Shiny Things and Summer Sign-Off

It’s that time, all. You know the time. The bright thing is in the sky for way longer than I’m comfortable with, and the Fahrenheit temperature outside is flirting with numbers starting with 7. (Shut up – it’s a big deal where I live!) The tourists are lurking, the shrieklings will soon roam unchecked, and it is time for me to go to ground until my beloved September returns.

DOg Drags Blankie Bed

I leave you with a parting gift to tide you over until the darkness returns. My enabler handler platonic murder wife and fellow evil author of awesome, Skyla Dawn Cameron, blackmailed me asked me to contribute to her short story anthology, Hauntings. Look at this shiny cover. LOOK AT IT!


Doesn’t that look awesome? Of course it was designed by Skyla. You should hire her for your graphic design things. Also, you should support her on Patreon, because without her, this story (and practically everything else of mine you’ve read) wouldn’t exist. You owe her, my darklings.

So what’s going on with that shiny thing up there? Well, here:

A drafty old house, or the steps of a creature lurking in the dark?

A trick of the light, or is the shadow in the corner of your eye something more?

A natural wind, or was that a whisper in your ear?

Read two tales of haunted houses that are not what they seem from (evil) paranormal authors Dina James and Skyla Dawn Cameron.

In RITUAL, a novella in Dina James’ Key to Hell series, Kyle Carillron knows every trick across the realms when it comes to dealing with the supernatural. Once a demon himself, the vampire has seen it all. When a divine assassin, half-angel Sebastian, comes to him with a scrap of paper discovered in a supposedly haunted house where some teenagers are playing Ouija, he can’t help but roll his eyes. But the paper has an unfamiliar symbol on it, written in human blood. Very little on the planes mystifies Kyle, but upon investigating the premises, he discovers evidence of a ritual with far with deeper consequences than humans attempting to contact the souls of the departed.

ASHFORD’S GHOST follows part-time adventurer and full-time mom Olivia Talbot in a novella continuation of Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Livi Talbot series. Four months ago, Livi successfully killed the afreet who abducted her family and tried to murder her. Then she took over his villa and made it her base of operations/home, as any respectable treasure hunter in need of better digs is wont to do. But this house is haunted, and she’s starting to think the ancient murderer she used the Seal of Solomon to destroy might not be entirely dead after all. Isolated in the house by a violent snowstorm, Livi is trapped with a dark force gathering strength by the hour, threatening not only the safety of her family but possibly her very sanity.

That’s right. Mine is a Kyle story. You’re welcome.

Right now, it’s up for ebook pre-order from your favorite bookish places: Kobo, iTunes, B&N, and The Evil Empire. It’s planned for release by the end of the month (May 2017).

For those who prefer print (I AM ONE OF YOU!), there will be a print edition as well, available sometime in the first or second week of June. I’d give you a firmer date, but it will depend on techy things that make my head hurt, so let’s just say “mid-June” and call it good.

This is the anthology promised to those who donated to my fundraiser. Those who donated $10 or more will be getting their ebook advanced copies before the end of the month, so if you want it early, you know where to go. You all have kicked ass when it comes to helping us out, but there’s still room for pennies and openings for some hats. (I’m up to 14 hats, ya’ll. FOURTEEN FUCKING HATS! HATS FOREVER! I can honestly say I did not expect this, but I am totally not complaining. It’s for my babies. I will knit ALL THE HATS for my babies.) If you missed the part about the fundraiser, clicky the piccy to see what the fuck.


Help Me I'm Poor

So that’s it for now. Go forth. Do shiny things. See you in September. (Possibly sooner. I have been tempted out of my reverse hibernation before, so you never know.)

Crow Pets Cat

Reinforcements Needed

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know about this because I have awesome, evil, enabling powerful friends.


You can click the image link to get the whole story, but the gist is I need help with a vet bill in the thousands. That’s where reinforcements come in.

Uh…you’re the reinforcements. Well, your pennies are. Dimes, too. Quarters if you can spare them. It’s not even a tip jar I’m putting out here, it’s a collection plate.

Help Me I'm Poor

As the graphic above says, though – don’t think this is all for nothing. I’m offering cool stuff in return for your assistance. (And don’t forget I offer a brutal critique service for writers as well!) The fundraising site gives you space to explain what you’re about, so head on over there for the whole story so I don’t repeat myself.

I Need Help Penny

Thanks in advance for your help. If you can’t help out with pennies, a signal boost would be just as appreciated. I have awesome friends, fans, and family, and you all know I hate beyond words asking for help, but this isn’t about me. This is for my animals.

A Reward and A Dare

I was updating the perks at the Evil For Julie fundraisers. I saw the numbers.

Dean Holy Shit Eyes

$3330 [ETA April 16 – $3425] for the Writer Edition.

$6705 [ETA April 16 – $7545] for the Reader Edition.

If my math is correct (and unlike Tony Stark’s, it usually isn’t, but I digress), that puts us at $10,035 $10,970 for both campaigns.

