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News: Mom, Macbeth, and NUZLOCKE!

Hey everyone! We hit 100 followers on the blog!!! I was so excited on Twitter, it was ridiculous. Speaking of Twitter, those who follow me there (hint hint) know a bit more of what is happening in the moment, but I want to do regular blog updates for those who don’t bother…because I was one of you and then marketing myself made me change, tears.

So Mom had thyroid surgery, that was…an experience. Taylor and I rallied to take care of her though. He stayed with her and made sure she wasn’t…Mom…and I provided the quiet place to heal. Though quiet is relative when Kari is around, little fuzzy menace apparently is over protective of anything she knows is mine, so every time they messed with stuff and she was nearby, HISS, SWAT. Cat in trouble. But she went home a week later, and Mom seems to be recovering well, her breathing already improving. They only took half since only half was bugging her and the other side is so close to her vocal chords and nerves, it wasn’t worth the risk. We’re going to keep an eye on my own growths and hopefully prevent them from getting quite as out of hand, though I’m not showing any of the early signs of having the same auto-immune disorder she does.

I’m wrapping up a production of Macbeth! This weekend is our last show, and as much fun as it has been, I’m ready for a breather. We’ve had a blast with lots of new people this time, which excited me, plus I got to be something besides a melodramatic ham/spurned woman…even if that something else was all the exposition, lol. I already know what the next show is, and I think I’ll go ahead and skip it. Not because I don’t like the idea of it, but it’s a smaller cast and they don’t need me as much and that will let me focus on chessboard, which has started rehearsals. I’m trying to cut myself slowly down to more manageable projects, since I don’t want to keep this many pans in the fire anymore. I need to focus on what I want to do, and stop doing things out of senses of obligation. It’s an old habit of mine where I won’t say no, and I thought I had gotten better. Nope.

Speaking of pans in the fire, I took a break to (finally) wrap up a fanfic I’ve been messing with, hopefully that’ll happen this weekend and I can get back to Ginny’s and my game for a couple of districts before I start on the next part of the fic. In the meantime, I want to try and finish Ginny’s book this week and next so she can focus on getting it out to you all in November. And speaking of books, I have one outstanding query and one agent with the full book at this point. I should, judging by their stats, know something by the end of NaNoWriMo on whether traditional is still in the works, or if me and Amazon are about to become best friends again. I have figured out what I want for a cover if I do go down the road of self-publishing, at least roughly, so hopefully graphics to advertise won’t kill me. I might shift my publishing date though if things are still in limbo with an agent.

NaNoWriMo! For those who joined me last year, you’re in luck! This year, we are picking up right where we left off and continuing Evangeline’s Pokemon journey. Leading up, we’re going to have the following: an Ocean’s 8 review (like I promised), a character study of one of my favorite DnD characters that I’d like to do something original with someday even as she’s flavored a lot of my Skype campaign characters, and then a recap of Act I of the Nuzlocke adventure. Tentatively–very tentatively–I’d put the review on either Thursday or Friday, depending on how long it takes me to write, the character study on Sunday, and then the Act I recap on Tuesday. I should have played enough of the game up to this point to not get stuck by that, though I really should pick it up again to finish since I am borrowing Stacy’s copy of X…

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News: Computer Brick Recovery, Tsuki, and Pitching (And WIP!)

Hey everyone, so as promised, update on what the goobly gook happened with my computer.

Short answer: the April 18 update.

For those who aren’t aware, Windows launched a major update that started staggered roll-out on April 18th. Problem: the code of the update reacted poorly to one of the top free anti-virus softwares available by the company Avast, including ones such as AVG. Guess what I have used for YEARS with no problems? Yeah. No fun. In addition to causing issues, it also wiped out all prior save-points, so there was no way of me just undoing it so I could function. I had to renew my warranty with Dell to get a backup save-point for Windows to start from. (I’ve also changed anti-virus companies, not as a slight to AVG, but because I didn’t want to go through this again.) But I’ve gone through the update (again), and I am almost completely back in business, just have to get GIMP re-installed.

