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April Blizzards Bring May… Lizards?

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I apologize for the pun, but I could not think of anything else that rhymes with these wretched April blizzards we continue to get. I can only imagine what they will be bringing for May!

I hope it won’t be more blizzards!

My fingers are so cold I can barely type, lol.

Oh anyhow, Of Trust Or Treason is going fantastically well! I wrote a few thousand words last night, I am piecing together all the little bits, editing as I go along. Work I truly enjoy! (Uh, well, the writing. The editing not as much) But the book should be WELL more than ready for publication by June! I can’t believe it’s almost June. Of course, I’m watching a blizzard out my window right now- of course I don’t believe it’s almost June!

Oh well, nothing I can do but hope for the best!

Have a good night everybody, I am off to do some more authoring!

Stacey

 

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My fancy Italian journal and sleek English pen

(First of all, I want to say thank you to Jay, my best friend and editor, for sending me these items,  because I know she reads my blog and is probably going to hate that I’m mentioning her in my post 🙂 )

So here I am writing in my beautiful new blank journal (made in Italy) that my friend Jay just sent me, along with the beautiful new silver pen (Made in England), and think, “Wow, this would be a perfect writing tool to carry around with me.” See, I’ve been needing to carry something with me to make notes in, write down what people say, make lists of stuff I have to do, so on, so forth. Especially now that I am networking more, I can’t remember everything everyone says all the time.

And then, then the curse of productivity hits, and I blame the blank pages and fancy pen in my hand. I realize with these new tools, it’s going to make it a lot less easy to be unproductive and procrastinate. In half an hour I just went from debating to myself “Aw, this would be helpful if I did this….” (Usually a weeks long procrastination- I mean, project.) Now, in less than half an hour after writing down my ideas, I’m about to actually get started on the project itself. Not in “oh wouldn’t it be nice” form, but “this is how I’m going to do it” the pre-step to something ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

So, in retrospect, I must realize this book and this pen are not the enemies here. They are simply… magic. Magic that forces me to actually DO things instead of just think about them.

Now my mind is blown.

And I must get on with my project, because stopping in the middle to write this blog is bordering magic blasphemy, and I hate to think that happens when I go against something magical (Isn’t it, in books, that when something magical gets thwarted, something bad usually happens?) I don’t want to prove the magic book and pen wrong. I’ll keep a healthy fearful respect of them, and clear off my shelves.

Your crazy blogger,

Stacey

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Finances, Chocolate Chips and Sake

Here we go. It’s all about the Benjamins, baby. (Hah, wait, I don’t see any bens in these files…) I’m doing my finances. Especially, most importantly, my business finances. Creating expenditure and profit lists, client information lists, that sort of thing. That was last night, I stayed up until five AM doing this.

Tonight, it’s time to catch up on my SOAP notes (Subjective, Objective, Action, Plan) that is legally required following massage.

OMG, this post is so boring I just about fell asleep. Or it could be the Sake. Yum. I came home from my last massage of the day to find an open bottle of Sake sitting out. So, naturally, I helped myself to some. I’m also making dinner. The problem is, I worry that some nice gentle rice wine and curry (do those two often go together? Never mind, I’m going to be done with the Sake far before dinner’s done cooking) will make me drowsy.

And the original title of this blog was not-so-destined to be “Hands Off The Kindle” Why? Because it’s been my go-to device whenever I need a break from life, and it’s become somewhat of a crutch as of late. And guess what, I’ve needed that quite often lately. Sick nieces and sick grandmothers and major life changes and jackass boyfriends aside, whew, I’m a little worried I may be getting overwhelmed.

Then, comes flush that warming feeling deep inside that alcohol tends to provide during times like these, along with the slightly increased amount of erase-and-retypes.

Everyone has a favorite book. Everyone has a book that they read and say, “God I wish I was there.” That speaks to them on so many levels, in so many ways, that you find a piece of yourself in every character, you can relate to the way this person speak, that person acts, even the side characters- hell, sometimes even the enemies- provide you with that little feeling inside of belonging and hope. And that, my friends, is the whole point of stories.

Excuse me, while I ensure my curry is not burning, and add the tomatoes.

Wait, I just answered my own question. Sake DOES go with curry, because I’m serving my curry dish with rice, and Sake is rice wine (the only wine I can stand, by the way)

And in what universe does “My grandmother is sick in the hospital and I may have to go there in the morning and then I work all day tomorrow and I’m busy in the evening, so I will call you on Saturday” equates to “Yes I will drop everything and have dinner with you tomorrow” ? Sorry to say, not MY universe, whether certain people expect it or not. I honestly do not feel that text deserves a reply, so it is not getting one.

Right, yes. The books. The stories. They’re escapes, are they not? To be someone else for just a little while, to live their lives, to follow their stories, their adventures and share with them their emotions and life. I can very easily see how reading can become anyone’s escape, unfortunately, I fear that not enough people nowadays use it as such. More people need to read, is my opinion. Nowadays, people turn to Sake and other alcoholic beverages. The only issue is that I cannot do finances and read and blog and catch up with my SOAP notes and work on story boards and decide whether or not to turn my Legends franchise into an actual publishing company (purely for the sake of easier taxes, perhaps) or not, if I am reading. Which is why I have been reading so much. (You know, doing what you don’t really feel like doing being impossible while reading… Definitely an appeal there…) But it occurs to me simply that I am avoiding a lot of things right now. SOAP notes being the least of them.

