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Patterns and Publishing

This week has been a crazy one. I never imagined that I could experience so much excitement in my professional life without ever leaving the house. Where should I begin? First and foremost, I published my first eBook!

You can now purchase a Kindle version of Ragdoll's Riot on Amazon! I am absolutely thrilled about this. It's still in the same formatting - the entire book is laid out in my own calligraphy rather than a standard font. If you would prefer a hard copy, they are still on sale in the "Writing and Performance" section of this site.

Since the eBook launched, I have been obsessively refreshing the page. At first, there was really nothing there to see. The page doesn't show number of sales or anything, but this morning I got a wonderful little surprise. Down near the bottom where it shows the category of the work, it said that Ragdoll's Riot was the number five download for Women's Poetry! What an incredible feeling!

On a Brighter Note

I've noticed a trend in my recent blog posts. More and more often, I spend the entirety of the entry complaining about something. While I won't apologize for an occasional rant about something that frustrates me, in truth, I'm not that negative of a person. It bothers me that so much of my recent work has been so critical.

Therefore, I wanted to take a break from that tone and talk about some happier, more exciting stuff. I promise I'll get back to the blog series on current television series soon, and I'm going to work on emphasizing the positive points some more. I bet you couldn't tell, but I actually like all three of the shows I dissected in the last entry.

So, here's some of the cooler stuff I've experienced or accomplished recently. First and foremost, I've been creating things!

That's the new banner for my Etsy store. I don't know how many of you saw the previous one. It was created many years ago with a graphic editing program that no longer exists, and a spastic, adolescent design concept. It was erratic and illegible. I don't intend for this banner to become permanent - I would like something that actually displays my work, but it's a good place-holder until I can get some better photographs of my projects.

Long-Lost Goals

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been facing a little bit of difficulty trying to set new goals for myself. Because of my current illness, I'm not nearly as active or energetic as usual. Less energy in my case usually means less inspiration, but my head will pop if I'm stuck in the house and unable to do anything.

Instead, I've therefore been digging through my desk to find old projects that were either placed on pause or abandoned for whatever reason. Not that it sat around for that long, but I found this collar on my desk that was in need of a backing, so that got done and it's now up on Etsy. Check it out.

I'm also starting to play around with old, incomplete, first-drafts of novels I started eons ago. However, the one I've made the best progress with so far has been the website extension. You can't see it yet, because I haven't published it to the web, but I have started to build. Once I nail down what I'd like my domain name to be (and find out if it's available and all that), I will start to add articles here and there. No, I won't tell you yet what type of content you're going to see. You'll just have to wait!

Alright, I'm now off to see which Marilyn Monroe movies are still on Netflix in preparation for a marathon tonight. Say what you want about her life, I love her!

And the Updates Begin...

So today I finally began working on the major updating this site needs. Both my "About the Author" page and the footer were severely out of date, and one of the pages had some strange formatting. All of this is now resolved, and I will most likely get around to formulating some new content very shortly.

In other news, I have been having so much fun with beads lately! A week ago, I was the Dirty Gerund's visual artist and I managed to create a necklace and earring set in the two hours that passed during the show.

I was very pleased with the audience's response to my work. The set was successfully auctioned off at the end of the night. Thankfully, I had brought several other finished pieces along with me, because I was surprised by the level of demand.

Today I posted on my Etsy a similar necklace design to the one created live at the Dirty Gerund. Click on the photo below to see.

Well, I need to get to bed before I fall asleep with my nose in my keyboard. That's all for now, check back later!

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