Post Publication ‘Now What?’s

 

The last period has been set. Spell check has been hit for the last time. Formatting has been completed and Bloodbourne is now on digital book shelves. Yay! The journey is complete and other than some website changes and promotional work the book has been closed. So…. Now what?

Yes friends I have officially hit the ’Now What?’ stage of the book writing process. It’s the point where I sit down at my computer and realize there’s no more editing to get through, no more chapters to be written and no more formatting to wade through. Now What? Each time I finish a book I tell myself that now it’s time to take a break and recharge my batteries. To enjoy some of my many hobbies that I’ve been neglecting, learn to play that violin that I’ve been ignoring for nearly two years now and catch up on my video game playing, before starting my next project. Just one problem, I don’t feel right if I’m not working. I love my work, and I’m so blessed that I do. So, will I take a break? Will I use my time to focus on actually enjoying the holidays this year and working on those artsy fun projects that I lay in bed at night dreaming up and planning? Mayyybe.

Do I have my next writing project in mind? Yes. I actually have my next twenty-eight projects planned. (Hey, I fully disclosed that I am a list person!) Will I give myself a break and have some fun doing nothing in particular? Probably not. Oh well. At least I tried, and my next book is…. 😊

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What to Expect When You’re… Dead Chapter Twenty One

The Zombie Chronicles

Chapter Twenty One

Table Manners

A little over a week ago I got the surprise of my life; so to say. No there isn’t a cure to being a zombie; other than a bullet to the brain. I was invited to Thanksgiving dinner with my brother and his family. I couldn’t believe it. I’d barely heard from them since they found out that I’d woken up dead one day. Things had been more than a little strained between us with my brother always coming up with an excuse as to why we couldn’t get together for a barbecue or anything. Finally I just gave up, writing them off as another casualty of my undead life. Then a couple of days before National Binge Eating Day (a.k.a. Thanksgiving) I get a call from my brother. I was so shocked that it took me a moment to answer the call and I half expected it to be a butt dial or something like that, but it wasn’t. As if that wasn’t enough he invited to their Thanksgiving dinner. At that moment I was thankful that my jaw didn’t fall off, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘jaw dropping’. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Blessings

 

I’m thankful for:

The food that I have, when so many go hungry.

The appliances I have to help me in preparing and cleaning up after that save me time so that I can &spend it with my loved ones.

Loved ones to spend time with, when so many are alone and lonely.

The air I breath, when for many taking a single breath is a struggle.

That I can see, hear, walk, smell, and touch, which enhances my life.

Most of all I’m thankful to God, for my life, His grace, mercy and most of all His salvation and undying perfect love.

Oh and I’m thankful for my cat, my little furry heater!!!

& Alka-Seltzer!!!!!

Stopping Nightmares in Their Tracks

 

Whether it’s a monstrous creature with razor sharp talons, a cheating spouse, or showing up to work naked without your project report; nightmares are simply a fact of life. If you’re fortunate you don’t remember what was chasing you throughout the night, only that you didn’t seem to get much rest.

Then there are those individuals that can simply manipulate the dream itself, a.k.a lucid dreamers. I won’t lie, it’s awesome, but it’s not something that you have to be born with. Like anything else, it’s a skill that can be learned with practice, but if you don’t have the time or willingness to put in the effort I have a shortcut for you.

Close your eyes and/or go to sleep. No, I don’t mean now. In your dream. You see the one and only thing that your brain needs to continue the nightmare is attention; focus. The more you concentrate on your lack of clothing, the needles poking your skin, or the horde of rotting zombies the less control you have and the longer that you’ll stay locked in the dream.

So, what do you do? I wasn’t kidding. Close your eyes, lay down and go to sleep right there in your dream. Closing your eyes stops the attack and by ‘taking a nap’ you kind of short circuit the dream entirely causing it to end. Just keep your eyes shut no matter what. Opening them too soon can and most of the time will, pick up where you left off in the nightmare. It may take some practice, but at least you won’t have to train yourself to learn to completely control your dreams.

So, whether your placing a raw turkey on the table in front of two dozen eager (and very judgmental) relatives, showing up to school in your jammies, or facing a knife wielding clown; once you get the hang of it, napping is your best tool against those bad dreams.

What to Expect When You’re… Dead, Chapter Twenty

The Zombie Chronicles

Chapter Twenty

Spare Parts

I don’t know whether this is hilarious, sad, or just plain terrifying. Maybe it’s a little bit of all three. Either way it’s definitely food for thought. Besides the insurance industry and government another unexpected area has been hit with what could only be described as a ‘hitch’ in their normal operations. No it’s not the military, they’re ecstatic over their new super soldiers. (Incidentally you should see the new recruiting campaign- Yikes!). Nor is it the police force. Believe it or not it’s the medical field. Continue reading

What to Expect When You’re… Dead, Chapter Nineteen

The Zombie Chronicles

Chapter Nineteen

Shameless Plug

I’m not much of a reader. I never really saw the point of reading a book when they’ll just make a movie about it if it was any good to begin with (or even if it wasn’t worth a…) and I’d save myself umpteen hours that I could be doing something else. Even if the movie was a waste, all I’d lost was a couple of hours at most. Now that’s not such an issue anymore so I downloaded some reading apps and books. I found a cache of free books to try out and even received a free advanced copy of some books coming out next month or so as part of a beta reader program. I figured ‘what the hey’ can’t beat free and sat down to read the first book I’ve willing read since I was a kid. I didn’t stop until the last page. Continue reading

Bloodbourne- Sneak Preview

Bloodbourne

The master of the house sat behind his antique Carpathian Elm desk with his trusted major domo and officer standing dutifully and silently in the corner behind him. The only witness to a very interesting discussion with his wife.

“Someone has been wiping her memory. Any idea which one of them it could be?” Sir Drake asked arching one thick dark eyebrow.

“How unusual, but why do you ask me such things my love? The boys are your department not mine.”

“I was wondering if one of the girls may be behind this. You know how lively Erzsébet is and irritating her brothers isn’t beneath her. It would be quite the game don’t you think?”

“True, but I don’t believe any of the girls have been in to visit our new pet for any reason. I can inquire of Lana if you’d like?”

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What to Expect When You’re… Dead, Chapter Eighteen

The Zombie Chronicles

Chapter Eighteen

Rights and Wrongs

I don’t usually watch the news. I know there is ton of bad… stuff going on out there, but I don’t want it in my face all the time. Not to mention the fact that many of the stations throw gasoline on the fire just to get higher ratings, but there is a subject that I’ve been watching closely. Even if I do have to play the ‘what’s accurate and what’s spin’ game. So, what has me tuning in to my local and even national rumor mill? My head… and whether I can keep it. Continue reading