Monday, April 9, 2012

Closing Shop and Moving On

Okay - This is the last post at this blog for now. Everything has been moved over to Heart of the Dreaming and that's where I'll be from here on out.

I'll still keep this site kicking around - there are a number of other sites out there that are linked to it and I still get lots of searches on it, so there's no reason to close it. (And you never know - might want to start it back up again at some point...)

But if you're a follower or an RSS reader, please come on over to the new site and make yourselves welcome! :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Pulling the Trigger

In a manner of speaking.

But yes, I'm going to go ahead and merge this site with my WordPress site and then solely blog from WordPress. I'll keep this site up for archiving purposes and because I've got a ton of things linked to it and feeds and all the rest of it (though I'm going to try to retire it as gracefully as I can.)

I will be importing the majority of this site into the new one - it's going to be a bit kludgy, I suspect and there will probably be some double posts (simply because I have done some cross-posting to both.) Just bear with me while I mess with it over the next while or so.

But basically, it's just getting too difficult to run both sites, and my official site tends to miss out on a lot of things simply because I'm not maintaining it nearly as much as I should be. Probably not particularly wise as far as career moves go, so this is the best option. (Though I do find Blogger easier to update in some ways, but that's okay.) I've got some site re-org to do, I think.

And yes, I'm going to continue posting the man-candy and the other assorted oddness I blog here...but over there. It's all me, so why hide it?

Anyway, as a side note, I did get my revisions for A Trace of Moonlight today. Biggest issue? They're due back on April 15. Or they are supposed to be. I might be able to swing a later date of April 30. What it means is that I'm probably going to be AWOL a bit because I need to focus on things. (The excellent news is that there's no major restructuring of the plot required. Just polishing and smoothing - a first for me, quite honestly, though there are definitely some places I've got a few changes in mind for.)

So there we go.  :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Word-Whore Thursday: What Makes Me Laugh

I'm over at Word Whores today for my usual Thursday post. Today it's all about the websites I go to find my jollies - and the usual suspects are there, Tumblr among them.

Still thinking more seriously about shutting this site down and blogging from one place, but I'm trying to determine a graceful way of doing that - e.g., do I attempt to import this blog into that one or just keep this one around as an archive?

Eh. Pros and cons either way, I guess.   Might create a test site this weekend and see how a blogger import into wordpress goes - if it gets too complicated, this might answer itself.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Womanthology: Space

Say what you will about my comments on wanting to write a retelling of The Little Mermaid with pansexual robots - but that particular tagline just nabbed me a spot in IDW's upcoming Womanthology: Space #5 (5 issues with 3 stories each - I'm so freaking flattered and excited I was chosen.) And by nabbed, I meant the artist who picked me was intrigued by the concept. The artist in question is the super talented Chrissie Zullo, btw.

Does that mean we're writing it? I don't know yet. The overall theme is Space, and Issue #5 has a sub-theme of Comet, so somewhere along the way, the story has to have *something* to do with a comet. So we shall see.

But on a more serious note, I have been following along with the Womanthology concept for quite a while - I was a Kickstarter backer the moment I heard about it. (Aimo, my cohort for Fox & Willow, was an artist in the Heroic anthology, as well.)

As hard as it is to break into publishing as a writer, comics are a while 'nother animal. (And I've bitched here often enough about the gratuitous T&A shots that women superheroes are so often treated with - comics are often seen as a man's genre, and they shouldn't be.) Womanthology is a chance to give women writers and artists, pubbed and non-pubbed, a chance at showing off their stuff in an industry that isn't known for being overly kind or open in its treatment of them.

So there you go. More details to come when I know them. :)

And even though I've posted it elsewhere - April 30 is the day when Fox & Willow goes live, so yay!

(This is Gideon, btw - the smexy kitsune....)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Combine and Condense

It occurs to me from time to time that I may be spreading myself a tad too thin.

Not even counting the usual writing stuff - the day job, the kids, whatever. But from a social networking standpoint, I'm beginning to suspect it's time for a reworking of sorts.