Then Tsuki took a turn for the worst. I thought she was at least maintaining weight, but no. In addition to that, her breathing had gotten odd in a manner similar to how it had gotten when she was a kitten and then again last year. The vet and I started trying to get her to turn around or at least make it through the weekend so the vet could try and do an x-ray…but it was too much for her, and we lost her to a heart attack. I had to get through my grieving, and that was so hard. It was the first time I was present for a pet’s death, and she had been my whole world for eight years. Kari has been by my side constantly since then, but I don’t have the heart to get her a new companion. I know that it wasn’t bringing Kari in that caused the issue–it just exasperated the situation. But I still can’t do it. I’ll probably stick to one cat until I have to start from scratch, and then I’ll get siblings to keep me distracted…

Speaking of distractions, I used a lot of them to get through these very hard weeks. I turned to Zelda: Wind Waker for a bit, because that is my go-to grieving distraction and always has been. Before her heart attack, I just saw Ocean’s 8. And I did a little work. One thing I did was participate in two “pitch” events on Twitter. I’ll probably do a post on my experiences with those as a blog post, because not a lot of people talk about them or overly promote their success rate, so I’d like to do something that has my personal experiences as well as some statistics behind it. I did send out a few more queries, slowly working my way through the list of options and then I’ll be looking into self-publishing.

I also started two different WIP original works, rather than just touch on my fanfics, and worked on the joint MMO I’m developing with Ginny. So what are the WIPs? One is set in a shared universe of mine and Ginny’s, dealing with a teenage werewolf pack, a female vampire who isn’t fully grown yet, and family relations. Because I am a sucker for complicated family stories, apparently. The other is just a bundle of weirdness that is basically me taking a fanfic idea and going, “How could I make this original?” I obviously don’t have extreme high-hopes for the second, but you know, Ro (the vampire) is currently stonewalling me, so it’s something to work on. As for the MMO, we’ve established where we want to be before we get the blog up and going, so I’m trying to poke away at it and get us to where hopefully sometime next year we can reveal it all and get everyone excited. 🙂

Hopefully I’ll be back to a more regular schedule now. Short of you know, more drama or emergencies. (Please no more of those, I am at the end of my limits.) I’ll be back with my comments on pitch contests next weekend, and to follow with reviews of Ocean’s 8 and…something, we’ll see what happens.


News: Ten’s Future, Feedback, and Fair!

Hey everyone, I promise you’ll get some RP shenanigan-type posts this weekend, with fair rehearsal over with, I should be able to start posting then again, when it’s easier for me to post something without being completely brain dead. Speaking of fair, I survived! There are like no decent pictures (at least that I have found yet), but I’ll try to post a couple when I can. It was hard, because this year was butt-ugly cold. We made chessboard history of the unpleasant kind, our stage froze solid Friday night/Saturday morning! Thankfully, we still managed to put on a good show when fair was open.

Sun’s Guard: Ten is still being queried. I’ve got about 25 still outstanding queries, though some of those are about to hit their four-to-six-week, you  haven’t heard from us it’s a rejection, notice. Of course, some of those have please follow up at four-to-six-weeks, so I may be poking people, wee! I’ve also got a bunch of open tabs right this second in my browser to screen for more queries. I’m on page 4 of 12 lists in Query Tracker, so hopefully I’ll hit the end of possible people to query by the end of this month or next, so then I’ll finally either have rejection from all possible sources or an agent.

