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    Where am I? Where are you?

    We are currently under lockdown in Taiwan. Fines if you have more than five people in your domicile. Fines for going out without a mask, even in your car. Signing in everywhere, from the 7-11 to the Carrefour to the barber’s shop if you dare go. It is an odd place to be, considering all my friends elsewhere are speaking of finally being able to go out and do things, sometimes even with masks off. It is especially odd, as there is no great push to get vaccinated, because we don’t have enough vaccines.Supposedly, we don’t have enough doses because there is a global shortage, but as our president has…

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    Love All Year

    A bit late to the game, but better late than never? Love All Year has been released into the wild, where we all hope it will do well and find homes with people who will love it. If you read “In Memory Of” from a while back, this is that story. Writing it brought me joy, and I hope if you pick this anthology up, that it bring you joy as well. Yùlán, Verity, and Lucien’s story is a story of what ifs, but all sweet ones, if sometimes challenging. What if more joy showed up for you?What if your world expanded and you found more to love and be…

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    Holding on.

    I am holding on. Barely. But I am holding on, because there is no alternative I can accept. I’ve been re-editing Phoenix Chosen in recent days, and I’m at the chapters where Seth and Aedrian are incredulous and upset over her decision to stay and see the tiānzé through. As an American citizen, 2020 feels like the same call to action, except with much less certainty and none of the “glory” or recognition from the powers that be.Twitter was my lifeline after leaving the US, when I had lost all but two of my friends, seen the end of my relationship of 11 years, and was resigning myself to the…

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    In memory of…

    Corey Alexander, better known to some people as @TGStoneButch, passed away recently and I…I am so angry at why right now. Corey was a lovely soul, a wonderful person, and have you ever known someone where you could ask “what would X do” and know it to be probably the best reaction under the circumstances? Corey was that person. And the pain reverberates and circles back, because I didn’t know Corey except in passing on Twitter. Just as I didn’t know Akhil except in the most superficial of ways. And for the same reasons, really – they were the sort of people where I felt intimidated by how wonderful they…

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    In the midst of History…

    I had no idea how to title this post. Everything was either too flippant or too depressing. Someone said something about living in the midst of History and that we are all going to be first-hand accounts of said History being made and… All I can say is that it’s done quite a number on my ability to write fiction, and I don’t even write contemporary. I was working on a story for the Not-Christmas holiday anthology and it’s vaguely contemporary — whew. It’s stalled out in part because it’s so hard to write fluffy-happy when I’m terrified, and in part because I don’t know if I want to allude…

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    Holding Onto The Air

    I was editing and fell down a rabbit hole. The paragraph in question: “Never let them see you sweat. Never let them see that you’re mortal. Suzanne Ferrell’s words threaded through the pain and I managed one last gentle beat of my wings before allowing myself to fall gently to the ground.” It used to be “the famous ballerina’s words”, but I thought that was clunky and irritating, so I went looking for “Suzanne ballerina” to make sure I had her name correct. I came across this blog post and was struck by how much of current-me is colored by having read Holding Onto The Air when I was 8…

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    April already?

    I’ll spare y’all the musings on how time flies etc etc. (even though it does) It took me more time than expected to get over the Finland trip (that debacle is a whole post in of itself but suffice to say that it ended up with the tour leader being sat down and told she wasn’t getting tips from more than half the group because of how awful she’d been. not just unprofessional and unprepared, but actively unfriendly.) and then it was a non-stop whirlwind of drama! change! omg! wtf! after that. The family decided (without my input) that it would be best for everyone if I moved out. So…

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    Looking forward to Mercury Retrograde, actually.

    Mom is taking me on a trip on the eleventh and I’m just going to go with the flow and not worry about things for a while. Fitting, as it’s going to be retrograde in Pisces. I’m going to prep what I can (snacks, water, ear plugs, power bank), bring backups of everything I can, and then just see what happens. I’ve been feeling super burnt out and tired on a fundamental level, and so I’m going to take advantage of the retrograde to give myself an excuse to slow the heck down. So far this year I’ve re-released Phoenix Chosen, published Silenced, and taken Ariagne wide (with new epilogue!).…

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    My 2018 in books

    I got the idea from my Lexie-love and thought that it looked like a lot of fun. If any of you do this, please link me and let me know! Anyway, without further exposition… Disclosure: the links were generated using my Amazon affiliate account.   Describe Yourself: Jane Doe – Victoria Helen Stone I think rather than I am Jane Doe, Jane Doe is my heroine and who I want to be. She’s smart, collected, and just a little bit ruthless – but only to people who deserve it. She doesn’t turn that sharp edge on the innocent, and that’s so key for me loving her. How do you feel:…

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    Looking forward to 2019

    It’s been a complicated year, but then that’s like saying that the sky is blue. A bit more so this year, however. I finished two books and sent them out into the world. Past Love’s Triumph, and Goddess in Waiting. Which, by the by, Past Love’s Triumph is now wide and if Amazon isn’t your jam, then you can find it on Smashwords, or your vendor of choice. Ariagne has also been taken out of KU, but for the moment it’s not wide yet because of formatting issues. For those that care, if I’m putting it up on Smashwords to be included in the premium catalog (going to vendors other…

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