What Happened This Semester

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Do I just disappear so I can use the wealth of Sherlock gifs available in this glorious age of information?

No. I swear I wouldn’t do that to you, kids. But… the Sherlock gifs are a plus.

Anyway, I’m back, so hello! Sorry for disappearing, and you’re welcome for turning back up. I realize we haven’t talked in awhile, so here are a few things just to update you on my life in the last… *checks* semester. Yikes.

I accomplished a lot of Very Important Tasks.

Such as…

  • Finishing my second-to-last semester of college. *bows to applause* Yes, yes, thank you.
  • Writing a parody of The Phantom Menace (yes, I’m playing Qui-Gon, no, you may not see the script).
  • Watching Star Wars and the original Wrath of Khan for the first time. Yes, I liked the prequels better than the originals, and yes, I liked Benedict Cumberbatch better than Ricardo Montalban. Please don’t eat me.
  • Watching The Greatest Showman, which I loved, and The Last Jedi, which… well, I still don’t know what I think about it.
  • Reading the Revenge of the Sith novelization. I’m officially prequel trash, I guess.
  • Dyeing my hair temporarily auburn (which I’m totally going to do again, btw).
  • Finally reading A Picture of Dorian Grey and the first two Mistborn books (ugh, feels).
  • Reaching 20,000 words in my NaNo project and 21,000 in my other super-secret project.
  • Learning how to live with and (eventually) overcome depression and anxiety.
  • Realizing in a much deeper way just how much I need God and realizing just how much He loves me, even when I don’t believe it.

Honestly, so much happened that I’m having trouble figuring out how to put the last few months into one post. So for now, the list will have to do, and I’ll share a bit more in the blog posts to come.

Speaking of writing, I started my other novel.

And I suppose I haven’t actually… told you anything about it yet, have I?

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Well, let’s remedy that. Have another list.

  • The working title is The Flower Assassin. 
  • It is about a) a depressed INTJ assassin, b) his bossy older sister, c) a flirty intern, and d) a lonely governor who are all thrown by fate (ie, a cynical author) into one another’s lives.
  • The scene outline is currently 20 pages long. (I’m a planner, okay?)
  • It is a spec fic (the specifics of setting are still tbd) that involves murder, infinite sadness, and kissing.
  • There are Pinterest boards for it here.
  • The story in my head is awesome, and frankly I’m terrified that I won’t be able to do it justice. (But that won’t stop me from trying.)

And I guess that’s it for now. I really am sorry for disappearing, guys. I’ll try to do better now that I actually have brainpower and a life outside of school. I have a lot of good ideas for blog posts… they just have to get written.

Deus vult, I’ll see y’all next week. Until then, happy writing or reading or whatever you do.

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Just a little tidbit for Alen’s birthday…

Hey, kids, listen up! I have a very important announcement.

Today marks one year since I published Alen’s War!

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Now, I’m characteristically forgetful about anniversaries, blogiversaries, any versaries… but this year I somehow remembered. So, luckily for all y’all, I was able to prepare a little celebration.

I present, for your consideration, a personality quiz: Which character from Alen’s War are you? (I made it myself, which means it’s 100% scientific and psychologically accurate.) If you’re curious, you can head over and take the quiz to find out! Oh, and please do share your results in the comments below. I want to see just how many villainous revolutionaries we have running around.

Also, if you happen to have any other ideas for how I can celebrate my book-versaries in the future, let me know that too! Fanart contests, Twitter trivia threads, more Ship’s Log… I want to hear all your ideas.

That’s it! Have a happy Friday.

Yes, it’s still my blog

Are you lost? Did Hannah A. Krynicki’s blog disappear? Is it all over??

Never fear. It’s still the same blog, just with a cleaner look and a new name. (Hanashlyn is what you get when you ship my first  and middle names.) It may be unexpected… but to be fair, I warned y’all on Twitter, and three of you said it was okay:

So do you like it? I like it. It’s so much cleaner and more elegant this way, I think. I’ll probably be making some minor tweaks this week, but this should be my basic blog design for the next year or so. P.S. I said the same thing about Alen’s War and then changed the color scheme to the exact opposite on the color wheel, so…

And I’ll be back soon with more posts and gifs and other bloggy goodies. In the meantime, Happy 4th!

27 Things I Accidentally Did This School Term

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Miracles do happen. I’m alive, people!

Granted, I am 1000% ready for the summer. I’ve got a bunch of fun plans for the next few (i.e. million) blog posts. In the meantime, though, I’m just trying to recover from the last two months of my life. You would not believe the insanity if I tried to describe them. However, insanity is sometimes better communicated in a list format, which is why I’m going to tell you about it in a list of 27 things I randomly did this semester without ever planning to do them.

So in case you ever wanted to know, here’s why I disappeared over the last two months. Not a thinking post, just a rant to say hello and hopefully make someone laugh. I did some good things as well as some not-so-wise things. Learn from my mistakes and copy the things I did right, and hopefully you will survive your junior year as well. (Maybe.)