I blog here pretty much every day (except Sundays.) And I have my official author blog too, but I only blog there once in a while (and x-blog here at the same time - usually authorly type things. You know. As opposed to unicorns humping dolphins.) But I also blog once a week at Word Whores. And once a month at The League of Reluctant Adults. And I have my tumblr (which I update pretty much all the time because it's easy.)

And then I have my Sad Sausage Dogs tumblr. And website/blog - which definitely don't get updated all that much at the moment, but once we start uploading pages, I would like to post more there. (And incidentally, I think we're looking at April 30 for the first page to go up, so yay.)

And even with all this blogging and posting, I still run my gaming forum. I'm on Facebook with multiple pages and twitter with multiple accounts. (Sorry for the lack of Phin tweets lately - just hard to get into his mindset sometimes.)  And things like FourSquare and Linked In and GetGlue and all the rest of it.

Frankly, I'm getting tired and burned out on it and I know the "quality" of my posts is going down. Quality being subjective, but honestly, I'm wondering if I shouldn't just move this blog into my official blog and post from one place.

I've kept them separate, mostly because I started this blog much earlier and at the time it made sense. Keep the silly and ranty posts here and the more serious ones over there. But am I doing a greater disservice to myself by doing so? I mean, it's all me, one way or the other and I don't really keep much back. Though I do worry that maybe not everyone knows or wants to check so many places to find out my stuff. On the other hand, maybe that's good? People who only want the official stuff know where to go and those who want the goofy can come here.

*shrugs*

I'll think on it a bit longer, but I am leaning more toward combining things, just so there's less to do.  Could be I just need a break for a few weeks too.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Tell Me

Just a little shout out today to my friend Marcus Wolf and congrats on the release of his latest album, Tell Me.

If you follow this blog at all, you'll remember that Marcus is David Garrett's guitar player, but he's also a fab solo artist, so definitely go check it out on his website.  He's got a solo tour coming up in Germany too, so if you get the chance to see him, you really should.

(I'm going to plug myself here for a moment because I redesigned the site over the weekend.)

Throwing in the flash app here for a quick preview as well.




Saturday, March 31, 2012

Midnight Man Candy: Early Edition


I'm in the middle of updating a friend's website tonight (gonna be a couple of hours at least). Posting this early because I'll probably forget otherwise.

And the raging headache I've had all day has made it damn near impossible to do anything, so we'll see how far I get here. In the meantime, enjoy. :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Stupid. It Burns.

I don't even know if this post is going to have much of point, so I think I'm just going to ramble on the things that have hit me up this week.

First off is the article over at the Times about how adults shouldn't read YA books. Because they don't challenge us enough. It embarrasses the author of the piece to think that "grown-ups" would dare to lower themselves to kiddie stuff.

Fair enough. Opinions are opinions and you know, everyone has one. Literary snobs pick on genre books.  Sci-Fi writers pick on romance writers. Romance writers pick on erotica writers.  Whatever.

I can't really find it in myself to get worked up about it anymore because the arguments are worthless. Are we really going to start slut-shaming ourselves into reading what is considered proper? Intelligent? Worth-while? Who decides this sort of thing, anyway? After all - today's literary boobies were yesterday's ankles. Let me figure out what sort of stories seduce my mind the best and let the rest of it take care of itself.

Given the literacy rate in the US and how little so many people read anyway, maybe we should stop pointing fingers at each other and appreciate the fact that hey - you read! I read too! Let's talk about sparkly vampires and pretentious coffee shop stories about old white men trying to find themselves during the 1950's and the transcendentalist movement of post-modern feminist theory as told by pregnant giraffes.

Which is my way of saying, I don't care what you read.

I care what *I* read.

Which is how it should be.

Anyway. I seem to have gotten rather pissy this week about Assassin's Creed. The latest installment takes place during the Revolutionary War. And you know, they have plenty of female characters in the other games, but none as a "playable" character. Fair enough, I suppose.

