Things might look a little different around here. Please do not adjust your monitor. (Unless the color calibration is off. Have you considered a Spyder? It’s a MIRACLE.) Etta has been BUSY over the last few months with a TON of things happening. In the words of Inigo Montoya: “There is too much. Let me sum up.”
1. Chronicle of Destiny has been re-released through 3 Fates Press! It can be found here.
2. Chronicle of Summer, the much-awaited sequel/finale, is coming out FEBRUARY 14!! *Kermit Flail* I will be diving nose deep right back into blogging as I swing through the blogosphere to visit many amazing other blogs and share excerpts, interviews, and snarky commentary from my pirate cat.
3. A brand new website! Come poke around. I have all kinds of goodies there.
4. If you noticed more than Chronicle on the website, you get internet points! That’s right, I have another book in publication, and it’s the start of a five-book series! THE SHAUGHNESSY FILE should come out this year, so hang tight for more info and fun stuff.
5. This whole ‘blogging’ thing? I will be returning to it regularly after my tour, and I want to thank everyone who has hung on this far through the ride.
Now, for the biggest thing that has been eating up my life over the last few months: I BOUGHT A HOUSE. Or rather, I and my mother-best-friend-most-amazing-woman-ever (henceforth simply Supermom) had a house BUILT. At the risk of moving into a tragic backstory with more exposition than you need, I’ll just say that she’s been a single mother all my 31 years, and she and I just have never had a house of our own. We lived with her mother and brother until I was 22, and if you can do math, you’ll notice that was in the middle of California’s housing boom. We were stuck in apartments. After the bubble bust, we realized we might just be able to have our own place at last. TL;DR: we succeeded! Despite being brand new, it still needed some finishing touches to make it ours. I (and a few friends) have literally painted nearly every wall (I. hate. WHITE. WALLS.) and I have ripped out and removed every last strip of carpet in exchange for vinyl plank flooring. (This stuff and this stuff, to be exact.) It’s AWESOME to work with. Just roll out the primer/sealer, and start layin’ ’em down. Looks/feels like wood, and it didn’t cost several thousand bucks. (Probably 1.2K for the entire house.)
It was no sunshine and roses trip. Anyone who has ever done renovations will know what I’m talking about. November 30 was our official moving day. We determined to have nearly all painting and flooring done by that day so that we could just move in and settle. We got the key on November 20.
If I may just send a shoutout to Dawn, Jerry, Kim, Darren, Laura, Kelleigh, Katee, and Bernadette: YOU HELPED SAVE MY SANITY. My awesome friends were willing to be paid in pizza and soda in order to slap paint on the walls. By 1:00am on November 30, I was running on Pepsi, paint fumes, DIY television, and an OCD level of ‘make it DONE.’ At that point, we had painted the ginormous living room, the first floor hallway, the kitchen and dining rooms (though they needed cut-in), the second floor hallway sans cut-in, Supermom’s bedroom, Supermom’s sewing room, and the amazing Dawn was partway into doing a mural in the craftroom. Notice what wasn’t mentioned? Yep. My room. I triiiiiiied. I managed to get maybe part of the ‘retreat’ (i.e. what is now my office) done, but I eventually just collapsed. On the floor. No furniture, remember? I slept two hours on the now woodlike floor before waking to stare glassy-eyed at, I think, Renovation Raiders on DIY. (Oh, hey, did I mention that November 29 had me awake at 4:00am to get to Bed Bath & Beyond by 5:00am in order to take advantage of Black Friday sales because we had no pots and pans?) Dawn rescued me with some breakfast, and I got my second wind enough to help orchestrate the movers.
I have never been so happy to see anything or anyone as I was to see my bed.
To make a long story short (too late), Dawn and Supermom helped me paint my rooms, and I have been slooooowly finishing the edges off as we go. We are finally down to just Supermom’s bathroom and the first floor powder room needing paint. (Which we have, but I need to actually apply to the walls.)
I am finally back to a normal level of crazy for me where I’m only balancing three jobs (the Day Job, authoring, and photography-ing) and part-time college (Anthropology and Fine Art Portraiture this semester). Oh, and I’m preparing for the Emerald City Comic Con in March. If you’re in the area, you’ll have to stop by! (And bring chocolate. I suspect I’ll need it!)
Oh! Before I forget, here’s some deets about the Summer Fest Blog Tour! I’ll be at these places over the month, and if you want to tag along, there’s an event on Facebook where I’m even offering some prizes for people who comment on the tour!
2/3: Andrea Zug at Lancer’s Inc
2/5: Vampire Syndrome Blog
2/7: Victoria’s Reading Alcove
2/10: One Part Paint, 2 Parts Coffee
2/12: That Darn Kat
2/14: Literary Lunes
2/17: Stories to Tell
2/19: Order out of K.hA.os
2/21: Lyndi Alexander and her worlds of fancy
2/24: Annah’s World
2/26: The Bird’s Word
2/28: Sirena N. Robinson’s blog
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Mythbusters marathon to watch while getting my guest posts together.