Where the Happily Ever Afters Are Always In Color

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 Day 263

03.26.2011

I’m awful at updating this blog, but here I am with news and pictures and news and videos.

A few weeks ago at the 5th Annual Lesbian Book Festival, I had my first reading, which may have been one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced that didn’t require a trip to the ER. There are no videos of the reading, but here is an interview I did with fellow BSB author Carsen Taite. This was a good thirty minutes before my reading. Needless to say, I was nervous as hell.

Fellow BSB author Kim Baldwin was also nice enough to put together a slide show of our weekend. It was pretty awesome.

Annie

Oksana

I’m starting a new book, working title, The Fling

Meet your leading ladies. 

I’m really looking forward to writing it. It should be very sexy and fun. And I should get started now. Until next time, which I hope isn’t a month from now.

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 Day 228

02.19.2011

I think having a facebook author page is taking away my drive to blog. That and I did’t have too much to say.

BUT!! Now I have plenty.

I have cover art that I LOVE.

I’ve submitted my first round of revisions of my edit to my editor. It’s also pretty amazing to say that I have an editor.
My book is up on Amazon for pre-sale which is also blowing my mind.
I’ll be participating in the 5th Annual Bold Strokes Books Palm Springs Lesbian Book Festival, March 3-6, where I’ll be reading a selection from Better Off Red and praying I don’t barf on myself at the podium.
I’ve also found another artist to obsess over. You can find the work of Jace Wallace here
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 Day 195

01.17.2011

I haven’t updated in a while because I’ve been busy blowing time/self-promoting/ forging lifelong friendships on facebook and twitter, but I’m back and in a SUPER MOOD! I’ve also gotten some great research field trips in for this series and the Were-boys I want to write at some point.

Over the past few days, I’ve come to the upside of revisions. Usually I write something and once it’s done I never want to look at it again, but I don’t think anyone involved in getting this book out to the public wants it out exactly the way it is now, with typos and such.

I was dreading having to rework a few scenes when a flash of positive energy smacked me up side the head. This is my chance to do completely right by any future readers, to look very closely a the tiny things I may have missed and fixed them. Also its a great chance to extend a few sex scenes 🙂

Now I’m really excited to work through my edits, almost as excited as I am to some day get my cover art. I’m really excited about the cover art.

In other news I all I want for my birthday is a kitten. I wont get one. So sad.

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 Day 175

12.28.2010

Those of you who have been following this blog may have noticed that from time to time its more about my life than my writing. Well my life impacts my writing A LOT. This is more of a “life” post.

I have a problem. (“A” problem I know most of you will say). Okay I have several problems that often make me wonder what it’s like to be normal, but this particular problem is screwing with me right now.

There are a several things I need to do:

  • Renew my drivers license
  • Sort through and shred at least 4 years worth of settled bills and statements
  • Clean out our one closet
  • Call my grandmother
  • Take my car into the shop
  • Finish work on the preliminary edits for my manuscript
  • Stop eating my weight in pizza, snickers, cookies and burgers at every possible moment
  • Search for some cheap round trip flights to the east coast. 
  • Vacuum
  • Fold a serious mountain of clothes
  • Take a serious mountain of clothes and shoes to Goodwill

And the responsible adult in me is wondering why all of these things aren’t done yet.

My bill paying job was really crazy between the months of September and last week ( i know last week isnt a month.), my dude changed jobs twice and then the holidays set in. I’m exhausted, my weight is all over the place and mostly heading upwards and I’m stressed about four trips I would like to take in the first half of 2011 which I may not have the funds to do.

NOW, I’m on vacation. My brother comes into town tomorrow just for a day, but after that I still have four days of vacation and I cannot make myself relax. I’ve been staying up late, getting up early and all but pacing around my apartment giving my manuscript the side eye. I do this all the time. Deny myself rest, while also putting off the things I need to do. Then I look at the clock and the anxiety starts to kick in F-ing up my ability to be productive or sleep even more.

Both of my parents have an insane work ethics. I grew up watching my father sleep a few hours a night, grabbing odd bits of shut eye here and there in the car while waiting for my mother to come out of the bank or in his leather recliner on the odd occasions that our house was quiet. I like being busy and I like working hard, but I have the hardest time shutting it off. Even as I type this I’m dreading just how late I’m going to be up tonight because I wont be able to sleep.

Is part of it the ADHD? Yeah. Is part of it the marathon of the First 48 that is more interesting than ANYTHING I could possibly be doing at the moment? Hells yeah. But most of it I feel is guilt. I know it sounds crazy, but I feel guilty when I’m doing nothing. Even when I catch up on much needed sleep and am grateful to feel rejuvenated, there’s always this tiny or sometimes thunderously loud voice in the back of my head saying “Ya know, you could have gotten a lot done in those 8 hours.”

The most annoying part is all of these things will get done. I’m not about to look at my publisher and say “Oops didn’t do my edits.” and I will vacuum because our carpet is kinda gross, but I would LOVED to avoid the stress and anxiety during it all.

    I know what I need to do. I need to eat better, because heartburn and gluten bloat have been known to wake me up at 2 am. I need to exercise more because that always seems to knock me out at the end of the day and I need to stop beating myself up. I’m on vacation. I have no kids. My bills are paid. My boyfriend is deep in the world of WoW. I’m allowed to relax. Now I just need to do it.

    When all of my problems are solved, I’d love to get a tattoo of either Tsuru. ?

