Today my writer has yet another story that goes live in an anthology. She is beside herself because she never thought she’d ever be published anywhere and to be published in two different anthologies with her vampire stories is mind-blowing to her. The main editor, the awesome SK Whiteside, chose to move the release date due to several other books coming out on the same day. This way we get everyone’s full attention instead of being one of the many.
I’m excited to read these stories. They all deal with the Seven Deadly Sins. No surprise, my writer’s story deals with Wrath. When my writer penned the story “Tranquility” she had no idea how it would take on a life of its own and open the door for so much more to happen. She had this short story kicking around and finally found the perfect home for it. This acceptance gave her the confidence boost to try for more and more anthologies.
My writer also has two short stories in an vampire erotica collection, Bloody Kisses 2, from Dark Moon Press. Her stories are not erotica, but they are sensual and steamy.
If you haven’t read any of my writer’s short vampire stories, then you are missing hunky guy vamps, curvy vampire chicks, hot cars, fast bikes, and interesting situations. So I dare you to break out of your usual routine! Go read some of her stuff!!
Isis the Vampire
Hello my freaky ones,
I hope this fall has treated you well. Here in Kansas it feels more like late summer than fall. Slowly, we are creeping into cooler temperatures and longer days. This is a sign of winter, and for my writer, NaNoWriMo.
She participates in a month-long session of madness in which she cranks out 50,000 words in 30 days. She and the other foolish ones keep track of their progress, celebrate each other’s milestones, and grieve their losses. It is a contest against one’s own ability to stick to a deadline and finish a novel in a month.
My writer has done this for several years now and this year she has jumped in again. With no full-time job and too much time on her hands, this is exactly what she needs to stay motivated and not fall into another of her depressive episodes. I am enjoying how much time she has had to spend with me lately.
My writer has been cranking out short stories this summer. She released “Tranquility” in Morbid Seraphic 2, through Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, and “One Last Thrill” and “Second Thoughts” in “Bloody Kisses, A Vampire Erotica Anthology, Volume 2″ through Dark Moon Press. My writer sent off two more stories to two more anthologies, but hasn’t heard back yet. She also has taken what was the start of a short story and is refusing to count the first 5k of it and intends to finish it for the NaNo.
I am proud of my writer. Every year for the last three, she has taken on a challenge to write a novel in 30 days, and conquered it. This year will be no different for her.
To all of you NaNoers out there- good luck and take heart! You have decided to try for the impossible and set the bar high enough that should you complete this month of insanity, it will give you the reminder of how far you can go! Happy writing, my freaky darlings!
until next time,
Isis the Vampire
Hello my darlings, how has this wonderful fall been treating you? I hope things are going well for all of you. This month has started off challenging for both my writer and myself. I have had to do some serious healing. A very deep issue from my past has resurfaced, and I have had to do some growing and some healing. It has been difficult for me to open up to my writer over it but she has been patient with me. Much more so than I would have been with myself if it were me.
My writer has had some issues to deal with as well. Her main day job, a big chunk of her income, has been eliminated. Her boss was promoted, and my writer was no longer needed. Simple, but difficult as well. My writer has taken a serious blow to her pride and income both and this in turn has shaken her fragile self-esteem. For her, having to apply for unemployment benefits was paramount to being a failure in her world.
I know she will not give stop looking for a job until she finds one. She has many skills, and is trying to capitalize on her favorites. She has kept her other two jobs, but these do not provide enough hours for her at this time. She went in to see the job services counselor on Friday and was told she is doing everything she can already and to keep doing what she’s doing. This has provided a bit of comfort for her.
I am encouraging her to write, write, write. She has three stories that will be out this month. One is through Dark Moon Press in a vampire anthology, and the other one, “Morbid Seraphic 2″ (edited by the awesome SK Whiteside) will be out on my fave holiday- Halloween! I think my writer should stop beating herself up and use this vacation as a sabbatical to develop my story. I think she’ll come around eventually.
This month started out with big changes, but I believe they are for the better. Any time you can take a difficulty and use it for growth, then it is a success. Painful as this may be, I know we both will be the better for all of this. So my freaky ones, I am going to ask you- how are you handling the changes of this year? Are you growing? Are you healing?
until next time my freaky ones!