In the past half-semester of school, I:

  1. Signed up for five courses in eight weeks.

  2. Subsequently learned that you’re only supposed to take two or three courses in eight weeks.

  3. Tested the “you need at least eight hours of sleep in order to function normally” hypothesis. It is in fact true.

  4. Learned how to bluff my way through a paper.

  5. Wrote a total of 28 essays (some shorter, some longer, there is no in between).

  6. Got really, really good at finding scholarly sources for papers.

  7. Mastered the skill of citing those sources in multiple formats in my sleep.

  8. Tweeted a lot about #college and #studentlife. (Still did not learn how to use Facebook.)

  9. Concluded that I go to college with a bunch of Andersons.

  10. Speaking of Anderson,  finally sat down and watched Sherlock. 

  11. Became a full-fledged & slightly insane Sherlockian (see also: gif).

  12. Also watched Doctor Strange way more often than I should have.

  13. Perplexedly tried to figure out why most people I talked to hate Doctor Strange.

  14. Basically watched any movie that has Benedict Cumberbatch as a sarcastic jerk.

  15. Wrote parodies for Doctor Strange and Rogue One.

  16. Perfected an impression of Mads Mikkelsen for aforementioned parodies.

  17. Discovered just how hard it is for American me to learn a Danish accent.

  18. Did not do any decent filming- we must hold out until the summer. Sigh…

  19. Re-wired yet another old draft of a novel.

  20. Turned that novel into a fantasy thriller turned romance novel turned Greek tragedy turned… well, I don’t really know what it is yet, but it’s cool.

  21. Invented an eccentric INTP who may will probably turn out to be an antagonist.

  22. Also invented his twin ESFJ sister who is the sweetest little cinnamon roll that ever managed a kingdom.

  23. Let my characters start another war. They’re really good at that.

  24. Published two whole blog posts (although I admit one of those was written beforehand).

  25. Promised myself I would take off the summer and resisted any and all attempts by my college to get me to come back.

  26. Made a resolution to take violin lessons.

  27. Ranted about all of it on my blog.

So that was the last few months of school for me. Needless to say, I’m just glad the semester is over, and I plan to have a lot of fun during the next one.

Happy summer, kids.

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Of Surveys and Updates


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We haven’t talked for awhile.

I apologize that I’ve almost completely disappeared from the internet over the past few weeks. School leaves me nearly zero time for writing or blogging (not to mention sucks away my motivation for it), so it may be a little while before I’m back to my normal pace of weekly posting. In the meantime, though, how would you like some updates and things to do while I’m gone?

First, you can help with a survey on books and authors. A friend of mine from Kingdom Pen is gathering info from book-loving teens about reading and books and all other literary things. That sounds fun, doesn’t it? It is. So, if you’re a teenage-ish bookworm, click on this link and take the survey! Many thanks to you.

Well, once you’ve done that (don’t worry, I’ll wait), allow me to thank you for participating in the Indie e-Con Book Awards. It was fantastic to see authors and readers come together on the internet to talk about some of our favorite things. I didn’t get to attend that much thanks to school, but I know everyone had fun.

And while we’re on the subject, let’s chat a little about Alen’s WarThat is to ask, how in the world did you like it? I’d love to hear your thoughts! I like talking about my books. By the way, if you really really liked the book, go ahead and rate or review it on Goodreads or Amazon. I love reviews, so thank you kindly.

Finally, some things to compensate for my unprecedented appearance. Have you been to my Resources page? That’s where I’ve compiled a lot of helpful articles and blogs, as well as some books and videos. You should check it out. For now, I recommend the Write About Dragons channel (by Brandon Sanderson!) if you want some brilliant writing advice, or the Rafflecopter blog if you want some tips on marketing.

And I promise I’ll be back within five weeks at the very worst. It’s almost the end of the school year, guys. Hang in there!

Free Books? Indie eCon 2017 Book Awards

Just a friendly reminder that my book Alen’s War is free for the next five days!

All this thanks to the Indie e-Con Book Awards. The best part of this contest is that, for the next week, all y’all fantastical readers can head over to Amazon and download any or all of the eligible books (some for free, others for 99¢) and dive into the literary adventures. Then, on the 18th, you can vote for your favorite books in different genres. Click this button to visit the official e-Con page for details- it’s all on the site!

Oh, and did I mention that you should attend the e-Con on March 20-24? Kendra E. Ardnek (remember her?) is hosting some brilliant indie authors to talk about a plethora of topics, like outlining and online marketing, and she’s also got some writing and fan-art contests going. It will be superb. At least, I’m expecting it will be; this is only my first year attending, too. So do click on the button and look around. Who knows? You may find something awesome.

By the way, if you enjoy my book, feel free to leave a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads so other bookworms can know how you liked it. A little indie secret: reviews aren’t always easy to get, and whenever you take the time to rate any book or leave a nice word about it, the author greatly appreciates it. At least, I know I do- so thank you!

Oh, and come back this Thursday during one of your reading breaks, because then we’ll be talking about a certain Star Wars Story.

Until then, happy reading!