What happened with the full manuscript offer? Well, after six months of nudging, I finally got a response. It was just a feedback letter, no notes on my manuscript and obviously no request for a revise and resubmit. That right there makes me…leery, considering how long she had the full book. The things inside the letter also confused me, but I won’t debate them in-depth here. I did double-check my readability levels (which are at 9th-10th grade per the Dale-Chell readability scale, at least the first chapter and the last which tells me the middle will be about the same), and considering none of my professors ever said anything sounded too young, I’m going to ignore that critique for right now. I also think the market is over-saturated in first-person POV, which is causing some perception issues of third-person. So at this point, I’m not going to do a bunch of edits. I might change my mind if I get more critiques in the same theme.

…and I feel better having written that all out, huh.

Anywho, like I said, I’m going to continue to query. If I run out of agents, I do have a very tentative self-publishing plan in place, or at least the basic framework. I don’t think I’d go down that road until I have a buffer in place though, so I’d write the second and third books and then start it. Maybe my friend Melissa Storm and I could share  booth space at SoonerCon, she’s an artist and I’d be pushing the books. Hell, maybe I’ll push Ginny’s too, maybe that will just be my thing. (I’m joking, please don’t let this become a thing, oh please…)

In the meantime, I’m still working on the game between me and Ginny. Right now I’m getting the story-script written for the demo week in different starting areas, which is also forcing us to make some final character decisions, yay, and we are always finalizing little details in mechanics. Once those are done, I need to do some town-lay-out mapping and plotting. I’m also getting rough drafts for potential blog posts scribbled down, since we’ve got the idea to stir up interest with a blog, have a tip-jar for funds to commission artwork for the pitch while I’m finishing up story, probably after I get the initial version done and am working on the alternate versions.

As for the blog, I’m going to do something exciting. I’m going to go buy three or four traditionally published books, and grab some indie published things, and those will be what I review, alternating around. I’ll probably honestly get everything on my Kindle unless I fall in love with it and want a physical copy to lug around. So you know, indie writers, if you want a review, let me know! I will be cross posting to both here and Amazon to make sure it’s fair with those, since I know indie books really could use the reviews. (I’m also working on making my reviews nicer.)

Update: Oh look, someone managed to snag a good photo on Friday before it became so cold I had to huddle under my cloak or wear a turtleneck and the smoke irritated my eyes to where glasses were required! BEHOLD THE MAGNIFICENT MOON HAT!

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Writing: Thoughts on Querying…

I feel like preemptively labeling this part one, I’m sure I’ll have more as the process continues for me. For those curious, yes, I am still querying. I sent my full draft to an interested agent, but seeing as how staying in contact with her over the last six months became…difficult…I am actively seeking other options. Query Tracker, btw, is a great tool. I was reluctant to use it because I wasn’t sure it was verifying the agents, but nope! It’s safe!

So some funny (or annoying) things that have happened or I’ve seen, and my reactions.

One agent actually had a note on submissions: “No more vampires, sorry.” That made me laugh, and it also made sense? I wish more agents did that. Like rather than giving us broad genres, they specifically said, “I am sick of seeing this, I want to see this.” And no, telling me you want “strong storytelling” and “books I can’t put down” doesn’t tell me anything. That’s super subjective. If you are sick of first person narratives, say so.

I ran into two rather curious things, too, that gave me an amused rant to put on Twitter if no where else. I saw a lot of agents listing interest in LGBT fiction. And my immediate thought is, “Errr, you’re missing a letter?” A is important, especially for my books. In addition, romance tended to run through extremes–either EPIC or don’t bring it to me, it has cooties! Which all of that makes me laugh, since my main character is so far down the gray scale of demi-sexuality she is almost ace. (Which is the A.) It definitely shows room for growth, at least in my opinion.

Another thing I’ve noticed is there’s a mixed situation to the flooding of inboxes that agents get. There’s basically three things going on, and all of them have their pros and cons. Though to be honest, one super annoys me more than any of the others.

One solution is the no response means no. Ugh, that’s harrowing. Because of their work schedules, agents can’t guarantee when they will get to a book outside of a pretty long time frame. I get just wanting to hit the delete button and move on to the next, but I wish they would at least have a form they sent back to end the misery. But again, that takes time, and it’s time they may not even have. Others do have a form response that they send, and they guarantee replies within a certain window. Obviously as a writer, I love that, but I wonder how much it pulls away from the writer’s work.

