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*

Announcement! All Wounds, the Novel

A promise is a promise, and I promised to let you all know about the fate of All Wounds, the novel version the moment I had any news to share, good or bad.

Guess what? I have news, and it’s GOOD!

All Wounds, a Stranger Things novel, has been accepted by Mundania Press, and is scheduled for release in both print and e-book format October 2011!

When I have an exact release date, I’ll share that with you as well.

Thank you to all who have sent me fan mail and kept interest in this novel throughout the long road to publication. I often say that it’s my readers/fans that keep me writing! It pleases me beyond words to finally be able to announce that the novel you’ve been patiently waiting to hear about will soon be ready for you to read. (Legally read, please – you all know how I feel about e-piracy of my work. Remember I’m a small author and if you want me to continue to be able to write stories for you to enjoy, please support me and my publisher by obtaining a copy of my work legally, not through a torrent or file-sharing site. I know my readers are awesome, so if you know someone or see someone stealing my work – because that’s what it is, plain and simple – please ask them not to. There are other, legal ways to get my work to read, no matter what country you’re in, as long as you’re willing to wait. Thanks!)

This is really all the news I have for now! Again, thank you all for your support and patience.

Thank you too, Mundania Press and awesome editor Skyla Dawn Cameron, for allowing me this opportunity.


I’m Not Dead Yet

It’s just that I haven’t had a whole lot to say/share. I figured I’d better blog, though. I mean, I’m a writer, and so by rights I should be able to write something, right? What’s the point of having a blog if I don’t post to it?

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

I’ve never done the “5 Things Make A Post” thing, but for this entry, I’ll give it a go.

1. The Staircase of Doom – it’s coming along. They’re doing what they call “finish work” right now, and I have to say, it’s gorgeous. Just beautiful. Yes, I’ve lost more than 50% of that room/area, but it’s so worth it, not only for the ability to take laundry downstairs, but because there’s actual ROOM downstairs now to use properly. Pics later when it’s done.

2. Painting – it’s been decided by me and the husband that once the contractors are done with the Staircase of Doom that that room (and the one now revealed/exposed below it) deserves a new coat of paint. It’s…well…an ill-chosen “tomato bisque” (I take no responsibility for this color choice, I assure you), as you can see from the photos, and as the new staircase is a beautiful light oak and the room is already empty/catproofed/prepped for painting, we should just go ahead, knuckle under and paint the thing. It won’t take long. Maybe a day or so. Then we’ll have a new staircase, new painted walls, and if I can get the proper set and convince the electrician to help, maybe a couple new lights in that room. That would rock. So I’ll be busy with all this next week.

3. Writing – I know a lot of people are waiting to hear about what’s happening with All Wounds – thank you all for your wonderful notes; you’ll hear any news as soon as I do/can tell you anything, I promise! – but I really don’t have anything new to share right now. I’m writing as always; characters don’t let me rest no matter what’s going on around me. I wish I had something more to share with you here, but I really don’t. Sorry! I’ll have a newsletter coming out before the end of the month, and if you want to be on the mailing list for that, sign up here. Hint: if you’ve already been getting my semi-regular e-mail newsletter, you should be getting this new one. I’ve signed up for a new program/service because doing it myself/my way wasn’t working out the way I wanted to, so this is a new thing. I’ll post here when I’ve sent the newsletter and you can tell me if you signed up and didn’t get it. As I said, it’s a new service, so I’ve only tested it once. It worked fine then, but I haven’t tested the “sign up” part. We’ll see how that goes!

4. #dietgame – We’re in the middle of week four at the moment. (For those wondering, the weeks go from Monday to Sunday, as we started on Monday. We’ll end Sunday, June 6, then start another three-month round on Monday, June 7.) I’m down a total of four pounds at the moment, and my jeans are starting to loosen, so I’m happy there. I know I could probably do a lot better than I am, but I’m doing a lot better than I was with my habits and eating, so I’m going to call this a win. There’s still time to join us for the remaining two months of this round, so if you’re interested, check out this post for the rules and how to play. Pay attention to the warnings, as this might be a game, but it’s not for hand-holding or sympathy. There are other groups to join for that kind of thing. This is tough-love “encouragement”, and if you can’t handle that, you’ve got no business wanting or trying to play #dietgame.

5. Vlogging – one is forthcoming, I promise. I’m not sure what I’ll talk about, but I’m sure a topic will present itself. I’m open to questions/suggestions if you all want to contribute to the next vlog. You can message me on Twitter, or leave a comment here and we’ll see what comes up for the next vlog.

