Brandyn Blaze

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Branching Out: Finding My Place As A Hobby Collector

Hi, my name is Brandyn and I’m a hobby collector.

What’s a hobby collector you ask?

Well, I am the sort of person who is constantly trying out new things, especially when it comes to artsy endeavors. My office is jam-packed with boxes and totes full of supplies for various projects, half-finished products, and random things “I can use someday”. My bookshelves are lined with how-to’s and instructionals on a wide array of subjects. My notebooks are filled with sketches and lists of new ideas and the supplies I would need to bring them to life. When I get set on something, I get set on something and it is my only focus…until something new comes along.

We talked before about how I’m not cut out for the workforce, and this is another large part of that. I get bored easily and need to keep things constantly moving. I need to switch things up often. There’s a whole world of information out there and I want to know it all and learn how to do everything under the sun.


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Lately, I’ve been working on organizing all of my craft stuff and finishing up a lot of projects that have been hanging around for god-knows-how-long. Some of these half-finished creations have been hanging around for decades, just like my first book did before I finally got it polished up and sent it out into the world.  As I look at the ever-growing list of tasks to complete, I can’t help but feel weighed down and, at times, overwhelmed.

I also can’t help but feel that these things work to keep me stuck in the past. In order to move forward, I need to either complete them or let them go. Or, in some cases, both.

I’ve gone through and eliminated a few things that I no longer had any interest in finishing, and now I’m set on knocking as many of them off the list as possible. Some of them I will keep for myself, others will be gifts for loved ones, and still more will be listed for sale on my new Etsy shop, hopefully by the end of the month.

I’ve often felt like the idea that a person must pick one thing and do it for the rest of their lives to be a bit absurd. I refuse to trap myself in any one box, and instead choose to embrace all my interests and talents and share them with the world. Remember what I said about bad art? As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t exist. There’s a market for everything, even if it’s a market of one. Somebody out there is waiting for my art, and I’m going to deliver. I may even offer some tutorials on this site along the way.

So, what kind of art am I producing?

The short answer: lots of different things.

Well, as most of you know I love to doodle. Recently, I’ve digitally traced and colored a few of my hand-drawn designs and have uploaded them to my Zazzle shop for use on t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, and buttons. I love the few that I have up so far and will definitely be adding more in the future! You can check them out via the “Merch” tab above, or through the widget in my sidebar (for mobile users, it will appear below the posts).


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A few of the designs I have available.


Sewing is another thing I’ve always enjoyed, especially reconstructing t-shirts. I will be selling one-of-a-kind refabbed articles of clothing, as well as handbags, throw pillows, and other soft goods. I also have quite the collection of beads, brooches, and other random items that I will be turning into jewelry and using as embellishments for various projects, including home decor items.  These items will appear in my Etsy shop in the very near future, so keep your eyes peeled for updates, as I will post the link as soon as the collection is ready.

Of course, you can still look forward to new posts here, as well as more novels and, hopefully, some music in the very near future.

Life isn’t one-size fits all, so why should work be? If you take away one thing from this, let it be that you can do whatever you want with your life. If you want to do 50 billion things, find a way to make it work. This is your life, create something you love!



We’re Almost There! Book Update and Giveaway!

As you’ve probably noticed, I have been quite a busy lady as of late. With birthdays, holidays, and various projects–not to mention every day stress–I feel like I’ve been going non-stop. It’s amazing that I’ve found any time at all to work on the next novel, but somehow I have managed to chip away at it, despite a few set-backs.

The next book will be called Lo-Fidelity and is the followup to “Broken Strings“. Maggie’s saga continues as she and the band set out on the road for their biggest tour yet. Along the way she gains confidence in her skills, encounters a few surprises, and uncovers some harsh truths that leave her questioning all her relationships.

I am beyond excited to share the next installment with you all and to move on to the third book in this series. These characters have become such a big part of my life, and watching them develop has been an amazing experience.

I am hesitant to give you a set release date, as things seem to keep blowing up around here, but I can tell you that the second book in the series will be released by the end of the year. As soon as things become a little more clear on my end, I will give you all an update both on this blog and through my social media channels.

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In other book-related news, I have updated both the print and ebook versions of “Broken Strings” to correct a few errors that were missed before it’s release. Aside from an error on the cover of the first edition, there was also a doozy of a spelling error that led me to comb through the entire novel. The whole re-editing process was a bit of a headache, but it was definitely an eye-opener!

In order to celebrate the progress I’ve made, I thought I’d offer you all a chance to receive a signed copy of the newly revised edition of the first book in the “Instruments Of Life” series.

To enter, simply choose one or more of the following options in the widget below. The more options you choose, the bigger your chances of winning! This giveaway will end at 12am CST on Tuesday, November 22.

Don’t be stingy, be sure to share this contest with other romance readers as well!