You know, when we were pulling this together and deciding on a target number for our goal, I made the comment that if we raised $10,000, I would make a video of me dancing like a freak (I can’t dance…no, really, I can’t. I just wiggle my butt and flail my arms.) at various Oregon Coastal landmarks within driving distance of me.

I said it sarcastically. Because, you know…$10,000? Yeah, right. We’d be lucky to make half that, but we decided to go for it anyway. $5000 was lofty. $10,000 was laughable.

Sarcasm or no, I said it, in front of witnesses. As such, the video will get made. It will be finished and uploaded sometime in May, after all this is over.

Just so you know, I made another comment about our fundraiser goals, and this one is on the Internet, WHICH IS FOREVER.

The price? $50,000. The perk? I will karaoke Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On,” get it on film, and post it to the Internet.

Try reaching that one, evildoers. I DARE YOU.


ETA: Upon conferring with my enablers, I have agreed to do the same with Air Supply’s “All Out of Love” at the $25,000 mark. Because Dean Winchester. BRING IT.

The Power of the Dark Side

YEAH, BABY! That is what I am talking about!

Shamelessly ripping off this awesome post made by our Bitchstress Dreamkiller over at the Evil League of Evil Writers blog:


Yes, you read that right. Just four days into the Evil for Julie campaign, and both the reader and writer editions are entirely funded. As of writing this:

Reader Edition: $6085 (of a $3500 goal)

Writer Edition: $2275 (of a $1500 goal)

That’s $8360 total. [ETA: UPDATE – Now $8440!]

Loki thumbs up

On behalf of the Evil League of Evil Writers:


$5000 was our initial goal because that was what we raised last year for Crestline with our Evil Auction. To surpass that in just a couple of days is tremendous, and everything, minus the Indiegogo/PayPal fees, go directly to Julie and her family at the end of the month.

Of course, we shall not stop there. No, because we have TONS of other perks here to list and twenty-six more days to raise some more cash.

Please head over to the campaigns to have a look at the new additions and stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

Thank you again to everyone sharing, linking, buying, donating, and supporting this endeavor. Vader says, “If you only knew the power of the dark side.” For anyone paying attention, I’d say you guys know. Excellent villainous work, everyone.”

I just have to add:

LOki Yeah

Signal Boost – Abasement

I said ABASEMENT, not a basement. A basement is where I keep…uh…LOOK OVER THERE!

Want to see me abase myself? It will cost you $5000.00. Well, $4397.00 at the moment, really. Here’s how you can get me to do it:

Go to this blog post. Pick a charity. Donate. Send confirmation of your donation to the address on the post. Make the meter go up. When the meter hits $5000.00, I will sing Air Supply’s “All Out of Love.”

No, I mean it. I will. I said so, right here.

So yeah. Go forth and donate! There are shiny things there, too! Even if you don’t make me sing, you can still make Skyla watch all the Twilight movies back to back. And she’ll live tweet it, too.

Fundraising is evil.

It’s A Trap!

Or a conspiracy.

I’ll go with conspiracy.

My friend Skyla Dawn Cameron is having a birthday this month. She’s doing something a little different for it – she’s giving other people presents. Well, people and animals and so on, because she’s a hippy. No, really. She is. Like with vegan cheese and everything. But I digress.

Here. Go see. There are shiny things. Also…



Okay? There. I said it.

Want to see me sing Air Supply? It will cost you. $5000.00 in fact. No, I’m not lying. Go read Skyla’s blog post and see how this can happen. And just to taunt you a second time, for $10,000.00 I will sing both “All Out of Love” by Air Supply AND “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” from The Lion King.

Now, you have the whole month to make this happen. So, go. Tell your friends. People on Twitter are already conspiring how to make this happen to get me to sing, and the post saying I’d do it just hit the blogosphere like an hour ago. There’s talk of collection jars on office desks and all sorts of things…it’s wild!

Via Skyla’s Twitter:

I say, BRING IT, BITCHES! I HAVE NO FEAR! NONE! You raise $5000.00 for Skyla’s charities, I will sing the shit out of a soapy 80s ballad.

If it’s good enough for Dean Winchester, it’s good enough for me!

Goodbye, August

I will not miss you, oh final month of summer!



I am filled with EVIL GLEE!

For many reasons, not the least of which is that it is the final day of August. Summer here is officially nearing its end, and I am ready to trade the Southern Hemisphere back for winter now. SEPTEMBER APPROACHETH AND I AM FILLED WITH GLEE!


Also, those who follow me on Twitter will know this already, but for those who just do the blog thing, I will reiterate here:

Today, this morning, our months of self-restraint and budgeting came to fruition. This morning, tickets to Scotland arrived. With my name on them.

It’s real. It’s really real. #ForScotland is REAL. #YarnEmbargo has been worth it!

