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Strange Studios, cont'd

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My jewelry not-a-Kickstarter is going remarkably well. It's nearly 90% funded with over a month to go*. I've placed my first supply order, and will do another next week. These purchases include PEARLS, because two of those have already been claimed. So if you want Savedra's pearls, jump on that last set quickly.

But with over a month left, I might as well make stretch goals or new perk options or whatnot? Any suggestions? Things you would like to see created or things you think would be good enticement for random passersby?

* Tell my baby sister not to do as I have done, and pay more attention to the fine print with these sorts of things. All credit card contributions will be tied up until the end of the campaign, so some orders must wait until the whole two months are up. Grumph.

Still So Strange Studios

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Today I'm excited to announce the launch of Still So Strange Studios.

The roller-coaster that was 2013 and 2014 has left me with the desire for creative outlets, and the need to make money on those creative endeavors. And while writing will always be my first love and career, it's not exactly known for its steady paychecks. So I turn back to jewelry-making.

Necromancer fans take note: the uppermost perks are made with you in mind.

And LJ doesn't want to embed, apparently, so follow the link to my IndieGoGo page.

Have you seen it?

In case of Cthulhu...
I am the worst LJer in the world, I fear. But! Today I bring you a thing of great joy and beauty!

My artist is Jeffrey Alan Love, and I adore this so much. It's nothing like anything I've ever imagined, and that makes it all the more delightful.

The release date for Dreams appears to be May 12, 2015, and it's available for pre-order from Books-A-Million and other sources.


Hearts: not bitter at all

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The "Recent Entries" tab mocks me with inaccuracy.

Progress continues! Pieces fall into place!

In other exciting news, today I made anticuchos de corazon for the first time, and it was delightful. Although I'm not sure how you mess up anything as lovely as beef heart.

Also also, today my story "Snakebit" went live at Strange Horizons. I was so enamored of hearts I nearly missed it. There is also a podcast! This is so fancy!

So many things. All the things.

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Things I have done today include:

Taken Agent J to therapy.
Returned her to school.
Gone to the store.
Made an appointment to have a corgi groomed.
Got an oil change.
Registered for Warrior Dash.
Poked Poison Court and made some notes.
Done three loads of laundry. (At once. I'm sorry--I'm that asshole today.)
Walked to the grocery store.
Started borscht, to deal with my farmshare beet problem.

Now I fall over for a bit, but in a few minutes I'll get up, put my laundry away, and clean up the beet crime scene in the kitchen. At some point after that I will eat borscht, put on my Pogues shirt, and go out for a drink. Because I deserve it.

Time is a flat circle.

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Everything we've ever done or will do, we're gonna do over and over and over again.

I will always be writing Dreams of Shreds & Tatters.

I will always be revising Dreams of Shreds & Tatters.

I will always be selling Dreams of Shreds & Tatters.

I am thrilled to announce that arcaedia and I have sold Dreams of Shreds & Tatters to Solaris.

More details to follow after the book mines.

Many things make a post

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Today feels so productive it warrants a post!

So far I have:

* Taken Agent J to her weekly therapy session.
* Gone to the dentist to have my crown reattached. Because spending the weekend without a tooth was very traumatic.
* Written half on an introduction which I owe someone very soon. But it's half done now!
* Tidied the apartment.
* Planned a dinner with the neighbors tomorrow night and bought the appropriate groceries.
* Learned how to make chocolate ganache truffles. Only in theory so far, but this theory will be tested soon. Oh yes.
* Made "What the hell is in the fridge?" soup. Answer: split peas, sausage, parsley, and beet greens.

Next I'll make tea, chill, and wait for a friend to get home so we can watch True Detective. About which I have Serious Feelings, as any of you who suffered through Dreams with me might well imagine.


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I am, I swear. I even survived Run For Your Lives with matociquala on Saturday, despite it being 28 degrees (F) out, and me having a raging sinus infection.

I will have News soon, on both the writing and personal fronts, but for now I am biding my time and VagueBooking. I was going to haul out the first lines meme tonight, but I am le tired, and must open a bookstore in the morning.

The state of the demon

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This is an update for anyone interested in the state of my IUD. Because I know so many of you are.

Cut for terrifying feminine mysteriesCollapse )

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

Damascus katabasis

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Villa DamascusRound about the castle a thorn-hedge grewWhat lurks in the cellar?
The fallen-down timbers of a spooky old barnPomegranatesPomegranate and old bonesCreepy cisternTotally full of ghouls
The conservatoryI don't even...
The wall was next to die.

Damascus katabasis, a set on Flickr.

Still alive! I'm currently working on expanding the synopsis for The Poison Court to make it proposal-worthy. This is exactly as much fun as you might imagine synopsizing an unwritten novel to be.

Running continues. I'm up to 5.5 miles now, and hope to make 6 this weekend. My right knee is giving me grief now, but at least I know how to deal with it.

2013 continues to be a crazy game show where my personal life is concerned, but that builds character, right? We've managed to keep Agent J alive, at least, so that's something.

An adventure has presented itself, in the form of a friend's new old house. The Villa Damascus is a lovely old house in the middle of nowhere. I'm helping with renovations in exchange for having writer-in-residence privileges. A hundred-year-old house with a pomegranate tree and a creepy cistern? It's hard to get more awesome than that. Once we get rid of that awful longhorn mural, anyway.

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