October 2, 2015

post-scriptum: Carrion Flowers and Leaf Houses

Post Scriptum

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Photo by Rodrigo Hidalgo

In my ears: Chelsea Wolfe’s Abyss. Can’t stop thrashing this because it is made of amazing.

Reading: 1/3 of the way through House of Leaves. Ob-Sessed. I am getting sucked in to all the online discussions about the hidden puzzles and secret things dwelling within this book. I discovered this awesome website the other day called The Weird Fiction Review, which I think might be where I head for all book recommendations from now on. They have a really great article on DMZ called The Weirdness in House of Leaves.

Writing: Currently flat-out working on a collaboration with author Alana Hart. You’ll hear more about that as we approach Halloween. Oh, if you hadn’t seen, I’ve released a new romance book, and The Gauge War is available for pre-order. Get on it.

Watching: Blackadder. “Baldrick, does it have to be this way? Our valued friendship ending with me cutting you up into strips and telling the prince that you walked over a very sharp cattle grid in an extremely heavy hat?” This show is genius.

Also, finally broke down and watched 50 Shades of Grey. There’s 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back. I could’ve made a pie or something.

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On the Farm: It’s not so much ‘on the farm’ as ‘on the house’, because the house is happening! We’ve started work on our extension and already the blocks are laid up to floor level. It’s hard to believe how fast it’s happening. Also, we planted some new trees – oak, ash, and Australian flame – which was awesome, except that we also planted a stake right through our phone cable. So that was fun.

Loving: Seeing our house come together and dreaming about living in it and throwing extravagant parties \m/ marrying Lexi and Toni, two wonderful friends who are perfect for each other. So excited for the two of you and your future! \m/ new Black Milk \m/ Seeing my friend Shane during his Auckland adventure \m/ The discovery that the local Turkish restaurant does raki cocktails … and that they don’t taste like paint stripper \m/ getting a stern talking-to from my chiropractor after an evening spent headbanging to After Forever down at Ding Dong Lounge with my friend John \m/ meeting some awesome new folk at aforesaid Lounge \m/ Spending the evening drinking gin, eating the most delicious risotto, and talking #granddesigns with Amy, Tony, Dave & Jeanie. \m/ Double-date to an astrophysics lecture tonight! We sure know how to party \m/ My husband … I don’t mention enough how rad he is, but he is quite rad. Quite. It’s our seven-year wedding anniversary this month, which I can hardly bloody believe. It’s been seven years of awesome so far, and I’m envisioning it remaining so. \m/ having weird dreams about what happened when you were drunk and waking up to discover THEY DIDN’T HAPPEN. Such relief. \m/ Seeing friends and other wonderful people bursting with happiness because their lives are filled with good things \m/ meetings with publishers that have us all giddy with excitement.

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Photo by Rodrigo Hidalgo

One more Blackadder quote, and then I’m out.

“I’ve no desire to hang around with a bunch of upper-class delinquents, do 20 minutes’ work and then spend the rest of the day loafing about in Paris drinking gallons of champagne and having dozens of moist, pink, highly experienced French peasant girls galloping up and down my – hang on…”

If you haven’t read it yet, you can pick up The Sunken, my dark fantasy novel, on Amazon now!

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