But it does really burn me up when I read stuff like this:


When Kotaku asked Hutchinson about the possibility of a playable female lead in an Assassin’s Creed game, the developer revealed Ubisoft has given the matter some thought.
“It’s always up in the air. I think lots of people want it,” he said.
Unfortunately, Assassin’s Creed III won’t be the one to make it happen.
“In this period it’s been a bit of a pain. The history of the American Revolution is the history of men,” he said.
“There are a few people, like John Adams’ wife. They tried very hard in the TV series to not make it look like a bunch of dudes, but it really is a bunch of dudes.” 
“It felt like, if you had all these men in every scene and [a female assassin is] secretly, stealthily in crowds of dudes, it starts to feel kind of wrong. People would stop believing it,” Hutchison said.
And while I can fully admit that there might be challenges involved with portraying a woman assassin in the RW, I don't remotely think it's impossible. The statement above just reads rather dismissively of women's lives during this time. Hell, if you ask me, a woman assassin would be brilliant. (No, don't mind me. I'm just the washer-woman, carrying these bloody uniforms through the camp. You know. To clean them. After I stick this knife in your gut.") I mean, honestly, if you're going to take the idea that women were sort of invisible by men of the time anyway  (or considered too "simple" for such a task) it doesn't take a huge leap of faith to find that the ultimate sort of cover.

But you know, what it comes down to is the fact that game developers are also story-tellers. Games are stories the players embark on via a visual level. I find the attitude above a rather large fail on the part of the story-tellers. Lazy, anyway.

"But the dude-bro generals wouldn't listen to you if you were a woman! How can you plan a war?" Probably not directly, no. But given that limitation and the fact that you're probably hanging out with George Washington? If it were me, I'd cozy up to Martha. (Don't mind me. I'm just making a flag. Yeah. Oh, and  also? I'm going to kill your wife if you don't listen to me. Right. now.) Tongue-in-cheek? Maybe. But I guess if you're going going to say that women weren't around during the RW, you might want to Google it first. (Deborah Samson, btw? Dressed as a boy. Fought in the war. Was wounded. When she was discovered, her male persona was sent to DELIVER A LETTER TO GEORGE WASHINGTON. OMFG. THERE YOU GO, BAD-ASS FIGHTER DUDE-BROS. It's called a disguise. *rubs chin*)

And please don't give me the line of games needing to stay completely accurate to history. I would agree - but let's take a look at this trailer, real quick, shall we?



Mmm. Because assassins who wear white and red cloak type outfits and parkour through the trees are just SO historically accurate. Also, in previous games, he could stealth his way out of being caught by merely sitting down on a bench.

Yeah.

So really, just admit the game is for dude-bros and leave it at that. Otherwise it comes off as pandering.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

MishMash

I've got my cranky pants on today, but I did want to share a few things.

First of all, I'm over at Word Whores today, talking about some my early literary influences - The Jungle Book and Chronicles of Narnia being the big two.





Otherwise, I wanted to share this video:


On Your Mark - Chage & Aska from bahimas on Vimeo.


I hadn't seen it before, but I really love Miyazaki, and I just  adore the way this story plays out and relationships between the men and the angel. Just...perfect.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Alas.



 I had blogging plans today, but they got hijacked by life. Alas.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Who Needs Classes?

Lucy insists she wants to be an author and an illustrator.

Which is fine by me. She's constantly bringing home little books that she's written. (And since she's five, no, the writing doesn't always make sense, but her explanations do - so she's got a natural story-telling ability.) She's just learning to really read for herself too, and she takes such delight now in reading TO me, instead of the other way around.

And maybe that's a girl thing, because I don't really remember Connor taking to it like that at all. He was bored in general with trying to learn to read, although now that he's discovered real storybooks (i.e. Percy Jackson, etc - he's all over them. They're a bit above his age level, but there's nothing wrong with that - I was reading Piers Anthony at that age, so fine by me. Anything that keeps him motivated is perfect.)

But it's nice to see Lucy *really* want to break through that reading code. She's so freaking proud of herself.

So yesterday, she handed me a book she'd written in school and declared she would be both author and illustrator. (It's apparently about a bluebird daddy and a peacock mommy and their nest. Peacock laid 3 eggs, it would seem.)

And I said that was wonderful and if she'd like, I'd be happy to sign her up for some art classes at some point, because I'm all for fostering that if she wants to do it.

