atthequillsmercy: (Executive Lesbian)
Remember that short story I was writing for the erotic lesbian steampunk anthology?

Here it is. ;)

I love this universe and I will absolutely write more with these ladies in the future; both erotic and non-erotic. :) They're some cool ladies. XD

In other news, Mom had her scan and basically, there's no change in the actual cancer. She's still in the hospital and she will be till all the shingles are healed and she can swallow food on her own. When she does come home, Ma will have an aide to help her around the house.

But at least she can come home.

I'm working on more of Gods in the Grey City and hope to post more on the site. Once that's one, it'll go to Kindle, too. I'm working on having a whole little corner of Amazon just for me. XD If I can get enough out there, maybe I can make some extra money to afford a dryer! :D I would love to own a dryer... *dreams* But all in due time.

Tonight, since I have a three day weekend, I'll be working on starting a baby sweater (not for me) and practicing driving. I will also try to finish Grey City so I can get it edited and I can move on to the next project. I'm hustling baby!! XD
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I sent in the query for the lesbian thriller anthology today. Even though you're supposed to query with the idea first before beginning work on the story, I personally felt better having it nearly complete beforehand. Even if the idea is a bust with the editor, I still have a story I can use elsewhere. I have a few final edits to make but I'm holding off to hear from the editor.

I've been getting back to work on GH and having a complete ball with it. It's SO much fun working on it again, I can't even tell you. XD Of course getting another 5 star review on Dreamhunter doesn't hurt, either. ;)

I also have become enamored with this video:


As a fan of Gaga and Judas Priest, I had a complete fangirlgasm. It's really well done. 0.0

Won't some generous fan make a fanvid or fanfic of my characters one day? A girl can dream... ;)
atthequillsmercy: (Batshit genius)
The typed rough draft of the lesbian thriller entry is complete!! MwahaHA!!

Oh, it needs so much editing it's not even funny; but it's there and I'm happy. ^_^ Because I can work on Greenhouse again! YAYZ!

But looking at how things are going I may be able to submit on Saturday.  If I've learned anything is that I'm not exactly the best at writing mysteries/thrillers/noir-thingz but that could change if I ever decided to do another one.

If I do? There will be dragons in it or SOMETHING!!

On a slightly less productive note, I finished my first foray in to 10 Fantasy Sagas That Are Wronger Than Twilight with The Cat's Fancy and yeah, typical romance. Nothing overtly horrid. Nothing to see here. I also finished Pleasure Unbound, by Larissa Ione and, again, another 'meh' on the "wrong" factor scale. I mean, I can see where someone who hasn't read supernatural romance may be put off by the "Wow, it's page 5 and they're screwing already cause he's an incubus but she's just had her guts stitched back together" thing but after about 10 of these, you expect it. Especially if you've written and read about incubi before. It's as if a shark bit you, it's what they DO: Have sex with women. Give me an incubus who's made a vow of celibacy. Now THAT would be odd.

Now I'm reading Touched by Venom, by Janine Cross and already we've got people getting high on dragon venom and whipping each other with their junk hanging out so I'm already heading towards "What have I done to my brain" territory. Not quite. That's reserved for the Beauty books. XD Yes, I will keep linking back to that and YES, there are spoilers for the series there.

As for my Mom, things are still going the same. It's day by day, week by week. So, there really is no sense being overly depressed about it. She's here NOW and that's what matters. :)

Better get back to work then, eh? Time waits for no one! :D
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Since I seem to be meeting so many interesting people on Twitter, I'm going to really try and comment on more of their blogs. I've added a good chunk of my Twitter follower's blogs to my Google reader and if you see a comment from some crazy chick named "Lenni" do not me alarmed. It's my lame assed attempt to be social.

Other than that, I am still working on my second novel for the First Brood series and the lesbian thriller for that anthology query. I am also thinking about posting the rejected steampunk lesbian story I wrote. I still get a kick about an anthology out there for a concept I was already working on, but it's awesome that it's out there even if I'm not a part of it. ^_^

I think a LOT about types of characters which are underrepresented or represented poorly. Where are the bisexual, biracial, career women who are in stable relationships? And I don't think of this just cause I wanna see more people like myself, I really think there's a terrible stigma against bisexuals to this day. It sucks, but it's there.

So, I guess that's my indie writer's advice of the day: If you don't see enough of it? Write it. XD

Now, back to work for me. ;)
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Typing marathons are obviously for the young. I remember in the bygone days of college where I would park myself at the computer for 4 hours and just go and go...

Today, after a two hour typing marathon getting The Mirror typed up, I feel like someone tied my spine in a knot and rubbed salt in my eyes. And I'm still going today! I have a terrible, terrible focus on this. I straight up chased my husband out of the bedroom  last night so I could type in bed on the netbook instead on the main computer. The main comp is right by the front door and there's an awful draft; so I hid in the bedroom and typed up 4 written pages in 2 hours. Most of it is incomprehensible drivel - and oh MAN, am I the queen of typos - But it's there and I have all weekend to edit.

