When it finally takes a text to speech app to discover a typo that was somehow overlooked by multiple pairs of eyes prior to publication:
I imagine that must have been quite the conversation. Dani Linden said that the toes are asking the tail who smells the worst between the two of them. I’m open to additional suggestions as well. Maybe this is the accidental start of my next great story. 😀
… do writers do their best writing when they’re actually not writing? I practically finished a novel in my head while I was grocery shopping this morning.
I’m resuming Scars from the Past this week. I want to wrap that one up before jumping back into the series proper, especially since it’s the last Extra short story involving any of the main characters that I have planned for a while. I’m really looking forward to spending time with Jacob, just the two of us. As my longest-existing character, he deserves some special attention (even if it involves delving into his past and making him relive terrible things).
Isn’t it funny how you blink and all of a sudden literal YEARS have gone by? I swear it was just yesterday since my last post. (-_-)
At any rate, I’ve been away far too long between the day job and different writing projects, and I’m done letting other things distract me from a series and a group of characters that mean the world to me.
I always swore that I would never let life get in the way of my writing. And I didn’t, for the most part. Other writing got in the way of my writing. You know that meme that talks about how one’s mind is like a million open tabs at once? Well mine is like a million stories, all demanding to be written at the same damn time. But I’m back in my Emma hat, finally, and I’m really excited to announce that I am starting Book 3 of my little vampire-human adventure and finishing Scars From the Past, which as been “coming soon” for quite a while now. (My bad.) After that, I plan to wrap up a quick short I started forever ago about Luca, because big, burly, asexual human bodyguards deserve love, too.
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So what has Emma been up to you ask? (If you didn’t ask, I’m going to tell you anyway. 😀 ) I’m still writing. That’s the good news. I’m about halfway into Part Two of the non-Emma story I started late last year; after I finished the first part I figured I would go ahead and bang out the second part while it was all still fresh in my head. There’s probably going to be a Part Three because I fell in love with a supporting character and wanted to throw some love his way, but it won’t be more than 10,000 words, if that.
The bad news is that I’m writing a little slower these days because of a new, full-time day job. I haven’t had a full-time job in like fifteen years, and I’m learning all over again the fine art of time management. To those of you who have found and maintained the tricky balance between work and writing, respect.
At any rate, I’m still around. Just busier than usual.
I’ve been working on a non-Emma story the past couple of months. Nothing remotely supernatural about this one, just two flawed guys doing their thing (each other). 😀 It’s taken longer than I thought it would to finish because November was not kind to me. Was it kind to many of us, really?
On a related note, I totally bombed NaNoWriMo. This is not shocking news.
After I finish this story, I’m going to take a break until sometime in January. If I don’t get back before then, have a safe, happy, merry, jolly, fun-filled, other adjectives Holiday/Christmas/Etc. and a wonderful New Year! ❤
Sorry I’ve been quiet this month. I’ve been working on a new story and my already pitifully lacking social media presence just disappeared completely. I would say that that would change but in a few days I’m leaving for Florida for a couple of weeks so I still won’t be around much. But I’ll be writing so at least there’s that.
I signed into my old AOL account for the first time in ages the other day and came across all these old saved emails from my former manga partner back when he was applying for the job in the first place. Those made me a little sad. I also saw some emails from my former comic book partner, the one I had before I made the switch to manga. Those made me even sadder. BUT I also found a bunch of old story ideas and outlines, some I don’t even remember writing. That angel-verse story I mentioned here a while back along with an excerpt? I found all my original notes for that. Apparently I changed a LOT of stuff.
So anyway, at least some good came from that bittersweet trip down memory lane. I haven’t gone through everything yet; I’m looking forward to seeing what other long lost treasures await.
I decided to take a “vampire vacation” during the month of August, meaning I stepped away from Harborview Immortals to focus on other stuff like the original short stories I mentioned previously and fandom and other general geekery. I read a bunch of manga and finally finished A Game of Thrones—the book, not the show—and watched a lot of movies and anime. I also managed to destroy my laptop by spilling soda all over it. RIP Izumi the Laptop, First of Her Name. (I haven’t decided on a name for the new one yet, but I feel like he might be a boy this time around.)
Now that we’re into September, I’ll be getting started on a new HI story. This one will be… well I’ll just say a massive amount of shit is about to go down. Decisions will be made, lives will be changed, new threats will arise, all that fun stuff. I can’t wait to get to it. I’m also going to wrap up Scars from the Past, which will delve into the ugliness of Jacob’s past as a slave and how he ended up with a scarred back. It’s not a pretty story, but I hope it’s a good one.
Once you get to a certain age, you look back at some of the choices you made in your life and wonder what in the hell you were thinking. What you see here is pretty much all I wore for most of the mid 80s. The black Michael Jackson “Beat It” jacket with removable sleeves, parachute pants (I had pretty much every color imaginable), and jellies. Tell you what, I rocked the hell out of this ensemble. In 90° Florida weather, no less. You probably couldn’t pay me to wear any of this stuff today, and any photos of me from back then are hidden away and will never see the light of day, but I have very fond memories of sweating my ass off in a fashionable manner. 😀
I think I might write a story set in the 80s one of these days since that seems to be a thing now (like Stranger Things on Netflix—watch it!). It was a great decade to be a kid, wardrobe notwithstanding.
It was also a great decade for music, although I was just young enough for the meanings behind a lot of songs to fly right over my head (like “She Bop” by Cyndi Lauper, a song about masturbation that my friends and I gleefully sang in elementary school, lol). This was my favorite song for a good chunk of 1986 and most of 1987:
Ahhh. Good stuff.
Pics courtesy of SlimFitJackets, Retroland, and MentalFloss.