Happy reading and good luck!

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How Time Flies

I opened up my computer this morning with a bit of trepidation. Over the last few months I had let this blog and its related social media accounts become dormant as life dragged my attention to other matters. Every day I’d promise myself that I would get back to it “tomorrow”…and then tomorrow brought more distractions. The longer this went on, the more unsure I became about what to say. For awhile, I thought about giving it all up completely. All work on the next novel in my series ground to a halt. The house work piled up. My performance at my day job suffered. In short, shit got real.

Part of it was probably due to my ongoing battles with anxiety and depression, but the majority of it fell squarely on the shoulders of stress. Between a job I wasn’t happy with, the wedding planning, and all the day-to-day hoopla that comes with being a mother, I was wiped out. I knew something had to change.

When I started my first blog, I was a stay-at-home mom who was striving for perfection, both at home and with my writing. Without the skill of setting boundaries, I quickly burnt out and found myself performing at half my capacity in each arena. I then added a job to the mix. I set myself a schedule to keep everything flowing and that worked for awhile. Then, as they say, life prevailed. Suddenly I was doing a half-assed job at work and at home, and all work related to my writing went by the way-side.

After careful consideration, I realized that I needed to restructure my priorities. I decided that after the wedding, I would return to staying home with my little one and focus my energies on making my writing career successful. Armed with new knowledge regarding time management, I feel I can now juggle work and home much more efficiently.

I’ll never forget the relief I felt when I walked out of my job for the last time. I new I was moving on to bigger and better things, and that my wedding day would signify a fresh start for our family.

The wedding turned out beautifully, but let me tell you something I’ve learned about big events like this. All the work and stress that goes into it is really silly compared to how quickly it goes by! Thank god for my amazing photographer, Mindy from MRB Photography, or I wouldn’t be able to remember half of it!


Our rings!

Our rings!

First dance, kiss

So much love!

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My daughter and I

We left the morning after the wedding to drive to New Orleans so we could board our cruise ship and start our honeymoon. The trip was amazing and gave me some time to really think about what kind of life I want to create. Having that time to relax and let go of the idea that life has to be a struggle was amazing and allowed me to return to the real world with a much better attitude. Honestly, I think all the pretty drinks helped!

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Of course, the views at each of our stops (Cozumel and Progreso) were inspiring as well.


Beach in Cozumel

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Mayan Ruins, Progreso

We had such a fantastic trip and I can’t wait to do it again!

That said, it is my goal to create a life I don’t need a vacation from and it starts with this post. Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life and a renewed focus on my dreams. It’s time to make those dreams a reality and I can’t wait to share this journey with you all!

A New Blog For A New Year

Every year we watch the clock change with excitement, welcoming a new 12-month cycle. We make our lists of resolutions, determined that this year is the year we lose the weight, quit smoking, get organized, or whatever it is we’ve been putting off. Of course, we go in with the best of intentions, but for most of us, we lose track and fall short of our goals.

Maybe we fail because of fear. Maybe we fail because we’re not entirely ready to take on whatever change we’ve set out to make. Maybe we fail because we’ve set our sights on a big-picture goal without first mapping out the small steps we need to take to get there. Whatever the reason, we don’t quite get there and instead of reassessing our situation and giving it another try, we give up. We tell ourselves, “There’s always next year.” We sell ourselves short.

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Most of us by February.

This year, however, I am determined to stay motivated. My secret? My focus is on completing goals that I have already been actively working on.

Number one on my list? This blog.

I have been working on this for quite awhile now. With my first novel nearing it’s completion (yay, editing!), I knew I needed a place to connect with my readers. While I have loved writing for my first blog, Life, Motherhood, And The Pursuit Of Happiness, and will continue to publish posts there, it was beginning to feel a little constrictive. Here, I have a space that’s totally my own to talk about things that may not fit within the “mom blog” niche, because let’s face it, motherhood is only a fraction of what I am about. I am also a writer, a musician, a poet, a thinker, a dreamer, a (soon to be) wife, a sister, a friend, a daughter…you get the drift. This blog is a site where I can be unrestrained.

It is also a place where I can share the latest news on my various projects and goals, which brings us to the rest of my aspirations for the upcoming year.

This is the year that I finally become a published author. This is the year I finally…after 10 years of commitment…marry the father of my child. This is the year I finally shed the last of my inhibitions and become the person I’ve always known I could be. This is the year I finally begin to live.

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I can’t wait to share this new chapter of my life with you and hopefully provide not only entertainment, but some useful insight as well as I figure this thing out.

For those of you who have followed me from my old blog, thank you for your support, and for those of you who are new to my ramblings, thank you for joining us! And to all of you, I hope this year is full of love and growth and happiness!

The only thing in our way, is ourselves. Let’s make this one count!





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