Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit

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I’m still alive, I’m still alive. Barely.

Yanno, that whole idea of swapping rooms so I could have a bigger office? Yeah, taking a lot longer than anticipated.

Why?

Well, I don’t have any friends, the daughter works and I hate asking her to help, and I need a harem of men. Yes. That would be most helpful.

But, alas, it is me and my fat cat, and she, at first, hard a little bit of an adjustment having everything all cluttered and her things not where they normally are. But she is getting used to it.

The cable/ISP will be here Monday afternoon to move my internet line.

OH! I have not been to sleep in like…48 hours! I even took my Ambien and nada. So, since I am physically wiped out at the moment, but my brain doesn’t want to shut off and let me sleep, I have entered into the Netflix Vortex of Doom. I have watched…

Saving Private Ryan

The Hurt Locker

Blackhawk Down

We Were Soldiers

Jarhead

Full Metal Jacket

300

300: Rise of an Empire

and…I am about to watch Defiance and maybe start on Generation Kill, which isn’t on Netflix, I have the box-set DVDs. The book was better, of course. But the HBO production is fantastic in its own right.

Can you see a trend here? Yes, I love war movies. All war movies. Even old black and white ones. I’m a war buff. Yeah, you thought that was just limited to the character of my book? Write what ya know, right?

I haven’t been writing all week, other than some minor RP gaming writing. I have not worked on Book Two at all. I’ve been working on this room swap, clearing and tossing junk, moving things that tried to kill me. Like I said, I am just physically exhausted. Mentally, too. I feel just drained, yet cant sleep.

Fat Cat is sleeping just fine and dandy, however. Any time I sit down, she’s all over me. The big squish.

I’ll be glad when I have this moving project done. I’ll be happy when I have my swords and pictures and little nick-knacks and voodoo dolls all in their new places. Oh, and I FINALLY have enough shelves for all my books! It took three bookcases. I still have a little room in the nooks in the hutch of my desk, but I’m thinking of putting some pictures there instead.

I do have a complaint about this big old room. Its cold. Well, I’m sure in the summer its going to be sweltering. There’s two heat/AC ducts in here, but I don’t think they are working, and its so cold out right now.

On the plus side, all the windows have screens. I can open up the room and let the lovely scent of honeysuckle and lilac in in the spring. I have some growing wild just off the treeline, really close to the house. Not to mention, fat cat will love sitting in the windows. Well, she already does. I set up a little perch for her already. She doesn’t use it much unless the sun is just right for now. Besides, she’s always on me if I sit down…lol.

Well, its now 5:25am. I’m going back into the Vortex of Doom.

Someone send a search party if you don’t hear from me in a few days. >_>

Spotlight: Blogger Britta!

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The lovely Britta!

I’m met Britta right here on the lovely interwebs, just stumbling over one another’s blogs. She fun, upbeat and just cute as a button! She indulged me with a little about herself and answered my questions with gusto.

Don’t forget to gander over to her blog and check her out! Now, on with the show…

Let’s meet Britta…

Hi all, I’m Britta; I’m currently a college student in Minnesota and will be graduating with a double major in history and English in May. I have a fuzzy idea of what I want to do with my life (something with public history, I think) and am trying to take life one step at a time. I would love to be a published author one day, too, but not now…one step at a time, remember? 🙂 I started blogging in September of 2013 and joined WordPress in May of 2014. My current site, It’s a Britta Bottle! (brittabottle.wordpress.com) was created in August of 2014. I started to blog to force myself to write—I had fallen out of my writing practice for quite some time—and have since discovered this amazing community of supportive and talented bloggers. It’s my pleasure to be in Zoe’s spotlight this week…nice to meet you!

Britta jumped right on in with my 10 silly questions. I absolutely LOVE her enthusiasm!

10 Questions, Zoe style…
1. What is your writing process?
My writing process has been constantly changing as a blogger. I used to write and publish a post all in the same day. A little while ago, however, I became really unsatisfied with the work I was producing in that small amount of time. I am learning how to give myself time to think through ideas. I’ve started to utilize my draft folder, which has been really wonderful for coming back to some writing that felt like it wasn’t going anywhere the first time around.
My writing process as a blogger is different than my personal writing process (as in journaling) and the process I have for writing school papers. If I ever do write a book in the future, as I’d like to, I’m sure my writing process for that will be a little different, too.

