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*blows dust off; coughs*

Where the hell have I been? Well, burnt out, overburdened at work, and getting through a very tough winter and spring. I'm not sure if things are truly looking up for 2015 yet, but let's hope so.

With all the changes, my project goals have gone through some revamping too. But I recently learned that telling your goals to others makes you less likely to achieve them, so I won't say any more about that.

Let me tell you about my wall calendar instead.

Every year I make my own on snapfish.com. It started after the Harry Potter movies ended and I didn't have anything fresh to put on my wall each year. Each year has a theme, and recent years the themes have centered around the cast of characters created by me and [personal profile] comma_chameleon, or rather the real life people who inspire the looks of the characters (since it is about pictures, after all). This year's calendar is AU pairings, and I also happened to send one off to her as well.

I was looking at my calendar this month and couldn't get a scene between the characters out of my head. I decided to write it. Then I decided to try writing a scene for each month's pairing. Then [personal profile] comma_chameleon decided we should challenge each other to a headcanon scene duel for the pairings.

SO IT'S ON.

I dunno if we're winning anything because how can we win at this, but it should be fun at least.

Rules are:
-1 scene only
-Must be 200-850 words

Let the games begin. )
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This has been a very exciting week!

On Tuesday the 21st the people over at DSP actually let me take over their twitter for two whole hours. It started right as Game 1 of the World Series did, sooo things got a little orange and black. >.> #sorrynotsorry as they say. But it was a lot of fun, and my boys the SF Giants took the win that night! Maybe I'll start hosting random Q&A sessions and picspams on my own twitter.

I've been getting prepped for November, or as you should know it, National Novel Writing Month. I'm using it a bit differently though, to knock out one short story and at least get started on another. I hope to finish both by the end of the year so I can dedicate the beginning of 2015 to finishing my first full length novel. We'll see how that goes.

Also, my BFF and partner in crime [personal profile] comma_chameleon just got her first contract! Super excited for her. :D

And of course, it's almost Halloween! I ordered a custom costume but due to a delay in production I don't think it'll actually get here in time. :/ Well, costuming is an old hobby of mine, so I'm sure I can pull something else together if needed. I finally have somewhere to wear a costume, I am not going to waste the opportunity.

Hope you are all enjoying Puncture Wounds, because I've enjoyed talking about it everywhere. :)
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It's dark at six o'clock and people won't shut up about pumpkin spice lattes.

Happy fall!

So it occurred to me that I forgot to compile the answers to the scavenger hunt and the secret blog posts they were found in. Then it occurred to me that I forgot to write about YaoiCon! To be fair I was on vacation until the 20th, so I am just getting back into the swing of things. Let's catch up.

Warning, silly blog posts up ahead!

Scavenger Hunt Revealed )

As far as YaoiCon went, let me preface by saying I haven't been to a convention of any sort since Fanime 2008. Oh, that was a fantastic year. While I was only able to go to YC for one day, it brought back tons of amazing memories. The fun of cosplay, the living memes, the aching of empty wallets after a few turns through the dealer room. And I am proud to say I was part of it like never before!

I handed out Nutella fudge sea salt cookies in cute bags hand stamped by yours truly. I wish I had thought to take pictures of them. Altogether we gave out 100 cookies and 40 chocolates, with ten free print copies each of Half Past Forever and Foxes Over Flowers, and three grand prizes of Puncture Wounds! We also made some new friends over at the Sublime table and with a couple of Velmas. My cookie-craving, yaoi-loving people, I will be back next year! ♥

That brings me to my final topic for tonight...


PUNCTURE WOUNDS has its official release date!

You can preorder now, and it's available October 15th. So exciting. :3

Alright, that's it from me for now. Look forward to some new things over the next year.
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*cleans up remnants of confetti and popped balloons*

That's a wrap on the Birthday Bash, winners will be announced and contacted within the week!

