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Rainbow Frames: First Look

A first look at Rainbow Frames, my latest lifestyle magazine featuring sunshine styles, whimsical tones, and happy home bubbles. My happy place is colorful paint splatters, tie dye collections, and casual aesthetics that highlight positive vibes, creative directions, and design intuitions. I am very excited for this edition, which will feature vintage palettes, a much needed roadtrip, and some of my favorite products that make my day that much better. Can’t wait to share! Until then, visit Style Files and get a glimpse of my other editions.

Images from Rainbow Frames, a digital publication from Paperwaif featuring sunshine styles, happy tones, and whimsical projects.

Smiling styles and positive vibes…

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Spring Slump


Ugh… So much for a productive week, month, or year. Talk about a doozy. Not sure if it’s my foggy nature or the truly awful allergies of this dry, desolate place but accomplishing anything while maneuvering educational duties seems impossible. Don’t even get me started on that nonsense. Unfortunately, little has changed since I was sitting in the icebox, wondering when I was actually going to learn something. Why create a system that caters only to a specific type of individual? Seems limiting and unproductive. Onto happier notes…

Looking ahead, I am busily altering my website, Paperwaif.com, to offer a shop, easier navigation, and a more visually pleasing design. I’m always amazed at the little things that I learn along the way. Every page is getting a new layout and overall update, so that viewing excerpts, previews, and background information will be simpler. In the meantime, check out my latest novel, Miss Mannequin, a thriller horror that was inspired by design, technology, and social engineering. Now that I am about fifty pages into my yet-to-be titled follow up, I can’t wait to design a lookbook that highlights the different characters and the world that they live in.


  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.
  • Nineties Noir, a digital publication from Paperwaif, featuring a Las Vegas moment, a romantic collection, and a new excerpt from Miss Mannequin.

SPRING PUBLICATION

Featuring romantic tones, nineties vibes, a whimsical escape to a desert paradise, and an upcoming project from Paperwaif named Wallpaper Dolls.


sunshine on…

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Miss Mannequin: Excerpt

ECHELON FILES

Miss Mannequin, a thriller suspense novel by American author, A. L. Merriman.

“Entering the 41st level, Koah zipped to the far side of the garage and slammed the brakes. The car bumped the barrier. Cement tumbled forty stories below as the car grazed the edge. Koah checked Slay’s seatbelt, then his. “Lean over and cover your head,” he instructed.

The car lurched backwards.

Slay’s heart raced. What was he doing? Terrified, she leaned over and closed her eyes but not before noticing the mannequin in the sideview mirror. She hysterically shouted as the car revved forward. Realizing that they sailed through the air, and that the mannequin was also there, her eyes flicked open. A strange, malicious grin beamed from the mannequin as she gracefully soared like a dark swam. But the delight in her eyes vanished when she realized that she was falling fast.

Darkness loomed and the city lights glittered below.

Back cover of Miss Mannequin, a thriller suspense novel by American author, A. L. Merriman.

The mannequin fell forty stories to the ground as the Lamborghini tore into the skyscraper. The car slid uncontrollably as Koah swerved and braked, ultimately stalling dangerously close to the edge. The windows on the building collapsed, and the car began to teeter.

Koah unbuckled them and grabbed Slay by the arm. They leapt from the car and fell to the floor as the car slipped from the edge of the skyscraper. Forty stories below, the car plummeted to the street.

In shock, Slay breathlessly choked. Her heart faltered, and she couldn’t stop shaking. Noticing the blood on her hands, she frantically looked around, her eyes lingering on Koah’s shirt. Blood soaked his clothes. “You’re hurt!” she stammered.”  Learn More

SHOP MISS MANNEQUIN

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Wild Smiles

Following a muddy road to nowhere, in a nowhere place, in a nowhere state of mind. Dreary, blustery, and nearly snowing, where is the sunshine? Although, the perfect aesthetics for a gloomish writer who can never finish the perfect novel, I desperately need a little light to slog through the next few months of letters, rewrites, portfolios, and new material. Until then check out my latest from Paperwaif

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May Newsletter

Read the May newsletter from Paperwaif, a shelf featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style designs.

