Happy New Year

Wow, where did 2011 go? I would categorize this year for me as a very interesting year. I attended the very first Intergalactic Sporkfest, and it was AMAZING. My daughter got married, I released my first novel, and I embraced new experiences, both personal and professional. I fell flat on my face a couple of times, but I just got up and kept on plugging. (Except I don’t drink or piss the night away.)

As I reflect a bit on 2011, the one thing that really stands out for me is how many amazing people I’ve met this year. People who have literally changed my life. Even the people who…let’s say, disappointed me, taught me valuable lessons about myself and my work. I’m really looking forward to what 2012 has in store.

Well, THAT'S a little disconcerting.


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I try to express my appreciation for everyone and everything throughout the year, but this seems to be a good time to say it again, in case you missed it. Every one of you reading this, I am grateful for all of your support over the past year. Each and every comment, “like”, or follow; reader, reviewer, client, friend, lurker; all of you. Thank you, thank you. You have helped make this a wonderful year.

I hope this coming year brings an ease to the economic stresses; an improved political structure; less fucktardary all the way around for all of us. In the meantime, have fun but be safe tonight if you’re out and about.

Nothing but love for you, people. Nothing but love!

Photo by Dani Simmonds

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Link Loving

I haven’t done a link-love post in a mighty long time, and I do have some great stuff to share.

First, let me introduce to you one of my favorite peeps, MeiLin Miranda. She’s a very talented writer and the savviest marketer I have ever met. Her new book, Lovers and Beloveds, is available in e-Book format and hardcover, and is also available in installments on her site. The story started off in serialized form, and with the help of her fans, has been 100% “crowd funded” to include professional editing, cover art, and support while MeiLin rewrote the story to publish. She is an inspiration to all writers considering self-publishing, and one of the hardest working artists I know. Both she and her fans believed so much in the story MeiLin was able to invest in the professional services she knew she needed to produce an amazing product. It’s a RIPPING good yarn, and very much worth your time. Check it out — you won’t be sorry!

And look at this! It’s a book trailer! And she made it herself!

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There’s till time to sign up for 3Words. In case you haven’t heard me crowing about it, you can learn all the details in this entry. Come on! it’s only 100 words per day — you write more than that in a blog entry, Facebook update, or a day’s worth of Tweets. It’s fun and NON-FATTENING!

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Do you love teh funneh? Fermented Fur is the home of one of the funniest people I know. Say hello to writer Lori Cunningham Whitwam, who is responsible for my high laundry bill due to the need to change my underwear every time I read her. The woman is HILARIOUS.

And if that’s not enough, check out Dr. JD at I Do Things So You Don’t Have To. Be prepared for more hilarity.

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Here’s a novel competition that pays $1000. Deadline is December 15th, so there’s plenty of time to whip something up (through 3Words, perhaps?) or polish up something out of the trunk. Hey, what have you got to lose?

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And finally, this news item has made me everlastingly grateful for the bread maker I received for free. You can bet your last mousetrap Ima making my own bread from now until FOREVER. *shudder*

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