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Meet Salem!

We got a new kitty! His name is Salem, and according to the animal shelter he's only two months old!

The animal shelter had a discount on all felines, cats and kittens alike. I think adult cats were free and kittens were five dollars. We waited from around 11 to 4 for the attendants at the shelter to see us and let us see any cats. Our first choice got taken, and so did our second choice. We were mad because none of the other cats on their website really stood out to us. But by that point we'd waited for so long that we weren't going to leave without one.

Then after our name was called, the attendant said they had a cat that wasn't on the website and asked if we wanted to see him. She warned us that he had a kitty cold, but I didn't mind because I had a people cold (lol).

We didn't expect a cute little black cat to pop out of the cardboard box they used to bring him into the little room. We fell in love instantly, and had no choice but to bring this little love…

My Favorite Things about Fall

Where I live, we really only have fall for a few minutes before it takes a hard shift into winter. Okay, a few minutes might be a bit of an exaggeration but that's how it feels when one day the air is that perfect balance between warm (but not hot) and cool (but not cold) and the next its either ungodly hot or cold as balls.

Right now we're in the "cold as balls" phase, and a quick look at my WTForcast app shows that is not about to change any time soon.

Regardless of how short this time might be, fall is easily my favorite time of year. Not only because of the wonderful above-mentioned balance in the weather, but because I love the way the trees look when they're a crisp yellow-orange-red color with little hints of green still clinging on. Although it helps that my favorite holiday, Halloween, takes place in Fall.

My birthday and anniversary both take place in October (planned that way because it was mine and Danny's favorite month) and I looooooove when Sy…

Princess Maker Refined (1 and 2)

On Friday I started playing these new games that Danny told me about some time ago called Princess Maker Refined. There's three games, though so far I've only played the first two. The premise is simple: You have to raise a daughter (in the first one she's an orphan and in the second she's a celestial gift from the goddess Venus (This might change depending on the zodiac sign you choose for your daughter, I don't know for sure)) by educating her, having her work, and raising up her stats.

The thing is, education is expensive and you have a very finite amount of money to work with. That's where having your daughter work comes in. She's given several jobs that you can choose from, and each one raises different stats. I liked this aspect because it still allowed you to work on her stats without having to spend an obscene fortune on education (and there's very much a chance that she won't learn anything anyway.)

You've got to really pay attention t…

Pastel Goth Essentials

Now even though this post is titled "Pastel Goth Essentials" it is really more of a comprehensive list of the most popular aspects of the Pastel Goth fashion. Like any fashion, you can (and are encouraged to) shape your style in any way you want. Fashion isn't about following rules but is instead an avenue with which you can express yourself.

Lets begin with what I'm sure you're probably thinking (and if you're not, then feel free to skip this part of the post) : What is Pastel Goth?

Pastel Goth is known by many names: Nu Goth, Goth Lite, ect. But to me, its a distinctly different style than Nu Goth.

To me, Nu Goth is more of a serious take on a witch-like style. A more flowy, bohemian take on the Gothic subculture. A mixture of Goth and Bohemian with a little sprinkle of Beatnik on top for flavor.

Goth Lite I can probably get behind because it actually sounds really, really cute.

And, in its essence, that is what Pastel Goth is. It takes the basic elements o…

Book Review: This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously Dude, Don't Touch it) by David Wong

A year or two ago, Danny told me about a book called John Dies at the End, which is unequivocally his favorite book. He was on me for months to read it and, finally, I gave in and bought it on my Nook. I read it off and on for a while but ultimately got distracted by other books and forgot about it until recently.

I ended up liking the first book so much that I asked for the second book, This Book is Full of Spiders, for Christmas this year. I finished it recently and thought I should do a review of it.

And my review is?

I loved it.

I can't really give much of a summary since it'll spoil a lot of the plot points from the first book. Just know that it's fantastic and you should go read it. Wong's writing is hysterical and heart-wrenching at the same time. He has an incredible and much sought-after ability to make you laugh your ass off in one place and ugly cry the next.

The narration in This Book is Full of Spiders, as well as John Dies at the End, is quick and witty.…

The Witching Hour Outfit of the Day

Visitor From Another Planet Outfit of the Day

Going Underground

Hey guess what I did today!

Go ahead, guess!

I actually got writing done! Like a lot of it! 

I'm so proud of what I did tonight. It's been a while since I've been this excited about a project. It started out with me just playing around on The Sims 4 and I had planned on doing it for NaNoWriMo but then decided to just do it now because I couldn't wait that long! As you can tell by my long sentences!

So here are my stats for today!

