*blows the dust off of Ye Olde Blog* Somebody needs to take some Pledge to that junk (and by somebody, I mean somebody else).
Hello again! I do believe the last time we spoke I was heading straight for my busy season. Fall always brings a multitude of great events and I make sure to squish as many of them as I can into October and November (along with my birthday and all of my unbirthdays, which I do believe some of you missed). You can scroll down in the blog to see the debacle of Halloween crack I rolled in, so I won’t venture yet again into my love of the holiday.
Other than Halloween, I had the absolute privilege of being a guest author for Spooky Empire’s Ultimate Horror Weekend. It was my first convention as a guest and I had a complete blast. Not only did I actually talk in front of a room full of people (go ahead and gasp, because I sure as hell was hyperventilating on the inside), but I met some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet. From Stephen Biro from Unearthed Films (he’s also a fantastic author and I highly recommend his book Hellucination) to Indy McDaniel to the dynamite in a small package…not that his package is small…never mind…Jeffrey Stundel of WTF Books. OOH! AND I got to meet one of my absolute favorite new authors, Hugh Howey, author of Wool. If you haven’t read it, I can’t stomp my feet hard enough to make you do it. Wool is my favorite read from 2012, which landed it on my Top 10 Favorite Books list. Yes, I attempted to keep my inner fangirl at bay. I only forced him into one picture (or two…shut it) with me on the last day.
I finally got to see a screening of Rob Fox‘s movie Ace the Zombie (loved it!!). I got my picture taken with the zombie 4th Doctor and with the lady from The Birds AND I got my picture drawn. Oh, and I received a plethora of hugs from IronE Singleton. If you ever need a hug in your life, you bettah hope T-Dog is around because that’s a man that knows how to give a hug. I’m not swooning. Stop looking at me like that.
Most of my favorite moments actually came from the panels. Not only did I get to talk about on of my favorite B-flicks, Blood Feast, but I got to order an alcoholic beverage from the audience and one was actually brought to me…not that I needed it at that point. Moving on….
November rolled around and my very first book was released by Fey Publishing. Bayou L’Abeille represents a large part of my creative life at its high point. I never thought it would happen, but it totally did and I’m overwhelmed by it. For a long time, I never had the courage to even show my writing to a friend. I stepped out of my comfort zone one day and look where it led me – book published, red hair, and too much sassy-pants for one girl. Just kidding. Today I’m wearing my smart pants. Tomorrow, it’s the fat pants. Don’t ask.
At this point, I’m a rambly thing. I realize this, so I’ll make the follow-up brief from here and promise a more entertaining post next time. Around and after the time of Book was pretty much a blur: Birthday, Work, School, Ink, Work, Sick, School, Work, Work, ChristmasWorkSick, Fussiness, Life, New Years, Work. I’m currently working on two short story collections. One is a follow up to Bayou L’Abeille of weird, unusual, and down-right horrific tales from the bayou. The other is a collaborative collection of horror stories about beasts and things that lurk in the shadows.
That about sums it up.
Oh, and it wouldn’t be a post from me without some sort of picture pages….