The third solution is the one that cheeses me off if it’s not handled properly. Having an intern help with the slush pile of new submissions. On one hand, if it’s used as a tool, I feel like it’s the perfect solution here. The agent can go through the queries while giving notes out loud to the intern who is keeping track themselves, and then the intern can go generate the responses while the agent moves on. My issue is when its the intern who is going through the slush pile themselves and determining what the agent even sees. (What I have dubbed “intern-gating.”) I know one agent who does it of the ones I’ve done so far and even stuff that she has requested in a contest or conference to see gets turned back. Thankfully those people email her directly and get told to send it to her, but ugh, what a waste of people’s time.

The amounts of material requested also run the friggin’ gambit. Could we not come to a consensus, particularly one that doesn’t handicap the writers involved? The more pages there are, the more the agents have to read, I get that. I just think five pages isn’t enough. Ten, at a minimum, can at least get you to the action…or if it doesn’t, the writer has bigger problems. (There is a reason Sun’s Guard: Ten went through so many drafts, I was desperately trying to get to Moonshine faster.) I mean, I’d prefer the first three chapters, but I know that’s a lot for some to get through too.

I’m on the fence about a synopsis. On one hand, I think it is a handy tool for agents. On the other, I think it also can be very misleading? I tried to keep mine focused, but that was hard. Ginny had to hold me in from going down some of my subplots, partly to save space and partly to keep agents from getting distracted by seeing what isn’t there. I can’t imagine the trouble that other people went through. My professors weren’t much help, I remembered talking to Chester about not knowing what I was doing, and she said no one does when it comes to synopsis.

So there are my funny stories/observations. If you’ve got anything of your own you’d like to share, give a shout. As it stands now, I’m going to keep poking away at things. Hopefully someone will take the bait…


News: Queries, Kitty Weight Problems, and a Wedding

…prefacing this, the wedding was not mine.

So, Ten has gone out to a bunch of agencies now. I had one nibble for more, but I haven’t heard back so I think it might be a bust. They only wanted three chapters, and its been a couple months now, even factoring in August dead month. Between blog posts and dance seminars this weekend, I may try to get some fresh ones sent out. The agents left on my list require a synopsis, and converting my Excel books into a coherent document was a hassle I was trying to avoid.

…Yes, books. Sun’s Guard and the rest of its intended universe requires extensive notes, plus one to keep the big picture sorted out.

Tsuki rather dramatically lost a lot of weight. Not gonna lie, she has been my biggest concern lately (she’s my baby, damn it). Her blood work came back excellent at the vet, and a month and a half later, I think I finally have her diet adjusted. The next few weeks will tell. She’s such a picky eater and has a sensitive stomach and grain allergy, it has been a nightmare.

And the wedding! It was my brother’s, I officially have a sister, a niece, and a nephew. I was technically a bridesmaid, but I mostly kept out of trouble and helped when I could. Now I am prepping for fair season, and you know, being a hermit for a little while.

Part of prep will show up here! I am doing a Nuzlocke run of Pokemon X, and intend to write it for NaNoWriMo. The writing will go up in a weekly post through November, with cute little insert charts of the Pokemon I catch. I should have at least four badges before I start, which I hope will be enough headway. You’ll meet the player analogue and rival before hand, in a Character Study, so look out for it and more posts starting soon!

Update: I WAS WRONG, TECHNOLOGY BIT ME, AGENT WANTED THE FULL MANUSCRIPT!!! Hoping for good news in six weeks.


News: Recovering from NaNo

I sort of crashed, creatively, after my failed attempt at NaNoWriMo. Well, I say failed, if only because I didn’t finish the novel or reach 50k words. But what I did get done is some major progress. I got the first bit that I’d written redone (minus some added fluff that needs added to the first chapter), and can finally start plotting the last bit that needs it.

