A 8-post collection

Smooth mornings!

Hooray, I have life figured out enough that the mornings move like a well-oiled machine. Now, if only I could do the same thing for myself.

Alone, I clog up with fascinating things until a half-hour task takes most of the firkin day. And then I complain about having zero time to fart around and play games.

Sometimes, I am a complete dummins.

But I have learned a few things from some of it. Including a new word that I plan to breathe new life into: Quizzaciously. From this video. And it means 'to speak in a mocking manner'.

So now, instead of writing something like:

"My name's Hwell," mocked Ax'and'l in sotto voice, "I like women and I have the self-preservation skills of a diseased whelk..."

It can now read like:

"My name's Hwell," muttered Ax'and'l quizzaciously, "I like women and I have the self-preservation skills of a diseased whelk..."

And I plan on sneaking it in every chance I get. It's a deliciously chewy word and almost full of buttery goodness.

Of course, it won't be appearing in Beauties and the Beastly since I just learned its existence and I'm not ploughing through 115+K words to look for a good excuse. I have beta-readers for that.

You're welcome. This is what happens when you spend a majority of the next book getting back to me with a 'nothing wrong with all that' review. You know exactly who I'm talking about, friendo.

This weekend, all going well, I will round up Beloved and finally get One Leap Year of Instants (2016) up on Smashwords so that loads of people can download a sample, about fifty can pay $0 for the whole thing, and a rare, treasured few will pay some actual money for. My shopping budget thanks you valued and rare few. And so do I. You are blessed beings. May synchronicity follow all your intentions to a happy conclusion.

It's nearing the very end of February, and I still haven't heard back from the last set of agents I threw Kung Fu Zombies at. I really hope that they're not waiting for the deadline to reject me. That would be especially devastating.

But in expecting failure, am I prepared for success?

I'll probably be hiding in a pillow fort and eating Ben&Jerry's regardless. And using up an entire box of tissues. And -if successful- feeling like a massive impostor because Kung Fu Zombies is a statistical outlier and should not be chosen to represent my greater body of work.

Anxiety is such fun, ze said quizzaciously.

Yoiks and Awaaaaaaayyy!

I got my first rejection, yesterday. The agent I sent a sample to, sent me a "thanks but no thanks" letter. I can't let that get to me, but at least I'm not set up to fail on my birthday.

And today, sometime between getting a heart-monitoring harness fitted, fetching a new battery (or more) for my sleep monitor, fetching the kids, arranging dinner, writing my book, etc.... I will fling another sample towards another agency and set my timer for potential

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Lazy day, but with errands

I'm taking it easy, but I need to go out and fetch a few things because Mayhem's lurgi is going around and has hit me upside the head with a sinus full of mucous.


Seems to always be the way. I'm within grasping distance of accomplishing neatness, I go down in a heap and suffer. Despite my best efforts to do otherwise.

But in the middle of wanting to burrow into my Pillow Fort of Solitude(tm)... I came up with

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Owie owie ow ow ow...

There's a reason why my fanbot is one good sneeze away from falling apart. It's because I feel that way far too often for my own comfort and security.

For instance: This morning, I woke up with a grinched hip.

My right hip can move in all the ways it's supposed to, it's just that it's firkin uncomfortable to do so. Which means that, once again, I will not be going for my daily walk.

I need to get back into good

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So I just found out that Apple doesn’t like direct links to books sold through Smashwords. If I don’t fix it, they won’t stock my book.

I’ve already fixed it, by the way. And amended a typo that eluded me for like five edits.

I had to remove the links to the individual stories and add a link to my profile, which is apparently A-OK in Apple’s book. Not a big whoop,

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temperpaints: grindylowefic: studioafh: Oh my God. A publisher replied. They love the first chapters I sent them. They want to publish my...




Oh my God.

A publisher replied.

They love the first chapters I sent them.

They want to publish my novel.

My novel.

Oh my God.

Wow seriously???? That’s awesome!!! Congratulations! 

I fuckin’ TOLD you!! Mega congratulations!!

YES! Grats to you, studioafh. You have already gone further than I ever dared.

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A small dilemma (and an ask)

Firstly, apologies to everyone who’s been expecting a thing a day. I’ve been busy with pestillence, family and (again) waiting for someone who could help me to get their finger out of the metaphorical divot.

All my loyal readers will know I’m on Smashwords now and have my first work allegedly up and multi-compatible.

C'mon. Buy the dang thing. It’s only two freaking dollars. I need the money.


Anyway. I have three other

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