Catching Up With Me

My life has been crazy and peaceful at the same time in recent months. My husband and I moved in August. Moving is one of my least favorite things ever, add August heat to that and an extreme downsize in living space and you have a pretty miserable experience. Once we were out of the house, everything calmed down. But that move was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.

You see, I’m not a planner and I’m not very organized. Oh, and I excel at procrastination. So, even though we had a month to pack and plan and move and store, we didn’t. We did it all in a week. And that last day was bad. We had some help, but it ended up being a lot more work than we anticipated. It was the downsizing, you see. We had so much stuff in our house. And that’s the only word for it, stuff. And junk. Old magazines and birthday cards. Check registers from the ’90s.¬†Collections of things I used to collect that now reside in boxes. Untouched. How has all this stuff followed us over our sixteen years together? From apartment to duplex to house. Some things were still in boxes from when we moved in to the house!¬†We were only about two piles of crap away from becoming hoarders.Woods

It was time for a purge. And we purged. Oh, man, did we purge. We did get a storage unit for antiques and sentimental items. But we ended up parting ways with about 75% of our possessions. And it was liberating. I felt this powerful relief when it was all said and done. We either sold, stored, donated, or trashed everything. The new living arrangement is too small to allow for much, so very little actually came with us.

After the move, we took about three weeks off from life. We read, we went to the lake, we spent more time with our sweet dog, we went swimming and hiking, and we rested. We regrouped. Sometimes the human soul needs that. Needs a step away from the craziness that is reality. My brain needed fresh air.

And now it’s fall. My favorite time of the year. It’s finally getting cooler, the leaves are falling, and they’re selling turkeys at the grocery store. Oh, and pumpkin spice latte is here. Yup, fall is good.

Jaime & Vincent Buttercup

 

Stay tuned for some bookish updates. I have read a lot of good stuff lately!

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Books, Babes, and the Business

My dear friends at a Sekhmet Press have put together an amazing event this month, one I was honored to be a part of. Books, Babes, and the Business celebrates women in fiction. The women featured range from writers and publishers to readers and artists. All these women are crazy talented and definitely worth checking out. You will find plenty of new authors to fill your book shelf.

See the complete lineup here!

My interview was featured on February 20th. This is my first interview and feature on a blog, so I’m a little excited! I talked about the work I do for Hobbes End Publishing, my love for reading, and coffee, of course! And to be featured among such a talented group of ladies is pretty amazing. I hope you’ll stop by and have a look.

There’s also a Facebook party at the end of the month. These Facebook parties are always a lot of fun. Virtual drinks, lots of games, and REAL prizes. You can join the event HERE.

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Books, Babes, and the Business

Celebrating Women in Fiction

My wonderful friend and colleague, Jennifer L. Greene from Sekhmet Press, has put together an incredible event for the month of February. Books, Babes, and the Business brings together talented women from all areas of the literature world. Over the next month you will meet writers, readers, editors, publishers, and artists. I am honored to be a guest on the 20th!

The event kicked off yesterday with a guest blog from Allison M. Dickson, author of a plethora of short stories, the pulpy Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer, and her new horror novel STRINGS. You can read her post, Write Like a Girl, here.

Literary babes

Literary babes

From Sekhmet Press:

“We will be celebrating women in fiction the entire month of February.

We will host a guest blogger each day, then on February 28th from 1-3pm EST you can join us on Facebook for a big pary! We’ll have virtual refreshments, hilarious games, and REAL PRIZES! Don’t miss it! Invite your friends!”

Read the full line up HERE!

My Life Today

I'm always running late.

I’m always running late.

I have been so busy lately. Book releases, editing, marketing, beta reading, and everyday life. It has been so hectic. And I am loving every minute of it. I do a little part time work for a small press, Hobbes End Publishing. My job basically entails reading submissions, proofreading, and marketing. And marketing entails social media! Woohoo. I get paid to get on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! What’s not to love about that?

 

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Hello world!

Well, I am now blogging. Not sure why… I doubt anyone is very interested in my life, but I’m putting it out there anyway. I want to clarify that I have an obsessive personality, not to be confused with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I don’t know if this is an actual syndrome or not. Basically, I am easily obsessed with things. It could be anything: a book, an author, a movie or TV show, food. Seriously, I am obsessed with food.

Passion-Obsession

My current obsessions are Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory, Pinterest, Supernatural, online book release parties, and coffee. I will update this list frequently.

Welcome to my world.