Why haven’t I been on it? Why didn’t I finish? Well, I started a new job at the end of October, and it’s been taking me time to adjust to it. There’s a lot of elements to it that I’m familiar with, there’s a lot of it I’m not. I’ve gotten to where I’m at least quasi-comfortable with the new computer system, but figuring everything else out…yeah, it’s still hard on my poor brain. And we’re supposed to be getting a new system here in the next year or so, wee.

In addition, Ginny and I are working on and off on a video game pitch together, and I sort of want to focus on getting my half of it done for good, which is getting the documents all put together and shiny, and being the liaison with our trailer artist (I finished the character side of it, mostly, got a few more left to do).

Overall, there is a plan. I’m probably going to sit down at lunches with a notepad and try to get the third act (which is commonly referred to as the second half of the second act) plotted. I’m not going to try writing it until February anyway, I need the extra time to get used to my job at this point. But we’re in the heart of medfair season, so I’ve got plenty of projects to tackle. Pitch, medfair costume, my Sly Cooper fanfics that have been dying for attention… I’ll update you all in February if I’m ready to start writing again.

I leave you with this today, and then reviews will start next weekish. I’ve been in the Ginny-Box plus watching some movies, so I’ve got material! 🙂


News: Star Stable Diaries and Upcoming Renovations

I know, not a review. But in my defense, I’m sick. So here, have an update on the news front of things instead of a whole lot of nada.

So, obviously I’ve started doing the Star Stable Diaries with my best friend, Ginny. It’s our first time writing anything together, and I’m really glad we’re doing this. We’ve been beta readers for each other for the last few years, talk with each other all the time, and at this point, practically share the same brain. I don’t know how often the posting schedule is going to be. Obviously about once a week, but no real regularity to it (could be Tuesday this week, could be Saturday again).

And really, look at it as free writing from me. 🙂 Misty has been a ball to create and we’re having fun with what we are doing. Even if not having control over the plot is making me spazz a little. The game has been basically my excuse to be prissy and girly and unwind after work. And somehow, this wound up in Misty’s character some, which is a nice break from my usual tomboys.

Adding this to the site though has made things all sorts of clunky in the menu. I thought I could live with it, but nope. It’s about to drive me nuts. I don’t know where everything is going to be shuffled yet. I intend to make a plan, so then I can execute it and update the front page quickly to have the shortest amount of confusion as possible.

With that little update, I’m going to go lie down and hope I can breathe normally tomorrow.


News: New Category, Changes to Posts, New Content Coming Soon!

So, I was avoiding doing this until I was actually published, but, well. I guess because of what I want to say this week, I need a News category!

What’s going to to into this category? Basically, it’s going to be where you find any announcements as far as when the blog is going to update, if the content is going to be changing, all of that fun stuff, so I’m not sticking it at the bottom of posts anymore since that isn’t fair to people who may miss an entry. (And yes, I totally missed last Sunday because I’m derp. My fault entirely.) In the future (whenever the heck that ends up being, I’m drowning in the first half of Act 2) that’s where I’ll announce when something is coming out, when I’ll (hopefully) be doing appearances and book signings, all of that.

For the other half of this little post… I’m getting burned out of posting about RPing. I mean, I occasionally have something to talk about (I have one Tabletop post in mind), and I’m sure that will still happen on occasionally, but overall, I’ve about hit the end of it, making my cycle hard to keep up with. I could force stuff out, but that could end up being a nightmare.

As for reviews, its hard some weeks for me to post anything that’s relevant. I had a brand new book that I swore wasn’t part of a series… Only I checked the front before I started reading it, and it’s the second book in one. Second books are guaranteed to be bad. I’m not going to whack on a new writer like that (okay, I could, but I’m trying to be nicer!). I’m trying to move more to recent publications, but those take time (and money) for me to find. I have a box of quasi-recent publications coming my way (thank you Ginny!), but even then, sometimes I just don’t have time during the week to read a book and write a review about it, since I have hit the busiest part of my year.

