6 month vacation

"6 month vacation" sounds better than "my life went to hell for about 6 months and I couldn't write a damn word." Or edit. Or think straight. Let alone focus on much of anything. But I'm done complaining now! No later than the end of June, I'll start writing again. And editing. And making progress towards getting The Trials of Blood published. I'd also like to focus on editing and publishing Earth Borne.

I'll have a new address soon, in a new city, 4 miles away from an Arby's (yes, that's important!), a 2 minute walk to a pool and a hot tub and the best room mates I could ever ask for. My cats will be at peace, my office will be safe. My writing will return.

I have decided to call the apartment complex pool "The Office." And you can bet your ass that I'll be editing and writing the second half of The Burning City... right beside The Office.

I've managed to focus a lot on the bad parts of the past few months. My silence should tell you everything you need to know: it was rough, and now it's over.

I've discovered new friends and rediscovered old ones.

I took a trip to Montana for Mother's Day and it was the best trip I've made in a long time.

I made a new friend from South Australia - a sparky woman named Sabina. She started the South Coast Derby Crew (https://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Coast-Derby-Crew) and single-handedly inspired me to start a Facebook and Etsy page for my custon buttons. With a new apartment around the corner, and bills closing in -- the extra money always helps. I wanted to thank Sabina for being awesome, supportive and just damn nice. If you like Roller Derby, or just bad ass women in general... go and check out her Facebook page. If you're in Southern Australia, go and watch a match!

So I have a Facebook page for PinJinn ( http://www.facebook.com/PinJinnMichelle ) and it links straight to my Etsy.com page ( http://PinJinn.etsy.com ).

What Is PinJinn?

My little tagline is "Custom pin-back buttons... as you wish."

It's a combination of "Pin-back Buttons" and the concept of a Jinn, a type of genie/demon.

A short story:

I watched a movie called "Empire Records," as a teenager. I wished for a button maker... Many years later, I granted my own wish and bought one. And now I make buttons for people who wish they could make them, too! It's a lot of fun to see people's artwork, ideas and dreams jump from the computer to a button they can carry with them. I've done business with intriguing people all over the world: from a beautiful artist in West Virginia, all the way to the South Coast Derby Crew in South Australia. Buttons are fun, easy to wear and fun to show off. Custom buttons... as you wish.

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That's Nice But... WHERE IS YOUR STORY?

Well.

Ahem.

::looks away::

It's on my "To Do" list. As of yesterday. In the mean time, I've been re-reading The Burning City.

I also listened to "Sabriel" by Garth Nix (narrated by the talented and wonderful Tim Curry). It is my favorite book ever. Except maybe my own, someday. But the simple act of listening to the book helped to inspire me.

My sister-mine Stephanie is constantly working on her own story LINES, and editing, and if she finishes her book before me -- well, I'll be damn proud. And a little bitter.

As of late, the best I can do is print out a chapter, read, take a few notes and continue on. But once I finish re-reading, I'll re-make my outline and I'll be good to go. I'm confident enough in my own ability that I know once I have an outline, I won't get stalled again.

I bought two new coffee mugs in antici...pation of writing. I did not expect them to be so beautiful that I physically cannot drink from them.

I've been playing The Sims 4, Mass Effect 3 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - even went so far as to stream on #Twitch a few times. I'll wait until I'm settled in to the new apartment (and writing again) before I share that hobby with you all.

Saw Avengers: Age of Ultron, and because of that - 13 Going on 30, which I had never seen before. I actually didn't know Mark Ruffalo as an actor before the Avenger films. And then I saw Mad Max: Fury Road and holy shit... it's now my new favorite movie. Go and see it. Seriously.

I'm certain I'm leaving out details but those are the highlights recently. Proof that I haven't fallen off the edge of the world, or completely forgotten about Malisyn and Nox.

My life at the moment is calm. I have friends, supportive parents, a job that I enjoy, a vehicle that runs, a roof over my head and chocolate milk and Mt. Dew within reach. I have the best sister the internet could have delivered to me... and I love my cats.

And it's 1:00 AM and I'm officially rambling.

Thank you for reading, for sticking with me when you should have left, and for being here when I decided to return.