2. What do you read for pleasure?

Well, I’d like to say everything, but that’s simply not true. I am mostly drawn to historical fiction and the classics. My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and I’m currently reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. I’m also drawn to biographies—I am interested in biography as a subfield of history and love learning about a particular time period or event in time through the lens of one individual. I love books that make me think, allow me to see the world differently. That said, I have been enjoying book reviews by my fellow bloggers because they’ve exposed me to titles I might not have otherwise batted an eye at. I really would like to read more books from many different genres, but that just doesn’t happen as much as I’d like given the books that I am generally drawn to. Well, also, I don’t find a whole lot of time to read for pleasure during school since I’m so busy with reading the bazillions of pages of assigned readings for my history and English classes. 🙂

3. What is the greatest joy of writing/blogging for you?

I started to blog for myself—to better understand myself and allow myself to grow as a person. I believe blogging has helped me with that extensively and I credit all the writing I’ve been doing since I started blogging frequently in really helping me to figure myself out this year—I’m in my last year of college and don’t know where I’m going to be in a year. That’s scary, but writing and blogging has really helped me with that.

I’ve recently developed an immense joy in connecting with other bloggers out there. I had no idea that such an amazing community of bloggers existed when I started blogging, and I’m so thankful I’ve found it. The people I’ve met here in the blogosphere are simply amazing! So, while I do write for myself and love how much I’ve grown in simply writing so much since I’ve started blogging, I have to say that my greatest joy is a tie between writing for myself and interacting with the community—because this community is just so wonderful!

4. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, I’m 21—though I’ll be 22 in March. I was born in raised in Minnesota and though it’s been a wonderful state to grow up in, I don’t want to stay here…at least not at this time in my life. I love to read, I love to write, and I love history. I am majoring in history and English, but I don’t want to teach (so don’t ask me that…it’s one of my pet peeves). I am interested in pursuing a career in public history at some point. I did a curatorial internship at the Smithsonian last summer and thought I had an amazing experience, I also learned that I don’t want to be a curator. I’m an introvert (and INFJ to be exact) though I love spending time with people too…especially my good friends and my family. I love coffee, I’m a pescetarian (meaning I don’t eat meat, but DO eat fish), I just started doing yoga daily about two weeks ago and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I can be a little scatterbrained and am definitely random, as you can probably see from my answers to this question.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses when it comes down to sitting down and writing?
My biggest weakness is FOCUS! This most commonly manifests itself in school papers that I’m really just not feeling. I have spent way too many nights up until 3 am writing a paper the day before it was due simply because of a lack of focus. If I don’t feel inspired, I have a really hard time writing. This is something I’m trying to work on because I’m not necessarily proud of this 3 a.m. nights and the work that is produced through them…but that is certainly easier said than done.
My strength comes is my understanding that writing takes time. This is something that I really learned to embrace last semester when I was taking a composition studies course. A major theme of the course was how writing is a process. I’ve been trying to implement that in my blogging much more of late and I’m much more satisfied with my blog as a whole because of that.
I just realized how intertwined my weakness and strength are. Perhaps if I gave myself more time to write my school papers, I wouldn’t have to worry so much about my lack of focus!
6. Do you have any strange writing habits?
None that I can think of. Well, I guess staying up until 3 am trying to finish a paper is kind of strange…or maybe that’s just an incredibly college student thing to do.
7. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing/blogging process?
The (I would say self-inflicted) pressure to get more followers, more views, more likes. I started to blog for myself, as I’ve said before; I’ve lost sight of that multiple times already on my journey as a blogger because I’ve felt like I needed to change my blogging style to become more popular. I want to write stuff that speaks to me, though…if people respond well to it, that’s great, if not, at least I know I’m doing something good for myself. That’s really hard to remember sometimes—especially when I see the success of my fellow bloggers. I know shouldn’t be comparing myself to them, but that is certainly easier said than done sometimes!
8. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
I make my bed every morning! It’s one of those things that just makes me feel accomplished and ready for the day (like coffee).
9. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
Oh, goodness. I’ve always wanted to travel to England. I’ve been to the U.K. before—Northern Ireland, to be exact—but never to England! But that’s just one of many places I’d like to travel to!
10. Choose: Vampires, Werewolves, Demons or Zombies?
Well, one more thing to know about me—I’m terrible at making decisions about things like this—I am going to go with werewolves because Professor Lupin is a werewolf and he’s pretty badass.
Bonus Question: How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse I’ve ordered?
I’m probably not prepared at all. I’ll most likely be the first to die.

Isnt she great?!?! And dont worry Britta, I’ll start prepping you for that Zombie Apocalypse!! 😀

Thank you so much for taking part, and keep on blogging!

A blip on the radar

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Sorry I’ve seemed to drop off the radar a little. Things abound!

Lets see…we will have SPOTLIGHTS this week!!! YAY and thank you to those who signed up!

