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Deck the Halls

…with lots and lots of laughter.

Today, I’m grateful for my co-workers–most of them–for making me laugh even when I feel like hell. Why do I feel like hell today? Because I woke up with a sore throat and swollen glands. Fun times. Of course, there was no indication of this illness yesterday…when I was at the STORE where I could have bought cough drops. No. There was also no indication of this illness when I took a Fioricet last night to fend off an on-coming migraine. Fioricet has acetaminophen in it. Guess what else is loaded with that crap. That’s right, “The nighttime sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest medicine.” [1]

So I couldn’t take the medicine before bed because if I had, I’d certainly feel a helluva lot better. *sniffles*

I should have stayed in bed today. *groans*

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1. Answers. Answers Corporation, n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.

ARC Giveaway!

…because who the hell doesn’t want an ARC signed by all the anthology authors?

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That’s right, folks, today we’re giving away the signed ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Into the Darkness: an anthology over in the 12 Days of Christmas event. Join the Facebook party and you could win the ARC, a $50 Amazon gift card, a copy of Into the Darkness or Nemesis in one of three eBook formats, a signed print of Nemesis, or as stated above, the signed ARC of Into the Darkness.

12 Days

Click here to play and enter the giveaway!

Tomorrow is the last day for this event, so get busy!

Good luck!

Oh Sweet Little Pill

…that keeps the migraines from starting.

Today, I am grateful for my Fioricet. Mainly because my normally loud co-worker is exceptionally loud today and seems to be gaining momentum. I had to take a pill because I really don’t feel like spending the evening in bed with a migraine.

Meanwhile, I have a couple of edits this weekend.

Happy Friday, Mugglefeckers! Christmas is almost here! Stroll through my blog and play in the snow awhile. ;)

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Memory!

…not mine, my laptop’s, but I understand the confusion.

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I finally got the 4GB RAM stick for my laptop yesterday, so I brought my laptop to work so I could use the tiny tools I have there, plus all the available light to see properly and not fuck up my computer.

So today I’m grateful for my networking friend, whose Hallowe’en party I went to, for helping me install that stupid little card because my damn nails are too long and I couldn’t do it my damn self.

Hell, I’m grateful for all my geeky techie friends. I less than three you guys. ;)

A Trio of Grattos

…and yes, I’m suppose to be doing these daily and Life is getting in the way, that unstable bitch.

I spent pretty much my entire weekend in my cave with a migraine from hell. Saturday, I couldn’t even handle the minute amount of light peeking around my dark curtains and it took most of the day to beat the migraine into submission after taking an Imitrex and crawling back into bed with an ice pack on my head. I woke up at 8:30am. I slept until 3pm, half my day wasted. At least, that’s how I look at it.

Of course, I didn’t get much of my massive To Do list worked on and spent the evening watching movies because it was about all I could handle.

Then I awoke Sunday with another one. “What. The. Fuck?” said I. “I can’t do this two days in a row.” The migraine didn’t care. This time, however, I took about 650 mg of Tylenol because I only have one Imitrex left and my prescription is expired. Then I spent the ENTIRE day in bed in my dark room and watching Arrow because 1) I’ve never seen the show, and 2) *ahem* Stephen Amell, need I say more?

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So I don’t know what I’m grateful for during those two days other than my Imitrex and Tylenol.

Today, I’m just grateful I don’t have a fucking migraine.

Wakey, Wakey

…as I was falling asleep all day long.

TWD S5Today I am grateful for my B-complex vitamin because it kept me awake after only getting a few hours of sleep. I’d like to say that it had everything to do with the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, but it’d be a sad lie and I’m not sure I can talk about that episode yet other than to say….

 

WHAT. THE. FUCK?

 

*covers face and tears*

 

Nay…I just finished watching that one earlier this evening.

*blinks and looks at the time*

And goddamn it all, now I’m missing Sleepy Hollow! Fuck!

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Hope your Monday was better than mine.

12 Days of Christmas

…because hell to the yeah, it’s contest time with some pretty awesome prizes!

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That’s right, I said prizes. A Kindle Paperwhite and a $50 Amazon gift card are up for grabs. First, you’ll need to visit the Event Page on Facebook and join the party.

