Monday, June 29, 2015

In Which Summer Is A Busy Time

We're into summer now, and man, am I busy. I think I pretty much have something going on every weekend for the next two months. I mean, it's good, and filled with fun things like cabin trips and residency and baby showers and friends visiting, but still. It's going to be a while before I can catch my breath.

If you missed it last week, my cover was revealed on Epic Reads, which was awesome and wonderful and crazy! And I'm so glad its out in the world now.





Soon there will be things like arcs, and pre-orders and all that crazy stuff that really cements how real all of this is. Because there are plenty of times where it still doesn't feel real. But I'm betting once I'm holding the arc or book in my hands, it will really hit me. That I wrote a book, and it sold and someday soon people I don't even know will be reading it.
Someday soon, really.

Crazy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In Which MY COVER IS REVEALED!!!!

Today is the day! THE DAY!

THE DAY OF COVER REVEAL FOR ASSASSIN'S HEART!!!





But, as I mentioned yesterday, it is not here, here, but instead at the awesome, wonderful Epic Reads Blog!

So please, click that little button and head on over to see my cover! Because I love it and I hope you will too.


you know you want to





Monday, June 22, 2015

In Which My Cover Will Be Revealed . . .

Guys. GUYS!!!

It's happening. We've reached a point of awesomeness, a point many authors dream about (I know I did and still do)

The cover reveal. THE COVER REVEAL!!!!




I, of course, have seen the cover (Spoiler: I love it) but now, now we are alllllmost to the point where I get to share it to the world.

And no, I'm not going to make you wait long.

Because my cover will be revealed TOMORROW!!!!


AAAAH!

And where will this cover reveal take place?


On EPIC READS!!!


DOUBLE AAAAH!!!

I'm so, so SO excited that they're going to be revealing my cover tomorrow. I hope you see it and love it as much as I do.

So please stop by Epic Reads tomorrow, (or stop by here, where I will have a link to the cover reveal) and check out my cover. I'm so excited and I hope you'll be there to be excited with me. Because we're pals.

 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Fun

Woooo! Friday! Friday is here, ape-friends! Which means it's time to start the fun!


Wrestles for everyone!!

Let's do this.


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 









 

Monday, June 15, 2015

In Which I Got A New, Fancy (Standing) Desk

I love my desk. It has three drawers which holds a ton, and a lot of surface space for all my junk. It's fantastic.


So shiny. So chrome. (also, I love Mad Max Fury Road, in case that's not clear)


But I spend a lot of time sitting.

So much time, guys. All day, pretty much. Especially on days where it's raining so there's no dog walk in the morning, or on days where I miss my morning workout for whatever reason.

And then I was like "What id I bought a standing desk?"

But I didn't want to stand all the time. I knew that would just frustrate me. I'd have to do some research.

And as soon as I had that thought, I saw a Lifehacker article listing the top standing desks.

There were some cheap options, which mostly consisted of buying a little stand to put on your existing desk. That wouldn't work for me. I wasn't using a laptop (well, actually I am. But it's a laptop plugged into a docking station and attached to a stand so my monitor sits on top. It would be a PITA to move my existing stand onto another stand anytime I wanted to stand. Also, I wanted the desktop to be at standing height. I take a lot of notes in notebooks)

So I knew the cheaper options were out. Enter the Uplift Desk, which was great because the starting price was literally just for the legs. Then you could buy a top if you wanted or get one yourself. And they offered so many customization options.
Since my goal was to try and recreate my existing desk but also make it so I could stand, Uplift Desks it was!

Last week it finally arrived. I put it together, gave my old desk to Twin and we moved my new desk into the office.

And it's awesome.

normal desk


Standing desk!!

I've only used it for a short time, but I love how, when I'm feeling sleepy after lunch, I just press a button and it raises up so I can stand. And when I need to sit down for some brainstorming, I just press another button and it drops right down to my preset height.

How about you? Do you use a standing desk? Ever considered one?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Fun

Woo!

We made it through another week, ape-friends! Which means it's time for some Friday Fun!

Yep. This is grass


Here we go!


 
 
 

dogs in pantyhose
 
 
 

 
 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 


 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wednesday Weird: The Drowning Of Ludwig II

Ludwig II was the king of Bavaria in the mid 1800s (1845-1866 for anyone who wants the exact years (you know who you are)).



Good for him, right? Ludwig II loved being king. He loved it so, so much that he took all the money in Bavaria and used it to buy fun things like swan boats. And building an outrageous fairytale castle.


You thought I was kidding about the castle, didn't you? This is Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle

He loved this castle SO MUCH that he thought, hell, why don't I build two more?

He was king, after all, and could do what he wanted. He had no intention of living in them, he just wanted to build them. And in fact would send servants out every day to check on them.

Ludwig II also suffered from OCD and schizophrenia, so after he built his castles and bankrupted the whole country, the nobles decided to finally do something. They stepped in, declared Ludwig II unfit to rule (even gave him a fun nickname: The Mad King (I didn't say it was overly unique or clever)) and took him off the throne.

The end.

And then things get weird.

Three days later, Ludwig II is found dead in a lake near Munich.

Okay, well, sometimes people drown. It happens.

But it doesn't often happen in lakes that are only waist deep.
Or to people (like Ludwig II) who are excellent swimmers.
Or when their royal physicians are in the water next to them.

Why didn't the physician just save him you ask? Oh, because he was dead, too. The good doctor had marks and bruises that looked like someone had strangled him, but Ludwig's body was unmarked.

So, what do you do with a mystery like this? Nothing. You say the former king drowned and wash your hands of it.

Except for the fact that Ludwig had no water in his lungs at all.
Complicating things even more (I know) Ludwig and the doctor had forbidden Ludwig's aides to follow them while they went off to do . . . something. Presumably whatever it was that got them killed. And Ludwig had been known to say, more than once, that he wished to become an eternal enigma to himself and others.

Thoughts or theories?
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