December 2018

I apologize for not updating this blog as much as I should. I update my Instagram daily (mostly cooking and cats), so you can follow me over there if you like.

It’s the second day of Hanukkah (third night)! I’ve been balancing my real life with my writing the next three episodes of Femitokon. I finished the episodes (my NaNoWriMo challenge), and now I’m editing the first portion that will end up being Episode 12. I can’t believe I’m this far in, and I’m proud of my output. No one’s reading, but oddly I’m okay with that.

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I’ll be getting paid for an October production project at the end of the month, and it should be enough to wipe out the last of the 12k debt the spouse, and I incurred furnishing this house, replacing the broken AC, and paying off the remainder of the youngster’s college classes. We’re going to start 2019 off the way we began 2016–practically debt free. 🙂

My spouse continues to see a neurologist about the nerve damage in his spine. His walking hasn’t improved, and my heart breaks for him. Despite working in software and drafting, he’s been active all his life (hiking, tennis, hunting) and now he can do nothing that requires walking. His drop-foot is visible now when he’s in public, and sometimes people stare; the fact that he’s aware of it bothers me more than it does him–but then he was always mentally more together than me. 🙂

The youngest has five more classes to complete their degree–they lack any real motivation to get out there and score a job, so it’s going to be interesting to see how long it takes them to find their place in the world. The oldest remains in Texas, and though we’ve been gently suggesting he seek a more stable long-term career option, he plans to stay with Mayfield in their DQ location for another year. His girlfriend finally got a full-time job at an assisted care facility and is making the same wage rate – this takes the pressure off him and enables her to gain some confidence in their adulting endeavors.

Van Helsing - Season 2

Van Helsing is back on SyFy! I like this show even though some friends have dismissed it. Z Nation is dead to me; it’s too far gone to keep my interest. I’ve completely lost touch with Walking Dead mainly because we made the switch to Hulu Live TV. This past run of Channel Zero was immensely cool (Pretzel Jack!) and I’m caught up on Man in the High Castle, Harlots, American Horror Story, and Castle Rock.

I think I’ll end this post now and will try to blog more in 2019?

RIP Kindle Fire

My Kindle Fire 7 HD bit the dust after many years of dutiful service in the kitchen, in my studio editing, and in my reading chair. I attempted to purchase the same exact Kindle but Amazon phased them out to support the HD 8 and created the 7 Generation Fires. The first one Amazon sent to me was defective; screen kept dying during software upgrade. If I take it out of the box and it needs an upgrade and the screen is full lines and dying–we have a problem.

Amazon customer service was awesome and I got a new, new Kindle coming on Monday.

Counting down to November when my annual pay comes for this production project. It’ll be enough to pay off the debt we accrued moving back to PA, and pay off the Moog’s student loans for their first year. That’s why I took this job.

Femitokon is moving right along though I still have the same amount of patrons (most are paypal subscribers) I had since January. I’ve not invested any monies in advertising it and my half-ass robo-posts over at twitter aren’t doing anything. If no one’s reading it’s likely because they don’t know it exists. 0_0 I made the decision to release Suffocation as a collected eBook and perhaps this will get the series some patronage. My intent was to sell some short stories and bring attention to the series but my time to write is severely sapped by real-life happenings. After typing in front of a screen all day I just want to relax on tumblr and take some pictures before getting in some edits on the series.

I’ll find my motivation somewhere…

It’s June

Haven’t updated here in some time so here I go – I’m on a phone so forgive the lightning fast tone and the occasional spelling error.

Episode 7 posted of my new series (check it out here). I can’t believe I’m at seven episodes already. I got a story out there in submission land but I think I’m going to pull it and just post it this site. My portfolio is dated and I need to fix that. BTW, if you’re interested in my writing diary and short stories, I do post them as part of the Femitokon/Patron subscription ($2 a month)

Real life has been fun – saw Depeche Mode in Philly last week with my youngest, the oldest is still adulting thousands of miles away and his latest trial is attempting to get a new apartment. My thyroid is trying to quit on me again, but the only thing adversely affected by this is my instagram account (my hands shake bad enough to ruin any pics I try to take with my phone).

I’ve been geeking out at Tumblr where my “Promotional Account” has become the all things fandom account. It’s been fun and therapeutic to be around like minded people.

Still alive and still writing.

 

Sunday Post

I took another production position to bring in some cash.

Wasn’t my plan, but the series isn’t raking in the $10 spots like I’d hoped. I’m lucky in that the readers I do have are cool as shit, so is the artist working on my covers – he’s willing to take a cut in pay.

Episode Seven third-draft edits begin tomorrow night. I’ll be spending my evenings on the series and my days working on somebody else-s intellectual property; I’ve effectively killed my short story writing time. I have more than a few plots worked out and some outlines finished, and I began a screenplay (for the first time in years). I have zero time now.

I noticed lots of folks coming here from Tumblr. That account is a rare Femitokon promotional thing but its mostly me sharing grabs of Jeffrey Combs along with horror & sci-fi stuff I like. Total fandom and feminist things, nothing relevant to writing or real life.

When the weather breaks (we went from snow to constant rain here in eastern PA) I’ll be getting back out with my camera and updating with some abandoned places, graveyards, and trees in their natural habitat. 0_0