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Backwoods Sunday

When you live in the middle of nowhere… Find a little more nowhere. Dirt roads. Wildflower meadows. Not a soul in sight. And three hours later… Happy to have a break from website edits, style frames, and book complications. Don’t even want to think about the hundreds of letters I have to send. To view my progress, visit Paperwaif.com. Until then, sunshine on…

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Style Edit

Learn about Paperwaif, a shelf featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas. Created by Aryn Lane and inspired by design and technology.

What’s new…

Creative directions, style ideas, and new pages!

One of my favorite pastimes and stress relievers has always been sketching, designing layouts, and pulling together images. Forget running a marathon or dumping thousands on a short vacation, creating projects and products has always been an easy way to let the anxiety wash away. I know I’ll always get slammed and bash for not taking interest in “the essential markets” but what a bland world this would be with no software. Lately, I have had to set aside a few of my works like my follow-up novel, so I could tinker and clean my website, Paperwaif.com.

Paperwaif represents writing, digital designs, and imaging frames. No politics! No drama! No whining! No private life! Do these type of sites or businesses exist at all anymore? When deciding to tackle such a project, I adamantly reminded myself that my interests in books and design are just that. Of course, the lack of sensationalism doesn’t sell and no one cares about the work itself or how many months it takes to create a body of work when it is solely me, and not editors, social managers, and cover artists helping in the wings.

To stay happy and entertained, I have created Style Files, a page that features style designs, digital magazine clips, and creative directions. This is where my love of design school shines. Throughout my teen years and then while attending college, I remember obsessively cutting, organizing, and pasting layouts onto cardboard boxes just to create pretty collections and frames. Thankfully, design programs have improved over the years. Style Files is a fun, happy, creative environment that highlights digital frames.

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LIVIING LIKE PIXIES
View Style Files from Paperwaif featuring style designs, digital publications, and creative directions.
SKETCH IT OUT

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Paperwaif Made

Learn more about of Paperwaif, a shelf by Aryn Lane, featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas. Inspired by design and technology.

The Path To Paperwaif…

Discover Paperwaif, a modern shelf by Aryn Lane, featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas.

From editing to designs, Paperwaif continues to blossom one page at a time…

A NOT SO EASY PATH

From a terrible story to a collection of work, the long, discouraging path to Paperwaif has been challenging, exciting, and educational. Originating from a childhood nickname, Paperwaif represents the individuals who are ghosts on paper, yet skilled nonetheless.

Learn more about of Paperwaif, a shelf by Aryn Lane, featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas. Inspired by design and technology.

With a design degree and few opportunities during a down time, writing became a natural direction despite my true passions. Through the process, I eagerly dove into editing, formatting, and designing book covers even though I had little knowledge of the industries, other than a few design programs.

Looking back, my first novels were a monumental mess as I spent years trying to acquire a writing style that complimented my thoughts. Although disliking social media greatly, I realized I had to find a way to display my work. Prior to writing, I loved giving up and moving on, but after two years in, I had become a full blown creative addict, and it bothers me immensely that I haven’t found professional happiness. Despite designing my own site, writing novels, and creating digital layouts – my personal favorite – I’m still the invisible waif who can’t translate. Without a charismatic personality or an eye-catching resume that resonates, I created Paperwaif as a place to share my work with other individuals who love to write and design.

Paperwaif has now become my life project, an obsession that grows with each page turn. If you love creative directions and want a place to escape the blues, you’re welcome to join in and share your ideas. If you need somewhere to turn to because you can’t relate to the interests of those around you, I truly understand – Loner Lane is my middle name. For years, I have been on an island by myself. No one likes what I do, nor cares, though sometimes that’s the greatest part. Interests and achievements are quickly dismissed because they are created from fiction and fantasy, but what a bland world this would be if we were all alike?