Lets see…Oh, I did something stupid. I mean, its for the good of my lovely purple tresses, but I hate it. I…got a haircut. Like, two full inches. And bangs. What possessed me to do that is beyond me. I hate the little fringy over my forehead. You’d think after being alive this long, and the tormenting hair cuts my mother would give me as a child would have made me aware that I look best when my hair is all one length pretty much. Blech. And now, when I look down…like, at my bewbs…I cant see my lovely purple locks resting over them. My hair is just above my shoulders now. HATE IT!

Lets see…I’ve made a HUGE decision on my arrangement of my house that I am TOTALLY EXCITED for…however, with that total excitement comes TOTAL PAIN IN THE ASS!!! I have a large sunken den, which, when the original owners of the house (who are my closest neighbors now) built, it was a garage, and they converted it. I’ve just been using it for storage space. Yeah…pack-ratting. So sue me. 😛

So I decided…’hey, I want a HUGE home office instead of just using this little bedroom…I’m going to swap rooms!’. Yeah, I know, I’m an idiot. I’ve got about 30% of the moving around, tossing out of junk and repacking stuff done. The biggest thing will be moving my main desk. Its one big solid desk and hutch, and the hutch doesn’t detach. When I moved into this house, like, forever ago, it took three big strapping men to move it, and even they were whining. ~head-desks~.

I’ve been working on things, so yeah, I kind of blipped off the radar a little. I’m trying to get the swap done as quick as I can so I can get back to what I love, which is writing and oozing affection over my fat cat. (Fat cat does not like the sudden changes going on around the house, I will add. Especially when I bring out ‘VAWCCUUUMMM’)

In my little gaming world…well, there’s nothing much to report there. I’ve put a few bigger RPs on the back burner, just sticking to writing with those who send me short little RPs. I’m trying to teach them how to really develop their storytelling skills.

With this moving around things in my house, I may be without good internet for a few days. The internet line is in here, in the ‘old’ office. I don’t know if the WiFi on my computer will pick up the signal in the ‘new’ office since it’s on the other side of the house. I’m putting in a call to arrange for my line to be moved though, but you know how things can get, get put on a waiting list and whatnot. I have to say though, my cable/ISP is pretty reliable and quick.

OH! Look what my lovely daughter bought and presented to me. She brought it to me at the coffee shop a few days ago. All the girls got a chuckle out of it. I LOVE IT!!!!

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I should have put something next to it so you could see the size of it. ITS HUGE!!! It will be my new coffee shop mug. ~nods~

So, my lovely visitors, that is an update. I’ll be back around Thursday with something to share, and new Spotlights on Friday!

Be sweet ya’ll!

Paper Pirates Possibility

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Something’s got me seriously confused. I saw a post about getting your books taken down from some pirate sites, so as a matter of interest I googled mine again, and found that not only has African Me been loaded on to heaps more torrent sites for free or paid download, but that now Shadow People has joined the pirate party as well. The thing that’s got me wondering is that they’re both being offered on ebay too as paper books. I stopped looking after four different sellers there. (Click on pics to see them bigger)

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At first I thought it could be a reader selling them second hand, but when I had a proper squiz I saw that they’re being offered as brand new/unopened. The sellers have multiple copies too – ten each mostly in stock, and they’re selling them for less than what Amazon’s charging for them.

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I looked…

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Spotlight on Zoe Ambler

ME! In the Spotlight hot-seat!!! 😀 Thank you so much Damian!!! ❤

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Last week author and blogger Zoe Ambler was kind enough to feature an interview with me about my writing and publishing adventures.
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This week I’m turning the tables and inviting Zoe into my spotlight too answer some daft questions about her work! I’m hoping this will be the first in a series of posts featuring other writers who have books already out there in the world.
Ready Zoe? First question:

When did you start writing?

I started writing fan-fiction when I was in my early twenties…and then progressed to more detailed stories by way of role-play gaming. When I had no one as a writing partner, I wrote elaborate stories for my characters to flesh them out. I can get quite wordy…>_>

What was your path to publication?

My path to publication was more like trying to trek my way through a jungle or swamp with a machete. Set back…

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Troubles, troubles, troubles…

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Well. The Spotlight seats will be empty this week, as no one has taken me up on my offer to help promote them a little. I have used up everyone I had on the back list and advertised to encourage a little more to come on over and share their works with us.

Nada.

Zip.

Zilch.

~crickets chirping~

I almost had one! But when they saw I was a horror genre, and planned to publish erotica as well, they pleasantly declined.

I tried to be clear…these Spotlights are for ANY genre…it doesn’t have to mesh with my own. I am just wanting to help people out. I invite bloggers, too.

You know what I have to say for it all? POOP!! Okay, not my word of choice, but I’m trying to behave myself at the moment.