I had a delicious birthday dinner at Izakaya Ginji and finally--FINALLY--understood how sashimi was meant to be. One bite of fresh yellowtail sliced and served to perfection was all it took. Unicorns cried sweet rainbow tears of joy, and a chorus of songbirds carried us up to the heavens. Yes, I tasted divinity that night, and I washed it down with a double shochu-calpico cocktail. Be careful with those, kids, they don't feel like they're doing anything till you stand up.

In other news, I stopped over at ZAM's Sunday Brunch again this weekend. Fittingly, the theme was about desserts. Read on to find out: Are you a pie, tart, cake or trifle?

Warning, will make you hungry.

Robin

Aug. 11th, 2014 11:13 pm
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To die, to sleep.
To sleep, perchance to dream.
Ay, there's the rub.
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
Must give us pause.


There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said by hundreds of thousands, no, millions of people already. But this is for me.

The world is a sadder place today with the passing of Robin Williams, who entertained, raised, guided, and moved generations of people in a long career and a life ended too soon. But it will not be sadder forever. How can it be? When the light and laughter he brought to us is given to us again and again, recorded, uploaded, replayed, replayed, replayed.

It is sad today, and the world feels the loss. But that in itself is heartening, to see how endless the condolences and remembrances are, to know none of us is feeling the loss alone.

Like everyone the world over, Robin was a constant in every stage of my life. In childhood, through Aladdin, Jumanji, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Adolescence, through Hook, Good Morning Vietnam and What Dreams May Come. And adulthood--Good Will Hunting, whatever old Robin Williams movie happened to be on TV that day, and the delightfully vulgar standup routines on Youtube, now that we're old enough to get all the jokes.

It's why he worked for everybody, and why everybody mourns today.

I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area my entire life. It was always a dream of mine to run into Robin Williams in San Francisco somewhere. It's hard knowing that not only will that dream never come true, but that it's a dream I can no longer even hold on to.

So many of his movies stick with me to this day. What Dreams May Come introduced me to an afterlife I never imagined possible, but one that I deeply, dearly hope to be real. To know that there is a place we will go after the end, where we fulfill the dreams we weren't able to in life. To be able to choose to stay there, or to take that beautiful, terrible plunge back into mortality.

Robin, wherever you are, may it be everything you couldn't find down here. Maybe we'll meet there someday.
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Here we go! Bit of a new look for the blog. This is the month things will get rolling around here, if I can still manage to find time to catch up. It's already August, people, the year is basically over.

You know when you're a kid and all you think about is everything you want to be when you grow up? I never cared too much what I would wind up doing, so long as I was happy doing it. Well, here I am, all grown up and praying one day I'll be able to quit my day job. :|

Am I the only one who can't get the Weird Al versions of songs out of their head? Has ANYONE else had "Tacky" stuck in their head for the last two weeks?

Crap I forgot to pay my last bill. And I forgot to email people at work. I need to start making to-do lists again.

I really need to start going to bed earlier, but for some reason it's just easier to get stuff done after midnight.

I really, really, really wish the next book I have coming out were long enough to have a printed edition, because the cover is amazing and it just needs to be touchable. Might be time to start something longer than a novella.

Oh yeah, and my free story for the M/M Romance Group's Love's Landscapes event is available as a cute ebook now! I wish that were touchable, too. They need to make like the adult version of Little Golden Books. For M/M romance? What would that be? Little Black Books?

Hm...
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Holy crap, long time no post. My life gets away from me sometimes (a lot of times).

Some things that have been keeping me busy:

1. Story for the M/M Romance group's Love's Landscapes writing event over at Goodreads. Posting's a month in now, check it out for over 200 free reads! Though mine's not up yet, there's plenty to keep one busy.

2. Editing a new release for the fall. This is a very serious undertaking, one I'm still not sure I'm ready for. Well, too late to worry about that!

