Author Archives: Martha Bechtel

About Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

Saturday Story Prompts [2018.02.17]

By | February 17, 2018

1. Seven used to be a lucky number until the moon went dark. 2. The wind is strong enough today to send waves rippling over the surface of the lake. No one is there to greet me at the dock, I’m guessing what fish are left have fled the fires, hiding in the deepest reaches… Read More »

Camp NaNoWriMo and Fixing My Losing Streak

By | February 14, 2018

Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has been around since 2011 and is the summertime version of November’s event (which has been around since 1999!). Instead of a hard 50,000 word goal, Camp lets you pick your own goal. Which means it should be easier… right? Out of fourteen tries, I’ve only managed to hit… Read More »

Saturday Story Prompts [2018.02.10]

By | February 10, 2018

1. The better she gets at journaling the more she realized her dreams aren’t meant to be recorded. 2. Soft blankets creep up over his shoulder as he settles into bed, tucking him into the house’s embrace. Featherlight but warm, they leach off the last of the mission’s bitter cold and welcome him home. 3.… Read More »

Live from the Workbench

By | February 8, 2018

NaMoPaiMo (National Model Painting Month) has begun! …which means I have promptly started procrastinating by working on all the other projects on my workbench. *facepalm* Not so good for my little micro, who is still being prepped, but great for the rest of my ongoing projects. So I’ve got some Fat Ponies and Body Box… Read More »

Saturday Story Prompts [2018.02.03]

By | February 3, 2018

1. The best clubs have bouncers that see past the glamour and let her in with a knowing smile. 2. Whispers follow him wherever he goes, like sharks behind ships the rumors swim in his shadows, waiting for the slightest misstep to flare to life again. 3. “I agreed to help the police,” said the… Read More »

Of Pins and Prompts

By | February 2, 2018

I’ve been working to try and pull visitors into the blog via Pinterest and the easiest way to do that has turned out to be the Saturday Story Prompts! …Which is odd, because I would have sworn the tutorials would do better. *confused Martha’s are confused* Anywho. I’m certainly not one to look a gift visitor in… Read More »

Orange and White Tabby – Flat Cat Head #001

By | February 2, 2018

There’s no kitchen or office that this happy little orange tabby cat can’t bring a little sunshine to! Meet the very first of this series of magnets, a bright orange tabby with slightly darker orange stripes (and magnet sides). She’s got cute pink nose, a nice clean white bib, a purr-sonality that brightens up wherever… Read More »

31 Days of High Fantasy Writing Prompts (eBook)

By | February 1, 2018

There’s nothing like a brand new world with the hint of magic in the air to get your plot bunnies hopping! It seems to be a rule of blogs1, 2, 3, 4 that if you want to chat with your readers, you do it by mailing list. Which I suppose makes sense, considering the crickets I’m… Read More »

How to Get Level Magnets in Resin Casts

By | January 31, 2018

I’m doing another donation of Fat Pony magnets to the Big Orange Bash live model horse show this year… but this time I’m doing it right! For values of right that include ‘producing a consistent magnet.’ These little guys are handmade, so they will never be exact duplicates, but right now the magnet placement is… Read More »

A Can of Diet Coke, a Writing Desk, and Muse….

By | January 29, 2018

It’s time for me to start writing badly! Well, hopefully not too badly as I plan on dragging you fine readers along on the ride, but it’s the thought that counts. (I think?) The basic outline of 2018 will include three novella attempts via NaNoWriMo (two camps and November), but I’d like to end the… Read More »