Building my Media Empire, One Tiny Step at a Time.

I’ve been out of the blogging loop for awhile. While I’ve been finishing up my MA in English Literature and 18 MA hours in Psychology, my own fiction writing (who am I kidding? My own life in general) has taken a hit. And, like the people frustrated with academia everywhere, I am currently without student loans or a job while finishing my thesis and defense due to “circumstances beyond my control.” That is, issues with my thesis committee and with my university’s administration. Let’s just say, it’s enough to make the calmest and most Zen person feel stabby.

These frustrations have spurred me to expand my media and artistic empire (heh), though, so while I will soon be intently working on my book 2 of “Fallen Down World,” I am also moving back into creating art (including paintings and work with sculpture and clay), which will be sold in part, through my Etsy shop “Once Upon a Wine” here:

I will also be launching a Youtube channel soon under the name of “Eyefeelstabby,” which will present an often tongue-in-cheek view of the world of perimenopause, where we will discuss views of middle aged life in general and the things that make us feel stabby. We will also have stabby crafty segments, stabby reviews (of movies, books, etc.), and whatever else just needs killin’…I mean, discussed.

Stay tuned! 🙂

Project 2,996 – Remembering the lives of the victims of 9/11

In 2006, my husband created Project 2,996. This is the 10th year that Dale–and many others–will spend time on 9/11 remembering those killed not by how they died, but by reading about how they lived. Dale created Project 2,996 in 2006 and recruited more than 2,000 other bloggers to help him. 10 years on the internet is an eternity, but many of the posts are still up.
Please take a few minutes to read and focus on the lives of 2,996 people.

Hugos, Motivation, and Grad school

Reading the results of the Hugos this week has restored my faith in humanity – at least the voting humanity that decided to push back against the Rabid Puppies and the Sad Puppies, whose stacking of the nominations were an attempt to get their all white male stuff back on top again. Seems they were pissed that science fiction has been expanding its horizons beyond their sexist, racist, and LGBT phobic views.

This Wired article is one of the best I’ve read, both about the original crap, and about the results.

Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why it Matters


Meanwhile, I’m finding my motivation to write pretty low right now. I WANT to write, but can’t seem to move toward actually doing it. Yesterday, I was determined to write at least 2,000 words on my 2nd novel in a series. First, though, I spent time on the free download of Windows 10. Two hours later, and still frustrated that my audio/video wasn’t working properly (still isn’t), I had lost all interest in getting any writing done.

That, combined with a slow start back to Graduate school leaves me hoping that my motivation returns because I have a ton of reading AND grad school writing to do. This, along with a few health issues (including a heel spur that refuses to go away along with constant sinus bleh), and I’m just not feelin’ it.

Perhaps my recent change in diet will help with energy, motivation, and brain lock-up. 😉