Random Things Lumped Together in One Blog Post

Guess what comes out tomorrow. Guess! Destiny Rise of Iron. I’ve had it preordered for a while now, so I am really, really excited to finally get to play it. There will be no evening walk or other physical activity tomorrow. If I do make dinner, it will probably be peanut butter sandwiches, because my fat butt is going to be plopped in front of the television, zoned in on a video game like the grownup child I am. YES!!!

In other news, Bleu, the new kitten, is a giant jerkface. He’s a wonderful, sweet, crazy cat child, who bolts from one end of the house to the other. He climbs the furniture and leaps from one piece to the next like it’s all his personal cat playground.

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I really forgot what having a kitten is like. I got so used to older cats, who know manners and commands, that I took all that for granted. This week, we’re working on not scratching faces because scratching faces is bad and also not sniffing visitors’ crotches. I thought that was just a dog thing. Apparently not.

We’re also working on NOT BITING CORDS. He has officially broken one mouse and the cord on a really nice pair of headphones. Luckily, the headphone cord is replaceable.

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Sorry for the blurry picture. He’s hard to catch.

I do love him, though. He is SO sweet when he isn’t running amok.

Rapid subject change. I forgot to mention the other day that I put a copy of Love and the Dark in a Little Free Library. Here’s a pic.

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Again, sorry for the crappiness of the picture. I was not on my photography game.

If you don’t know what the Little Free Library is, it’s a network of outside book boxes and people put books in and they borrow them and, hopefully, bring them back when they’re done. I plan to leave more books in other boxes, but it’s just this one for the moment.

I also got this really cool book at the library (the regular library) called A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh. It’s pretty interesting. The parts that I’ve read so far have been about burglars in history. Reading it has made me decide that one of my future book characters is going to be a thief. She was going to be a journalist, but a thief posing as a journalist is way more interesting, I think.

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That’s all the randomness I have for you today. There will likely be more in the future but not tomorrow, because tomorrow is Destiny day.

Aaannd Bleu just jumped on and then knocked over the kitchen trashcan.

 

 

 

 

 

The First

Hey, guys! Sorry if this post turns out weird. I am very, very tired due to a lack of sleep, but I wanted to get this thing up because I’m really excited.

I attended my first author event/author fair/book signing. It was all of those things for me because I’ve never done any of those things.

It was at the Fayette County Library in Connersville, Indiana. Here are a few pics.

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I shared my table with Dee Armstrong Crabtree, mommy dearest and author of Uncle Imblay’s Fortune. That’s her book on the right.

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I sold one book, met some super nice people, including the library personnel. AND guess what, they added a copy of Love and the Dark to their collection! Squeeeee!

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Getting my book on a library shelf has been a goal of mine for years. Libraries have meant a lot to me since I was a kid. The librarian lady probably thought I was the biggest dork ever because I was so excited.

AND they gave me this mug! Little do they know that in my mind, this is not actually just a mug. It’s more like a trophy because this whole day was huge for me. The mug is going on my bookshelf.

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If any of the ladies of the Fayette County Library are reading this – thank you again. I hope you enjoy the book!

 

 

 

 

Show on the Road

Autumn must officially be upon us. I was sitting in my car and a dead leaf blew in and smacked me directly in the face. Thank you, Fall. Nice to see you again.

I can’t seem to get the word party started lately. I keep trying to write but I pull up the word document, and I get all like ugh, no! And then I find something else to work on.

I could try and force the words, but when I do that, I get impatient. An impatient writer usually isn’t a good writer.

I probably shouldn’t be writing at the moment anyway. I have a hundred other things going on. One of those things is an author fair I plan to attend next weekend. It’s my first one. 

I’ll post pictures once I have them. Below is the info if you’d like to come and see me sit shyly at a table, trying to sell copies of Love and the Dark. I will have some books with small font and off-center text on the binding. Only ten of those will ever exist because I’m already in the process of fixing it. Limited edition!

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A Broken Car, a Flooded Basement, a Dead Tree Book, and a New Kitty, But Not in that Order

The last few days have been crazy and weird, good but not all good. Over the weekend, we adopted a new kitten, had a car break down, and our basement flooded. The flood and the car weren’t too bad. The car issue was quickly resolved. The basement flood was not. We still have some very wet carpet.

And it’s still raining, so my whole life feels a little waterlogged at the moment. Drive to work in the rain, listen to the rain all day, drive home in the rain, worry about wet basement when I get home. Rain, rain, rain. I think I need an ark.

The new baby is very sweet. We picked him up from the animal shelter in Indy on Friday. They were overcrowded and having a special. We have been thinking about getting a new cat anyway, so this was a good opportunity.

Here he is.

