Friday, December 26, 2014
Well, our last Christmas in Austin has come and gone.
It was a really good one, though. Friends came over for dinner and drinks, Santa was good to us.
There have been times in the past when, the day after Christmas you get that feeling of, "Aw, Christmas is over. Bummer." But not really this year because there's so much more in our very close future!
Next stop, 2015!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
It's our last Christmas in Austin. It's very bitter-sweet. While we're so excited to be starting a new life in Colorado, we've had so many wonderful times here that it's going to be difficult on many fronts to leave.
But we're spending time with friends and neighbors, cherishing every moment.
Of course, I can't help but feel nostalgic during the holiday. Christmas has always had that certain feeling about it; the one that makes it such a special time of year. All the houses are decked out with lights, radio stations play Christmas carols 24/7, you can't help but feel the spirit.
True this Christmas is special because it's our last one in Texas, but we can't wait for the white Christmases in our future!
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
It seems that Florida attorney general, Pam Bondi, who is twice married and twice divorced, doesn't approve of same-sex marriage and is trying to have it blocked.
The hypocrisy of these people is absolutely amazing! They're all screaming about the sanctity of marriage when they can't even hold their own marriage together!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
It's hard at times, fighting that nagging feeling that it's all for nothing.
I know being an indie author is always going to be an uphill battle, and that I have to have faith that one day it will all be worth it. But there are many times when the going is tough.
But I continue to write because I love it. I continue to write because when I don't, I feel as if I'm depriving my body of something it needs to survive.
I write and write in hopes that one day the names Luthor or Serpenteens will be as recognized as Carrie and Twilight.
I write because I have so many tales to tell.
So, no matter how many times that nagging feeling raises its ugly head, I'll just push it back down and continue writing.
Because I'm a writer.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Austin has the worst drivers in the world!
It is one of the main reasons we want to flee the city. Every day is like a video game, where the strongest and most skilled will make it to their destinations without incident.
I don't know what it is, perhaps all the people coming here from other places like California (sorry California, but I've caught a few of your plates doing all the wrong things) get here and realize the streets are overcrowded and traffic sucks, and they end up getting frustrated and doing things their own way, no matter who it effects.
It's very scary at times.
But the day when we get out of here gets closer and closer, so we'll just have to continue playing the video game and doing our best not to lose.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
It's really been amazing these past few weeks with the changes that have happened with marriage equality.
Unfortunately, Texas is still fighting it, and I'm sure will be one of the last states to accept everyone as equals.
We just can't get to Colorado fast enough!!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
It seemed that the day would never get here, but as mid-October approaches, my retirement is right around the corner. February 13th will be here before I know it (and probably before I'm ready, ironically).
It will be an enormous change in my life, but it's a change that I am so grateful to be able to achieve.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
This was a cool thing to see on Facebook today. A write up about Squish-Squash!
Clink the link below-
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
I try and try and try!
It's hard not getting discouraged (a state I seem to be stuck in for the last seven months) where my writing "career" is concerned.
Here's an example-
Yesterday I posted a link for my Serpenteens trailer. I posted it on Twitter (7 thousand+ followers), and I posted it on the Serpenteens FB page (184 likes), I posted it my regular FB page (400+ "friends"), and I posted it on six other FB pages for writers to post their work (?).
And out of all of that I got 3 views!
WTF? Is it really that much of a bother for people to take one minute out of their time? Apparently I'm just wasting MY time.
Monday, July 28, 2014
For years I've been talking about our move to Colorado. We found Woodland Park about five years ago and have been patiently waiting.
Now, we are only a few days away from August, and this year will be gone before you we know it.
We are very excited about the changes that will come starting February, but we are also getting a bit nervous.
Yes. I'll be retired, but the simple fact of not working any longer is weird. Then the move to Colorado!
Steve was born in Texas, and I have been here for nearly 35 years; the move to a brand new state will be such a wonderful start to a new life!
As long as my nerves ease up. Change is not really my thing. But this change will be so worth it!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I can't believe it's already June 26th!
At the beginning of the year, my retirement time in February of 2015 seemed ages away. But now, as we pass the half-way mark, and I've only got seven months or so to go, I find I'm getting more and more butterflies about the whole thing.
I know it'll be wonderful when it finally gets here, but the fact that I won't be working any longer (knock wood) is scary. I don't fear that I'll get bored, I'm sure I'll find plenty to occupy my time. But with retirement, there will be another major change: our move to Colorado! If you've been reading my blog throughout the years you know that we've been planning this pretty much since we got back from Canada where we were married. And now that it's less than a year away, the excitement and fear of such a big change is exhilarating and obviously scary.
