A.L. Mabry: Author, Creator, Influencer

I Usually Like Pickles. Financial Pickles? Not So Much.

Hey, everyone. Can we talk for a minute? I’m in a bit of a financial pickle and I need your help so I can get back to writing and arting and entertaining y’all with my wit and wisdom.

This was originally a Facebook post but Facebook kept rejecting it. I’m sure it was either too long, too linky, or too needy for the Community Guidelines. I should have probably included a boobie pic to get it under the radar. But, we are here now.

I spend a good chunk of my days helping others become successful in their endeavors and I love doing it. I just need to find a balance between donating my time and energy to others and bringing home the bacon from my personal work. I work hard, all day every day. I was up until 4 am working on a non-paying gig and back up before 10 am to finish it up. It gets discouraging to work so hard day after day and not be able to show something for it.

I’m not asking for donations *but* if you’re so inclined you can use my  PayPal or Ko.Fi links.

What I am asking, is if you will consider shopping with me or supporting my art? A little push right now would help me get out of this hole. It’s getting deeper by the minute and this shovel is getting heavy.

There are several ways you can shop with me.

1. Order a signed copy of Ambrosia or Tales from Our Dark Side ($15 includes shipping) and pay via Facebook Messenger or PayPal.

2. Order from my Etsy Shop. I have a beautiful selection of wands, runes, and dragon eggs up now and have the material to take on a few custom orders. I have some misc. items going up later today as well including a glass bead bracelet and a vintage style birdcage.

3. Shop my personal library on Amazon. In preparation for #MabryontheMove I am selling off some of my personal library for storage reasons. Come browse and grab up your favorites! I’m adding more every day this week!

4. Support me on Patreon. It’s true, my Patreon has collected a little dust so far this year. 2018 hasn’t gotten off to the best start but with a little motivation (i.e. patrons) I could go back to kicking ass over there and getting up Volume Two of Darker Daze, one story at a time.

5. Preorder Darker Daze directly through me. I’m going to say $15 as well, with autograph and shipping.

6. Pop into messenger and just say hello. Working at home gets lonely sometimes and lonely plus struggling are great triggers for my depression. I really am not ready for another tango with depression right now. Maybe in the summer?

I know what you’re thinking. It’s either, “Hey, we love Amanda! She’s super awesome!” Orrr…”Why is this bitch begging for a handout, instead of getting a real job?” Fair enough. The main reason is that I have illnesses that limit the amount of time I can spend on my feet without wanting to die. And, I am also not very dependable time-wise because I have to get my almost adult, but not quite adult yet, teenagers back and forth to school and work and the scheduling is hectic. But, I am hyper-focused on keeping these two on track so I know when they hop from the nest they will soar with as few obstacles as possible.

Sorry for the super long post, if you are still you must really love me and I love you back! *muah*

Until next time, scribe happy & stay sassy,








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Book Review: The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

Title: The Girl Next Door
Genre: Horror
Published: 1989
Format: Audiobook

Blurb: Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns, and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make.

I give it:   

My Review: 

First, can we just take a moment to appreciate the quality of writing here? The way Ketchum sets us up with this neighborhood, this group of kids and the overall vibe made the rest of the story that much more painful to read. I actually had to double check that it was a horror genre in the first few chapters because the voice and telling were so lulling.
And then, bam, you were there. The first clues were so minuscule that you might miss them if you weren’t looking and then with carefully calculated gusto he threw us into the darkness.
This was a heartbreaking story to experience and one can only be grateful that Ketchum did not write it from Meg’s perspective. I think that would have completely crushed my soul.
Throughout the story, we watch the effects of peer pressure as it wars with personal morals. We watch children reach out to adults who fail them. We watch one woman infect an entire neighborhood like an invasive plant and one can’t help but wonder what made the children so susceptible to being a part of the evil.
My heart breaks for Meg and Susan because this horror…fiction though it may be…is all too real. It brings to mind a quote from Niccolò Ammaniti, “Monsters don’t exist. It’s men you should be afraid of, not monsters.”
When you turn the last page there isn’t really a good feeling in terms of the conclusion but more of a relief to be free of it. This is one of the worst stories I would ever strongly recommend to others.

My Thoughts:

Stories like this are always hard for both to read, and to not read. The scariest horror stories are the ones that really happen every day yet I feel a morbid solidarity with those who suffer in this stories. As someone who has fallen victim to so many monsters parading around as humans, I deeply feel the pain and fear laced in line after line.

When I was younger and going through something myself I read books like “A Child Called It.” And I would feel like, “My situation could be worse.” Looking back, what an awful feeling to find solace and solidarity in stories so heartbreaking.

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy,







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Paint Brushes, Keyboards, and Game Controllers…Oh My!

I almost called it a day and hopped in the tub (because YAY new bath bombs!) but I realized I am on a roll here and I should maintain it. This will be brief.