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     Day 167

    12.20.2010

    So I say things and very rarely they work out the way I want them to, but in this case things worked up pretty damn good.

    A few weeks ago I signed a contract with Bold Strokes Books, the company I have been waiting to work with. Please see the awesomeness below.


    “Bold Strokes Books is pleased to announce the acquisition of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s new erotic paranormal romance, Better Off Red: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 1, scheduled for release in 2011 from Bold Strokes Books…”

    You can read more about my awesome book and the awesomeness to come here. (I don’t actually think I’m all that awesome)

    My boyfriend thought I had somehow backdated the future and past, or something like that, so that this announcement would actually line up with my previous comment about “hopefully knowing something by Dec 20th”. Pure coincidence. Sweet, glorious coincidence. I’m really excited and humbled by this opportunity and beyond psyched to work with this team.

    Now I’ll be blogging what I can about edits and promotion, my nights up crying as I stress over my edits and promotion. If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a big stresser. In the meantime, please do check out the other authors Bold Strokes Books represents. Of course I haven’t read every single titles, but I have LOVED the ones I have been able to get my hands on.

    I will end by saying, I was able to find these sneakers, in my size. I bought them as a Christmas gift to myself and they should arrive by Wednesday. HOOORAY!

    Happy Holidays Everyone.

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     Day 166

    12.19.2010
    I HAVE HUGE NEWS!
     
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     Day 159

    12.12.2010

    The past week kicked my ass. Work was brutal and the boyfriend’s new work schedule is insane. I found these sneakers. TOTALLY wanted to buy them, but couldn’t find them anywhere in my size. It was devastating. I had very little time to write, but I did set up an author page for myself on facebook HERE and I attended my first RWA meeting here in LA.

    The folks in the LARA chapter were so welcoming and I heard some great stories about some really amazing and inspiring journeys to publication.  I have a few things to get done writing-wise this week. Let’s hope I actually get them done.

    In other news, I saw TANGLED and absolutely loved it. This is my favorite song from the soundtrack. And here’s another picture I rather enjoyed.

    (art by will murai that reminds me of my ginger.?)
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     Day 153

    12.06.2010
    I am going slowly out of my mind. Intense writer’s block and too many carbs.
    (it doesn’t get much crazier than this)
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     Day 134

    11.16.2010

    I haven’t update this blog in almost a month because, guess what, I’m still waiting to hear back from a particular agency. I should know something by December 20th and hopefully this will turn into a blog about how my awesome book is about to be published. I’m 20,000 words into my next book and seeing more and more that I really am a sucker for a happy ending.

    In the past 28 days the following things have been consuming my thoughts and my time. Some of them actually have to do with my writing.

    laundry. college loans. my car. virgin america. the hampton inn. black nail polish. dogs. kittens. homemade pie. new jeans. old jeans. the cost of jeans. car insurance. boardwalk empire. jackie, evie, john III and jacob.  cartoons. screenplays. my imdb STARmeter. old friends. crappy friends. reese peanut butter cups. nipple piercings. pregnancy. cheese. lover unleashed. lavryle spencer. /s/. irene. getting my money back from jae. false advertising. cover art. mainstream success. wolf tales. mother-in-laws.

    tattoos. the swedish. giada at home. domestic violence. the woman at ralphs who made me a delicious turkey club. google maps. gluten. back fat. coupons. good old-fashioned lover boy. my morning jacket. finding the woman who lets her pug use the rug in front of the elevator as its toilet. black on asian racism. wonder woman. gem stone appraisal. snickers. debt. starbursts. jordans. a dark room of my very own. liars. melissa etheridge. the crazies. sarah palins vocab. amazon.com. evil wylie. kissing. Airborne (1993). j-walking. mochi. lima beans. food in general. light bulbs. npr. acne. ginger and camila. fandango. stress fractures. #unfat2010. def leppard. ABBA. Prince. front end damage. vegas. arson. neville. green apples. kick boxer. pre-marital affairs. food poisoning. frontin’. the art of being fancy. cards. ikea. bikes. 10-South. snow. dishwashers. trust funds. ethnic nannies.  lexus’s limited engagement. adderall. doing it. potlucks. ms. HAIR.

    oprah. unemployment. key grips and electricians. my sister. sloan parker. baba. parent/teacher conferences. NYC. Huffington Post. christmas trees. bacon. oil based lube. tantus toys. el mac. adam hughes. my boyfriend’s mohawk. triathlons. single dads. lumberjacks. firetrucks. rite aid. the shake weight. angelia jolie’s face. tera. female ejaculate. amber rose.teaching. brie larson. radio shack. nelson franklin. scooter. poop. SUV hybrids. africa. the homeless. black presidents. natural hair. lip gloss. feet. bald women. rick james. oranges. call of duty. fat stupid garbage. the pedo bear. facebook. humility. crayola. boots. vasily. Dora voice over disputes. TMZ. auto-trader.com. regular show. stoners. t-pain and toshiba. russia. beards. wolves. the general. sleep. current tv. annie and oksana ?.

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     Day 106

    10.19.2010

    Busy with bill paying work. Submitted a short little something for an anthology. Waiting. Writing depressing book #2 is on hold for upbeat book #3 (which I supposed will end up being book #2 once its finished.). Decided against doing NaNoWriMo. Boardwalk Empire is my favorite Fall television program. Nothing else to report. Terribly sad. Still waiting.

    [I’m not actually reading 1776. Started it back in ’06, left my copy at my dad’s house, reclaimed it this past July. I think leaving it up here will remind me to actually open it.]

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