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Happy Groundhog Day

“That freaking groundhog better see his shadow. If I have to spend the rest of the school year without a snow day, I’m going to lose my mind.” –Fairy Goddaughter the Elder

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Barrels of Ugh

The migraine monster has been raging for almost a week now, the fairy goddaughters have come home from vacation sick as dogs, and Dragon*Con is in less than two weeks.

I can do this. I know I can. I am awesome. But I’m wondering if I should just get sick now and get it over with or fight…possibly to the death?

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Blood Oath is NOW AVAILABLE

You probably think I’m kidding, but I’m not. Yes, Blood Oath is actually available.

The movie that I wrote about in Beauty and Dynamite has finally — after almost ten years — been released from Troma Films.

You can order it via Amazon (from which I get a very small kickback) if you click on the DVD cover here. I will also be working with the director and purchasing a bunch of them so that I can sell them at Dragon*Con (and possibly Capclave…and whatever other convention I can get roped into this year).

If you’re a fan of low budget independent slasher films, you’re going to love this. Lots of blood, nude girls, and even a quotable line or three.

We had so much fun making this movie. (Well, I did, anyway.) One of my favorite moments in Tennessee last month was when the Fairy Goddaughters dropped a photo album and it fell open to a spread of photos displaying a massively bloody Tina Krause.What a thing to find in the Princess’s collection, right? Heeheehee…

Needless to say, their expressions were priceless.

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Shopgirls and GodDaughters

For those of you who might have missed it on Twitter or Facebook — yes, I did get a part time job working in a clothing store. I won’t mention which one (mostly since they’re not paying me to advertise on my site), so I’ll just refer to it as “Le Shoppe.” And in it, I am the Shopgirl.

Tonight was my first night on the job, and we were slammed. My boss just threw me right in the deep end. Wasn’t much I could do but paddle around and ask people if they needed help I didn’t know how to give. But I asked anyway. I smiled and laughed and listened to stories and handed guests off to more experienced employees than me. I folded a LOT of clothes. I broke a sweat. I had a good time. And next time, I’ll know a little bit more. Every time will be a little less daunting.

So I got home from work to a dark house — everyone was ready for bed, it seemed — but the Fairy GodDaughters trickled down the stairs while I was making some dinner to tell me about their days. Some good things, some bad things, more bad things, some cleaning, some homework, and some more cleaning (which they’re doing now…at 10:15pm).

And while I was having my leftover taco, I was informed that tomorrow is one of those “Take Your Kid to Work” days. Apparently, here in my Emerald City, it’s totally okay for your kids to skip school, so long as they tag along to a parental unit’s place of employment. And some places of employment have kid-friendly days…it’s a whole big celebratory thing. (Do you guys have this where you live?)

So guess which work the Fairy Goddaughters chose to go to tomorrow?

MINE.

That’s right, kiddies…I get TWO — count ’em, TWO — personal assistants tomorrow. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I have a LIST. Oh, yes, do I have a list. Of things they can actually do, that I desperately need help with. And we get to do them all before I leave for the retreat on Friday! Huzzah!

As a bonus — and to properly get the “Writing Lifestyle Experience” — I’ve considered inviting them to the Sherrilyn Kenyon booksigning in Arlington at 6pm tomorrow. That way they get the full effect, right? What do you guys think?

Oh…goodie of all goodies!! I can’t WAIT.

heeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheeheehee

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Ice, Ice, Baby

As you might have noticed, I’ve been MIA from Teh Intarwebs recently. Part of it is being caught up with work (I suddenly find myself awash in manuscripts to revise, and I am not unhappy about the prospect) and the Ice Capades weather of DC, resulting in The Fairy GodDaughters getting not only MLK Jr. Day off from school, but yesterday as well.

There’s this funny thing that happens when I’m around my family and friends–I like to enjoy their company without being connected to the internet. Crazy, right? I know.

I promise, I’ll take a break and pop in periodically to let you know how things are going. But for right now, I need to knuckle down and get to work.

Are you guys working on any fun projects right now?

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Merry Christmas!

Hope you’re having the merriest of Christmas Days, no matter what you celebrate. Santa was good to our little tree…we’ve even had some flurries today but nothing has stuck yet. Fingers crossed we get some white, but perhaps not as much as is predicted to dump on NY tonight.

Everyone contributed to the Christmas Feast tonight — Joe’s cooking up the Christmas Steaks and portabella mushrooms with a white wine reduction. I’m taking care of the green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, crescent rolls, and gravy. The Fairy Goddaughters made shortcake from scratch, and we have strawberries in sugar just waiting to top it.

Yum yum yum! I should go back to cooking and watching TV marathons with the family.

What was your Festive Feast this year?

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Fiction Sale: “Pocket Full of Posey” to 2020 VISIONS Anthology

I am very happy to announce my most recent fiction sale — a wicked awesome little story called “Pocket Full of Posey” that I wrote for fellow Codexian Rick Novy. He’s editing M-Brane’s 2020 VISIONS anthology (pub date TBA). The theme of the anthology is stories set in the not-too-distant future — namely, 2020. It’s a title that begs for some fun.

I had a LOT of fun writing this particular story (you may have seen me squee about it on Twitter while I was doing it). It’s about a girl named Rosalyn who goes back to her ten-year high school reunion, on orders from her therapist, to make amends with the members of her Kill List — the kids in school who made her life hell and deserved to die. (We all had one of those, didn’t we? Yeah, you did. Don’t try to act cool.)

Props go out to my Fairy Goddaughters for teenage advice straight from the horses’ mouths — I repaid them by naming all the Kill List members after their friends. (Yes, I even made Aimee a cheerleader. No, I will not apologize for art.) But Posey, our main character’s totem pocket garden gnome, was all my creation.

So you’ll imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this gnome while looking for pictures to go along with this blog. Kimmel Gnomes calls her “Posie.” Too perfect! (And not a little bit creepy.)

I can’t wait for this antho to come out. You guys are going to love this story. And I can’t wait for the rest of the ToC for this anthology to be released…I’ve heard it’s a doozy!

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