Archive | July 2011

Updates and #Stuff

Hi. I thought I’d drop in to give a quick update as to what I’ve been up to lately. 🙂

Homework–it has buried me and I’m in the midst of Shakespeare’s damn sonnets (which I actually do love) and mid-terms. I’ve already completed my Anthropology mid-term, but still have my English mid-term to take by this Friday. Of course, I have to read and analyze a bah-jillion sonnets before doing that, so woo hoo! In case you can’t quite hear the inflection of my voice, that was total sarcasm.

Editing–I’ve FINALLY finished the edit on Sharon Gerlach‘s next book, The Secret Dreams of Sarah-Jane Quinn, which is due to release on July 31st from Running Ink Press, LLC. Next on the plate is my own book, The Vampyre Prophecy (revamped), shortly (I hope) followed by its sequel Gemini. And maybe THEN I can start looking at new authors for RIP outside of the few I already have in mind. *winks*

Here, you will find a short list of books already available from RIP:

Malakh

Nemesis

Office Politics

As we move forward with RIP–and I finish my Bachelor’s degree–that list will grow substantially over the next year. As I said, I have a few authors in mind already and have a ton of books to edit in the midst of doing my homework, which of course takes priority over all else.

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Umi–is doing quite well these days, being her spry old smartass self. Thanks to all who prayed and sent well wishes while she was in the hospital last month. I’m not afraid to admit that she scared the hell out of me and I truly thought for a few fleeting moments that I was going to lose my mother on top of already losing my grandmother. But she’s good. She’s on all the medications she needs to be on to regulate her heart and she’s been to the doctor recently, and we’re setting up programs to help ease the burden of giant medical bills. If Congress doesn’t get their shit together and Social Security gets cut, we might be homeless along with however many millions of other Social Security recipients, but whatever. I think that’d be enough to cripple this country, don’t you? Not to mention the civil war I’m going to take to Washington if it happens. Gentlemen, please pull your heads out of your asses and think about what the people who voted you into office need, want, and might just throttle you for when you make your decision. Which, by the way, is taking entirely too fucking long!

But I digress…

Saving Grace–it is probably one of the BEST television shows I’ve seen in a long time. Unfortunately, I’m coming to it late, as it aired in 2007 and only lasted three seasons. I’m starting season 3 as soon as I publish this post. 😉

Moon–is also doing well. She’s on her meds again and one of these damn days I am going to get video for y’all that shows her talking to her damn toys because it is hee-larious! I’ll add that to my growing To Do list.

Chicago–I’ll be there August 10th through the 15th for the Wizard World con for Zombie Survival Crew. If you live nearby, stop in and say hello! And do you know who’s going to be there? These guys…

And this guy…

I can’t wait! I’m so excited!

Whence I return to the desert wasteland, I’ll be joining a yoga class because, let’s face it, I’m just not getting skinny sitting on my ass working online! I found a few that I can probably do without hurting too much. Activity is the key, right? Well, when you have a pinched nerve, sometimes activity kicks your ass and takes you out for several months, which is always what happens to me, so I have to be very careful. And I will.

So, now that it’s 6am as I sit here writing this post and drinking my Guinness, I’m going to say ‘have a lovely day’ and go watch an episode of Saving Grace. I hope to have some more posts up soon, if time allows.

Thanks for reading! I miss you guys! And don’t worry, my minions, I WILL have a contest for you SOON!!!

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Cooking Tips #10

 

Today’s cooking tip comes from Twitter friend Rachel Graves, who has a pretty wicked website here!

Defrosting Meats Quickly

Meat products will defrost wicked fast if you put them in a Ziploc bag and then in a bowl of warm water—ten minutes from rock solid to ice crystals for chicken breast; twenty minutes to completely defrosted. Faster if you swap the water as it cools.

That is an awesome tip! Thanks, Rachel!

Mangia!

The Nemesis Playlist

Most of this post was originally published on Derek Hawkins’ blog Brain Drippings.

When I first started writing Nemesis, and pretty much any book before it, I didn’t listen to music like most writers do. I have ADD, so I’m distracted quite easily. I needed total solitude and mostly silence, so I sat outside on my back porch in a place I used to call my Sanctuary, and the only sounds I would hear were those of the neighborhood and city surrounding me.