Project: Going Underground
New Words Written: 2610
Present Total Word Count: 2610

Things Accomplished in Fiction: The beginning, mostly. We introduced the characters, hinted at something having gone completely shitty in the world for the characters to be in the situation they're in, and an anomaly that's going to turn the community on their heads.

Things Accomplished in Real Life: I went grocery shopping with my mom, mostly, and bought some mix to make Reeses squares tomorrow. I had an American Horror Story marathon until about 10 or 11, th…

Ways to Relax When You're Sick

I posted earlier today that I was sick and had to spend the day relaxing so I can get better. I decided that today would be a good day to write about how to relax when you're sick and sort of want to curl into a ball and disappear.

Being sick is no fun. You're too tired to do anything but, if you're like me, you feel like you ought to be up and doing something. But right now it's more important than ever to give your mind and body a rest so your immune system can do its job and make you better.

😷Read a Book: Sometimes one of the best ways to spend a day when you can't do much is to curl up beneath your blankets with a good book. It's low impact and allows you an opportunity to escape the reality of being miserable. Tonight while I'm sick, I'm reading Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus."

😷Watch TV/Movies: If you just want to mentally shut down for a time, then I suggest watching a movie or television show you enjoy. I usually like somet…

A Rainy Day Spent in Bed

When I woke up this morning I didn't think I was going to go downhill so quickly. But that's how life goes, isn't it? We never know what each day will bring.

Last night I had an impossible time sleeping. By the time I did get to sleep it was well past 6 A.M. and I had to get up by at least 11 to get to work on time. The thing that finally helped was listening to my Silent Hill 3 soundtrack on my headphones and sleeping on the couch. I slept until the sun came in through my living room window and made it impossible to stay. Then I gathered up my iPod and the big fan I brought with me from the bedroom, crawled into bed with my husband, and proceeded to sleep for another two hours.

Two hours which, by the way, was spent in a horrible nightmare that snakes were everywhere and crawling in through my pant leg and up my sleeves. I literally jerked awake.

During the night Danny told me I probably shouldn't go to work today. I was too tired and he noticed during the several tim…

S'mores Frappuccino DIY

Tonight I made my first attempt at crafting my own version of the S'mores Frappuccino from Starbucks.
I love the S'mores Frappuccino. In the last week, I might've had like 3 of them. Maybe more than that. But the problem is that they're so expensive when you get them at Starbucks. A small cost me about $5 and was gone in minutes.
So what does someone do when they want something but they can't afford to keep buying it? We make it ourselves!
The recipe came from the following video, and I have to say, it tastes just like the one from Starbucks. Though personally, I think I could've let mine freeze a little longer and maybe added more milk. But hey, that's what trial and error are for!

Here's my first attempt!

Guardian Angels Facebook Party

So Guardian Angels, second book in the Lost Angels series, is coming out at the end of this month. On the 28th, in fact! So in celebration of that, I'm doing a Facebook Release Party!

The concept is a simple one: Attend the party from any phone, computer, tablet--anything you've got Facebook on--and come together with other people who enjoy the series. There will be a Q and A portion, trivia games (answer enough questions correctly and at the end of the night you have a chance at winning a free e-copy of Guardian Angels!), a cover reveal, and so much more party fun!

I'm also going to offer people a chance to join an email list of mine. This means that you will receive updates on both the Lost Angels series and any of my other upcoming works.

Below is the link to the party, and everyone is invited! I hope to see you all there!

Guardian Angels Release Party

The Importance of Relaxing

I'm a workaholic.

I'm just going to get that out of the way right now. I work as much as I can, and when I'm not working I'm either thinking about working or I'm feeling bad for not working. To me, every minute not working is a minute thats not being used productively. I've gotten better about it recently, but I still feel twinges of unease whenever I'm just laying around watching television instead of sitting in front of the computer working on a book.

Danny and my friends are always telling me it's okay to relax, especially when I'm not feeling well, and they're right. Forcing myself to work nonstop often ends up with me writing something subpar that I'm just going to have to change later anyway.

For all the other people out there like me, who are obsessed with making every minute count towards your work, it really is okay to take a few days to relax and do other things. When you do go back to your work you're probably going to be more…

AFW 2017

Today I went to Anime Festival Wichita with my friend Courtney. Courtney and I really enjoy going to conventions together. We actually met at AFW several years ago and have been friends and convention buddies ever since.
We almost didn't get to go. Though she'd had the plan to go all along, I didn't think I'd be able to until the last minute. Once I realized I could go everything was a whirlwind to get ready. Making plans, getting my (albeit unimpressive) Pokemon trainer costume together, everything. But it all came together beautifully and we got to enjoy one of the best days I've had in a long time.