I hope you'll stick around and join Steve and I as we begin a brand new chapter. It should be interesting. . .
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Squish-Squash made it to #10 on the top 100 gay & lesbian horror Kindle list!
Thank you to everyone who has met the confused, sad swamp creature with the heartbreaking past!
Things have been much better within the turmoil that was my mind the past few months.
I'm sure those who have only read my last five or six posts are thinking, "What a nut job!"
I'm here to assure you that I am quite sane, just going down the various paths of a struggling indie author. Those paths, for the most part, are straight and unobstructed, but every once in a while there is an obstacle blocking they way, and I have to work around it.
For now, I can see clearly down that path, and the future appears pretty bright.
Thanks to all of you!
Monday, June 16, 2014
Steve and I were late comers to the Game of Thrones craze, we did a marathon of the first three seasons, and then watched season four with the rest of the world.
It wasn't for any other reason then we just hadn't had time to watch them.
But once we started, there was no stopping! It's such a great series, and last night's finale didn't dissapoint!
But now we have to wait for season five! Oh, I'm not a patient person!
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Well, I'm still on a writing break and working on another elk burning. I won't be posting progress pictures because through all my efforts, there was not one comment, not one "interesting" "cool", nothing. So, again I was left feeling that no one really gives a shit.
It's hard fighting these inner demons of self-doubt when nothing seems to change.
It's hard fighting these inner demons of self-doubt when nothing seems to change.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
I took a couple of days off from burning to spend some time with Steve, but I'm back at again today.
Spent about two and a half hours adding dark shade to one elk and just barely started on the other. But I'm done for tonight.
Monday, May 12, 2014
My fingers are tender because I'm using a higher temperature right now, and the pen is hot.
Two hours is all I can do tonight.
Look at the difference between the two elks now that I've added more shading to the one on the left.
I love it!
This may end up being my favorite.
I didn't think I would post more pictures until the finished product, but the changes with each layer of shading is too cool to not share.
This stage is after an hour and a half of shading darker areas. The realism starts really coming out.
Yesterday Michael Sam was drafted into the NFL and history was made. I only wish there weren't still so many people filled with hate that just spew cruelty out of their mouths (and keyboards).
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Getting started again. Not really sure if anyone's interested but this is the machine I use to burn.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Didn't get too far, but my hand needs to get used to holding the burning pen for long periods of time again.
After almost three years without burning I was a bit nervous to do that very first burn.
The first thing I do is to transfer the outline and key points of the image onto the wood. All the real detailing comes with the shading later.
Transferring the image is easy enough, you can use transfer paper, but sometimes the line isn't easily erased after the burning is done if it shows through the lighter areas.
I just go back to grade school and cover the back of the image with pencil, flip it over, align it, and trace.
(Tip: use a red pen, that way you'll know what you've done and that you haven't missed anything.)
Steve and I drove all over the place today looking for a cool piece of wood for the elks burning, but we couldn't find shit.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
I think I'll be taking a break from writing. While I do that, I will be able to do a woodburning, something I haven't done in almost three years because I've been writing so much!
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Well, after my little melt down the other day, I have to admit that I'm feeling better. That is to say, better, but not great.
I'll just have to see what the future holds for me.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Once again I have that all too familiar feeling that I'm treading water and running out of steam.
I love writing, and I hate that I get to feeling like this at times, but it happens again and again.
Because I feel it's all for nothing. I spend most of my hours at home sitting in front of the computer writing. When I'm not doing that, I am on Twitter and FaceBook marketing. I post and try to promote as much as possible, but then when the royalty check comes in every third quarter, I'm let down tremendously.
I will retire from my day job in 10 months, and was looking forward to finally being a full-time writer. But at the moment, I feel I will most likely have to get a part time job at some point, because sales from my books will do nothing to supplement my income.
Posting poor sales is probably not the greatest thing for an author to do, but that's what this blog is about- the good and the bad, and right now I'm feeling pretty badly. I've written eleven books, and at times like these I feel it was a waste of time.
It's difficult to not let it get to me when, with more than 400 "friends" on FB and 7,585 followers on Twitter, I sell one, perhaps two book a month.
I don't know what the future will hold for my writing, but I know if I don't feel more enthusiasm for it than I do now, I've most likely written my last book.