Over the past two years, I’ve learned to write/edit with larger distractions, such as music or television, if absolutely unavoidable. You see, I don’t have kids, so I didn’t know how to block out the sounds before. It takes a lot of practice to get to that point without children running rampant through the house. I did have a teenage foster-daughter for a couple of years, but she knew not to disturb me during my writing time. And with my Sanctuary now gone, it was a much-needed skill I had to learn.

What I’m going to share with you today is the playlist I made up while working on the book. Some of these are the songs I listened to during edits, while others are merely perfect subtitles, so I made them all subtitles for each chapter. Most songs fit the chapter they’re assigned to, such as Another Hole in the Head for chapter 10. The credit for finding that little gem goes to my dear friend H.C. Palmquist, who also helped me shape that chapter, as it was part of the major overhaul I did on the book.

Here’s the actual list of songs, in order by chapter:

Nemesis Playlist

1. The Creeps – Social Distortion

2. Little by Little – Robert Plant

3. Wake Me in the Morning – The Bollox

4. Nemesis – Shriekback

5. No Man’s Woman – Sinead O’Connor

6. Devil’s Dance Floor – Flogging Molly

7. Next Contestant – Nickelback

8. Lick – Joi

9. I Will Possess Your Heart – Death Cab for Cutie

10. Another Hole in the Head – Nickelback

11. 3 Libras – A Perfect Circle

12. How You Remind Me – Nickelback

13. Something I Can Never Have – Nine Inch Nails

14. Not in Rivers, But in Drops – ISIS

15. Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing – Chris Isaak

16. Let It Die – Foo Fighters

17. King of Fools – Social Distortion

18. Foxy, Foxy – Rob Zombie

19. Winter Solstice – The Tea Party

20. You Do Something to Me – Sinead O’Connor

21. Head Like a Hole – Nine Inch Nails

22. We’re in This Together – Nine Inch Nails

23. Feelin’ Love – Paula Cole

24. You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse

25. Tura’ Lu – The Bollox

26. You Know What You Are? – Nine Inch Nails

27. Just a Girl – No Doubt

28. Weak and Powerless – A Perfect Circle

29. No, You Don’t – Nine Inch Nails

30. Hour of Darkness – Social Distortion

31. Headstrong – Trapt

32. Feel Alive – U.P.O.

As you can see from this list, I’m a huge Nine Inch Nails fan and an old punk. Be glad I didn’t throw a bunch of 80s punk songs in there, although that’d be kind of cool. Oh, and by the way, I always call the Death Cab for Cutie song I Will Possess Your Heart the stalker song of the year decade. Seriously, listen to the lyrics!

My reason for not listening to music before wasn’t that music didn’t inspire me—it does on many levels. In fact, there’s a Celtic song titled A Thousand Curses on Love by Richard Searles that inspired my first paranormal novel, The Vampyre Prophecy. It’s not available at this time, but will be as soon as I dive into the edits to revamp it. I wasn’t happy with the final product, so I retired the book and it’s no longer in print. It should be out by this fall.

Nemesis has her own blog: Foxy’s Den

Nemy can also be found on Twitter: Nemy_girl

You can find Nemesis on the Just Ink Press website, which will direct you to the purchase points and desired e-formats. The book is not yet available in print form.

 

Let’s Keep it Real

Last week, I received a belated birthday card in the mail from my friend Deni and her boyfriend J. It’s such an awesome card, that I feel the need to share its message with you. The words on this card truly express my friendship with Deni over the last ten or so years, and if she wasn’t a true friend who always talks to me straight, then I’d worry for the state of humanity.

So here’s what the card said:

You are my “help put things in perspective” friend…

My “you understand because you’ve been there” friend…

My “help–it’s one of those days” friend!

There’s a lightness of heart that comes from just telling you about my day and listening to yours.

Whether we solve the problems of the world or not, just because I’ve got a friend like you to laugh with, everything feels like it’s going to be OK.

So Happy Birthday to my “just don’t know what I’d ever do without you” very good friend.

And Deni added her own–You are my “help me make fun of this shit before it kills me” friend.

Yep, you betcha, Deni. I got your back, girl, and always know you’ve got mine.

You can’t get any more real than that, folks.