Following, you’ll find a schedule of authors participating in this wonderful event. Below that, you’ll see the Rafflecopter entry form.

Schedule:

Dec. 1st Gina Whtiney
Dec. 2nd Angela Mcpherson
Dec. 3rd A.R. Von
Dec. 4th Susan Griscom
Dec. 5th Harmony Lawson
Dec. 8th Rosa Storm
Dec. 9th Sarah Buhl
Dec. 10th Jen Wylie
Dec. 11th Julia Park Tracey
Dec. 12th Amber Garr
Dec. 15th NL “Jinxie” Gervasio
Dec. 16th J & L Wells

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One of the prizes I’m giving away is a signed ARC of Into the Darkness: an anthology. Another prize is a signed copy of Nemesis. And of course, a few eBook copies. So get to entering the giveaway!

My Prizes:

1 e-copy of Into the Darkness: an Anthology, format of your choice (EPUB, Kindle, PDF)
1 e-copy of Nemesis: a Kick-Ass Girls Club novel, format of your choice (EPUB, Kindle, PDF)
1 signed paperback of Nemesis: a Kick-Ass Girls Club novel
1 signed (by all four authors) paperback ARC copy of Into the Darkness: an Anthology

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

…because Life never plays fair, and if you play fair expecting Life to play fair back, that’s like expecting the lion to not eat you because you didn’t eat him.

Yesterday, I forgot to post my gratto. It was Thanksgiving, after all, and I hope those of you who celebrate the holiday had a lovely day. And since it was the day we give thanks to what we have, I’d like to state that I am grateful for Umi–she who gave me life and raised me to become the person I am today, and she who still gives life to me each and every day.

The migraine came back, so today I’m grateful for my Imitrex, though it makes me queasy as fuck. Which means I’ll be in bed soon.

However, I’d much rather have one of these….

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Hurt…

…because holy hell, am I ever in a lot of pain.

 

I woke up to my back deciding to say “Fuck off!” this morning and spent the better part of my day in a great deal of pain while alternating ice and heat and being as pleasant as I possibly could be to my customers on the phone. I did fairly well on that, actually.

At any rate, this is a short one because I’m still in a lot of pain.

Today’s gratto:

I’m grateful for my doctor, Katy. Without her, I’d still be suffering from the pinched nerve (and that’s not even what’s bothering me today). She’s changed my habits, my diet, the way I look at things, and she keeps me on track. I need that. You have no idea.

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I Stand Corrected

…because they’re not really daily affirmations, are they? *shrugs* Hell if I know. I just write here.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

af·firm·a·tion
afərˈmāSH(ə)n/
noun
  1. the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed. “he nodded in affirmation”
  2. emotional support or encouragement. “the lack of one or both parents’ affirmation leaves some children emotionally crippled”
grat·i·tude
ɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/
noun
  1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
    “she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”

Yeah, totally not the same things.

Thanks to my friend Chaz DeSimone, who’s a pretty cool artist guy I cyber-met recently, it’s been pointed out to me that affirmations and gratitudes are not the same thing. Not really. I mean, I suppose they could be. I was thinking gratitude as I write these things, but I called them affirmations yesterday. So I’m changing it. And like Chaz, I’m going to shorten gratitude to gratto because I like the way it looks and sounds. When I say it aloud, it reminds me of Joe’s Grotto, which is a bar in Phoenix. But that’s not the point….

Here’s today’s gratto:

I’m grateful for the wonderful friends I’ve met throughout my life and since I joined Twitter six and a half years ago. Some of you have been around for 20 to 30 years; some of you I’ve only recently met. Some of you I’ve hung out with, danced with, done crazy shit with because I know you in real life; some of you I’ve met online, but have had the pleasure of meeting in person, which has been awesome. And even if we haven’t met just yet, we will, because y’all are worth my time. And that’s saying a lot. I love every one of you. You have been my inspiration, my rock, my sanity, my partner in crime, my family, my devil’s advocate, my sounding board, my angel, my truth, my motivation, my cheerleader, my support network, my shoulder to cry on, my savior, and so much more. For that, I can never thank you enough and can only hope I have been the same for you.

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