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100 Zombie Writing Prompts Cover Reveal and Release Date

A new addition to the writing prompt library is here: 100 Zombie Writing Prompts.

This was a fun prompt book to write. The prompts came to me almost easier than the science fiction and fantasy ones. This fact made me realize how much I enjoy writing about zombies!

What does that mean?

Well, there will probably be a zombie short story or novel coming in the future.

In the mean time, here is the cover reveal for 100 Zombie Writing Prompts. 

Zombie Writing Prompts Book Cover Julie Wenzel nanorimo


This cover mimics the other prompt covers, but with a green overlay.

While making this cover, I had a bit of a catastrophe.

Somehow, my original Photoshop file for my book covers was corrupted or deleted off my computer. The shortcut still existed.  It still appeared to exist in the recent files within Photoshop. I spent a couple hours trying to recover my original file.

I finally had to surrender and start over.

Through this experience, I learned to make sure I have multiple copies of important files just in case.

Here is a screenshot of my work in progress, attempting to recover my original design.

Zombie Writing Prompt Julie Wenzel


Comparing the final version to my work in progress, you can see I added a jagged edge to the word Zombie at the end.

100 Zombie Writing Prompts is available for pre-order and will release September 26th, 2016.  Order the e-book today!

Geek and Gamer Baby Designs for Gifts and Party Ideas

When I am not writing, I am working on different art projects. Some of my latest projects include gamer gender reveal invite sets and geek baby bodysuit / onesies.


Click on the image or the text link to see the full geek baby clothes collection.

Geek Gamer Baby Onesies Clothes


In addition to all of the clothes, I designed two separate gender reveal invite designs. These designs are printed by Zazzle and every bit of text can be customized to your party’s specifications.

The first design is primarily yellow with a retro controller.

Retro Gamer Gender Reveal Baby Invites Yellow


The second design I created has both pink and blue elements.

You can buy onesies, invites, return address labels, and stickers for your gamer gender reveal party.

Boy or Girl Geek Gamer Gender Reveal Party Invites Pink Blue


Art is a great creative outlet that I thoroughly enjoy. It keeps my create juices flowing when I am not writing. In the coming weeks and months, I will have several new releases including the paperback version of 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts and a surprise prompt book for Halloween!

If you’d like to see any of these designs on different products, do not hesitate to let me know


Cover Reveal for 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts

In less than one week, (unless there’s a technical catastrophe) I will be publishing 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts as a follow-up to the 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts title that was released in April 2016.

One thing I wanted to mention is that I did not come up with 500 prompts between the time of April and June. In fact, this upcoming release is something I’ve been working on since 2013. It has gone through many revisions and prompt replacements. Many prompts were originally written down on a notebook piece of paper as they came to me.

The biggest challenge of writing all these prompts was constantly switching gears between tenses, point of views, and tone. Because this book meant to inspire many different kinds of writers, I didn’t want all of the prompts to have a uniformed structure from one another.

To keep with the style of the previous book, I created a cover with only a few variations in design.

Here is my cover reveal for the upcoming title, 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts.

500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts Julie Wenzel











Update: 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts has been released on

Cover Redesign for 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts

In preparation for my upcoming release of 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts, I slightly redesigned the cover to the shorter installment. Though the main image is the same, the typography, contrast, and title have been changed slightly.

Here is the before and after:

100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts Julie Wenzel










Covers were designed by me using painting programs on my iPad and filters in Adobe Photoshop.

The next installment to my writing prompt series is set to release in the next week or two.

To purchase, 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts follow the link to the page.


10 Fantasy Writing Prompts

Fantasy Writing Prompts Julie Wenzel Creative

Keep your writing sharp by writing every single day. If you’re stuck on what to write, writing prompts are a great way to get inspired. Use these prompts any way you’d like, from flash fiction to a full-length novel. Here is a list of 10 creative fantasy writing prompts to work with. Also, check out my other blog post: 10 Science Fiction Writing Prompts.


1. She carried a song in her heart, only to be sung when the world was at peace. If sung, the listener would live forever. But until then, the songstress sang of nothing but heartache. To what lengths do people go, to get the songstress to sing the song of eternal life?


2. The leaves on the tree turn every color of the rainbow. The touch of the bark feels warm and comforting. I do my very best to hide the tree from my neighbors. There is something special about it…I just know it.


