Survived fairly solid meetings from 11am to 4pm.
A couple of slightly frustrating incidents in the second meeting, involving the new task-managing system. I do not think the guy who chairs these meetings will come to them without his laptop again. I have the general impression that people would rather be struggling with the release than struggling with the task-managing system.
Came home and spent a while this evening making stamp fridge magnets. As this involves a fair amount of glue, the tips of my fingers are currently feeling very scrubbed. (Well, the first stage of making stamp fridge magnets. It tends to be a process that lasts over several days, as most of the stages end with "and then leave glue to dry", which can take hours.)
Definitely have cold. Fortunately it seems to be the sort of cold that one can work through, so far. Let's hope it stays that way.
HELLO FRIENDS. Hey, remember how I needed a nice, relaxing vacation because of how non-stop stressful my life has been? Ha. HA HA HA,
said the universe. If it weren't for an AMAZING show and an even more AMAZING friend, I would have curled into a ball and rolled into traffic.
Here's the short version, which has no pep or zazz. Massive ice storm, Dallas was shut down, and I was trapped in the airport. Eventually got out to LA, had no luggage, had only the things on my back, and had a red carpet event to attend. Had a great time at said red carpet event, was with the best friend ever who didn't mind our vacation turning into a shopping for toiletries and underwear trip, came home and my eventually found luggage fell apart in my driveway and some of my brand new skin care products exploded. But I honestly enjoyed myself, when I wasn't curled into a ball, contemplating rolling into traffic. I really love flaming_muse
a lot, and I'm incredibly grateful for the RIDICULOUSLY FABULOUS tickets for Trevor Live that she was able to secure. Like, I was sitting IN FRONT OF celebrities, my seats were so much better than most. <3( THE MUCH MORE ENTERTAINING READ, INCLUDING MY DESCENT INTO MADNESS AT DFW TERMINAL CCollapse )
Awesome: when I got out of the car at my house late yesterday, the whole top half of my suitcase fell off. AT LEAST IT HAPPENED WHEN I WAS HOME. (And hey, I ended up with new clothes and makeup, so...) I would like to state that I know I am very fortunate to be in a position in life where I CAN replace things from lost luggage. If I couldn't... I would have just flat out given up, walked into the ocean and taken a deep breath. Well, that would be the case if I also hadn't had my very own Miss Muse and her strong hand to hold onto. :)
And now I'm home, there's laundry and cleaning piled up, and I have story ideas to write. NOT TOO SHABBY. HEY GUYS HEY.
So! As many of you know, last September and October I ran a Kickstarter for my new epic fantasy trilogy. My goal was $10K, which was barely enough to cover the cost of cover art, interior design, a map, printing, copy editing, etc. In my original budget I had about $80 worth of wiggle room, which I figured would be safe enough; if costs went over, I could cover them with the Twenty Palaces POD edition which is coming out soon.
Then this happened:
The project hit its goal in about 8 hours and doubled it the next day. This post is going to be about what happened, why it happened, what I did right and wrong, and what I learned from it.
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Really cold. And for some reason I'm in a deep funk, which I hope disappears soon. :/
Anyhoo, may or may not have new job news soon. That would be pretty bitching if true!
Barring it miraculously going away overnight, I do believe I have a cold.
... I am trying to convince myself that this is a positive thing, or at least not wholly negative, because with any luck it should be gone by Christmas.
It could be worse. There is Lemsip. And coffee. And lots to be doing.
Useful day at work: finished it with a busy evening where I more or less (barring further comment) completed edits on book 1, made a necklace and earrings as a Christmas present for my aunt, and assembled a dozen memory wire bracelets for selling at work next week. Not too bad.
What's more worrying/irritating is that I have a familiar tickle behind my throat, combined with a certain uncomfortably squishy sensation somewhere between the ears and the nose. This had better not be an oncoming cold. I am far too busy to have a cold now.
(Yes, I know that never works, but I can hope.)
1) Dumbledore: “I’d like to welcome our new Defense Against The Dark Arts, teacher, Mary Poppins.” It seems so perfect, doesn’t it? You’d have to file the serial numbers off (or not).
2) “My name is Perry the Platypus, and I used to be a spy.”
3) “My name is Boris Badenov, and I used to be a spy.”
4) In a fantasy city where spells are cast through ritualistic group dance, magic schools vie for power by brawling in the streets. The two most bitter rivals are the Most Holy University of the Shark and the Jet School of the Sacred and Profane, but when a student from each meet on neutral ground and fall in love…
5) Lazarus The Immortal: Raised from the dead two thousand years ago, Lazarus discovers that he can’t die. Fighting crime? Fighting injustice? Fighting wars? He’s done all that. What’s next for a man spurned by death?
6) Here’s your million dollar movie idea: RO-BRO.
7) A rom com with a post-apocalyptic setting (although it might be easier to leave out the “com” part). Actually, I’m sure there’s a whole (minor) subgenre of romance novels for this, sort of LAST OF THE MOHICANS (DD Lewis movie version) in a MAD MAX-style setting.
8 ) A pseudo-Cary Elwes actor announces plans to publish a memoir of the production of a faux-THE PRINCESS BRIDE-type movie, then suddenly goes missing with the manuscript. Murder? Publicity stunt? Something else?
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And it’s ready!
Strange New Words, my novel-length collection of short fiction, is finally available. Thirteen tales–some of which are reprints, some of which are brand new to this collection–ready and waiting for you!
Right now, it’s available at Amazon, for Kindle, and at Smashwords, in multiple formats including PDF and EPUB. All for what I dare say is quite a reasonable cost. Although not ready yet, it will also eventually be available as a softcover print book through Amazon, and as a PDF, a softcover, or a hardcover through Drive Thru Fiction.
I appreciate the support of each and every one of you; I couldn’t have gotten this out alone. I’m really proud of how this came together, and I’m looking forward to hearing what you all think.
(And yes, I’ll be doing a formal catalog page for this book; just haven’t gotten to it yet.)
Don’t forget to pick up Lost Covenant while you’re at it.
Took in two pairs of nice-fake-fur-fabric fingerless gloves to work today. One coworker took a look at them and bought them both on the spot. Another inquired about the possibility of muffs.
Now where did I leave the website address of that place where I bought the fake fur fabric...