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I spent the last two weeks of August traveling. It gave me a chance to spend some time with friends. As usual, I was in Atlanta for Labor Day weekend and DragonCon. This year, I changed things up a bit. I didn’t do any panels or attend the big photo shoots. There was no rushing around to make events or attend meet and greets. Instead, I took it easy and relaxed. It gave me a chance to reconnect with friends. The last night of the con, I watched the Masquerade with my friends in the comfort of our hotel room. All in all, I had a fun time this year and plan on going again next year even if I feel like I need a vacation to recover from my trip.

Now that I’m back home, I gave some thought to my chosen career and writing. I haven’t been happy with some of the longer stories I’ve been working on. It’s not that the stories are bad. They’re merely okay and that’s not good enough for me. Maybe I’m being silly? I have this idea that any book I publish has to be better or at least as good as the last one I published. I always want to go forward. Publishing something that is okay or serviceable would be a step back. That’s why I have yet to publish anything new this year. That said, I made some progress on a story that I have a good feeling about. In the meantime, I’ll continue to post flash fiction and short stories as time permits.

Until next time.

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Back in Action

As you can see, I’m back. I’m sorry for being away but these last few months have been pretty rough. Without going into details, it’s been one crisis after another. The result was that I had little time or energy to post here. Thankfully things have changed for the better. I don’t know how active I’ll be but I’m going to make an effort to post on a regular basis. You’ll keep seeing more flash fiction and much longer stories featuring characters from my books. As for when the next book will be released, that’s going to come down to money. I’m not about to release and publish an unedited book. That means it’s going to be a few months at least before The Court of the Two Sisters and the other books I’ve managed to finish will see the light of day. Anyway, have a great weekend and take care.

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Merry Christmas

Have a happy and safe holiday. As soon as my brand new Kindle finishes updating, I need to prep the house for guests. I’ll be back later to make a longer post and some more stories. Until then, take it easy.

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Being Honest

I’m going to be honest with you. These last two weeks have been rough. I put a number of my stories and projects on the back burner to focus on current events.

I have a lot of problems with President-Elect Trump and the people he is surrounding himself with. With these people guiding him and the country, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. It’s really taken the wind out of my sails.

Most of the writing I’ve been doing has been more political in nature. It’s my way of coping with what’s going on. It also serves as a way to give people some insight into the things that many women, minorities, and members of the lgbtq community are concerned about. For the time being, that is a little more important than writing about a dystopian future that will never come to pass. We’re on the verge of living in a dystopia far more perilous than anything I could dreamed of. No, I’m not giving up writing or fiction. You’ll still see new stories and books from me. You’ll also see more posts concerning politics and other issues important to me so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

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A Brief Scare

Originally, I planned to post something else but my nerves are a shot. Earlier tonight, I had a moment of panic when I logged into my Amazon Kindle Direct account to check on my ebooks. I was greeted with an empty dashboard. Even though I have copies of all my books, publishing them again would have been a time consuming task. Add to that, my other Amazon accounts were also screwed up. After spending half an hour navigating the Amazon web site for help, I decided to give their customer service department a call. Thankfully, the issue was resolved. The customer service rep was able to pinpoint the problem and help me without treating me like an idiot. Now with the disaster averted, I’m going to try and relax. I’ll check back after N7 Day. Until then, stay safe and take care.

 

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Back from DragonCon

It’s been two weeks since I got back from DragonCon. I would have posted sooner but I’ve been very busy. I’m still trying to play catch up but the world hasn’t been cooperating with me. For the few of you who sent me emails while I was away, I’ll get back to you as soon as I sort things out here.

Originally, I planned to make a long and drawn out post about DragonCon. Instead, I’m going to keep things short. DragonCon was awesome. I met a lot of people and made some new friends. This year, I did a few things differently this year. I didn’t attend any panels. None of the writing and costume panels interested me. The long lines to enter the fandom panels, like the Flash, discouraged me. I ended up hanging out with friends and watching them on closed circuit tv during lunch and dinner.

This year, the Magical Character shoot was a fun time. I upgraded my Phantom Stranger costume and I was quite happy with the results. Special thanks to Teresa Waters for all the time she spent organizing the shoot. She managed to get two great photographers for the shoot. As soon as they upload the pictures, I’ll post them here. The New Gods shoot was also fun. In 2018, there are plans to expand the shoot and do a Kirby-verse shoot. My plan is to have Omac ready in time.

The only downer about this year’s con was the fact that I ended up being sick Friday morning and Sunday evening. Luckily, my roomies put up with my weakness and took care of me. Since getting back home, I had to focus on getting well before I tackled anything else including posting here.

Well that’s it for now. I need to dive back into my still full inbox. Take care.

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A Long Delayed Update

Sorry for not posting these last few weeks. July was a busy month for me. I had to split my time between writing, fitness, and costuming.

I made a lot of progress with my current work in progress. As usual, I knew how I wanted the story to end but I had a problem with where and how to begin. Sequels are strange that way. While it would have been easy to pick up right where the last book left off at, it wasn’t the best place to start the new story. It took me a while to settle on the right spot. After that, the words came quickly and easily. I also sent out The Crown and the Ring to several reviewers. Yesterday, Shelly at Nerdgirl.com gave it an awesome review. Go check it out here and if you haven’t done so yet, pick up a copy of my book. I think it’s one of the best stories I’ve ever writen.

On the fitness front, I’ve been able to get into a routine and stick with it. Most days, I walk about 3 miles in the early morning hours. Sometimes I do a little more when the mood suits me and the weather cooperates. These last two weeks, I  working out with resistance bands before my morning walk. I’m not dropping the pounds quickly but I do notice an improvement and I feel good about myself so mission accomplished. Add to that, I no longer need to go into the doctor’s office every eight weeks for an infusion of remicade. For those of you who don’t know, I suffer from RA. In my case, the inflamation occurs in my eyes instead of my joints. If left untreated, it would result in blindness and a lot of intense pain. Needless to say, it makes work a little difficult when you need time off every few weeks to take care of it.

Finally, I finished most of my costumes for DragonCon which will be taking place over Labor Day weekend. When I’m not attending a panel or one of the many fun events at the con, you can find me in costume. This year’s costumes include a few old favorites like Ocean Master, Phantom Stranger, and Orion plus a couple of new ones like Bishop. If you’re attending the con, feel free to catch me around the Hyatt bar or one of the photoshoots I’ll be attending in the Hilton.

Okay, that’s all for now. With any luck, I’ll have another update soon and a new story to post here.

Take care and stay cool.

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