Hello my freaky darlings!
I don’t know about your area, but here in Kansas the weather is strange. It’s July, almost August, and yet we haven’t had a long spell of hot temperatures like we normally would. IN fact, the last few days have been COLD. The temperatures are below normal, and the lows are right now in the 60 degree range.
My writer is sitting here, cuddled under a blanket and trying to stay warm. The intermittent rain is keeping her hubby in the house and watching movies. My writer is working on my stories and doing her best to stay warm and write.
None of us are complaining. Last year, the temps were around 90-100 degrees with heat indices above 100. The humidity was miserable and the AC ran constantly. This year has been nothing like last year. We are cool and have stayed cool with only a week or so stretch of hot weather.
I am bracing for more hot weather into September. I don’t trust this strange weather.
Until the temps climb and we have to shut the house and turn on the air, I am going to enjoy it even if I have to wear sweatpants and jackets in July.
stay safe my lovelies.
Isis the Vampire
Hello my freaky darlings-
this year has had an extremely cold spring. We have had snow TWICE in the last 6 weeks. To have snow in MAY is almost unbelievable. The trees and green things have taken it in stride. Some are a little touched around the edges, but mostly they just waited until it was finished. Now they are making up for lost time. Everything is green and lush. (and my poor writer is sneezing and having to mow the lawn.) This is my favorite time of year, a time of renewal.
so my darlings, are you renewing friendships? are you renewing any hobbies you couldn’t do over the winter? are you trying something new this year? This is a time of growing for everything. Let’s GROW.
until later my pretties
This year has been colder than normal. Now this month, we are stuck in a wet and cold weather pattern. I am glad for this as we are in a sever drought and we need the rain. We will have a good hay crop for the first time in several years.
My writer has been busy as well. She has been busy writing short stories, starting a new story about werewolves, as well as working on my story. She has also taken on yet another part-time job in an effort to help meet the bills. I keep hoping she will make the “big time” and she won’t have to worry so much.
Anyway, she is finally asleep and getting some rest tonight. She’s had a hard last few months. She managed to rewrite one short story only to have it sent back. Instead of rewriting it yet again, she managed to write a totally new story and send that in within a couple of weeks. The second story was sent back. I don’t blame my writer for what she did next. She thought about the suggestions, and kept some of them. Instead of complying, she again rewrote and sent the story back. Now she is nervously waiting. She also worked up the courage to send off both stories to another anthology, knowing full well only one will be accepted. I am proud of her no matter what happens.
She has been working hard on my story as well. Tweaking, fussing, rewriting sentence after sentence, I think she will never get through this draft of my story. She is determined to polish and polish it until she has to send it to her editor. The second part has been written, and the third installment has yet to be started. She has two short stories of my adventures started as well.
Tonight, the waves of storms keep coming through and the sound of the rain helps my author to sleep. She needs the rest. I have to admit, the sound of the storms is making me sleepy. I have to get caught up on the news and social media. I can’t afford to get this far behind again.
Is your spring simply more of the same? Are things the same as last year? Are they the same as last spring? Or are you changing something? Are you trying something new in your life? If you don’t try and change something, you will get the same results you always have. You are pretty much guaranteed to maintain things as they are if you do not venture outside your little box, your little cage, and do something to shake up and change your life.
Well my little ones, I need to go watch a few belly dance videos and take some time to watch a few movies while I have the computer. I do hope you are “springing forward” in your life.
best wishes, sweet Gothic dreams to all
Wow. This is something I didn’t think would ever happen; this blog is a year old. I received an email reminding me that the subscription was renewed for another year. Lately, I haven’t been blogging or promoting like I should have. I have been working. I am not a best-seller, or a high volume author just yet. I am farther than I thought I would be last year, but not as far as I would like to be.
Last year, I started with a fresh slate. I was a solo author, with a character and a story to be written. It has taken me a year, one published book, one e-novelette, three started short stories, and two manuscripts almost ready to go to the editor. Last year, I had a completed manuscript and a new lease on my writing life.
I am awed at my journey, my wonderful group of writing friends, and the lessons learned. Here’s to another awesome year on this thrill ride!
P.S. One short story is almost done, and Night Blind should be on its way to the editor within the next month!