And then that childish arrogance comes out and she assures me she doesn't need classes, because she already knows how to draw and better than most people, so why would she waste time with that? I told her that people almost always need to learn more and to practice more. I might be published, but I still need an editor. I still take workshops. It's a never-ending process, really.

At which point, she gestures to her pictures and says she's already been an illustrator and now she can move on and do something else.

I'm sure that's partly because no one really *wants* to be told they have to work at something, but there's a part of me that wonders at her confidence.

She clearly considers her stories top-notch. I think most children are natural story-tellers, with a natural inclination to think they have stories that are worth telling.

So at what point along the way do we lose that? I can't decide if it's something a lot of people jut outgrow or if it's something that's stripped from us under the guise of "practicality."

Seems a shame, though.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Bear-O-Dactyl? Yes

After the weekend I've had and the Monday I'm having, I'm very grateful to The Oatmeal this morning for making me lose my shit in a bucket of glorious laughter.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Midnight Man Candy



Because it's been one of *THOSE* days.  And vaguely apropos.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Biting the Fitness

Okay, the irony of using the FitBit doesn't escape me at all.

I want to lose a few pounds, but I don't want to think too hard while I do it. Lazy mindset, active body.

Maybe.

It's be a tough year overall for me physically - every time I'd attempt to get back into some sort of physical regimen, I'd gork something up in my back and be out of commission for weeks.

It's hard to get motivated when you know whatever you do is probably going to hurt you far past the "Feel the burn" concept.

And speaking of burning, I've had 7 nerves burned out on the left side of my spine - I think we got the two causing the most amount of trouble with this last pass, but it does seem to help - though I need to wait a few more weeks before we know for sure. (The nerves have to heal a bit more.) Overall, though, I can't feel as much back there, so that's good. (I have a couple of numb patches of skin as a result as well, but I can live with that.) The only thing I really have to watch out for is additional injury - if I can't feel what's going on back there...eh. There's always a chance I'll gork something up more and not realize it.

Anyway - back to the FitBit. It's basically a device you wear - on your pocket (or in my case, I snap it right in the middle of my bra - it's fairly unobtrusive there.) It's part pedometer, but it also measures how many flights of stairs I go up, and how much sleep I get, how many calories I've burned, etc.

Even more awesome is that I don't have to write it down anywhere. It wirelessly syncs to its charger base when I'm at home and pushes it up to the FitBit servers and keeps track of all that for me. And of course there's an app for that too - I can enter what I'm eating or my weight or my fluid intake and all that without too much trouble.  (If you want to get really crazy, you can upload your blood pressure or your glucose levels, which is nifty if you need to keep track of that too.)

But based on all that, it figures out my required calorie intake - how much I've eaten, how much more I can eat (you can put down if you want to lose weight and how quickly you want to do it.) But it's also dynamic - my allowed number of calories recalculates the more I move around during the day. And it grows this little electronic flower, whee.

It may not always be 100% accurate with my steps, but as long as its consistently inaccurate, that's fine. It's really more for me to track patterns - and the sleep one is pretty nice. (You do have to tell it what time you went to bed and what time you get up on the app, but otherwise it knows how restless you are and how much actual sleep you get.

You can pay extra $$ and get additional reporting features on the website, but the basic ones are fine for me. Assuming I can keep up with it. :)


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Word Whore Thursday

This week's theme over at Word Whores is about how similar our characters are to us (the writers). If you've followed this blog for any length of time you'll know Abby is very much like me for a number of reasons.

It's a fair cop and not one I'm going to deny, though I hesitate to call her a full-on insert.

Otherwise, hooray - I'm all done with my guest posts for my blog tour! I've been pretty bad about linking to the more recent ones in the blogs lately, though I do tweet/facebook about them, so maybe tomorrow I'll try to get an updated list up here. Still plenty of chances to win a copy of SoS, though. Last time I checked there were over 1100 entries!)

Got a few more contest entries to wrap up today and then I'll actually be somewhat caught up. Still working on some website work for a client, but otherwise I'm feeling a bit less stressed. (Ask me again next week though - I'm sure my answer will change.)

And OMG, I fired up DA2 for the first time since Jan to finish my last playthrough. So sad.)
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