Fat-cat has learned some new curse words over the last few days, that’s for sure.

Personal life isn’t going to well at all. Its in the crapper, really.

Professional life is okay. Not great, but not totally dead. I should run another book giveaway!

I’m going to be talking to the own of my beloved coffee shop this weekend. I saw him yesterday, but he was just too busy to have a conversation. The poor man had to take one of their machines apart and fix it.

ANYWAY…we’re pitching the idea of a joint venture. I supply the books. The deal is, we’ll advertise the hell out of, newspapers, local magazines, maybe radio…anyway, after we set a date and advertise it, when people come into the shop and purchase a LARGE SPECIALTY drink, they will get a voucher for $1.99 off a copy of my book, and the book will also be signed to them. Not a bad deal at all, huh? I don’t have to pay shipping costs on the soft cover book editions, so I’m not really out anything. And the coffee shop makes a profit. I get my name out there a little more.

well, like I said, my personal life is in the pooper. I’d share, but, yeahno.

Be sweet my lovelies. Hopefully some people will take advantage of the Spotlight once again. If is stays dead, I think I will replace it with something else. Who knows?

Woes of a Gamer

10420077_907784655928288_6437293793977406804_nOh, the woes of a gamer. Find a new game, or in my case, decide to create a new one since everything has gone kaput with the current ones….you have to come up with a good character name. Something unique, original, and that will suit what sort of ‘person’ you are trying to build.

I thought of making a male character, but in Role-play gaming, I can never really pull off a male swagger. I’ve tried. It was horrible.

So, now I am considering a new femme character in my favorite RP game, since one character has been dumped by her beloved in the critical stages of her storyline, and the ‘alt’ character I play, well, my RP partner there just does not have good writing skills. At all. I pretty much have to dumb things down a lot and shorten my style. But at least he’s pretty regular and it keeps me writing a decent storyline, despite the sub-par (by my standards) writing.

I don’t know why I don’t just stop RP gaming. I quit my last one because I’d been playing it over 12 years and just ran out of things for the character. She’d seen and done it all, pretty much. And now she’s being copied by newbies who cant create an original idea. I guess I should be flattered.

But this new game I play is very different in both the gaming style and the Role-play. I like it, but man, are the other players fickle and unreliable.

So, back to thinking up a new character. Oh. Joy. Do I really want to start from square one again? What sort of person do I want her to develop in to? What species do I want to even make her? The good, or the bad?

Decisions, decisions.

~head explodes~

Yesterday

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Yup, pretty much summed up my Valentines Day to a T.

FML.

However, I don’t think I can love anyone as much as my fat-cat furball. She accepts me for who I am and like most animals, loves me unconditionally.

I heart my fat-cat.

#Book Review: “Road of Darkness” by Zoe Ambler 3/5 Stars

Thank you for taking the time to read!!! 😀

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Overview: Addison Jasper is a spoiled girl in the late 1600’s. She grew up with a slave, Neeta, for a nanny that taught her Voodoo. On a secret outing, Addison is captured by a strong man who turns out to be a vampire working for a Voodoo god. The vampire transforms her and gives her soul to the Voodoo god. From then on she spends centuries killing, stealing, and reveling in her new vampire state. Addison travels through history following one war after another, picking off both sides not caring which is which. As time goes on, she starts to feel lonely and wants to spend her life with someone. She eventually finds a Slayer who is willing to change her evil ways but can the two find love?

Opinion: The story in itself, I like the idea of. What I can not get past is the main character has…

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GoFundMe No More

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I’ve deleted my GoFundMe  page. Not a single penny donated. Imma loser.

I’ll keep the PayPal donation button here on my sidebar of the site though. Any little bit helps, even though only one generous precious person has donated 5bux.

Did I not advertise enough? Did I not tweet enough? Did I not grovel enough?

Who knows.

I do know that this bottle of Japanese Plum wine, so elegantly served in a mason jar has given me a ‘to hell with it’ attitude.

I guess the dreaded Valentines day thing inst helping. Feeling like a total loser at this point. Book isn’t doing well, life isn’t doing well, home isn’t doing well, finances aren’t doing well. But…I guess that’s life, and its not exclusive to me. Many people the world over are in my same spot. They probably don’t have a prescription for Klonopin, Hydrocodone and a big bottle of Japanese Plum wine and a mason jar to ease their sorrows.

I’m going to go sit in a corner and wallow. Wallowing is good. Wallowing is safe. Wallow, wallow, wallow.

Ah well, maybe some lovely person will come along and sweep my worries away…before the wine does…lol.

Oh, contest update..only 1 book left up for grabs!