What Stace had to say on Monday, January 11th, 2010
Where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing

Wow, it’s been a while, huh?

Sorry. I was, in the words of Bill Murray in Caddyshack, unavoidably detained.

Christmas shopping. Christmas cooking. Having family here for Christmas–my brother, sister-in-law, and two nieces came for a visit. Good Christmas, in all. I got some cool books and a nice big Le Creuset pot to add to my collection (I am obsessed with Le Creuset, if you’re unaware of that).

Also, moving. In a nutshell, our landlord wanted us to buy the house, whereas as time went on we started thinking we did not in fact want to buy the house. But he really wants to sell the house, so we have moved out of the house. So now we’re in an apartment my mom owns, basically. Much cheaper, much smaller, but fine, and frankly we’re happy to be done with the house. The only problem is, we had no one to help us move, really, so spent from New year’s Day until the 5th hauling bags and boxes of stuff around. It was tiring and made me achy, and I’m glad to be done with it.

Also Faerie got her hair cut, which is adorable, but was weird for me as it was her first haircut ever. All that baby hair, gone! It went from butt-length to shoulder-length. The good news is I think the ponytail is just about long enough to donate to Locks of Love, and even better than that is that Princess now wants her hair cut as well, and her ponytail will definitely be long enough to donate. And her hair is very thick. So I’m pleased about that.

And yes it has been very cold here, and we had a little snow.

But enough with the domestic blah blah blahs. (Unless you want to tell me about your holidays, in which case please do!) Let’s talk about fun stuff!

First, I’m debating whether or not to keep the blog on a Monday/Thursday schedule, or if I should just blog when the mood strikes me. Thoughts? (And yes, I know, I haven’t exactly been regular of late, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things.)

Second, ARCs for UNHOLY GHOSTS went out last month, and I’m already seeing some feedback online. I’ve got a couple of reviews, which sadly I can’t share yet but am very excited about, but here’s some Goodreads updates from one fabulous, charming, and delightful reviewer, if you’d like to take a look.

Third, got my Guest status approval from Dragon*Con for 2010 a week or so ago, so as of now I plan to be there with bells on. (Probably not literally, no. I’m not really a bell kind of a girl. But I’ll be there anyway!)

And I’m working. I have three open projects at the moment and am shuffling my way through them, which is fun. Also have had thoughts on a number of writing-related topics we’ll be covering here on the blog.

Which brings me to an apology. It’s an apology for something you guys didn’t know about, but an apology just the same. I’d intended to use the days before Xmas to convert the Strumpet series to PDF and expand it as a gift to all of you; unfortunately because of the family and everything else, I didn’t have the time. I barely had time to open the computer at all, in fact. So it didn’t get done. I do still really want to do it, and am still working on it in drips and drabs. So do look for it soonish, and if you’re one of those who has asked me about it or who got use out of it, and have any comments on it or anything you feel you’d like to see expanded or gone deeper into (heh heh), please let me know, either by commenting here or by emailing.

I’m also considering, once that’s done, uploading it onto Lulu so y’all can get print copies if you so desire. Does anyone have any experience with that? Because given how bad I am at that sort of thing, I have a feeling I’ll need help when the time comes.

And I guess that’s about it for the moment. I certainly hope you all had wonderful holidays, and that you’re all keeping warm!!

  • 4 comments to “Where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing”

    1. Tami
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 2:52 pm · Link

      I’ve used lulu in the past and was very happy with them. The hard and softcover books that I purchased were solid quality, the prices were reasonable enough that it doesn’t feel like assaulting your readers to add some author profit on top, and the system was pretty easy to use.

      A lot of time was spent getting the manuscript into their format and creating a book cover in their format, though they offer stock covers you could use to drastically cut that time.

      As for the blogging, I’ll avoid the obvious “do whatever makes you happy!” and note that “I’ll blog when the mood strikes me” is the summoning incantation for the Death of Blogs.

      =]



    2. writtenwyrdd
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      · January 11th, 2010 at 9:04 pm · Link

      Sounds like a nice but chockfull holiday. I sympathize with moving in the cold. When we moved (a year ago Saturday) it was 2 degrees. But we had movers to help us. Neither mom nor I could do all the heavy lifting. And with all my books, there was a lot of heavy, lol.

      I think the Strumpet and Lulu idea are great. I like print best, although I’ll likely buy a sony reader at some point.

      For myself, great holidays. I have now lost about 80 pounds. And I got some cool manga software for Xmas and I am considering doing a graphic novel treatment for the abandoned Boetha the Electric Zombie story. Just for fun, really.

      Looking forward to reading your upcoming releases. Are you going to have ARC contests at some point?



    3. Tyhitia
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      · January 12th, 2010 at 12:10 am · Link

      Wonderful to have you back. :grin: I made two cheesecakes and some red velvet cupcakes for Christmas. ;-) The dessert was gone before I knew it. I cook too, but man, not many folks make dessert anymore.

      Would love to read your story when you get it to us. A friend of mine used Lulu, but I didn’t ask him about the process.



    4. BernardL
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      · January 12th, 2010 at 2:00 pm · Link

      If you try to blog on a schedule, it’ll seem more like a job. You should blog whenever you feel like it. With three open projects, blogging will probably have to take a backseat. I haven’t moved in thirty-two years and I plan on keeping it that way. :)



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