Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dearly Beloved Sleep

I just got home from a beautiful wedding for my friend Jessie's little sister. Cass made an exquisite bride! I've been able to spend some time with Jessie the last few days, but we've been so busy catching up that we got absolutely NOTHING done on Love During Death (oops!). It's alright though. We communicate on a regular basis and seem to think on the same wave length, so we're always on the same page (and it can be creepy sometimes).

I don't have much to say tonight. My brain is slush; I'm exhausted. This last week has been one of the slowest I've experienced this year and I'm definitely feeling it tonight. I also have a little boy who needs to go to bed and I'm gladly going to go to bed as well. I have plenty to look forward to this week. By no later than Tuesday, I should be receiving my book order for my signing!!! I'm still excited and nervous. I suppose that won't go away until after it's all done.

This is completely off topic, but I informed my parents this afternoon that I intend to get a tubal ligation when I turn 30. There are a few factors that have led me to the decision, but the most prominent is that I am very passionate about NOT having children in my 30's. I couldn't tell if my mom was relieved or disappointed, or both. My dad didn't say anything, which is not much of a surprise. Regardless, I only have three more years to go.

My munchkin, August 2011, age 2.5 years

"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them."
Victor Hugo

Good night all!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Reading Obsessions, Writing Desires

I spent some time this last week getting some much needed reading in. I've been so caught up in life that I've been neglecting what little luxury I allow myself. So, I started the Fallen Star series by Jessica Sorensen, intending on only reading the first book and finishing the series another time. As of last night, I finished the series. So much for only reading one!

On Friday, I not only finished up my final review on The Seventh Layer, I also reviewed the proof copy and put in my order for my book signing! I'm about 2 weeks ahead of schedule and it's an absolute stress reliever. I had been overly concerned that I hadn't timed things accurately and wouldn't be getting things finalized in time. Now I can relax a bit more and move on to other books.

Jessie is amazing! She really got some fantastic writing done on Love During Death and we're both starting to get in a good mindset to make some fabulous progress on it. Seeing as how the last part she wrote was primarily just a quick jot and run, I've decided to review and edit what she came up with, add my own touches, and hopefully move on to the next part. It's just how we roll.

After I get rolling on that project, I've got a new one I've started (earlier mentioned in another blog post). I've yet to come up with a title for my newest adventure, but Amanda (my sister) and I have really come up with some good concepts for it. When I find the time away from me and Jessie's book, I'll elaborate more on the specifics of the new book (with myself, of course) and get a good outline workup done.

Books coming soon that I'm SUPER excited about:
Impulse by Dannika Dark
Expiez: Redeem Your Blood Lust by CD Hussey
Her Demonic Angel by Felicity Heaton
Binding Secrets by Lisa Logue
And of course, my own book, The Seventh Layer, coming September 15th!

What books are you looking forward to reading? Enlighten me, I just may join you in reading them!
Alicia Martin: Biografias - Cascade of books owned by library_mistress

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Well, so far my weekend hasn't been the best I've ever had, but I'm trying to make the most of it. Since things on Love During Death seem to have come to a stand still again (I haven't heard from Jessie in several days), I'm prepping for my next book.

My younger stepsister, Amanda, has been practically begging me to write her a book about vampires (a topic I've covered several times in previous posts), and we managed to get together yesterday to discuss overall concept of the next book. I even managed to create two options for cover art and have one or two more in mind that I need to whip up before meeting with Amanda again. Since this next book will initially be for her, I will probably be clearing everything through her for opinions, advice, and suggestions.

On a completely different note, I shaved my legs yesterday! Yes I know, too much information. I just thought I'd share because it tends to be a pretty big thing when I actually do this. I'm a single mom with no time or energy to really care about the fact that the hair on my legs is long enough to feel the wind blowing around and through it. I also redyed my hair, primarily because I have a wedding to go to in two weeks. I even repainted my toenails after giving myself a mini pedicure yesterday. Welcome to the extent of my girlieness. It's so rare, it's announceable.

My stepdad got my three year old addicted to the old school cartoon, Fat Albert. Then we found out that it's on Netflix Kids. Yeah, needless to say we've been watching nothing but Fat Albert and Dora for the last 48 hours. Who'd of thunk that you lose your own TV privileges when you have kids of your own?

Alright, enough about all that. Research of the last week was on Solar Urticaria and Plasmapheresis. Wikipedia is my best friend.

Have a good week!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Loving Zombies, Baby Shoot-Guns

I've been fairly absent from my usual internet activities the last few days. I read a bit (three books in two days), built a website for Jessie, and stared at my green walls instead of doing laundry. I managed to get a sliver in my foot from walking around outside for almost two hours just in my driveway and have overdone...something because I'm exhausted!

On the plus side, I've only got one more week to wait for my lovely beta readers to finish up their reading and get back to me so that I can proceed with getting my proof copy of The Seventh Layer and be sure I'm ready to print. I don't have much time and I'm feeling a bit stressed. Can I get everything done by the time I have the signing? I hope to whichever god likes me that he/she will like me a WHOLE LOT over the next few weeks :D

My son had a meltdown at my parent's house tonight over his scissors being the wrong color. What kind of crazy is that!? I know I'm a bit loopy, but I'm pretty sure he didn't inherit that from me. He also pretended to murder my mother repeatedly with his "shoot-gun" and she eventually became zombified. It was, at least, a good way to start my day.

I realize this particular blog is a bit random, and I'm ending it abruptly, but my computer just informed me that I have less than 7% battery life remaining and I'm too tired and/or lazy to reach over and plug it in. Therefore, it is my bedtime and I must away!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 15th of September! Options are available to ALL individuals to get their hands on a signed copy of The Seventh Layer, no matter where you live. Sleep well! Maybe some of us can feel energized in the AM...

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Deadly Romance

Did you know they made chicken nuggets in the shape of dinosaurs? My son loves them! So much so that he tries to eat them before they've cooled down enough then complains when the flesh on his fingers is sizzling as loud as the cooling meat of the nugget! Yea, he's about as wise as his mother.

I'm starting to stress about having everything lined up in time for the signing next month. I had intended on giving my beta readers a full month to read, but I've had to cut their time back. There's too much to do before the signing, including going to a wedding! Ugh...that's all I got...ugh.

Jessie should be writing the next momentous part in Love During Death, so I've been researching vampires and think I've already decided which way I'm going to swing. I know there's going to be that romantic foundation, but aren't all vamps supposedly "romantic" (except for the super old ones that just kill and drain)?

The question of the day! When reading vampire fiction, what part do you enjoy the most? The dark romanticism or potential death sentence that supports the dark romance? Comment, share, invite! Let's see if we can't get a real discussion going.