Today’s Accomplishments:

I made progress on two wands
I received a new dragon egg order
I added 1,000 words to Cinder Baby (including a rather steamy bedroom scene)
I cleaned the kitchen
I worked out (at home: sit-ups, ab roller, and a Fitness Marshall dance work out)
I did not do a day of study from my Wicca study guide but I did listen to several chapters Cunningham’s book in the podcast while I cooked
I spent a bit of time playing Witcher.

It is creeping towards -10 degrees and I have not left the house today. School is canceled tomorrow. I told you this would be brief.

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy,
Blessed be,






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Stories, Cramps, and, Motivation

Since I’m on a bit of a roll here I figured I would pop in and give a daily update. I hope these will improve as the year goes by but for now these quick entries will have to suffice. Here’s the quick break down:

Work for OWS:

I had an hour-long phone conference with one of the authors where we discussed her annual marketing plan. We decided on some next steps she needed to make and she took lots of notes to follow up on. I think we may start having these phone conferences more often as it seems to be the best way for me to grasp where she is and where she needs me.

Work for Writing:

I added 2,000 words to Cinder Baby. I had hoped to finish it today but I’m not going to beat myself up over it. It is almost done. I am super excited. Cinder Baby will be in the 2018 OWS Fairy Tale anthology. All of the stories in this edition will be based on Cinderella. Yay!

Work for Patreon:

I was able to get my poetry reading video done and completely edited today. I really enjoyed the process though I did it a bit differently this time. I’m happy with the end result and you will be about to see it next week on my Patreon page. The poem is entitled “Sunrise,” and it is written in a form called Trijan Refrain. This was a recommendation by one of my favorite poets and authors, Robert Cano.

Work for Product Reviews:

I got all the photos done for the current reviews I need to do and will start posting those tomorrow. Look for some fun stuff on my pages!

Work for the Magic Shop:

I finished gluing the split in the handle of one of the wands. It does not affect the integrity of the wand but I wanted to make sure it would keep the shape of the hemp handle that I will be adding this week after the final clear coat has cured.

Work for My Spirit and Health:

I went to the gym tonight and got a pretty rigorous workout. I sang in the shower. And I am attempting to read through Day Two of my studies. And so it is on that note that I am going to say goodnight.

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!
Blessed be,

Two Word Tuesday: Precisely and Cinder Baby Excerpt

Today I am sharing a small peek into my Short Story, “Cinder Baby.” Which includes this week’s Two Word Tuesday word prompt precisely. You can read all the rules below my excerpt and you can join in here.

This week’s word choices are: Sharp and/or Precisely


Cindy sighed. Mother had only forced her to come to this ball in the hopes of pawning her off on the horrid Prince Stefan. Prince Charming they called him with a snicker. With Cindy married off Mother would be free of her deathbed promise to Father. Finally, Mother and her girls could return to their family’s kingdom, far beyond the reach of this ghastly patriarchy. Her stepsisters would be here tonight as well, but they had been coached on how to avoid the prince. Dru had gone so far as to cut her right cheek repeatedly, allowing the tissue to scar until it was grotesque. Annie, sweet as she was, had no need to disfigure herself.

Cindy made her way down with caution, balancing on the ridiculous glass slippers Mother’s sister, Azura, had given her. Her doting godmother. More like, her devilmother. Cindy snorted, very unladylike. Azura had used forbidden black magic to produce a carriage as well. The carriage glimmered like diamonds but Cindy could see remnants of the magic writhing at the edges.

Azura had staged whispered to Mother, “The magic will escape by midnight precisely, surely he will have her in his bed then.”

Mother nodded in agreement and Cindy wondered where “escaped” black magic went.

Resolving once again to hide in the shadows until this fiasco was over, Cindy descended the rest of the steps. Candlelight reflected from a nearby mirror and blinded her momentarily. She had barely regained her bearings when he grabbed her hand and swept her onto the dance floor.

What to do:

  1. Write in any genre – fiction, memoir, poetry, horror, mystery, fantasy, romance, YA – you get the idea.
  2. You must use one or both prompts in your story – any form, any tense, as long as it is grammatically correct. (For instance, if you’re given a noun, and can use it as an adjective by adding “ing,” or change it to an adverb with “ly,”  that is allowed.)
  3. Share the URL to your story in the comments OR, if you don’t have your own blog, share your story in the comments.
  4. Please keep your stories PG-13 or under, and be sparing with the swearing. This is a family-friendly kind of place. Please include trigger warnings where needed.

This week’s words are:

Sharp and/or Precisely

[adv] in a sudden or abrupt way; in exact terms; without vagueness.

The deadline to submit a story is midnight Monday, CST (5 a.m. Sunday, GMT)

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!

Blessed be,





Amanda Mabry is one of the founders of OWS and their Executive Marketing Director. If you haven’t already, be sure to visit her Patreon page for a dark and stormy walk through the park of her imagination. New stories are posted monthly along with playlists, polls, and more. You can read her supernatural thriller, Next Best Seller, in Tales From Our Write Side and her poetry in Ambrosia both available on Amazon.

Off to a Productive Start!


