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7/31/17

I’m a writer. I’m an artist.
 
I will never have long discussions about mathematical equations with you.
 
Nor will I ever give advice about investment.
 
And I will never amaze any of you with my knowledge of mechanics or engineering.
 
Though I will never be the best, I CAN promise you that the words will always come, whether I pen them down or not, and they will always be
 
Inspired,
 
Thought-out,
 
and true to my vision. I will always
 
read works by others and use their words to peek inside their mind,

Changes and Unreadable Entries

Just a quick note, here:

I recently changed the design for my whole website, and thus it may be difficult, if not impossible, to read some of my old blog posts. 

I need to go into each entry individually and change the colors. Each one. Individually.

As I've already spent more time than I should have just to change the rest of the site, I don't think I'll be doing this today, but I'll get to it soon. Sorry about that. :) 

The Memes That Insult Us


So…I’ve had enough with the insulting memes.
 
You know the ones.The clever, one or two sentence imageyou see on your social media, designed to offend one crowd and give a “Hell, yeah!” to another.
 
I’m not talking about one particular post, because this form of bullying comes in all forms and against all groups. Yes, bullying. If you’ve ever posted something like this (and I’m pretty sure I have too),you probably think that ‘bullying’ is a strong word choice.In that case, let’s take it apart and discuss.

The Solomon Project by Jessica Wren

INDIE NEWS! 

There are always exciting things happening in our world of indie authors! Here is a news flash from my friend Jessica Wren.


Cover Reveal for The Solomon Project

Good morning, and I would like to extend an invitation to join me as I launch my second novel, a paranormal dystopian/historical fiction combo called “The Solomon Project.” I started this novel for NaNoWriMo after carrying around the idea for years. I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun writing a book.

The novel revolves around Eddie Ruiz, one of the so-called “solomons” who, under a cruel social experiment called The Solomon Project, is one of the approximately 15% of males spared mandatory sterilization at birth.

Surreal Enemies Book Release Party, 10/23/15

10/23/15 was my book release party, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I met a lot of great new people, both readers and authors alike, and have more books I’m interested in reading…which makes no sense because I have about 15 books on my to-be-read list as it is. But, one can never have too many books, right? Right!
 
You know, a day like a release day is one of those days that authors live for, and not just because it’s a party starring us. It’s because, as soon as we make notes for a book and start typing, this day marks our achievement of having completed said book, of having going through rewrites and edits, waking up in the middle of the night when we’ve just realized how we will pull the entire plot together, chuckling to ourselves or even crying to ourselves as we write out a scene, and many times of having to tell our own families “Not now, I’m working, okay?

Brief Update/May 2015 and Why Short Horror Stories?

Surreal 2, also known as Surreal Enemies: Angel City, is fast approaching its release date (still unknown). I can't wait for you guys to read it. 

I'm in the home stretch for the DayDreamer sequel, currently clocking in at over 65,000 words. 

It's still very rough so I have lots of fine-tuning to do, but I'm getting there. Once I finish and submit this, I'll continue working on Surreal 3, which currently has almost 22,000 words. 

I'm also working on 

Tiny Little Writing Update

All right. Two personal blog entries in a row. Time to get my head back in the game.
 
Writing updates: My sequel toSURREAL ECSTASYis still in the publication process. I’m currently at almost 50,000 words for theDAYDREAMERsequel. That’s my top priority right now, but it’ll take a bit more time because I have some major renovating to do on its manuscript. I also have a new book of poetry I self-published not too long ago. It’s a kind of sampler of 50 of my favorite poems over the last 20-some odd years.

Out With the Skinny Clothes

I was hanging clothes in my closet, and remembered something I saw on Buzzfeed’s FB feed today (yes, I take my Buzzfeed/FB experiences very seriously).A woman struggling with her weighttossed out her old clothes, and it helped her journey to feeling better about herself.
 
Without really thinking about it, I did just that. I removed the clothes I have to look at every day without being able to fit them. And…as can be expected…I cried. I’m not even sure why at first – I just took a cute green fairy shirt off its hanger, folded it, and placed it on my bed, then went back for more cute clothes that were mean because they didn’t fit (and haven’t for a long time).

Driving in Southern California

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a rant on my blog.
 
Today, I ran errands. Nothing special. These are everyday things. Bringing my kids to school and picking them up. They go to 2 different schools that are across town from one another, and they start and end school at different times in the day. What I’m trying to say is I do a lot of driving, but it’s all localized. No freeway driving for me.
 
Everyone (including me) always says how bad LA drivers are. I would like to make a slightly different statement: Drivers in Thousand Oaks are arrogant pricks.

My Worst Enemy

I have been going through some of my old poems lately, and it hasn’t been the best experience, emotionally speaking.
 
I’ve been writing poems actively since the age of 15, so going through these documents is much like stepping into a time machine. I remember vividly everything I felt while writing each one, and most of the time, they reminded me of things I’ve done with my life that… should have been done differently.
 
I royally screwed up my first marriage. After we split up, I wrote a series of poems that aren’t suitable for public consumption, either due to its content or just the hateful, incomprehensible babbling I seem to do.
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