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I'm a fantasy writer-- mostly sci-fi/fantasy, though I'm experimenting with romantic, urban, supernatural and religious styles, too. Also, there's a creepy splatterpunk one in the works. Just for a change of pace.

Here you'll find a couple of basics about my journal, and occasional discounts on my work.

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Journal content: writing discussions; artwork commissioned for my novels; links to news articles/essays; pictures of me and the family; talk about TV shows/movies/books.

My novels:

Stealing Time
Years after a comet hits the world of Veyrdel, the food supply is dangerously low. The Niveti, who are carnivores, finally stoop to killing Veyrdel's other race. After his classroom is attacked, Rohan gets up the courage to go into his father’s time-shifter to try and prevent the violence. But a miscalculation sends him back much further than he intended, and he gets the chance to change not only his future, but everyone’s.

Jia's Charms
Forced to evacuate over a severed world, Logan's mind is more on how to complete his reluctantly-accepted mission than on how to find his fellow survivors. Then he encounters Jia, an Inako who was banished from her village, and his priorities about a lot of things begin to change. . .

In the Darkness Find Me
After a nasty divorce, Amelia decides to leave the city and move into an old fixer-upper. Her plans are complicated when her mother asks her to bring along her manipulative younger sister, and complicated further when the sister claims that their new house is haunted. But, for once, Lucy isn’t lying.

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Permanent Hiatus

This journal is on permanent hiatus.

You can keep up with me at http://changeyourstars8.dreamwidth.org/ and at https://twitter.com/#!/changestars8 . Thank you!

So, about time I finally did this.

It's been coming for a while; I've tried to do an upkeep with everything-- but I've got this LJ, a Dreamwidth account, a Tumblr, Twitter, Goodreads . . . and I just feel like I'm spreading myself too thin. I've got most of this LJ backed up on Dreamwidth ((http://changeyourstars8.dreamwidth.org)) and, of all the services I use, this is the only one that costs me anything. So, it stands to reason that when trimming things down, this'll be the one I pick.

There are some LJ accounts I follow that don't have matching Dreamwidths; I'll be lurking around in the comments. :)

As for this one, I'll be deleting it either Monday or Tuesday.


I really should be writing

but I have been sucked into the black hole of Tumblr

if I am never seen again somebody play Florence + the Machine at my funeral


Samson and Delilah

Oh. Oh wow.

Haven't really visited that story since Sunday school, where what I remember was "Samson was really strong until that evil wicked bad Delilah cut off his hair", so it was never one of my favorites to begin with.

Now I'm kinda tempted to write a Samson-and-Delilah piece where Delilah, instead of being paid to find out Samson's secret, does it of her own free will because, y'know, he's going around murdering people for their robes and maybe taking away his strength will keep him from being a problem anymore.

Could be interesting...

Dream House

How did a movie with THAT cast make me want to never ever EVER watch it again??

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At least Girl With the Dragon Tattoo didn't sell itself as something it's not and I knew to avoid the hell out of it.

Off to go watch something cheerful now.

Quotes I need tattooed on my forehead

"You have to protect yourself from sadness. Sadness is very close to hate. Let me tell you this. This is the thing I learned. If you take in someone else's poison-- thinking you can cure them by sharing it-- you will instead store it within you."

Michael Ondaatje -- The English Patient

The fiasco continues

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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An American Werewolf in London

I actually hadn't seen this one before-- for some reason I thought that I'd caught it several years back, but when we brought it up on Netflix none of it looked familiar. Anyway, I really loved it-- snarky humor, and the creature design was great.

To my surprise, Kaylee liked it, too.

I don't want to tell her to cover her eyes at things and make her freaked out over something she might not have originally been scared of, so right now if we watch supernatural-themed scary movies, she can stay in the room if she wants. ((anything war or serial killer related is off limits, though. With werewolves and vampires and demons we can at least tell her that they're make-believe))

At the transformation scene when his hand started elongating, she ran into our bedroom and came out again a couple of minutes later. She loved the scene where he woke up in the zoo-- "Look at all the animals! There's wolves. There's monkeys. Can we go to the zoo?" and when they showed the werewolf stalking around the streets she grinned and said, "He looks like a bear!" So now she talks about the movie where "a guy was naked at the zoo and turned into a bear". :)

Oh no.

I hate when this happens. . .

I finished up a short fic for Tumblr.

I finished reading 11/22/63 ((AMAZING BOOK)).

Which means I am in-between writing projects and in-between novels. And what invariably happens when both things hit at the same time is my brain looks at all my writing projects, looks at the enormous pile of books in my office, and promptly freezes up.

So I end up bouncing from website to website (or, lately, scrolling through Tumblr), and then I get depressed and annoyed at myself because I'm not getting anything done.

I need to become better at decision-making.
$15 to change your username?! Holy crap. My website, Dreamwidth, Twitter and Tumblr are all under changeyourstars, so I was going to change this too, but... yow. For some reason I was thinking it was $5.

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