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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I forgot I only posted this to my twitter. My bad.

ZAM hosts Sunday Brunch every week, and this week I got to answer the burning question: What is the best invention ever, and why? Have a look and share your own thoughts on the matter.

In other news, it's Christmas in July at Dreamspinner Press. All holiday ebooks are on sale all month, and every day three new books are on sale for 99 cents each. Check back on the 21st if you want to snag mine. ;)

This month is still killing me. And my eyes. Sitting in front of two monitors for ten hours at a stretch is not good.
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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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My first foray into blog touring finishes with a bang over at Raine O'Tierney's Hat Party, an interview which I really hope to experience again. I might have to pick a different dachshund next time.

I hope anyone bored enough to wonder who I am has found at least some amusement through this tour. If you're bored right now, here's the tour in full.

And here are some fish you can feed:



I've got two projects in the editing queue to fret over, and two others to plan out, one to start writing. Break over!
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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.
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At long last, Juicy Bits has arrived!



Actually it's been out for an entire day already, ugh. I promised myself I would be on top of my next release (minds out of the gutter please) and just like last time I missed it. Just too busy today!

Related though, my interview with one of the characters also went live today, check it out here.It's fairly short and hopefully amusing to more than just myself.

I needed to be asleep two hours ago, excuse me.
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Finally it begins!

I've never done a blog tour before (why would I need to?) and I have no idea how long they usually are. This was completely unintentional, but it's just a little too easy to find fun blogs to guest on. Find out where I'll be over the next three weeks, and check back here for links!


The 'This is A. Morell' Blog Tour Spring 2014

4/20/2014 - Sunday Brunch with Z.A. Maxfield
4/28/2014 - Character Interview and Release Date with Lex Chase
5/4/2014 - Sunday Brunch with Z.A. Maxfield
5/5/2014 - My Bad Writing Habit with Brynn Stein
5/8/2014 - Weaknesses and Guilty Pleasures with Grace R. Duncan
5/15/2014 - The Hat Party with Raine O'Tierney

This is A. Morell, and this is A. Morell's cat:



She is having none of it.
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Radio silence, always.

Real life continues to try to bog me down, and I'm fighting it tooth and nail. I can't believe we're already halfway done with April, and I've got events in my planner all the way through September. Remember when the world was supposed to end in 2012, and how it's already two years later?

Anyway, the announcements!

First, and I can't believe I didn't manage to post about it sooner, but I've signed on to release my very first standalone novella through DSP! It was meant to be part of another anthology, but I try to think outside the box for those submissions and I think this one was a little too far out there, haha. That should be out sometime this fall.

Second, in honour of the release of "Sparks" at the end of the month, I'll be doing my very first blog tour! I'm thanking all my lovely blog hosts in advance for putting up with my n00bery. I'll post the schedule soon.

And third, I've caved and made myself a Twitter. Come play #HashtagWars with me and @midnight, learn to love the San Francisco Giants, and get updated on my daily average life.

Carry on!

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.
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Discovering that the Advent Calendar was already up for sale sent me into a tailspin of crazy. I still don't know how I finally managed to settle down enough to give my story a final read-through, but my brain fought it for a long time.

This really shouldn't be freaking me out as much as it is--or was, I should say. It took some time to digest the fact my writing would be seen by someone other than myself or a handful of friends, even by friends and family who never knew I wrote at all, let alone what I like to write. I'm not crowing it from the rooftops, but I'm not hiding it anymore. It's kind of freeing. :]

Anywho. I CAME TO POST MY OFFICIAL COVER ART FOR MY NOVELLA!!!!! RAHHHH!



Ugh why is it all messy when it's shrunken down? Oh well... the full size is beautiful. To me. >.> Because it's exactly how I described my dream cover to the cover design team over at DSP. If only it were a printed story!

I need an e-reader ASAP.

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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Drabblesssss so late. Sorry. I had two days off in a row! It threw me off!

Okay so there will likely be another drabble break (did the last one ever really end?) since my goal is to write two new short stories for DS. Aaaand considering how much of my life he last one ate up, I am going to need all the time I can get. I am also currently trying to overhaul much of my life right now though, so who knows if both will even get written.

Drabblessssss )
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Ahh I almost forgot to do this today! And it turns out the reason I hadn't heard from the editors in so long was because my email ate their messages. -___- Yay another surprise deadline!

There's some preeeetty random stuff in here. Some far-reaching references, too. >.>

And now I'm off to work, BYE. )
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So much for being back in the swing of things. Sorry for the dedness, my life's been depressing lately. Had a minor emergency that came with an astronomical ER bill that maybe I will have the balls to try and contest, plus I'm trying to get out of my crummy job. :/ Wish me luck!

Also, apologies, this is a shorter volume than usual, and much more boring as well. I do have more I've been working on, which I'll try and post either tomorrow or Friday.

WRITE, BITCH )
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I'm back, DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNNN. That only took two months. But I did get my story finished!

Trying to get back into the swing of things now. I did a couple random drabbles in July, so there's some extra ones in this volume. Hopefully that makes up for the utter lack of updates.

Random pairings, a crazy AU, and NEW CHARACTER ALERT! )
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Welp, no post last week. I had a bad plague and fell behind about four days, then decided to just take a break. So this volume's got some extra drabbles!

I've decided to prioritize my short story, though. I might be drabbling intermittently rather than regularly, so the next post will likely be delayed as well. I just realized how much story I have left to write and kind of panicked at the deadline since I don't know how long editing will take, and I have limited writing time.

Enjoy for now~ )
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Wooooo I did it before midnight finally! Ugh I am so sick this week. Blehhhh.

Lately my drabbles have been serving as writing warm-ups for a new short story I'm doing, so... if they suck, that's my excuse. Though that was kind of their intended purpose in the first place, so meh.

Gonna Nyquil myself to sleep tonight )
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Whoops, I accidentally only drabbled about one couple this week. My bad.

Though in my defense, the first one I'd written a day in advance since I knew I wouldn't have time on the actual day, so I'd basically forgotten about it by the time I went to write more, and by then I'd already had a plot bunny. Said plot bunny was only supposed to be three or four parts, too... fail. There was another direction I'd intended to take it in that apparently forgot to happen. Maybe I'll revisit it someday.

Aaaanyway )

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