3. She was given an opportunity to change one event in history. What event does she choose? How does it ultimately affect her life?


4. The tall rock blinked with glowing eyes in the darkness. More mesmerized than afraid, the lone traveler stood and waited for the rock to speak.


5. Write about a game of chess. Every move you make sends you and your opponent to a different world. Once the game ends with a checkmate, you both are stuck in the world you ended up in. Is there a way back home?


6. The sword he wielded was said to be able to cut through anything. One day, he discovers a material his sword could not cut through. What was it?


7. The shapeshifter followed the circus and performed his famous act for large crowds every night. He could shapeshift into any creature, person, or object that was requested. One night during his act, someone made an impossible request. What made it impossible for him to shapeshift this one time?


8. The only way to rid of his black magic was to have wizards of light absorb his powers. Absorbing his powers would not only cancel out their magic, but also increased their risk of turning evil. How do they combat this powerful foe?


9. A job board at the local inn is looking for skilled warriors to hunt down a beast that is burning down cities. You take the job with six others, but quickly find yourself in a predicament. The job board had lied. The beast has the power of ice and your group was only prepared for fire. What happens next?


10. Write about a children’s storybook that has the power to randomly generate a new story every night. Where does the power come from? Is this book rare or common?

500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts

For more writing prompts, check out my latest eBooks:

100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts and 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts on Amazon Kindle.

10 Science Fiction Writing Prompts

Science Fiction Writing Prompts

Use writing prompts to exercise your writing! It is important to write every single day. You can use these writing prompts however you’d like.

1. Write about the first theme park created and funded by aliens from another planet.


2. A humane society has an opportunity to adopt many pets out, which would be a huge help to the shelter. However, the people who want to adopt the pets are from another planet. Being so desperate to find the pets a home, the shelter decides to do a home interview with the potential adopters.  Write about what happens next.


3. Write about the difficulties and trials of long-distance relationships of couples that find each other on an intergalactic dating website.


4. The elevator would never stop at the 14th floor. Some claimed a wormhole had exposed itself on the other side of the door. Write about the day the elevator breaks down, and the only way out is to exit to floor 14.


5. A popular website crashes for days with no explanation why. When it finally goes up again, every person that was refreshing the site the second it goes back up loses consciousness.  What happened?


6. These custom contact lenses allow the user to see the world in a more positive light. Frowns turn to smiles. Cloudy skies turn to sunshine. Since everyone’s version of happiness is slightly different, their desires are submitted into an algorithm before construction. How does this impact society?


7. You start to notice that your neighbor’s garbage is getting increasingly stranger. The night before the garbage is taken, you decide to investigate.


8. A man decides to make a grand proposal to his girlfriend by sending a lit message in the sky. But the wrong person from beyond the stars gets the message.


9. The first Olympics in space are about to begin.


10. Most planets have a simple permission clearance code for landing in order to enter. This planet requires a series of odd rituals that are scientifically proven to expose the intent in one’s heart.

500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts

For more writing prompts, check out my latest eBooks:

100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts and 500 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Prompts on Amazon Kindle.



Currently Reading – The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

As a writer, I do also love to read.  I would say that my genre of choice is typically fantasy or science fiction, but I deviate from that all the time.  Ultimately I am just looking for a good story with characters I can fall in love with.

I purchased The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson twice actually.  The first time I bought it was during an Amazon Kindle promotion.  As I started to read the first chapter, I longed to have the paperback in my hands.

The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson Softcover book
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

So far I am really enjoying it.  At first I was nervous that the slow pace would keep me from staying interested.  But what this book really does is deliver character and worldbuilding detail that entices you to absorb each and every word.

I won’t mention every single book I am reading here, but I felt like a book of this epic proportion deserved a shout-out.  If you’re really that interested in what I’m reading, you can follow me on Goodreads.

As The Way of Kings is a giant book, I plan on taking my time with it

Finally, I will leave you with a photo of my tuxedo cat.  I set my book down for just a moment, and he decided to use it as a pillow.

Cat sleeping on book way of kings fantasy


What book are you currently reading, or recommend?


Fun Christmas Stamp Designs

Christmas Stamp Art Collection Julie Wenzel

I’ve been a bit behind on working on art lately, but I uploaded a few stamp designs for the Christmas season.  Two of the designs (the Santa Claus and Christmas Tree) are geek inspired, made as pixel art.  You can buy any of these stamps through my store.