Learn more about of Paperwaif, a shelf by Aryn Lane, featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas. Inspired by design and technology.

Edit, edit, and edit! Fifty reads later, edit some more…

Learn more about of Paperwaif, a shelf by Aryn Lane, featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas. Inspired by design and technology.

Creative directions! Imagine, organize, prioritize, & create.

Learn more about of Paperwaif, a shelf by Aryn Lane, featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas. Inspired by design and technology.

From a messy sketch to a glossy book cover.

Learn more about of Paperwaif, a shelf by Aryn Lane, featuring contemporary novels, digital publications, and style ideas. Inspired by design and technology.

Imagine, draft, pattern, and create. When design and pencils collide…

A gallery of happy snaps from Paperwaif featuring beautiful blooms and waves of calm.

Happy snaps that inspire creative directions.


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A Hazy Daze

Imagine. Draft. Create.

For years I have been snapping photos of sunsets, mountains, and clouds, clouds being one of my favorites, especially following a storm. Lavender ice cream or a pastel Schnauzer? Unfortunately, my current landscapes stir up a bunch of dust and create puffy eyes, stuffy noses, and unpleasantly dry skin. Not a good thing for those with allergies. I’m terribly afraid I’ll walk out the door, catch a whiff of the freshly cut grass that makes me break out along with the dust in the air, and sneeze, triggering the glares. Miss the east coast dearly, where allergies were nonexistent for me. I now remember why the west and I are completely incompatible. The wonderful years of little oxygen to my brain cells, making me feel stoned and dead to the world were unbearable.

Dust aside, I decided I needed a little pick me up while in this hazy daze of strange times and huge to-do list. Very happy to be fifty pages in with my new novel, the follow-up to Miss Mannequin. Paperwaif.com is in the middle of major construction to better suit myself and guests. My excerpt and preview pages for my novels are completed while my Style Files and Paperwaif Shop are still in construction. This grueling process takes awhile since I am the shittiest happiness engineer on this planet – forget memorizing the dictionary, memorize css in your downtime. When you feel like bashing your computer every five minutes, it’s time walk away and admire the whimsical clouds.

Growing Happiness

In the heart of Washington…

Blooming In The Orchard

If you’re feeling blue and want a little adventure, enjoy a drive along the valley of blossoms in the heart of Washington where the river resembles glass and the wispy breeze lingers. Down a dirt road, flowers bloom among the old, rustic orchard that was once a family farm and a child’s greatest backyard to climb, roam freely, and imagine what could be. Despite living thousands of miles away, I can still smell the dusty tractors that kicked up dirt while hauling apple bins down the orchard rows. My childhood felt normal at the time- nearly everyone I knew either grew up on an orchard or had parents that owned small, local businesses. Strange how things have changed, even the little family farm that inspired so many dreams. Replaced with pretty flowers and a budding nursery, gardens grow each spring.

Paperwaif Edit

Dream. Draft. Edit & Press.

Sunshine up! So happy to finally see some sunshine despite having painting projects to complete and a website to redesign. Instead of spending another morning slogging through css terminology in a dark, chilly unpainted room, I decided to soak up some much needed sunlight to blush my pale skin. Now, back to the seven year nightmare that I have created and dubbed, Paperwaif.com. For anyone who is viewing my site or work, I apologize for the ghastly sight- it’s just dreadful currently. As I move forward and allow my work to grow into a Paperwaif Shop for my books, magazines, and portfolios, I determined that structurally my site needed to be addressed immediately. I am switching over to new programs and layouts for a better experience for myself as well as guests. These changes may take a while since I work independently and have little time between writing, designing, and juggling my daily routine for my rambunctious unit. That said, enjoy a preview of my latest magazine, Nineties Noir or read an excerpt from my latest thriller novel, Miss Mannequin. xoxo, A. L.

NINETIES NOIR

Featuring dark, romantic tones, a whimiscal getaway to a desert escape, an excerpt from Miss Mannequin, and a new project, Wallpaper Dolls. View full edition at Paperwaif.

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