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His name is Bleu. He is very, very sweet. As I was trying to pet the cat in the cage diagonal from his, he was reaching through the bars for me.

He is  also very, very energetic. He bolts from one side of the house to the other and climbs furniture and jumps on tables and knocks things off. He’s a curious boy and currently gets into everything. We haven’t had a kitten in over a decade, so having him around has required some adjustments.

Sneaker, our grouchy, old lady cat, is not handling his presence very well. She should be used to having another cat around because she lived with Max for so long. Apparently, she does not have the same patience for a baby. We’ve had a lot of literal hissy fits.

In other news, Love and the Dark is now available in print through CreateSpace. Click here if you would like to see and/or order it.

I’ll have some copies available at an upcoming author fair I plan to attend in September. I’ll post a link for that soon.

 

 

 

Stranger Things, Eleven

Minor spoilers ahead!

Stranger Things is a somewhat new Netflix show that we watched really quickly because it was really good.

One of the most interesting characters is Eleven. This is her.

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Due to her role as a subject of questionable science experiments, she has psychokinetic abilities she can use to toss people around like rag dolls whenever she feels the need. Also due to growing up in a shady lab, she has poor social skills.

She also has a lot of moments in which she longs to be normal, even though she isn’t entirely sure what that entails. Her mix of naivety and violent tendencies makes her interesting to watch throughout the show, but one scene stood out more than the other.

So, she has a bit of a falling out with her newfound friends and she runs off. With no home and no one supporting her, she has to fend for herself, ie eat. She walks into a grocery store, straight to the Eggo waffles (because #corporatesponsorship). A couple of concerned employees, one of them a manager, asks if she needs help.

She glares at him calls him a “mouthbreather” (a term her friends taught her that refers to ignorant people), and she makes off with 4 boxes of waffles, leaving all sorts of chaos on her wake.

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This is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it shows how she really feels about regular humans, or at least regular, adult humans. She’s keenly aware of her superiority and willing to use her powers to get what she wants; God help you if you even look like you might get in her way.

Second, this scene shows that Eleven has the potential to become a very bad person in the future. For the most part, she has acted on the side of good, protecting her friends at all costs. However, if she pops up in the next season, I will be interested to see how her character changes.

Patiently awaiting season 2

Sunday

I think that my blood must be the mosquito equivalent of chocolate cake, or maybe steak. I swear every time I go outside for more than a walk to my car, I get swarmed by the things. The weather is nice, though, when it isn’t broiling. Sunshine is good. Green plants are good.

I am pleased to report that the final AnnaBeth book is off to see the wizard (Lady Editor), and as long as no major problems arise, that book should be ready sometime within the next 2-3 months. It’s the last part of a trilogy, so I’m not going to do a big release thing for it.

I have many tasks ahead to wrap up the trilogy. I’m releasing new editions of the first 2 books at the same time I release the print edition of book 3, so the to-do list involves 3 print covers and 3 rounds of interior formatting. It won’t be fun, but the end result is going to look very cool. That is excellent motivation.

What else. Oh, yes. I decided to release the middle-grade book (kids’ book) I wrote a year or 2 ago. It’s been done for a while, and I’ve been holding it for a few reasons, one of which is that I wanted to write the second book in the series before I released the first.

I had this whole idea that I would release them at the same time and make the first book free. I changed my mind because I don’t think that a free book is as big a draw as it used to be. There are too many. You could seriously pack a Kindle or a Kindle app to the gills and never pay a penny. I might make it free in select places like on the Wattpad app or maybe through my website directly. We’ll see.

So, yeah. I plan to release that one around November 15th. I’m releasing it then for the holiday shopping season and so that I have a nice, long time to get my marketing game together.

Slowly but surely, progress is made.

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Newness

But not writing newness. I redesigned the cover for Love and the Dark. Wanna see it? Of course you do! Otherwise, you probably would’ve moved on to the next cat video by now instead of continuing to read this nonsense.

So, here’s what the first cover looked like in case you didn’t see it.

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Honestly, it’s not that great of a cover. It’s okay. I’ve definitely seen worse. I’ve seen much, much better. I’ve never been overly fond of it. I think that I reached the end of the book project, and I was ready to be done with it.

Despite my lack of love for this cover, I did attempt to use it for the print edition and then promptly changed my mind. As a front cover, it’s functional, but I couldn’t figure out how to handle the back cover in a way that looked halfway professional. It was bad.

So I proceeded with 4 redesigns. None of those worked. Into the recycle bin they went. Okay, not really. I kept all of them. I’m a digital hoarder. What can I say?

I settled on this one mostly for mood and color.

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It isn’t live everywhere yet, but it will be soon. The print edition should be out in the next 2 -3 weeks if all goes as planned.

That’s it for now. Peace.