There you are. Five things make a post. The end.


Dina Makes A Vlog!

Now, let’s see if I can do this. I give you, Dina Makes A Vlog, Volume 9:

Yes, I know I mispronounce “creme fraiche” and totally made an unintentional poem there. Yay! A vlog! Finally! After 5 months (I say 6 in the vlog, but that would be wrong on my part, as is the part about it being 2 years since I started vlogging. It’s actually 1 year, not 2.)…yeah sorry. In this edition I discuss lateness, Spam (the processed canned meat) as a metaphor for the revision process, and TMI.

Hope this works.

I Suppose I Should Say Something

Alliteration, FTW!

Anyway, yes, it’s New Year’s Eve, and I will not bore you with another post on your f!list about all that this year has encompassed for me.

I do not have extravagant plans for the evening (I had made reservations at a local restaurant I like, but I canceled them yesterday as the weather is just horrific here on the Coast and I honestly just don’t feel like going out in it), nor do I have profound end-of-year reflections to share with you all.

There were Things That Happened, Things That Didn’t Happen, Stuff Went On and I Did Things and Went Places.

That about sums it up.

How exciting. Maybe I’ll write something next week about Stuff I Did In 2009 and Stuff I’m Looking Forward To For 2010 and Goals I Have For The Year That Aren’t Resolutions Because Those Get Broken And Goals Are Better.

As for tonight, I’m going to not change into nice clothes or go out. I’m going to sit around in my pajamas, work on my next scene of this latest revision of my WIP that’s being strangely uncooperative, finish setting up my refurbished laptop (still a few things to reinstall – like my printer), eat this phenomenal chicken pot pie I have baking in the oven (from Costco of all places – if your local Costco makes a chicken pot pie (in the deli section), go and get one and bake it for your eating pleasure. SO FREAKING GOOD!), and maybe watch a movie or take a nap.

Or maybe I’ll just eat and go to bed and when I wake up, it will be 2010. That sounds so futuristic! So…“The Year We Make Contact”.

Whatever I’m going to do, it will be to ignore the horrible storm going on outside.


We’re Sorry

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Anyway, yeah. My laptop is fried. It’s a long story, but the short of it is that it has to go in for repair, and that will take anywhere from two weeks to a month to get back. Hopefully – HOPEFULLY – it will be done and sent back in a week or so, but this being the holiday season, “7 business days after we receive it” may as well translate to “don’t expect it anytime soon”.

But there’s always hope, right?


I mean, the laptop is less than a year old and still under warranty, so I’m not going to have to take out another mortgage or anything to pay for it, or buy a new one (that I know of…yet). I don’t even have to pay shipping, so that’s good. This came at a seriously unfortunate time, but it’s not the end of the world, no matter what it feels like (and it does feel awful – everything is on that laptop, but the really important things are saved and available, namely my manuscripts! Weekly external hard drive backups FTW!).

So it’s not the end of the world. It’s just the (hopefully very temporary) end of the lifestyle to which I’d become accustomed. Yeah, I’m bummed bigtime – I has a BIG sad 🙁 – but I’ll bounce back soon enough.

I’m trying to look on the bright side of this crisis/fiasco/craptasticness (and believe me, I did NOT need this today on top of a few other…issues I’m dealing with that I won’t detail here.*sings* “Always look on the briiiiiiiiiiiiiight side of life!”) – lappy is under warranty, I don’t have to shell out big bucks, it will come back nice and shiny and fixed, it’s good that it’s in because there’s obviously a big problem that needs serious attention, I have the most important things backed up or otherwise available, I have access to other computers, etc. – but anyone who knows me knows I’m a pragmatist, and I adapt well and make the best out of a situation and make do with the tools I have.

If that means mustard ends up on the ceiling, well, that’s your fault for letting me in the kitchen, isn’t it? It’s not like you weren’t warned! It doesn’t mean I’m unaffected by the situation or that I won’t complain about how much it sucks before I get on with it.

Sometimes “getting on with it” isn’t ideal, but it’s what you’ve got, so stop whining already and go. I believe the phrase is “suck it up and move on”. I’ve had my frustration vents and moved through the stages of grief already. This note is just to let you all know, really, that I’ll be scarce the next however long, as I’ll be borrowing computers and connections to get what needs doing done.

So being a pragmatist helps. As do cupcakes and a borrowed laptop.