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What Stace had to say on Thursday, September 9th, 2010
My Lackadaisical Blog

Yep, I’m being lazy, and although I’ll be posting this Thursday morning it’s actually quite late Wednesday night as I write this, and I got barely any sleep last night, so I’m quite tired.

And because I’m quite tired I have very little to discuss. It occurs to me I should mention Dragon*Con. I had a wonderful time at the con, I really did. Friday I got to hang out with Caitlin and my family, in addition to sitting and chatting in the bar with a number of other people whose names I’m not going to mention because they probably don’t want to admit they were actually in public with me, ha. No, actually, it was just a lot of people. But I think a great time was had by all.

This was my stepdaughter’s, and my daughters’, first Dragoncon, and they were pretty awed by the whole thing. We left them at home on Saturday–that being the most crowded day, usually, and yeah, it certainly was–and wandered around ourselves. Ended up–surprise!–in the bar again. I did a little interview for a very nice girl named Day, and my friend Shannan came along, and somehow the conversation turned to a video I saw online once of a couple discussing their bestiality and how they really love their pet miniature horse. Hey, I just saw it, okay, I wasn’t in it or anything. And I wasn’t talking about it like it was a beautiful love story or something. It just came up in conversation, as these things are wont to do if you hang out with weirdos like me and my friends.

The point of my mentioning it is, apparently on Sunday people were hearing that I actually had a bestiality porn video on my phone, and was showing people. So there goes the rumor mill! I’m waiting for the tale of how someone caught me shooting up in the bathrooms or something to get out. Because, um, of course that never happened! Ha ha! No, not me! (Of course I’m joking. It totally happened. Ha! See what I did there? Oh, I am a card.) No, really, honestly, of course it didn’t happen, because I didn’t shoot up anything in any bathrooms because I am not a shooter-upper, but such is the nature of rumor that I’m expecting more outrageous stories about me, is all. My agent says that’s a good thing, because obviously if people need to talk about you you’re doing something right, and he said something else that was really wise and reassuring but I don’t remember now what it was. Anyway, I find the whole thing both terrifying and amusing, so we’ll see which of those wins out.

On Saturday too we hooked up with our pals Chris and Mike, and went for drinks in the restaurant, and then to home.

So Sunday I was pretty well exhausted. To the point where I started drinking around two pm just in order to stay awake. You know, hair of the dog and all. And it worked; I did in fact stay awake. I had a panel at 5:30 that my children got to come and see, which was pretty cool; they waved at me a lot and I waved back, and they really wanted to wear costumes so they were Wonder Woman (Faerie) and Batgirl (Princess). Sadly, hubs had to take them all home shortly after that panel ended, leaving Caitlin and I all on our alones. We didn’t end up in the bar that night, well, not the Hyatt bar where we’d been. Instead we had dinner with more friends, two very awesome ladies, and then we hooked up with other friends and hung out in the lobby area by where the comic artists alley was, drinking from the little bar there and looking at costumes and generally having a gay old time.

And that was it. We came home. Had considered going back Monday but I was exhausted and felt like absolute crap. Yes, all that vodka caught up with me on Monday; I was capable of movement and speech and all, but I certainly didn’t feel like my chipper self, and the thought of dragging my ass down to the Marta station, and from there on the train down to the con, and then around the con, just didn’t appeal. So I didn’t get to see the dealer room at all this year, which was again a disappointment since I wanted to get myself something. (Of course, it also meant there was no repeat of last year’s corset issue. And I admit, part of me wondered if that booth wouldn’t have a picture of me taped up somewhere with a warning not to let me anywhere near the store. Now I’ll never know, sigh.)

What else shall I mention, in my lackadaisical blog post? My stepdaughter went home this morning, so it’s been kind of a downer day here, which sucks since Caitlin is here. And then she leaves tomorrow which makes me sad too. And all my Dragoncon pals, of course, have already left, which always sucks.

On the plus side, though, work on the 4th Downside book is coming along nicely. Work on the t-shirt designs and other things is coming along nicely, and I’m quite pleased and enthused and I think you all will be too, at least I hope so. I have the deleted scenes from CITY OF GHOSTS and a list of other updates and tidbits ready to be added to the site, along with more really cool reader-made stuff that I think you guys are going to love. And I’m going to do a list of research books, and sort of suggested reading/things I read, for those who want to learn a bit more about that stuff. So I’m quite excited about the next wave of updates. And as always, if there’s anything you guys want to see on the site, let me know, and I will do my best. (And if you’ve done anything like wallpapers or artwork or something along those lines and would like to share it on the site, let me know that too.)