I do order my own designs on Zazzle because I tend to make art that is inspired by things I personally like.  I ordered the T-Shirt, “Game Over? Not As Long As I’m With My Player 2” and my tuxedo cat mug inspired by my own cat.

Pixel Santa Postage Stamp
Sending Christmas Cheer Postage Stamp
Pixel Christmas Tree Postage Stamp

Fun fact: The Christmas Tree design was actually part of a drawing I made a year ago that I used for my own personal holiday Christmas cards.  This holiday card had pixel versions of my husband and I, along with our pets.  I wanted to make the Christmas tree available to others, so I started by making it available as a holiday stamp.

I want to wish all of you a wonderful Holiday season.  I hope it brings you joy, love, and peace.

Merry Christmas.


First Draft Finished to Upcoming Children’s Book

Fantasy World Children's Chapter Book


It’s been a while since I could say I finished a first draft to a book. I tend to simultaneously work on multiple projects at once. In a way, it’s a blessing and a curse. I love being able to have so many ideas going on at once, but sometimes I wish I could stay a little more focused until a project is complete.

The most recent book I finished drafting is a children’s chapter book inspired by the classics that take you to another world such as Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland.

Naturally it is my hope that the story portrays significant deviation from these classics, but this is where some of the inspiration has come from. I can’t wait to share the title and more about this book in the coming months once I get further along on the editing process.

The first draft is 25,000 words, which is shorter than I’d like it to be. After doing an initial skim, I’d like to add another 3,000-5,000 words to make it approximately 30,000 words for pacing and description purposes. According to the Reader’s Digest’s article, “Word Count for Novel’s and Children’s Books“, middle grade books average around 20,000 – 55,000.

As this book is projected to be for children around ages 9-11 or so, I think 30,000 words will do just nicely.

Now that I am done with draft one, I will be taking a break away from the children’s book and will be working on wrapping up a couple of other writing projects.

One project will be switching over the title and book cover to Alone I Walk. It took a long time for me to come to this decision (and it wasn’t an easy one), but I felt in order to properly convey the tone and genre of this science fiction novella I was going to have to make the change. In addition to the title and cover change, I will be making improvements to the narration.

One thing I can say is, finishing the last word on a first draft feels great. It doesn’t matter how long or short a story is, just knowing you hit a milestone is enough to generate another spark of motivation.

Back to the children’s book, one plan I have for it is to hire an artist for about 12 black and white illustrations scattered throughout the book.  Once I hit around draft 3 I will be revealing the title and perhaps a quick excerpt.  I can’t wait to share more!  If you’d like to be a beta reader drop me a note.

How long of a break do you take in between finishing your first draft and doing a round of edits?

New Favorite Song : Echoes In Rain by Enya

I felt compelled to write a quick post about this because I am ecstatic about the announcement of the new album by Enya, Dark Sky Island.

I loved Enya’s music from the first moment it hit my ears. The first song I ever heard was, “Orinoco Flow” when I was in elementary school. I soon fell in love with the entire album Watermark around middle school. As stated in a previous post on how music fuels my writing, Enya has always been the go to music for me when I write. Of course I listen to all kinds of music when I write depending on the story, but Enya’s music allows me to go into a really deep trance and focus on what I am trying to accomplish.

I wanted to point out that I predict “Echoes In Rain” is going to be a huge hit and will be a song the mass general public, beyond Enya fans, is going to know well. I just got a really strong feeling about this one!

I saw the video for the first time when it was at 3,500 views on YouTube (yes, I’m a fan girl). At the time of this writing the song has 276,000 views on YouTube. It may seem small compared to other videos that go viral, but one thing about Enya’s music is it is timeless. It’s not going away. Someday I know I’ll go back to “Echoes In Rain” on YouTube and see 4 million views on it.

The entire album, Dark Sky Island will be released November 20th, 2015. It can be pre-ordered on iTunes and Amazon. (Disclaimer: I do not have any affiliation with Enya, nor do I receive any affiliate revenue from these links.)


So without further ado here is my new favorite song by Enya: “Echoes In Rain”


If you’re new to Enya and are looking for a few of my top favorite songs to download, these are some of my favorites (links direct to YouTube)


What’s your favorite song by Enya?
What was the first time you heard an Enya song?