Oh dear, yes I know I’m not the only one with issues. But see, my favorite characters’ issues I can share in and not have to take actual responsibility for. But I can live it, and feel how they are resolved, and feel good at the end of the book. Life just isn’t like that.

I am making a dire mistake. I am taking an emotional day and topping it off with Sake and the song “The End of The Innocence” By Don Henley. The last genuine year of my childhood, 1996. After that it was nothing but taking care of the sick and injured and sacrificing my own needs to ensure things and people stuck together. This is the first year I’ve focused solely on me. And even then, I’m not solely focusing on me.

But I remember the sunshine, riding my bike in the bright sunlight and gentle Oregon winds minutely scented with a touch of comforting sea air, the tall grass swaying, the summer evenings of my childhood dipping into soft dusk, then night time, where I would read and assure myself that the sun would rise again the next day. And it always did. As it always does.

What is a one sided relationship anyway? In short, exhausting. Bringing up my favorite (one of) sayings;

“Trying to understand the behavior of others is like trying to smell the color 9”

It brings me great comfort when I find myself stressing and trying to figure out exactly how someone’s mind can take someone else’s tragedy and somehow make it about themselves. And no matter what I do and say, it will always be about them.

No, sorry honey, that’s not how my universe works. And never will it, I don’t have the patience, energy or lack of self-respect to be the minority in a relationship. My world is equal grounds, or my grounds are off limits. The end.

I wonder if I may regret this post come time for me to be less warm inside. Probably not. I’m on the warm side, not yet tipsy, and not desperate enough to become so. Just taking the edge off the planet, is all.

Off comes the edge, in comes the realization that I need to take care of myself. With that comes the brutal point I MUST concede that sleep, right now, is more important than SOAP notes, more important than math and finances, more important than story boards and indecisive decision making. So here is my plan. Put leftovers away. Drink a ton of water. Go to bed.

Hopefully the nightmares will hold off for a night, and I can get restful sleep, and maybe feel prepared for my day this time.

But probably not. Not with everything going on.

At least this is my second to last day at the store. That’s going to help A LOT.

Good night, my dear friends.

Stacey

 

 

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Debut Cover!

With less than three days to go until the publication of Destroyed, Book Three of The Legends of Sangue, I bring to you…. The cover! Feel free to give me your opinion, and check out snippets and such here: Destroyed

 

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Destroyed, Book Three

Thanks for all your support!

Stacey

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Ta-Da!

It’s finally here!

Destroyed, Book Three of The Legends of Sangue is finally up and live and ready to read 🙂 Every day for 32 days I will be posting new snippets of the novel until I hit the almost-halfway mark and 31st of March, where it will go up on Amazon for all Kindles and books 1 and 2 will be put on temporary sale for the ease of reading and catching up to book 3 cheaply and quickly. Enjoy and let me know what you think!!

 

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Big News

Big news in both career departments.

Let’s start with the biggest.

I AM NOW A LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST!! (Throwing pretend confetti and drinking fake celebratory booze and dancing with myself as if there’s no tomorrow) Yay! I have so many things to say about this but…. The words elude me. I think I need to let a few happiness tears fall first. I want to thank everyone for their support. I had so many people online and off that supported me through all of this, it was amazing.

The other news.

I am almost done with book 3. I am about one week away from finishing the first half to the satisfaction of the internet, which coincides perfectly with the time I will begin posting snippets 🙂 Publication date is set for March 13th, so be on the lookout for wordpress snippets coming soon!

I have so, so many things to blog about, my mind is racing (Oh dear, when isn’t it) but this time, it’s racing with so many things…. things that I find genuine inspiration in…. and want to share with you all so much. But I have work in a few minutes, and unfortunately, I wounded my wrist a little and it’s not keeping up with the pace in which I want to write. Does that ever happen to other writers? I wonder. How, if you are unable to keep up the pace of typing to match your mind, you lose your flow. Hm. I know that happens all the time to me, lol.

Well…. Yup, time to work. Hopefully once this wrist heals and I can begin working on my massage career, I can do less work at the store and retain some sanity. I love the store, I love the people there, but I’m eager to begin this new facet of my life.

Have a wonderful day everyone!!!

Stacey

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Where’s the emotion?

Where is the emotion?

Inside of me.

So why can’t I get it out in writing? What is my issue? I don’t understand.

Then again, maybe I do.

And trust me, it’s not writer’s block. I’m working on two blogs right now (this one and The Legends of Sangue), I have sixteen hundred thousand ideas flying around in my head, I know what to do with my current story, but when I sit down and actually write. It’s missing something. Something’s gone. What is it?

EMOTION.

