No zombie update today.

So, there isn’t update on zombies today, but that’s because I have a different kind of update instead.

SURGERY!

Called the hospital today to make sure the surgery would still be happening on Wednesday. It took a while for her to get back to me, but YES. Finally. I find out what time they’ll be doing it tomorrow sometime between 3-6 PM.

Now, this also means that there will probably not be an update for S’N’TZ on this coming Monday either. It will depend on if my eye is still all swollen shut and everything.

Fingers crossed for me guys.  First time ever having surgery, not quite sure what to expect.

Pledge time again!

Someone on facebook started a writing pledge again. Starting tomorrow, I will be attempting to write 500 words a day. Considering all the homework I have coming up and the monster “Say ‘No’ to Zombies” has become, I think this one will be fairly easy. 

Anyone else in for a pledge? 

Feedback please? Writer’s resource group.

Had an idea for a writer’s group, but instead of it being a social thing where we all grumble and sympathize with each other about the hardships of being an author, we would put out information we can help with. This would not be for publishing and whatnot, there are plenty of groups/pages already out there for that. The group would be for information like “Is there a name locals use for (this street/highway/bridge) in (this city/state/country) instead of it’s “official” name?”, “What kind of boat would be good for fishing in a small pond?” etc.

Don’t get me wrong, Google is wonderful, but even it has its limits, and it has failed me one too many times.

Each member would put what information they can help with in a post (right now, I’m floating the idea on facebook), and then a person could use the “search group” option to find what they’re looking for.

Example: 

(Person A) can help with:

local information for the following areas: Baltimore, Maryland (Greek Town & Dundalk); Russellville, Arkansas; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

Gender related information: long hair, long hair problems, basic wardrobe, typical reactions.

Familiarity with: American English and colloquialisms, American school systems

and:

(Person B) can help with:

Local information: Perth, Austrailia; London, England.

Gender related information: make up; hair styles for short hair, preppy wardrobe.

Familiarity with: Queen’s English, colloquials, British/English school systems

Person C has a character with short hair, and needs an idea for a hair style, maybe a description for the steps, or a name for a certain look. They do a search for “hair styles for short hair.” 

Because Person A and Person B both listed “hair” as something they can help with, both posts pop up. Person C would read the posts and then leave a comment on Person B’s post, because she’s the one who has the information they need. Person B responds, Person C has what information they need, and can get back to writing.
Thoughts/Suggestions? Please let me know and reblog/share link if you like the idea. I need to know how much of an interest there is before I commit to anything.

[Sharing Saturday] The Witch’s Café´& other news

Hello folks!

Okay, so, I had planned on updating ‘When Love Dies’ this weekend, but I discovered a few features of wordpress that I hadn’t noticed before, so now I have some organizing and rearranging to do.

In the meantime, please enjoy the short story I wrote for my Creative Writing course and be sure to let me know what you think.

The Witch’s Café

Based on this writing prompt:

“I’m sick of magical worlds with no technology. I want fairy run coffee shops where you can get a latte with a shot of charisma, because you’ve got a big presentation you’re worried about, or witches working at Apple selling phones that automatically appear in your pocket if you accidentally leave it somewhere, or psychics running hair salons who always know how you want your hair to look, or aura reader therapists. I just really want normalized magic in modern society.”



Feedback is always welcome.

[Admin] Format/Posting change.

For those of you who are following along with ‘When Love Dies‘, this mostly applies to you.

Due to school, work, new health issues, and time zone differences between my betas and I, I am going to have to move posting to every other week. Sorry, but there is just too much on my plate to do this every week.

I am also changing the formatting of the posts. I didn’t think about it when I first started posting, but with the chapters being a couple pages each, it really takes up a lot of room on the page. So now, there will be a highlight section – as it were – and then the “Read More” cut.

Hopefully these changes will work out for the better for everyone involved.

Until Saturday…take care everyone.

[News] Kinda?

I forgot to mention this in the last post about “When Love Dies“: the first post should be up on January 7th. Barring any complications, the following segments will be posted the Saturday of each week until completion.

If – for some reason – I am unable to update with a new segment, I will try to at least give you a snippet of something. It might be from my other WIP, a poem, or just something I whip up real quick.

Fingers crossed you guys like Tamara as much as I’m beginning to.

[NEWS] Weekly story update.

Sharing Saturday is going on hiatus, but that’s actually somewhat good news, because in its place, I will be posting part of a new story. Those of you who follow Ilona Andrews and know about their Innkeeper series: this will be just like that.

For those of you not familiar with the idea, this is how it works:

Each week, I will post part of a chapter. You guys are welcome to ask questions, make suggestions, point out mistakes here and there, etc.. You are especially welcome to share feedback in general.When the story is complete, I will take it down, do some editing (taking your feedback into account) and publish it.

I will be posting the premise here in about an hour. Hope you guys enjoy the idea as much as I’m looking forward to giving this a try.

[Politics]Someone save us all…

Well, he won. As a Bernie supporter, I am not happy. As a woman, I am worried. As a friend to the Black/Muslim/LGBTQ spectrum/Hispanic community, I am terrified. As an American, I am humiliated. And as a human being, I am disgusted to the point of nausea. But now is the time to move on.

So.

I am making myself a rule/pact. I will give myself until Sunday at 11:59 pm to mourn the less of human decency and be a general all around jackass about this election. As soon as the clock hits midnight on Monday, I am done.

Bitching doesn’t do any good. The race has been won. The only thing left to do is move forward, and quite frankly life goes by too fast to NOT keep moving. That doesn’t mean I’m happy about it. It just means I’m not going to waste anymore time (after Sunday) on something beyond our control now.

I still think he is trash and a waste of human space, and when it comes to civil rights, I will fight him tooth and nail. HOWEVER, *IF* he makes moves to actually IMPROVE the US, then I will support those movements, because as an American, it is my duty to my country.

I want you all to keep this in mind though: when I show support for the POSITIVE movements he makes, it is AMERICA I am supporting. Not him.

And to my Hispanic/Black/Muslim/LGBTQ (and everyone else along the spectrum) friends/readers: I will never stop fighting for you, and I am not alone on this. I know it looks bad right now, but stay strong. There is still good in the country, and we have your back.