It is my goal to write here every day this year and use it for both tracking and accountability. There will be a large variety of posts covering everything from updates to product reviews.

Today was pretty productive. And I knocked a few things (but not all) off my never-ending to-do list.

I started off the day by picking up the week’s groceries and throwing together a delicious chicken chili in the crockpot.

I worked on two new wands which will be up in the Etsy shop next week and shipped off two custom orders.

I posted an article to Medium that discusses character development and how it compares to raising a child.

I posted a new video on my Youtube channel sharing the awesome Christmas light show from Tennessee. On our way home from South Carolina Shawn spotted the twinkling lights from the highway and decided to pop in.

A posted a new poem on Patreon. Be sure to join my community so you can access my exclusive publications there.

I started Day One of my A Year and A Day studies. I am currently reading Wicca by Timothy Roderick and Solitary Witch by Silver Ravenwolf. I am supplementing my study with a book on runes and a book on crystals.

Oh! And I went to the gym! I thought I was going to die. You just don’t realize how out of shape you are until you have to do some exercising bullshit.

So, there it is. My Day One of 2018. Tomorrow I will be finishing up Cinder Baby and working on OWSU courses.

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!
Blessed be,

2017: A Year in Review with Amanda

Hello, darlin’ butterflies! Who is ready to tell 2017 to kick rocks? I know I am. It’s been a difficult year full of lessons and painful growth. But, it hasn’t been all bad. Not even mostly bad. I think when you reflect back on a year (or any time period) the highs and lows stand out more but the lows…they can really leave a mark, you know?

Amanda The Girl

Amanda & Mamaw 1996

For the sake of time (and posterity) I’ll just share my highest high and my lowest low of 2017. In July I lost my grandmother. I have been pretty quiet about because that is just how I deal but it has been one of the most painful experiences of my life. My Mamaw was such a bright and unique person. She was young right up until she was gone. That’s how I always saw her, and ironically, how I see myself. As a girl trapped in an aging body living a life that has increasing responsibilities and achievements. But, always, a girl.


Air Man First Class Lebron

The highest high occurred just this month. Last week, to be precise. Shawn drove me and my younger two spawn to my mom’s for Christmas (YAY) where we also surprised my oldest spawn who is serving in the Air Force. Seeing the unfiltered joy on his face when I opened the door filled my heart so much it could have burst. After nearly two years away it was SO good to hug my baby!


It was also especially important to me that I spend this Christmas with my mom. The first holidays after losing a family member are probably the very hardest and I didn’t want her to experience that without us being together. Seeing my youngest she spawn chat and bond with her Nana was another soul salve moment.

Amanda The Business Owner

This year has been a year of incredible growth for Our Write Side. We added a new co-owner who has helped us move things along in a positive direction. We published eight books this year! We already have a full schedule for 2018. In February we will launch OWS-U, our affordable, online course for authors.

Amanda The Girl With Goals

MACRO GOAL for 2017: Increase my Patreon community so that my writing income will allow me to continue writing. While I didn’t grow my Patreon community as much as I had hoped, it did grow. I have come to understand that it is a slow burn and I just need to keep working at it consistently. I already have lots planned for 2018, starting with a poem the goes live tomorrow. You can join my Patreon community HERE.

Micro Goals:

  • Launched products on Etsy shop, (which took off, so I am redirecting some of my attention there)!
  • Wrote new articles based on keyword relevance
  • Decided to focus more effort on building my personal brand through this website
  • Helped run my publishing company with my amazing partners
    >Which included helping to coordinate several book launches for other authors
  • Continued writing my fiction stories and fantasy book
  • Managed her Patreon profile which includes adding weekly and monthly content

My goals shifted during the 100 iCreateDaily Challenge. I realized the importance of being flexible and paying attention to clues on which area of work is ready to take off more fully, in spite of what may have been planned. So, I accomplished my new and revised goals all while being a mom, wife, and helping to manage staff and projects for OWS, Ink!

Amanda The Witch

I am going into 2018 with a clear path for my faith. I don’t talk about it a lot but I don’t hide it either. Mostly, because I believe Faith is a personal journey. I realize, however, that some people have a hard time finding their way and many of these people seem to be instinctively drawn to me. I’m more of the “live as an example” than “tell people how to live” kind of person. I don’t believe there is one truth. I’m not lost and I’m not searching for “God.” I’m searching for Good.

It’s the night before a brand new day. It’s the night before a brand new month. It’s the night before a brand new year. I will still be the same old me. But, I will be her more mindfully this year. No resolutions. No list of goals tonight. Just a promise to show up for me, every day in 2018.

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!
Blessed be.





Amanda Mabry is one of the founders of OWS and their Executive Marketing Director. If you haven’t already, be sure to visit her Patreon page for a dark and stormy walk through the park of her imagination. New stories are posted monthly along with playlists, polls, and more. You can read her supernatural thriller, Next Best Seller, in Tales From Our Write Side and her poetry in Ambrosia both available on Amazon.

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