Welcome to Scribbled Horizons!

My twin sister and I have been avid readers for most of our lives and enthusiastic writers for nearly just as long. Though we have read and loved many books from a variety of genres, being legally blind has given us a special appreciation for the fantastical as we have always had to fill in the gaps in our vision with our own imaginations. This passion has influenced much of our writing and other projects.

This site is both an archive of our works and, we hope, a place where readers, writers, and educators might find some helpful resources.

~ Alaena Hope

P.S. All the artwork on this website (except for the covers of books we review) was created by us.

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Cover image showing a young woman with a dark complexion dancing on the surface of a lake.

by Alaena Hope and V. Shalace [Poetry Collection]

Scribbled Journeys is an illustrated collection of 49 poems that range from funny childhood anecdotes to stories of magic and adventure.

Join two brothers on their crazy journey to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Meet a girl who receives a magical piano from her grandmother, a boy with an ill-tempered jack o’ lantern, and a goldfish that turns out maybe not to be a goldfish after all. Learn about the world of socks, what guide dogs actually do for their blind partners, and more.

Inspired by childhood dreams and the turning of seasons, this quirky and whimsical collection is one that parents and children can enjoy together.

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Cover Image: A man stands silhouetted against a sunset city skyline with a phantom dragon rising from the glowing crystal in his hand.

by Alaena Hope and V. Shalace [novel]

Lumika, known around the world as the city of magic, is also home to the prestigious Lumika University, a leading institution in magitech research. However, not everyone who attends Lumika U is there for an education. Some are looking for recognition, and some are looking for revenge. Still others are only passing through on their way to bigger and better things.

All first-year student Shyn Shirolei really wants is a fresh start and access to Lumika University’s unparalleled libraries. Unfortunately, as the daughter of a seer, she knows better than anyone that life seldom unfolds as planned. When a body falls from the sky on her first day on campus, she finds herself caught in the middle of events that seem unsettling even for a school where furniture walks around on its own and memories can be kept on trees. With a roommate who seems like she already has her entire life figured out and a new friend who seems obsessed with the magical relics of the legendary Spectral Court, Shyn’s first semester as a university freshman is turning out to be a lot more complicated than she had hoped.

“There’s a shadow over the university,” Shyn’s mother had told her. If only she’d paid more attention.

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Cover Image: A pumpkin growing in a field that is sprouting a wheel

by V. Shalace [short story]

Cindy is lucky to be Blessed, or at least that’s what most people tell her. As far as Cindy is concerned, however, Fairytale Magic isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

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Cover Image: A set of framed illustrations showing flowers and birds drawn in ink

by Alaena Hope [personal narrative]

A true story of a blind artist's first experience with a college art class.

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Cover Image: A black lab wearing a guide dog harness seated next to her person.

by V. Shalace [personal narrative]

A nonfiction piece based on the many interesting people I met while flying with my guide dog.

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Cover Image: Star-dusted smoke rising from a glass oil lamp.

by Alaena Hope [short story]

Being a genie just got harder. Like granting wishes wasn't hard enough already...

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