So what does this mean? Well, I’m throwing the cycle out the window. There will be still be reviews, talking about RPing, talking about writing. But what happens when is going to be completely random. It’s a scary thing for me, I like knowing what I’m doing when, but I think this change needs to happen. The cycle was fine when I had more free time in grad school, but now I’m finding my feet out in the working world, and I’m discovering that this means some things need to change with how I’m doing my personal life. I’ve slowed down my forum RPs, for example, and really focus on writing on the weekends. So I think the blog needs to change too.

That said, I do have some new content coming up. I started playing an MMORPG (which is why I don’t manage any writing on the weekdays in the evening), and a friend of mine and I are going to do journals of the “days.” I’ll add that soon, but those posts are going to be REALLY random. Like I may post two or three a week and then NOTHING for a month, kind of random. But I hope you all will enjoy some free story from me, and hope it will encourage people to check out what I do have up on Kindle and my future work.


News Since…October?!

Yeesh, I sort of died over here, didn’t I? I deeply apologize, everybody, but hopefully my explanation will make up for it.

This last semester, I was taking a class similar to Independent Study, in the sense that it was me working on a story one-on-one with a professor. In this case, I chose to start revising the first book in the Shadow Day Quartet. There were problems with the plot that I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, and I definitely needed some advice. Right before I met with the professor, I did an exercise that made me realize that I had twice, if not three times, the amount of characters I needed, and then Prof. Chester pointed out I was lacking a direct antagonist for the main character, then helped me with setting Mari and Natile apart, which gave me a huge plot hole in the newly revised plot line…which is where I’m stuck at now. I need to fix the plot, but I’m roughly a third of the way through the rewrite, with only the first four chapters needing a severe overhaul due to me relearning the important parts of my craft. I brought either a revised plot (it took me a few times to get something solid) or a chapter every week to my meeting with Chester, leading to an average of about 2,250 to 2,750 words a week.

Another class I was taking was Commercial Non-Fiction. These are books like The Diary of Anne-Frank, Longitude, etc. They deal with real events/information, but tell the story like a novel. I had the option of working on my idea to do a study on the various different stories about Anastasia Romanov, but in the end realized I would not have the time to do the research I needed. So I defaulted and wrote about jousting, both in medieval times and in modern medieval fairs/shows. Most of the stuff currently written is everything I don’t need research for thanks to my AOA, aside from the one interview I did manage to get in and the necessary little bit of intell I got on different horse breeds beyond my own handfuls of knowledge… I got most of my part done with it, and the book really just needs me to finish doing interviews to add other people’s opinion/knowledge. That said, I wrote 25,000 words in a very condensed time frame and was quite ready to kill things by the end of it. Each week once the writing started was 4,000 words, required, and then the last one was 5,000.

The final class I was taking was the first half of my graduate project, the second book in the Shadow Day Quartet. It took us quite a while to get my plot beaten down into something that made sense, and the first two chapters are rough. Really rough. I’m used to getting a first draft to get the kinks out before a professor reads it, and it showed. But I finally got my stuff together, and managed to get the first four chapters written. Out of seventeen plus epilogue. The format to this class worked the exact same as the sort-of Independent Study, even with the same professor, only I didn’t necessarily have to turn anything in during a given week (something I found out at the end of the semester, and it saved my bacon). My chapters were also longer, usually from 2,750 to 3,250.

This is all on top of trying to keep my forum RPs alive and weekly prompts, which the prompts alone varied from around 1,200 words to 4,000 words. So lots and lots of writing happened, and something just had to give. Sadly, it was the blog. I had planned though to pick up the blog after my family vacation. Immediately after Dead Week (and my poor advertising students’ early final), I went off to Las Vegas, Nevada for the National Finals Rodeo with my family. Even better, I got to go see Tournament of Kings over at the Excaliber (and make fun of them a little. Great show, but their Arthur story needs help). It was fun, and I even got to leave with more money than I arrived with, thanks to a lot of luck.

