Hello! I go by my pen name Xennariel or Xen for short. I’m an avid World of Warcraft player, animal and nature enthusiast, and generally just a huge nerd.
I am currently working on a fantasy novel that I’m publishing here as a serialization.
I try to write about things that are more niche and uncommon on Medium. I also try to be funny, though I’m not sure that’s working out yet.
No, the name in the title is not my real name, as you probably guessed. I go by my pen name online, Xennariel or Xen for short. It’s actually the name of the main character of a fantasy book I’ve been trying to write for over fifteen years. I know, I know, my creativity in choosing a pen name knows no bounds! I also know that’s a hell of a long time to be writing a book. I’m a perfectionist and that’s the excuse I’m sticking with.
I’ve always been an avid reader, particularly when it comes to the fantasy…
My love of crytpids and the paranormal began at a young age. I already wrote about two of my earliest experiences in a previous article. I’ve returned to tell the tale of my final two paranormal experiences, which occurred when I was older, making them even more vivid in my memory.
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois where the first of my experiences happened. When I was twelve, my parents and I moved to Livermore California due to my father getting a new job. …
Dew drops clung to the foliage of the deep woods, a light mist permeating the air. The early morning breeze was cool and the twin suns had yet to breach the horizon, leaving the hushed forest covered in shadows.
Four small figures moved through the trees, swift and light, the plants under their feet glowing in tones of blue and purple with each step, the trees changing color with each brush past them.
The children’s soft giggles echoed through the forest as they raced toward a lake at the center. Running at their sides were two young wolves, a white…
I’m here to raise awareness about a disease I had no idea existed until several months ago. I’m no expert, but I want to share everything I’ve learned as an owner of a dog diagnosed with EPI. Personal experience is often the best teacher.
When my Border Heeler pup Zephyr was about nine months old, we noticed he seemed to be losing weight and was always hungry. I didn’t think too much about him being hungry all the time. That’s not unusual for dogs. What was starting to worry me was his weight loss and unusual looking stools.
“The nerve of that guy!” Xennariel fumed in her room the next morning to an equally annoyed Shakuran as she got ready for the day. “Blackmailing me like that. Who does he think he is?”
Shakuran grumbled in response, agreeing that the man they met in the woods was an ass. He pressed into her mind to tell her such, using their form of silent communication, something unique to all higher demons and their spirit guardians.
“Yes, yes he was.” Xennariel laughed. “It’s okay. …
There are many many books and articles that highlight the positivity of writing and becoming a writer. This is not one of those articles.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but being a writer isn’t all rainbows, sunshine, and unicorn farts. If you’re sensitive to failure, I would suggest choosing a different career path. Writing is not for the weak.
Despite what people say, no, not everyone can be a writer.
Writing requires at least some amount of imagination, creativity, and knowledge about the craft.
Just like I will never have what it takes to be a…
Being a pet owner is harder than you might think. It’s more than picking out a pet, cleaning up after it, and feeding it.
Pets are living, feeling things. They require the same amount of love and attention you would give a child.
There are several things people think are normal or okay to do as an owner of a specific kind of animal. I’m here to tell you that some of those things are bad and wrong. Just because a lot of people do something doesn’t make it right.
Did you know that your cute “outdoor cat” is a…
So you want to play World of Warcraft, huh? That’s great! Welcome! But don’t expect to be greeted warmly in game. The majority of players either ignore new players or are actively annoyed by them. There are some of us left that aren’t full of salt though so don’t let the haters deter you from playing!
If you’re a new player to World of Warcraft, things might seem overwhelming. I’ve been playing since 2006 and when I first started I was terrible. I couldn’t read the map so was constantly lost, didn’t understand my chosen class, and didn’t realize you…
“Ow,” the man yelped, rubbing his head as he stood up again. “Oh, so you are home. Thanks for finally letting me in.”
Xennariel gaped at her adoptive brother, Jesse Rousseau. His blond hair was mussed, his clothes wrinkled, and, judging from the bags under his green eyes, he must have slept terribly. He shouldn’t have been outside at this hour. She thought he had been asleep in his room upstairs.
“What the hell? You weren’t even home?”
“Met this chick last night and she invited me to her place and well, ya know, I just stayed there. …