Tag: The Naughty List!

Created by the awesome author Jenna Moreci!

THE RULES

1) Provide a brief description of your novel before beginning. NO MORE THAN 5 SENTENCES.

Novel: The Vessel

Description: Forced into a demon’s ritual as a child, Lydia has been able to lead a relatively normal life. That is, until her mother dies and leaves her without the necessary protection she needs to avoid demons coming after her. Now, as she goes on what could be the most important gig of her music career, demons start coming after her threatening to possess her.

2) If your cast is fewer than 15 characters, you can’t use the same name more than twice. If your cast is larger than 15 characters, you can’t use the same name more than once.

THE QUESTIONS

1. Which character is SO into the holidays, they nearly cause a street-wide power outage from all their Christmas lights?

Stephanie, Lydia’s roommate. She is a bright, chipper person who loves any reason to celebrate.

2. Which character attends the office new years party with ONE date…and goes home with someone else?

Carlie. After the break up she’d look for anyone to comfort her and make her feel worthwhile.

3. Which character is more than happy to steal Hanukkah gelt from poor, unsuspecting children? [Note: Hanukkah gelt = chocolate coins]

The demon (as of yet a final name has not been settled on). Not a fan of holidays, and…well…a demon.

4. Fill in the blanks: I saw ____[character]____ doing a whole lot more than ____[verb]____-ing Santa Claus. They were full on ____[action]____.

I saw Kip doing a whole lot more than befriending Santa Claus. They were full on making plans to surprise people .

5. One of your characters decides to pregame before church and passes out in the middle of the Christmas service. Which character is it?

None of my cast would actually be going to church. Most of my characters are Pagan, and those that aren’t are either demons or atheists.

6. Which character hasn’t been seen since winter began because they refuse to deal with the snow?

Rai, the drummer in Lydia’s band.

7. Which character completely forgot about the holidays and ends up regifting to everyone?

Lydia. She’s a little absent minded and easily gets wrapped up in her own world and life.

8. Which character has such crappy luck, they only discover their potato allergy after pigging out on latkes?

Kip, though he never lets his bad luck get him down.

9. The Krampus has arrived to punish your very bad characters. Which character is kinda into it?

Lydia. She’s not afraid of the darker side of things, and is more into Krampus myths than Santa.

10. One of your characters should be on the naughty list, but has convinced Santa to clear their name. Which character is it, and what was their means of persuasion?

Carlie. She promised him naughty things if he labeled her a good girl.

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December Bullet Journal Spreads!

I’ve been bullet journaling for about a year now, and recently I’ve been asking for month theme suggestions on Twitter. A few weeks ago when I did this for December there was a request to see my spreads, so I thought it would be fun to post them here.

December is a weird month for me. It is the month I was born in, but I always hate when it comes around. I’m not a fan of Winter (cold weather? No, thank you! Snow? You can keep it!), and I can unfortunately be a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to the Winter holidays. (I dislike how Christmas takes over for 3 months, and I grow increasingly more annoyed with how people claim there is a “war on Christmas” just because others want equal recognition of Winter holidays instead of just the Christian one. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I hate how Christianity is shoved in my face the entire month everywhere I turn.)

Given all of that, I wanted to do something that wasn’t really reminiscent of Winter, snow, or Christmas itself. Someone suggested I focus on the returning light as the days will begin growing longer on the Solstice, December 21st. So that’s what I did.

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Fun fact: I have a coffee cup on all of my Trackers~

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December Goals!

Y’all I seriously can NOT believe that it’s December! Where did 2017 go?! Anyway, as we’ve entered a new month that means it’s time for new goals and a recap of my old ones.

To those of you new here, every month I set goals for myself. Usually there are about 10 of them. I post them here both to help keep myself accountable, and so you all know what I’m working on. I also go back over my last month goals. To see how I did in November, see my November Goals post. And without further ado, let’s get onto what I’ve got planned for December!

1. Get a new job

2. Read two books

3. Write 20,000 words in The Vessel

4. Write 5 poems

5. Make 9 blog posts

6. Write my Yule ritual

7. Yoga twice a week

8. Make 2018 release plan

9. Gain two new petsitting clients

10. Finish outling The Vessel

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Deep Truth

She asks me to kill the spider.
Instead, I get the most
peaceful weapons I can find.

I take a cup and a napkin.
I catch the spider, put it outside
and allow it to walk away.

If I am ever caught in the wrong place
at the wrong time, just being alive
and not bothering anyone,

I hope I am greeted
with the same kind
of mercy.

~Mercy, by Rudy Fransisco

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Sunday Random~

Because there are many things on my mind, I thought I’d do a post of updates in small bite sized noms.

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~I’m almost finished reading A Line In The Dark by Malinda Lo and I’m loving everything about it. She does such a fantastic job with her characters, and at one point talks about an issue with lesbian fiction as a whole simply by having her characters watch and commentate on a lesbian film. It’s phenomenal, touching, and one of those books that I can’t put down. Very much recommend!

~In two weeks I’m going to Anime USA as a headlining panelist (well, my performace troupe is a headlining panelist) and I’m so excited. We’re going to talk all the best current anime, the ups and downs of dating while being super geeky, and more. Along the way we’ll make people laugh, and of course have some laughs ourselves. If you’ll be there check out our panels. We are Disorganization XIII.

~NaNoWriMo isn’t going quite as I’d planned (though I’ll make a full update on that at the very end of the month~), but the other day I did sit down and write out a plan for both finishing the story and potentially putting it out into the world. I’m excited about the prospect of doing such a thing. I’ve wanted to write a story like this for a long time and I’m finally doing it. I really want to someday share it with you all!

~It’s late November and I can still go out in a t-shirt and not freeze (some days), but Winter is approaching (ugh) as is my birthday, so I’m getting very thoughtful about what I’ve accomplished so far in life and what all is left that I want to do (the latter list is far longer than the first, if that wasn’t obvious :P). Especially since it’s the end of the secular year and I’m going to be setting goals for 2018 soon. I’ve already been very reflective and very hard on myself for not doing some of the things that are important to me. Hopefully I can turn that into productivity next year, and still yet this year.

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Happy Thanksgiving~!

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I have so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. My mom and stepdad. My amazing partner and our (crazy) furchild. The apartment I live in, the car I drive, the books I write and read. And of course my awesome friends and readers. I’m so happy to be sharing this journey with you. Thank you for sharing it with me~

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Dreams In The Big City

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Today my travels took me into New York City. It was very blustery, the biting Autumn (nearly Winter!) wind swirling my hair wildly all around me. I huddled as tight as I could in my hoodie, but I found myself wishing I had worn a heavier coat.

I’d gone into the city for a meeting, but once it let out I ducked into Starbucks to get warm. I don’t often go into New York City, but I always enjoy myself while there. I, like a lot of other people, find the city inspiring. When there I feel like I can do whatever I want. I feel like I can actually chase my dream and maybe even have a chance at succeeding at it.

Maybe that’s why, when I was sitting in Starbucks warming myself earlier, I found myself writing out a timeline of finishing, editing, and potentially even publishing my current WIP.

I came home freezing on the outside, but warm on the inside. My partner had a mug of hot chocolate waiting for me as I’d texted ahead saying how cold I was. Coming home to a warm hug and a cup of hot chocolate with dreams thrumming inside me is kind of the perfect way to come home from the city.

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