Minimalism Game–the September edition

The year of minimalism is two-thirds of the way over, and I am still going strong. Last month, I concentrated on stuff that I thought was too valuable to just give away, trash, or recycle. I didn’t make a ton of money, and sometimes, when I sold something for about $2, but had to buy an envelope to send it in, pack it, and then walk to the post office to mail it, I questioned whether or not I was making any money at all.

But the most important thing is that I’m still decluttering. Here’s the list for September:

1) Necklace sold on eBay
2) Baby play mat
3) Small bear
4) Knitted scarf that didn’t turn out well
5) Necklace sold on eBay
6) Bracelet sold on eBay
7) Pendant sold on eBay
8) Flowerpot
9) Pendant sold on eBay
10) Camera part sold on eBay
11) Necklace sold on eBay
12) Newborn bassinet given to friend
13) Old calculator sold on eBay
14) Light meter sold on eBay
15) Broken frame
16) Microphone sold on eBay
17) Decorative box sold on eBay
18) Stroller frame
19) Camera sold on eBay
20) Baby swing
21) Microphone sold on eBay
22) Cabinet given to friend
23) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
24) Old underwear
25) Knitting sample
26) Magazine from May 2015
27) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
28) Old nail polish
29) Graphic novel sold on Amazon
30) Broken headphones

On endings; or, not letting a vampire jump over a shark

Today my new book, Demon Blood, was released for Kindle. It is the fifth book in the Vampire in the City series, and since I started writing these novels, I knew it was going to be six books. Am I excited to write the last book in the series? Yes! In fact, I have already started writing it, and in this last book, will tie together most of the loose ends and settle most of the character arcs. Am I sad that this will be the last book from Emma’s perspective? Yes, it was fun to write a character so down-to-earth but funny, and at times even clueless. But everything has to end, lest it stagnate, and Emma and I are almost ready to part ways. Writing the last book is a tad bittersweet though, but I’m sure she’ll be able to get by on her own now.

On the flip side, I am very excited to begin an entire new series. I can’t stop myself from planning it out, thinking about the protagonist, and trying to pick out a name to suit her personality. That’s one of the great things about being a writer–there are always new stories to tell!

I have a headache from video-game withdrawal

Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you intended. I thought I would be done with the first draft of Witch Blood by time I went on vacation last week, but I was only about 3/4 of the way done. I told myself I would write every day while my son was napping and after he went to sleep at night. But somehow that didn’t happen and instead I read or took a nap of my own. In fact, on the entire vacation, I got just over 1,000 words written! But I was so disappointed in myself that the day I came back I immediately wrote over 3,000 words in one day, which for me is pretty good. Another thing that’s helping is I have told myself that I’m not allowed to play any video games until I’m done. Sadly, this is probably my biggest motivator!

One productive thing I did do while on vacation was plan and outline the rest of the Vampire in the City series! I don’t want to give away any titles just yet, but it looks like it’s going to be six books. S0me other things of moderate productiveness include a guest blog of mine on ParaYourNormal about getting the right beta readers for your novel. Also, I sold my soul to KDP, so Prime members can now borrow my books for free.

Finally, in personal news, I became vegan a few months ago, and have many options on vegan food that I can’t keep to myself.

exciting things have happened!

Sorry for the delay in updates, but several exciting things have happened, and only one of them sucks!

That one that sucks is that I have had a migraine for the past 48 hours. The last time I had a migraine was almost seven years ago, but this one has still come about too soon. Urgent care clinic yesterday gave me something via pill form that did nothing and sent me home. Different guy today gave me an IV and codeine to take home. Only now (four hours after codeine and six hours after IV) do I feel better.

Anyway, here are some things that do not suck! Wild Blood, book two in the Vampire in the City series, was released last week in all formats except print (to come shortly). Links here:


Barnes and Noble:


I don’t know if I can handle anymore excitement, but on Monday I was interviewed at Alchemy of Scrawl!

What I’m working on now that my brain is no longer leaking through my ears? Formatting Wild Blood for print, and writing the first draft of book three, Witch Blood.