like if America experienced war the way other countries are. Although my series is far, far, far from the realities of war and life as a refugee, I have been trying to imagine this not just as a work of fiction in which we follow the romantic lives of young adults like Anna, Paul, Kennedy, Jamie, and JJ, but as a thought experiment. Because war is real. Anyway, I wanted to say this, since the news cycle this past week has got a lot of people thinking about how to “handle” Syrian refugees looking for safety. My story could never do these realities justice, but I hope it makes you think.

Click here to read the latest installment, 2.3 – Reunited.

Chapter 2.2 is up!

Hey Bravers (can I call you that? we’re friends now, right?) – chapter two of the new season is available! It may be my favorite chapter I’ve written so far, it feels a lot more like the Home of the Brave I set out to write at the beginning of all this, what I had envisioned. I hope you enjoy it too! Our little group of refugees have arrived at the camp, will they finally find safety or just more trouble? Stay tuned!

Click here to start reading – don’t forget to subscribe and share HotB with your friends! See you next Monday!

Bonus Content!

Okay, friends.

Season Two is underway – mostly plotted out, and a few episodes written. I have a really good feeling about it, I think you’ll enjoy it. But in the meantime, I thought I’d share some bonus material. I use a program called Scrivener when I write – it helps keep all my notes and outlines and metadata organized. One of the things I keep filed away on Scrivener are my character references – ‘casting’ my characters is super fun and lets you feel productive, even though it’s really just another outlet to procrastinate actual writing. Thought I’d tease you with a peak at who I have in mind when I’m writing!

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Anna – Chloe Moretz (Carrie, Fifth Wave)

Jamie -Xavier Samuel (Bait)

JJ – Max Thieriot (Bates Motel, House at the End of the Street)

Paul – Max Irons (yes, from The Host)

Dottie – Kiernan Shipka (Flowers in the AtticMad Men)

Kennedy – Mackenzie Lintz (Under the Dome)

Season Two Premiere Date!

Hey subscribers – it’s been about a month since you last heard from me. Season One has ended and HotB is on hiatus right now. But NOT FOR LONG! Because I’m here to announce the date of the Season Two premiere!

Season Two will be picking back up in November with its usual time – Monday evenings. Which means Season Two, Episode One will be up Monday November 2. ::confetti::

For all you writers out there reading this, you may recognize November as being the best and worst month of the year for writers, because it’s National Novel Writing Month (where my novel C8 got its start last year). The goal is to have most of the writing for HotB season two done before November starts so I can dedicate time to writing my ~new novel~ (title TBA – the working title is embarrassingly terrible so I refuse to tell it to anyone). Stay tuned for more updates, and send me your thoughts and prayers as I have undoubtedly just overcommitted myself.

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Chapter 16 up now!

It’s the beginning of the end, and things are not looking good for our survivors…

Click here to read it now! If you haven’t subscribed yet, you should – you won’t want to miss the season finale, coming in two weeks! Just enough time to get caught up if you’re behind, or share it with a friend so they can get caught up. See you next Monday for the next installment!