Oh, and several of you asked questions in the comments on my little “How Babies Are Made” series. I will get to them as soon as possible, and give you what answers I can, okay?

I think that’s it for today’s lackadaisical blog post.

What Stace had to say on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
All the Craziness and stuff

Here is my panel schedule for Dragon*Con 2010:

Title: Surprise! You’re Dead
Description: Death, ghosts, and the afterlife in fantasy fiction.
Time: Fri 08:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Love Rots
Description: Zombies in erotica and romance.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Out of the Coffin
Description: Open vs. hidden worlds in supernatural fiction.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)

I know, I know, what a wild schedule, right? Sigh. Anyway. Since that schedule leaves my days completely free, and since there is nothing I hate more than wandering around a con feeling superfluous, I was thinking–well, I was thinking of it before too–of perhaps planning some kind of meet-up in one of the bars, maybe Saturday afternoon? Or any day, really. So if anyone is going to the con and wants to do that, let me know.

Also. I have, as you know, been putting a lot of thought into the t-shirts lately, which I’m happy to do and am really enjoying. But here’s my problem, and it’s one of choice, basically.

If I order the shirts and resell them, I can keep the cost down to about $12 or so. But, ordering them myself and reselling them means that I have to pay for all of the shirts up front, so I can really only afford to do one design, one style, one color. No babydolls, no color except black, no long-sleeve t-shirts, and only one design. Like the Chuck’s shirt would be the only one available for a while, until I make enough money off of them that I can afford to order some with a different design. But it will still be only one color one style of shirt. So a better price, but not much selection at all.

On the other hand, if I go with someplace like Zazzle, the shirts would be more expensive (Zazzle is cheaper than Cafe Press, but it’s still in the $18+ range) but I’d be able to upload three or four different designs to choose from, and of course you could pick what style of shirt you want, and what color. So if you don’t want to wear black you could get a blue one or a red one or whatever. If you want long sleeves you can get them. That sort of thing. The idea of being able to offer some variety really appeals, but I honestly feel weird about the shirts costing so much. That just seems like an outrageous price to me, even though everyone keeps telling me it isn’t. The object of this is to have fun, after all, and I don’t want to price the fun out of everyone’s budget, because that’s not fun at all.

My husband and I were thinking this morning that we could also do some limited edition runs on occasion. Those would come directly from us, but would be, well, limited, and once they were gone they’d be gone. So you’d have the basic designs on Zazzle but then some extra stuff a few times a year or whatever.

Am I overthinking this? I know I probably am. My husband says I am. And I’m sure most of you wish I’d shut up and just do something already instead of whining and asking questions all the damn time. But I just want to make sure everyone gets what they want, and at a price they can afford.

So if you do have any thoughts, feel free to share them, either here or through email or on Twitter or whatever. And I promise I’ll make a decision and stop my incessant flip-flopping and questions very soon. And if you’re going to Dragon*Con and would like to come to a meet-up, let me know that too, and what day and time might work best for you.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Part 2 of How Babies Are Made.

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!!

  • What Stace had to say on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
    Dragoncon ends on a semi-sour note

    So, I’m sad Dragoncon has ended. Not just because it was exciting and cool and I met some amazing people, but because the end of the show means Mark, Tiffany, and Synde will be leaving. I hardly got to hang with Richelle or Nicole at all, and they’re already gone.

    So in my depression, I thought it might be fun to do a little shopping yesterday. I hadn’t had a chance to head down to the dealer rooms at all–I barely left the Hyatt, where all the dark fantasy stuff was taking place–and since I had no panels, and neither did my pals, I figured it would be a good time.

    The dealer rooms were still busy and they’d marked down a lot of stuff; the better not to have to drive it all home, right? And a lot of it was pretty cool stuff, too. I was, being me, particularly interested in the corset sellers, since I love corsets and am always looking for new ones. I have four already and wore one on Sunday, so…a new corset from Dragoncon would have been pretty cool.

    I didn’t see any I particularly liked in the first couple of booths–they were beautiful but nothing caught my eye–and when we got to the last and biggest booth, which was “Corsets by Casta Diva,” I was determined to find something I wanted.

    I started skimming through the tags looking for 24s. I’d been at it only a minute or two when one of the women who worked there asked me if she could help me find something. We then proceeded to have this conversation:

    Me: I’m just looking for 24s. Are they all grouped together, or–

    Her: I don’t think you’re a 24.

    Me (frowning): All my other corsets are 24s.

