Program Complete. You May Enter When Ready.

It’s not 100%, but it’s close. There’s still some tweaking I need to do, but it’s essentially finished. Check out the new digs! A shiny new website I made all by myself! Well, not entirely “all.” I looked a a lot of other writer’s websites and various themes and layouts and decided on what functionality worked best for me.

There was vast amounts of techy work involved. I will now drink my tea and eat more chocolate in celebration of this occasion.

Have a look around. If anything doesn’t work for you or shows up funny, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to fix it. Please let there be nothing insanely wrong with this new site. I’m wary enough as it is!

Darkness Falls

Yet another SOPA post. This one is just to remind regular readers of my blog that my site, along with thousands of others, will be going dark tomorrow in protest of SOPA and PIPA. If you’re not familiar with what these things are, click here and see what all this is about.

There’s more about it here: http://sopastrike.com/.

Just a quick reminder. See you when this is over. For awhile anyway. If this bill passes, I may not be seeing you at all, ever again.

So if the internet is important to you, get involved. You know I hate politics. This isn’t politics. This is the criminalization of innocent people (like me) in order to punish a few assholes. This is Hollywood studios not wanting to get off their lazy asses and spend the money to go after these fuckwads on their own. Instead they’ll spend billions of dollars in lobbying Congress and the Senate to pass these stupid bills because they think it’s better to punish everyone to get their way instead of doing what “regular people” like me and you do in order to stop online piracy. You know, sending notices and so on. Tracking down pirates. Whatever. There are already laws designed to protect the copyright holders and stop online piracy.

THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER.

I’ll stop ranting now. Enjoy it. It might be one of the last rants you hear from me. Freedom of speech is under attack, so if you like my rants, scream at your Congressperson/Senator. TELL THEM YOU WANT YOUR DINA RANTS!

That is all.

Big Red Button Post

SHORTEST FUNDRAISER EVAR. OMG. It’s totally done. I should use the Big Red Button more often. Carry on! – Dina

What’s the Big Red Button? It’s the one that always gets pushed in movies to make things happen. I’m pushing mine. Why? Because my Editor of Awesome needs a new shiny.

If you can chip in and help Editor of Awesome buy a new tool so she can make my books come out faster (after…you know…I write them), that would rule. (And I will let you live when I rule the world.)

Also, you know…you’ll get my books faster. You all want that, right?

In the words of Captain Picard of the USS Enterprise: MAKE IT SO. *presses the Big Red Button*

Sithmas Approacheth – The Holiday Card Post

(I’m totally recycling last year’s post. Like I do with the holiday decorations!)

SITHMAS IS COMING! SITHMAS IS COMING!

Okay, yes…I’m one of those people who started humming Christmas songs back in October. I know, I know. But I really love the holidays. Halloween used to be my favorite holiday until I came out of my Goth closet and could dress how I wanted to every day of the year and not care about being seen as a freak (for the record, I was 25), but now Christmas is my favorite.

Thanksgiving, however, is not to be overlooked. I mean, a foodie like me ignore a holiday that’s all about FOOD? PIE? LOTS AND LOTS OF PIE?! (Not to mention leftover pie!!) Great. Now I’m hungry. And there are pies in the kitchen. I shouldn’t write about pie before breakfast….

Anyway, what was I writing about? I mean, before my stomach started doing the writing? Oh, yeah! The holiday spirit!

Okay, here’s the deal: I’m making my holiday card list.

Yes, you heard right. No, I’m not too early. It’s nearly Thanksgiving! I mean, by the time I get the list done and cards mailed, I’ll be right on time!

I am setting a deadline for you all, though. If you want to be on my holiday card list, post a comment on my website by Sunday, December 4th (don’t worry, these will be screened!) or e-mail dina [at] dinajames [dot] com with your snail mail addy, and I’ll send you a holiday card. If you got a card from me last year, you’re still on my list, but if you’ve moved, don’t want one, or otherwise changed your address, let me know! I keep the list for subsequent use year to year, but will remind you all yearly to send me any updates. I realize people move about and change names and such.

If you’ve won something from me or I’ve otherwise sent you something in the last year, your name has likely been added to the card list. If you want a card, let me know, because I have them printed up in small batches and need to know how many to order.

If you’re feeling in the holiday spirit yourself and would like to return the favor, here’s my address:

Dina James
P.O. Box 574
Astoria, OR 97103
USA

Happy Sithmas!

Dina's Sithmas Tree

My Sithmas Tree. It's a black tree with red lights and a Darth Vader nightlight for a topper.

A Thank You Post For The Fans

All I can say is “wow.”

OMG you guys, wow.

Thank you for all the pimpage and support and love and comments and fan mail and everything. You are all so freakin’ awesome and I very much appreciate each and every one of you.

All Wounds has been out for a little over a month now and I’m overwhelmed by the continuing response to it. Like this: As of this writing, my debut novel is number 7 in the fantasy category on the Barnes & Noble Fictionwise ebook site. This would not have been possible without the support of you all. You also love me on Goodreads and Amazon.

So thank you, my wonderful fans, friends and family! You all are the very best, and I’m grateful for your faith in me.

Much appreciation,
Dina (And Rebecca, Syd, Ryan, Billy and Nana)

AW TY Card

Thanks For Biting! My Fans Rock!

Links for those who have asked for them again:

All Wounds at Mundania (Publisher, all formats available, print and ebook)

All Wounds on Amazon (Kindle and print available)

All Wounds on Amazon UK (Kindle and print available)

All Wounds at Barnes & Noble (print and ebook)

All Wounds at the Book Depository (print and ebook)

Last Stop on the All Wounds Blog Tour!

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind these last two weeks! Thank you again to all my hosts and reviewers!

Today I’m over at JA Saare’s blog. There’s a fun interview up. I answer some very deep questions.

I’m also participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you’re there and want to buddy me, go right ahead.

Today I have a long to-do list. I don’t even want to think about everything I need to get done. It’s mostly hours on the phone and packing up parcels for giveaway winners!

Later, all!

Busy Dina Is Busy

La, la, la, urf.

(“Urf” is a special multipurpose Dina-ism that means anything from “omg srsly” to “@$%*#!%$!@#$%!@!!” depending on usage. Here it is meant to express my apathy and fatigue at the ridiculous length of my to-do list, and my reluctance to engage in what’s listed there.)

In other news, today I’m over at the Evil League of Evil Writers blog talking about being a Speshul Snoflake.

I’m going to be insanely busy for the next month or more, so I will be scarce. I anticipate having a little breathing room around the middle of September.

In case I don’t get to say it, a safe and happy Labor Day weekend to all who celebrate it, and thank you to summer for being gentle with me this year. I will not miss you. Close the door on your way out and take the tourists with you.

Upcoming events!

I’m thinking about another fun giveaway thing next month to celebrate the return of my beloved autumn like I had when winter ended and left me with spring. Maybe another round of Alphabet Stew. We’ll see. Still contemplating this one.

Also there will be a fun little thing on my blog in mid-October to celebrate the release of All Wounds. Not sure what this one is going to entail. I mean, I’m already doing a blog tour, and there will be fun things to see and win for a couple weeks there. There will definitely be something on my blog! We’ll see. Stay tuned!

For those attending this weekend, ENJOY DRAGON*CON. *sniff* I envy you all. Maybe next year for me. We’ll have to see!

That’s it for now. *sighs at to-do list* *gets going*