Now, this does not mean we can let up on the budget or let our self-restraint run amok. Oh, no. No, if anything, we need to double-down. Just because the big huge part is out of the way doesn’t mean we can ease up. There are still things that need saving for, like animal care costs and actual money to buy the yarn in Scotland I have been excellent about not buying ALL YEAR LONG. I have made it over NINE months without buying yarn (that was paid for by me, anyway…gift cards don’t count, and neither does yarn gifted to me by wonderful people who have kept me sane with fiber these long, long months…), and I don’t intend to start now. We still need money to eat on over there, so the tickets that came today don’t mean that we’ve reached our goal. Oh, no. We’ve overcome the first hurdle, that’s all.

But it’s really REAL now. Like, for realsies real! This is happening. We’re going. I am in awe. I truly didn’t think we’d make it this far, but we have.

*sits in awe a while longer*

Okay! Yeah! So that’s happening!

Other things that are happening:

My friend Lilith Saintcrow has an awesome fundraiser up for an equally awesome book about the squirrels that terrorize her. No, I’m serious! Go watch the vid and throw money at her. DO IT NOW.

Also, remember when I blogged about my local theater needing help? Well, they reached their goal (thank you on behalf of me to all of you that contributed, or wanted to, or boosted the signal, or however you helped – thank you!), and any extra they’re given will go to other things they could use. If you have a few pennies to spare that you haven’t tossed at Lili up there, consider putting them in the Columbian’s jar, won’t you? They’d appreciate it (as would I – Despicable Me 2 is playing now and I haven’t seen it yet – what? DON’T JUDGE ME. I’m making Gru’s scarf! FOR MYSELF. BECAUSE REASONS.).

That’s all I have for you right now. There is more eviltry afoot I’ll update you on later, that involves more shiny things. Stay tuned!

ETA: This was just brought to my attention. Writer P.N. Elrod is offering shiny things from her personal collection of shiny to raise money to pay down a four-figure vet bill. Go take a look and see what there is to see, and if you find any more of those pennies in the couch cushions, a few tossed her way wouldn’t go amiss.

Damn the Man! Save the Empire!

Or, at least my local independent theater! (Or “cinema” for those elsewhere in the world.)

Guys, the Columbian Theater is awesome. Upstairs, they have a whole section that’s 21+ where they serve beer. It’s all couches and tables and you can order PIZZA and other goodies, like nachos! Seriously. It’s the coolest movie theater ever. COUCHES. BEER. PIZZA. MOVIES. And the ticket prices? Insanely low. You spend less at the Columbian for everything than you would just popcorn and two movie tickets at the Regular Theeayter. It’s an amazing place and they could really use a hand.

Go and watch this amazing vid they made for their fundraiser:

Details for their Kickstarter are here:

Long story short, they really, really, REALLY need a new digital projector in order to keep their doors open. The Columbian is more than just a theater…it’s an institution. They have stage shows and speaking engagements and it’s the place everyone around here goes when they need a space to perform or get a message out. You can even rent the whole place for private parties and so on. I can’t say enough awesome things about it, and even I would be grieved to see it close.

If you can help out, that would be muchly appreciated. Even just a signal boost would help, if you can’t find any pennies lurking in your couch cushions. If you would sacrifice your latte and give that $5.00 to the Columbian, Lord Vader may not Force-choke you today. That’s love, people.

Show the Columbian some love! And who knows! If they can keep their doors open, maybe next year I’ll organize a little movie-watching party and rent the whole place out for me and a bunch of you! (Bouncers will be at the door…you know who you are….)

It’s a thought! But it will only (possibly) happen if they’re saved, so…


No Promises, But…

…I have this idea. Well, sort of. I was randomly looking at something and then someone who enables my evil suggested something and and one thing led to another and….

Here’s the thing. I want to know if anyone reading this would be interested in a Billy short story.

If I were to write a Billy short and put it up here as kind of a donation/fundraiser/penny-tossage thing, would anyone be interested in that? It would be totally self-serving. Because there’s Something I Want. As all the pennies I’m saving this year are going For Scotland, this would be an extraneous thing to indulge a completely selfish “Dina Wants A Shiny” thing.

Normally this wouldn’t be an issue as I would just tell He Who Enables My Crazy that “I wish to own this shiny thing” and it would appear because he loves me. However this year, I am being good. I have forsaken my yarn. I have said “no” to new Lord Vader things for my collection.

But this shiny I want. This I greatly desire. No, I’m not telling you what it is just yet, but those who have seen it have all said the same thing: “You must own that.”

For this shiny, I will write an exclusive short story I will offer to you, my readers, in exchange for some pennies tossed at the Shiny Thing Fund I will set up if this idea generates enough interest.

Now, I’m busy writing Stranger Things III (Death Knell), so I need to know if there’s enough interest in a short in order to spend time on it. So, I created a poll:

Feel free to comment. I don’t discriminate between encouragement and dissuasion.

Do keep in mind that this eviltry is still in the “idea” stage, and I’m just gauging interest. It might go absolutely nowhere, so don’t get your hopes up. We’ll see. If there is enough interest, I will post a link/pic to the shiny thing I’ll be raising the money for.