    Now at this point, I feel as though I’m not only being told I’m fatter than I think I am, but that I am too stupid to know what size I wear or that I’m lying about my size. Not to mention it’s the last day of a con. I’m a little bloated. I haven’t slept more than a few hours since Wednesday night.

    Her: Have you been measured?

    Me: Not in–

    Her: I need to measure you.

    I didn’t feel the need to be measured, as I was measured when I moved from 26 to 24 by a very sweet lady at Fairy GothMother in London (where my other corsets came from). But her tone brooked no argument. She clearly expected me to obey or she would throw my fat ass out of the store. So I sigh and hold up my arms so she can measure me, thinking all the while that I don’t understand the need for this and I’m quite irritated by the whole thing. I don’t appreciate being told I don’t know what size I am. I don’t appreciate at all the implication that I’m lying about my size. And frankly, what the hell business is it of hers what size I buy?

    So she measures me.

    Her: That’s what I thought. You’re really a 25.

    Me: …

    Her (doubtfully): I guess if you insist on a 24, you can have one.

    Me: Thank you.

    And that’s when I turned and left. Oh, and informed my friends loudly that I didn’t need anyone else to be bitchy to me. Like that bitchy woman.

    Which she was. What the fuck, man? I’m standing there telling you what size I am, and that all my other corsets are that size. But you still feel the need to measure me? And then to tell me that I’m wrong but you guess if I insist, you’ll condescend to give me the size I normally wear? I didn’t ask for your fucking help to begin with. I certainly didn’t ask you to measure me. I’ve been wearing corsets for several years now; trust me, I know how to wear them and what fucking size I am.

    So there you go. “Corsets by Casta Diva” could have gotten some of my money, if they’d paid me the respect of assuming that as a regular corset-wearer I know what the fuck I’m doing, and hadn’t gone out of their way to Prove Me Wrong over an inch which is frankly due to con bloat, ladycycles (isn’t that a lovely little euphemism?), and drinking almost an entire bottle of Grey Goose–the big bottles–in three days.

    It just ended things on a bit of a sour note. I was already sad that it was ending, and everyone was leaving. I didn’t need to be insulted and informed I was actually much fatter than I thought I was on top of it.

    I’ll be back later to post a picture or two and to rant about something else, which had nothing really to do with me but which upset me quite a bit nonetheless.

    What Stace had to say on Monday, August 31st, 2009
    News & info

    Yeah, I know. I suck.

    We still have Good crits to do and a few things I want to discuss about working with critique partners or whatever. But I’m putting the series on hold for the next week or so because I am slammed; with Dragon*Con this weekend my house will be full of people and I have a ton to do here in preparation.

    So, right now I have a little news and info to share.

    First, I will be liveblogging Dragon*Con for Del Rey’s Suvudu blog!! I’ll do a quick check-in post there Thursday evening and then will update as often as possible throughout the con. Come check it out–I’m a bit nervous about it, so…I’d love to see some familiar names in comments.

    Second, according to the HarperVoyager (UK) site, UNHOLY GHOSTS will be released there on March 1st, 2010!

    So…come hang with me at Suvudu, and I’ll see you back here ASAP. I have some crits, I have some rants, I have some stuff to talk about.

    What Stace had to say on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
    Dragon*Con Schedule!!

    My official schedule just arrived in my Inbox! So here it is! I will be part of the following panel discussions:

    Title: A Writer’s Guide to Goth & Punk
    Description: Explores ways that writers can create believable and accurate goth and punk characters.

    Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

    Title: Memento Mori: Ghost Stories
    Description: How contemporary writers put a fresh spin on a venerable supernatural tradition.
    Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

    Title: City of Dreadful Night
    Description: World-building in dark fantasy.
    Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

    Title: Little Deaths
    Description: The strange relationship between eroticism and horror.

    Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

    Title: Fun With Demonology
    Description: Demons in fiction – both as heroes and as villains.
    Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

    Title: Strong Female Protagonists
    Description: How do you write strong female protagonists who are still vulnerable enough to seem real? The pros tell how to develop believable heroines.
    Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

    Title: Whatdunnit?
    Description: Mixing the supernatural and mystery genres.
    Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

    Title: Working the Graveyard Shift
    Description: A look at the various jobs available to supernatural investigators and creatures of the night.
    Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

    I have also let Mark Henry, Kat Richardson, and Yasmine Galenorn talk me into requesting a reading/signing period, so I will be reading out loud on Saturday at one p.m. I’ll give the location as soon as I can, or it should be in the program. I’m very nervous at the idea of it, and afraid no one will show up and I’ll feel like a total ass.

    So…who’s coming to see me?