I hate traveling.

So…I am back from my trip to Seattle (had a family wedding that I could not miss). 48 hours of travel, 48 hours of actually being in the US. Needless to say, I am utterly exhausted, but glad to be home. The way back from Seattle to Shanghai, the plane went through some of the worst turbulence I had ever experienced. Usually I’m a pretty chill flyer, but it woke me up and pretty much kept me up for the entire 12 hour flight. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to get on another plane for the next few months, something I am not planning on, so that’s good.

Anyways, I was compiling a list of WIPs that are between 50%-100% complete as far as the 1st draft goes, and the list is kind of intimidating. I’ve got so many unfinished/half finished manuscripts lingering on my hard drive, I know I’m not going to write them all before I die, but I’d certainly like to give it a shot. I’d like to get these 11 projects off my hard drive and into the world within the next two years.

Speaking of new books, I managed to find a very nice editor who will be working on a new project of mine, a steamy contemporary novella, of which the sequel is already about 40% written, and with her finish dates, finding proofers, final edits, I’m really hoping to get this particular book out by the end of December. It’s a bit of a departure from my regular writing, but I enjoyed writing something kind of ordinary and normal for a change of pace.

More news on that in the next few weeks as I get my edits back and hear back from my proofers.

As far as DARK MOON RISING goes, I’m still writing it, still plugging away. This is by far the most ambitious book I’ve taken on, and am writing the first draft using various methods; transcribing, dictating, long-hand, typing, etc. I thought I was going to get the 1st draft completed by the end of this month, but that obviously isn’t going to happen. At this point, I’d be happy to get it finished before the end of the year, but who knows? Right now, it’s the only project I’m working on, at least until I get edits back from my editor for the contemporary novella.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to post more updates, but lately, it’s all been “Still writing” which I guess is a good thing. Boring, though.

In other news, I’m rewatching Supernatural from Season 1 and I forgot how much I enjoyed this show.

Future Releases…soon?

I must be sitting in the only Starbucks that doesn’t have its own bathroom. If I am, please let me know because this is just kind of confounding.

I meant to post yesterday, but I had just spent the whole night making sure Fallout 4 would download on our crap Chinese internet connection and basically slept away the rest of the night. Fallout 4 has been installed and it is currently being played with much enthusiasm by my husband. I just bought the expansions for Dragon Age: Inquisition and I finally figured out how to upload the custom world settings. Therefore, I have started a new character. I’m torn between romancing Cullen, the blond good guy, or Blackwall, the brunette resident angst King.

Oh wait.

I’m supposed to be talking about my writing.

Well, shit.


DARK MOON RISING is still going. As is my usual fashion, I am being stupid silly with my overwriting. The WIP is currently at 74k and I’m not even halfway through the story. I’m on the events of Chapter 8 and there’s supposed to be 26 of them.


Actually, what bothers me most is the fact that I’m still on Chapter 8. I’ve been writing this damn thing…how long? There are days when I wished I could just stop writing Tan’s story and move onto something else, but…I just can’t. I need to see this series through to the end, no matter how bored I get with the characters or the story. Honestly, though, I don’t even think it’s boredom with the series that is making it difficult for me to write. I think it’s more…hm…intimidation. At this point in the series, Tan and the rest of the characters are starting to seem more and more like real people to me and my poor, deluded mind and I’m worried about not presenting their story the best way I can. Yeah, that’s right. I’m scared I can’t do justice to their story.

My own characters are scaring me, wtf.

ASURA NIGHT hit an unexpected snag when my editor at the time decided to have a kid and gave me a half-finished edit. I thought I’d put it aside and just concentrate on DARK MOON RISING…but that was, like, half a year ago. DARK MOON RISING is still not finished and ASURA NIGHT is still not finished with edits.

And people say writers are enviable creatures. I think I had more fun writing when I wasn’t getting paid to do it.

Oh well. I’m going to quit complaining and get back to writing.

TLDR; DARK MOON RISING is probably going to get finished by the end of next month and ASURA NIGHT will probably get picked up by a small e-pub because I can’t be bothered to do all the legwork myself, wtfzors (i suck really badly at life).


That’s it.

See you all next time. I hope to post sometime this weekend with more news.

Stay warm and btw, these Starbucks bright red cups seem nicely understated to me.

Still writing away…

Hola, my nerd amigos!

No, just kidding. I’m not Howard from The Big Bang Theory and there’s no way I’ll call anyone nerd amigo. Or say hola. Sorry, folks, but I don’t speak Spanish aside from the pidgin Spanish every kid in SoCal learns just from exposure.

Anyways, I digress.

A lot has happened since my last long post. I apologize about not posting more often, mea culpa, mea culpa.

So…here’s an update.

Back in August, my SO got a job offer that, while putting us in a much smaller town, would’ve looked great on his resume and, for all your RP gamers out there, would’ve opened up a higher level skill tree for him. It was a long and arduous task to actually get to where we are, on account of his previous employment not wanting to let him go, but in the end, we are where we are and SO is doing what he wants to do. It’s harder than his previous job, but it’s far more rewarding, he’s working with better students and it’ll open up better paying, just better all around opportunities for him in the future.

So, this new town of ours. It’s small. I mean, really small. It’s only got four main roads and I’m pretty sure a twenty minute drive in any direction would place you squarely in the middle of rice paddies and construction sites. You know what, though? I think I kind of like it. We live in a pretty awesome apartment with a big back patio kind of thingie, a supermarket within ten minutes walking distance in three directions, a mall with a Starbucks and a Cafe Bene and a Miniso. The food here is not that bad and there’s a place that kind of does Western food right across the street.