Everything seemed to be going alright… And then somebody got on to the return flight from Vegas to Amarillo sick. Guess who got whatever congestion nightmare that was? At first, I thought it was from my ears popping like six times a day from riding the elevator (we were on the 22nd floor of the hotel), but by Sunday I couldn’t breath through my nose, and breathing through my mouth led to coughing. I was still really tired/coughy all the way up to Christmas, when I carpooled back to the Oklahoma Panhandle with my older brother. He asked me to drive up to Tulsa, and we left from there. Along the way, I lost my cruise control on my car (still need to get that looked at, actually…), but thankfully he was driving his up to the panhandle and I got to sleep most of the way thanks to my meds knocking me out like a light.

Now, my wrist has been doing this popping thing whenever I bent it back, and then popping again when I bent it forward, usually only after I’d had a really, REALLY long day of writing. My family informed me in Vegas that this was carpel tunnel, and I needed to start wearing a brace before it got worse. I heard, but since I was having trouble with even the concept of getting oxygen into my body, I hadn’t managed to buy a brace yet. Big. Mistake. Driving back from my brother’s place in Tulsa to my place in Norman without cruise control messed with my wrist sooooo bad… Yeah, writing has become a little bit of a hassle. Thankfully, it has slowly been getting better.

So what has gotten done around here? Well, for one, I’m going to come out and admit to being Eva-Emaria on deviantart.com, as well as in the comment section of webcomics, including Hurrocks Fardel. Now, how the heck is this relevant? For those of you who follow this comic (which should be everyone, its actually really clever and well-paced), there was a contest a few months ago to create characters to be featured in the comic. Since my character, a swan maiden/valkyrie named Eira, won, I’ve been working on her Guard, getting them drawn, bios written, and all posted on my deviantart page. It has taken me almost a year now, but it is finished at last. Very tentatively, I want to someday do a webcomic involving these characters, but I need a few things to happen in Hurrocks Fardel before I attempt to do that, since I need to know more about the world. I also got over the severe burnout that the crazy semester had given me, partially thanks to a new story idea that I’ve added to my list of projects. It’s planned just enough that I won’t go crazy thinking about it.

What are the goals for this semester? Well, one of my classes has me reading basically a book a week, and doing short reports over most of them, four presentations over the others, plus a decent sized final paper. My only other class is finishing my grad novel. In an ideal world, I’m done way early with my second book, like before Spring Break early, so I can be defended and done with it. I have Medieval Fair coming up on April 5, and I need to have my costume and armor (yeah, I’m making armor, be afraid) finished by February 15. And then, provided I’ve done what I need to do to get the grad project done and over with, I’d like to get the first book’s rewrite finished by May.

Outside of writing, I am on the permanent-job hunt for post-graduation, ideally starting June 2 and giving me time to take a two week vacation/work trip up to New Orleans before hand. I’d like to be in an associate professor job, but since I can’t leave Oklahoma for family reasons, I’d be willing to accept just about anything that lets me stay in the rough area where I am. Once I get the job lined up, I get to go house hunting. *rubs hands and cackles* Yep, I’m sick of apartments and am quite ready to be somewhere where there is at LEAST three feet between me and the next house. Plus, I need a fenced in back yard for my poor dog to be moved down here with me.

Now, to the point. What does all this mean for the blog? Basically, I’m ideally going to have the time to start posting on here more regularly, thanks to me finally going, “Rebecca, you DERP, write the post over the week and just schedule it to go up on Thursdays!” I’ll let you all know also when I finish the different books, as well as when my new job/house are lined up. I will definitely want some advice on places to see in New Orleans outside of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. And with that, I’ll see you all next Thursday!