Trust me, I’m feeling plenty. Why I am unable at the moment to connect my emotions with my writing is beyond me. Perhaps I’m focusing too much on back story in book 3 that I’ve forgotten the emotion. Perhaps I’m not living in an atmosphere very conducive to writing (or sleep) and I’m just tired and interrupted all the time. Huh. Tired is a good word for it. Tired.

Regardless.

I would say it’s because I put a deadline on my writing. But pffft. Sometimes I work best on a deadline.

No, it’s all there, it’s all ready to be put into action, the words down on paper, the voice in the story, the emotion in the action the drama in the tale. It’s all there.

Inside of me.

Why can’t I get it out?

Such melodrama.

Well, I’m off to work. (Work stress? Another possibility.)

Have a beautiful day!

Stacey

 

 

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When Pornography Blockers Take It Too Far

Elaborating on my blog title. I can’t look up the song “Pornstar Dancing by My Darkest Days” on Youtube, google, anything, Without this message:

“Content blocked due to pornography”

And yet, I CAN look up the song “Tonight I’m Fucking You by Enrique Iglesias”

And that video (the fully uncensored version) is full of all sorts of nudity and swearing (I love it)

On a similar note, I discovered from an elderly couple at the store I work in, who were looking for locally produced honey, that it is a bad idea to google the words “Local Honey”. I haven’t tested that theory- I’ve taken their word for that one, lol!

Yes, because anyone in their right minds would label clandestine porn online as “porn” when they want to hide that it is in fact, pornography. As I’m sure anyone who wanted to look up porn in secret is going to actually type the word “porn”. To find that video from My Darkest Days I had to type this: “My Darkest Days Por Lud” (Translation: My Darkest Days Pornstar Dancing featuring Ludacris) Hey, it worked.

At this point, I am very tempted to erase this blog but lets face it…. I’m human. We’re all human. I’d say it would ruin my reputation as an author, my wholesome fantasy series without violence, sex or swearing… but lets face it…. my books contain violence, swearing, and sex. Nothing gratuitous, mind you. I don’t just toss some violence or gore, or some raunchy sex scene in the middle of the book just to draw a crowd or attention or more readers. They apply to the scene/plot, thanks. And it’s not raunchy. The act and scenes apply to my characters and their personalities/relationships. Anyhow…. on to other topics….

Ah yes, I was going to originally write about songs I use to write to. But that’ll wait until tomorrow. I’m still working on my playlist.

Have a good night, everyone, namaste, and may your night be fun and filled with love!

Stacey

 

 

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A Love Story to my PC- Part One

I don’t know how I could possibly explain my absence from Words of Fantasy better than my picture blog can. In Tribute To My M***** F***** Computer and Printer

More tomorrow.  Don’t worry, be happy! 🙂

Stacey

 

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The Hunger Games- a page turner we can relate to. Sort of.

And, as if with grey, vaguelly glowing eyes in the darkness of my one-lightbulb-burnt-out-room, my Kindle stares up at me from its perch beside me on the seat, begging me with it’s soul to pick it back up and continue reading- and begging me with its front page advertisement to buy Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Other then pertinent times such as work, minor sleep and food consumption, I have been nose deep in my Kindle, reading for the first time in years front to back without pause, an entire book at once last night. It took me six consecutive hours until five o’clock in the morning to finish it, but I did it. Then I took a four hour nap, could not longer sleep, picked up my Kindle and started on book three. After a quick pause for work, I came home, picked it up, and am now 76% done with the last book. Why am I on here, and not continually glued to my Kindle? Well, because I need a break. I am a freak. My wrist is sore from holding it for so long, one eye is bloodshot from reading in the semi-darkness for so long, and I had to pee for the longest time. (That, luckily, has been accomplished.)

It has been entirely too long since I’ve found a story to get so incredibly engrossed in, that I felt so strongly, and I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing. It hasn’t been since Death of the Necromancer and the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy that I read a book I truly FELT the characters and everything they went through. I would feel the same way if The Hunger Games trilogy weren’t a fad at the moment. What I am unsure about, is the fact that I have become so engrossed in a book about kids murdering each other. To say it in such a way, seems to negate the fact that it is truly actually about humanity, emotional oppression, survival, hate, human decency, respect for life, governmental oppression, war, fight, cruelty, friendship, faith, trust, and most importantly… love. It truly is. If you haven’t read it, do.

The “fad” part of it is simply my assumption that right now, governmental oppression is something we all feel at the moment whether we can realize it or not, and our want and NEED for the human indecency our world possesses to end is just as deep as the characters’ needs for theirs to end. It fits our world right now. That has driven the story beyond popularity. It’s become a story somewhat of hope. Even if it is about kids murdering each other (by forced government law.) Fighting to the death. It’s something we all feel, metaphorically, on a day-to-day basis. Some of us fighting to stay alive, to keep food on the table, to keep gas in our cars, roofs over our heads, to keep ourselves safe, to keep our families safe, to keep…. alive. It’s a feeling we can all bond over. Not some sappy teenage love story.

I don’t know how the last book ends, but I hear from others it’s a tear-jerker. So I’m going to stop my opinions right here until I finish reading.

Stacey

 

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