It’s not the city, and I usually never leave the house now, but we have three cats and I’m actually quite content. There’s a juice bar thingie place on the first floor of our aparment building and I picked up a couple of private tutoring gigs for pocket money and whatnot.

Yes. I’m happy. I haven’t felt this happy since I arrived in China 2 years ago.

Anyways, that’s all for me for now. Tomorrow will be a blog about the future releases and whatnot, where I’m going with Tan’s story, blah blah, but for now…just for now, this is enough for me.

I swear I’m not dead.

Proof that I’m working on the next Blood Martyr book, DARK MOON RISING.


Moved…and exhausted

Both mentally and physically.

This move was quite unexpected, but I think we’re in a better town, better…everything, really. It was a great opportunity for my husband and I’m glad we got to take the chance.

Gotta tell you, I’m pretty sick of moving. The last time we moved was back in February and before that was in summer of 2014…twice in one month.

Suffice to say, I’m still recovering. We’ve been here for about a week, and I’ve just been cleaning, setting up, decorating, entertaining the new kitty in our house and just recharging my batteries.

No new words. Hoping to change that today, though.

More on this in the next few days.

Twitter…goodbye for now.

I think the reason Twitter is so loved/hated is due to its spontaneity. You think of something and ten seconds later, everyone from Adelaide, Australia to Ontario, Canada, know it. You see a cute pic of a three legged dog chasing enthusiastically after its owner and five seconds later, all your followers will be “awwww”ing right alongside with you.

On the other hand, you could have a sudden fit of rage and just go off (ie…any number of celebrities) and the whole world will know that you think Nazis are the hottest thing since Corvettes and microwave ovens.

Love/hate, get it?

Anyways, getting back to how Twitter relates to me (because, as you know, this blog is all about me, me and me, looool), I’m posting to say that I will not be on Twitter for the foreseeable future, which translates into “I’m quitting Twitter until I’m out of China.” Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, this will not be for the next two years, as my husband just signed a two year contract at a new workplace, and we’ll be here for at least that long. After that, I’m hoping to be in Korea or Japan, but then again, we might stay.

So, why am I not on Twitter, anymore? Simply put, it’s just too much trouble. The reason Twitter got as popular as it did was the relative ease in sharing your thoughts with other people, but for me, sharing a 100 character thought is pretty difficult behind the GREAT WALL of China, aka their internet censorship. I have to jump through a bunch of hopes to circumvent that figurative wall and by the time I’m into the relatively free world of the net, I’ve lost my enthusiasm for whatever I wanted to post in the first place.

Not really worth the trouble, imo.

So yeah. Goodbye Twitter.

But I’ll be posting here more often. Good for you, eh? *bricked*

I took another break…

Cause I’m decadent like that, yo.

futuramaslapActually, no. Not because I’m decadent. Far from that actually. I’m actually quite down to earth and a great listener. At least, that’s what the people say about me, the ones who can’t see the glaze settling over my eyes while they go on and on and on and on…well, you get the idea, but really, I was interested in what they had to say! For the first ten minutes, anyways. After that, if you’re still talking and you won’t even let me get in a word edgewise, you deserve the glazed eyes and drooling from me.

Okay, okay, but let me explain why I haven’t been anywhere near a computer these past two weeks.

Our AC upstairs broke down and my workstation is upstairs, so…I couldn’t work up there. You see my impeccable logic here, right? No, I couldn’t just bring down my laptop to the living room downstairs and work, couldn’t sit at the dining room table and work, oh noooo, I have my ritual, have my setup all to my liking, like hell I was going to go through that crap all over again.

Nah, I was just going to wait until the AC repair guy showed up like magic to our front door and make everything all chill again.

Of course, it never occurred to me that one would first have to CALL the maintenance people for such thing to happen.

Okay, so I’m exaggerating a bit, but I might not have pushed my husband enough to call them. I would’ve done it myself, but hey, I don’t speak the lingo, so it’s not my fault if my husband kind of drops the ball a few times, right?

Those few days turned into a week. Then that week turned into two weeks.

The fifteenth day was yesterday. I did some self-reflection, stretched out on the couch in front of the TV, MST3K playing in the background, doing some Memrise on my phone, and then felt so disgusted with myself. I was being a lazy bum and all just because I was too lazy to set up a workstation downstairs that would’ve taken all of fifteen minutes (if that) to do.

*cue self-loathing*

So, I decided to get my lazy ass off the couch, of which there is now a permanent dent where I had laid there for the past two weeks, and worked on setting up a workstation in the living room, actually right next to the couch that I’ll probably have to fumigate now, seeing as how I didn’t leave it for fifteen days.

The setting up took all off 5 minutes, which mostly consisted of me lugging down (actually my husband did it) a cheap plywood desk that is basically a plank of wood with two metal legs on each end, setting it next to the couch, bringing down my laptop, hooking it up to the nearby outlet and then finally bringing down my chair, with all the requisite cushions that make me feel like I’m sitting on a cloud. A cheap cloud, but a cloud, nonetheless.

Of course, this was BEFORE my husband so kindly informed me that the repairman or woman would be here the next afternoon and if I would be in.

*cue head-desk*

All that work! All that ten minutes of work! Wasted! Argh!

Okay, so I’m being just a bit sarcastic. Maybe more than just a bit, actually.

Anyways, moral of the story is, don’t be a lazy bum.


So, the time is now about fifteen minutes before noon, and I’ll probably hop in the shower, get some vegetables for the dinner which will consist of me throwing a bunch of things into the crockpot and praying everything will taste reasonably okay with everything else, and then writing/editing/designing for the rest of the day.

Life is…good.


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