3. New WIP thaaaat I'm pretty sure will not make its deadline... oops.

4. Prepping for YaoiCon. I've never gone to a convention as anything but a regular attendee, so I'm starting small with a stop at the DSP table (hopefully).

5. As always, Real Life™. A good friend's wedding is only a month away, then I've got some vacation time in September I'm trying to wrangle whilst my boss leaves us high and dry at work.

People everywhere are acting like they've got bugs up their asses these days. Must be the heat. Don't let it get to you!
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Happy Mother's Day!

Ah, the brief time in between projects is short but sweet. This weekend has been stressful for other reasons (work drama and problems with annoying neighbours), but not sweating a deadline has made things easier.

But yes, today is Mother's Day. I made my mom brunch and bought her some fancy chocolate bars.



Pictured: Mini frittatas, lemon blueberry bread, fresh navel oranges, David's tea, and chocolate.
Not pictured: Mom and me off to the side salivating.

Going to spend the rest of the day digesting and planning out my next project. It's amazing what you can do when you wake up before 10AM.

Quickie

Feb. 11th, 2014 08:21 pm
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Oops, I never managed to update in January. Well, I was a bit preoccupied. First with the holidays, then with attempting to write three short stories in the span of... about six weeks? Maybe seven.

It was hectic up until February 1st, my last deadline, and I've been trying to give my head a break for the past ten days. It hasn't worked, and I think I need to give in and keep writing to battle this restlessness. I notice it was a lot easier to ignore vapid work drama when I've got writing goals to meet.

Some good news--great news, actually--my second submission to Dreamspinner was picked up! It's for the upcoming Juicy Bits anthology and we're just starting the editing process now. It's a lot less daunting the second time around, though the fact this story's only about 1/3 the length of the last one helps too.

Anyway, it's silly but what I'm most excited about is that apparently this anthology WILL BE AVAILABLE IN PRINT!! Ah, it's still my dream to be able to hold my own story in my own hands. I really do need an e-reader.
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This is officially my first post as a published Goodreads author! AHHH!! Will this ever stop being so exciting? Do I want it to?

No.

Change of Fortune dropped on the first, and I nearly forgot about it. Why? Well, because I am a giant nerd and was too excited to go to the Dickens fair that same day. Costume-creating, penny-pinching, map-memorizingly excited. AND IT WAS AMAZING, SO.

We're definitely going again next year, and hopefully by then I'll have had the chance to get better at this book launching thing.

Until then, I have many plans for this space, and a few too many story ideas due in way too small a time frame. My life has changed so much this year, more so I think than any year in the past decade. Change and I never used to get along--why would we, when Routine and I got on so well together? Not every change was good at the time, but if they all together brought me here I don't regret any of them.

I understand that a lot of writers don't intend to put all those underlying themes and mindblowing allegories or meaningful symbols into their work. I also understand a lot of writers simply write what they want to read (myself included). So maybe it's no coincidence that my first story is about a year full of changes. It certainly helped bring about mine.

Baby steps

Oct. 16th, 2013 06:24 pm
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This is my writing journal, isn't it? Why the hell have I been posting updates on facebook?!

It's been super exciting for me getting to work with the editors over at Dreamspinner Press. It gets crazier with every step. Now I've got a bio on the author page (OMG THEY HAVE THE ANTHOLOGY UP FOR SALE THERE!!) and I've just gotten a proof of the whole thing to finalize! AHHHH!

I can't wait to see my story sold on its own as a novella. I am in love with my cover, they really made it everything I could have wanted. Ahh what I wouldn't do to see it in hard copy form so I could touch it! Someday that will happen for me, hopefully.

In other news, I finally got out of my soul-killing job and will be working much closer to home now. I'm hoping this gives me a better work-life balance, so maybe it won't be a horribly stupid idea to attempt to write two new short stories for DSP (that are due a month apart) at once. We'll see how that goes. Maybe I'll even finish setting this place up one day!

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