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] nocturnian, who basically keeps ATQM running because HTML makes me cross-eyed, made this banner for me (so send her cookies) It's in my livejournal profile and I haven't thought of any other places to put it yet. I'm pretty crap at keeping up with my forum memberships so I'll have to make the rounds and remind people I'm alive. XD

But for now, it's back to work!! Go go go go!!!
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I haven't posted here yet that Gods on the Grey City had been updated and it has been accepted by the Web Fiction Guide so it can be voted upon. The link to vote for it is at the bottom of the page at Web Fiction and a voting link will be up at ATQM very soon. ^_^

Tonight I will be typing up the anthology entry. I have one smutty scene to add to it (the query is for erotic, lesbian steampunk so that's what I'll do) and it's ready for a final edit. I'm anxious to send the query letter out so I'll either know I'll be in the anthology, or if I can just post it as a side story to what I have up already. I haven't even queried and I'm on pins and needles here. @_@

If you like the story, please vote and vote every day. Some blogs out there give reviews on the top 10 or top 5 and I could sure use the exposure. Don't make the Lenni beg. It's not pretty. XD
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One is about this article from CNN about the trailer for the new PC game "Dead Island." The nature vs nurture debate on violence notwithstanding, I get a little annoyed when people use video games as an excuse for violence from children. I have a three year old and in the bygone days where nothing she watched wasn't from PBS (she was about two) we still had to teach her not to hit. Do I think I have raised an inherently violent child? No. I believe human beings are born selfish. Selfishness is a good trait when you don't have the tools to survive without help. Compassion is something you learn as you grow and realize you have tools to help others; and it is something I am teaching to my daughter. Niceness is learned and some people don't learn. Blaming video games is a fucking cop out! With all the violent media out there, why do people single out video games? I've read some pretty sick books, ya know (and I say this with pride seeing as how I haven't killed anyone yet).

I watched the trailer because I like survival horror games, not because of any controversy or anything like it. My honest straight up opinion? I was fucking horrified! Omg, the poor little girl!! But you know what? (dramatic silence) IT'S A GODS-BE-DAMNED HORROR GAME!! GUESS WHAT THEY DO!!?? So, as a parent, I wouldn't get this game because I don't like things with dead kids. It's really easy for me to see my own family in that video and it disturbs me on a level that I, PERSONALLY, am not comfortable with. However, as a gamer, that trailer is fucking beautiful! The way it's all constructed, the angles, the clean movements, the colors, the music; disturbed me in a way that would make me want to play the damn game! Which is what it's supposed to do!!

Horror is supposed to scare you. Dead kids are horrible and it scares the hell out of me for something to happen to my kid. But I don't see this game or Bioshock or anything like it as a disturbing trend of using creepy kids to scare the hell out of you. Because you know what? They didn't battle the Children of the Corn with candy and fucking gumdrops and Hansel and Gretel didn't calmly negotiate with the witch about to eat them.  T_T

On a similar track (and I enjoy the synchronicity of these two things riling me up one right after the other), there is a movement here to try and get paid parental leave here in the U.S. I would LOVE for this to happen seeing as I'm one of the people who went in to huge debt to stay home a little longer than the Family Medical Leave Act allows. I wanted more time to breast feed (because it's healthier) and to get used to being a new parent. What shocked me about this article is the comments. How the hell do people come off thinking we get some kind of perk tax wise because we're parents? You know what, as someone who is married or single without kids, you don't have to spend your money on kids!!! Why don't people get that?! You know where a good chunk of my money goes? Child care. These kids also wanna eat and you tend to get arrested if you don't clothe them. That's not disposable income. I HAVE to spend that money. And it's a giant hunk of my income.

"But you chose to be a parent. You didn't have to have kids."

Aside for how much of a surprise my pregnancy actually was, people who chose to be childless are also making a choice. People who choose to smoke are more of a burden on the medical care system in the long run which I pay into and I'm a non-smoker. Although I may not like it, I consider it part of a greater good because smokers pay for my maternity leave. You all are not being punished for being childless, you are paying into a greater system which pays for everyone. Suck it the hell up. T_T

...

You have no idea how glad I am to have those out of my system. XD

So, now that the bile is out (and I'm sure I've alienated a bunch of people), I can get back to work on my writing. XD I'm still hard at work on that lesbian steampunk story. I have 12 written pages and still going! It's fun! Why have I not thought of this before!? XD I also have some sketches planned for character designs for this series. Hell, any excuse to get drawing again, I say. :p

So, if you're still with me by the end of this, and I hope you still are, there won't be many of these rants. I tend to keep that kind of stuff to myself anyways. ;)

Oh damnit!

Jan. 27th, 2011 04:19 pm
atthequillsmercy: (Boot)
I'm sick. That's the first step to healing, right? Admitting you're sick? Because usually I just work till I fall down. =_= If it's bad enough that I actually consider not going to work, you know it's bad. >_< But isn't it nice for my co-workers to share their germs with me? :p

If I'm not too dizzy or coughing too much, I plan to hunker down in bed with my notebooks and netbook so I can still have an update this week for you guys. :( I'm still having formatting issues with Create Space but it's being handled by people who know much more about such things than I do. @_@ I'll get there, don't worry. I'm sure you guys are worried. XD

While Ma was in surgery (she's totally fine), I worked on a Go Away Girls side story for a submission to an anthology. Let me tell you right now it really made me laugh to be sitting in a Catholic hospital writing erotic lesbian steampunk and reading a m/m romance. XD I lol'd. Hard.

Ok, right now, I need to concentrate on keeping the room from spinning to hard. I need to make it to 5 to justify the library keeping me on their payroll and then I can go home and fall down. O_o

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