Puppy Love

This week there is a very special guest staying at our house: my cousin’s five month old puppy, Chewbacca.

We have not had a dog in our house since we had to put our dog to sleep.  That means Chewbacca, or Chewie, is not only the first dog to stay at our house since then but also the first dog Watson, our cat, has been around since then as well.

Chewie is a very friendly puppy.  If he could talk he would sound like Doug from Up.  He just wants to be everyone’s best friend, including Watson’s.  He loves Watson so much that he has decided Watson is his BFFL.  Where Watson goes, Chewie goes.  Watson has become Chewie’s very best friend, and Chewie likes to remind Watson of his status in the form of kisses, nose touching, and cuddling.

Watson, on the other hand, is a different story.  While Watson will put up with Chewie’s love fests and displays of adoration, Watson does not want to be Chewie’s best friend.  Whereas Watson is Chewie’s best friend, Chewie is Watson’s…follower.

Their relationship is a good lesson to take note of.  I have recently embarked on a Twitter firestorm promoting my books with tweets and hashtags trying to bring more attention to them.  In a lot of ways I feel like Chewie, trying to show off my awesomeness to a world which is very much like Watson the cat – sometimes they will pay attention and like you but the rest of the time they will either acknowledge your presence or just plain pass by you.

Hello There!

Hello there!  I just looked at the posts page for this blog because I figured “Hey, I probably haven’t blogged in a while.  I should probably do something about that to let people know this blog is still alive.”  When I saw that I haven’t posted in almost a month, my mouth fell open and I put my hands on my cheeks in a very Macaulay Culkin Home Alone expression.

This has been a very busy month for me which explains why I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to.  For one, I went back to work (I currently work as a substitute teacher, so things have been starting to pick up the past couple of weeks).  I’ve also been drafting Book 2 of the Darkness Calls series while brainstorming ideas for Book 2 of The Hunted series while drafting a yet-to-be-titled non-fiction book while writing ideas/outlining ideas for future books/series that randomly pop into my head while praying people buy more of my books on the Amazon Kindle and/or NOOK store.  I know that last part sounds very capitalist and money-hungry, but I like to think it’s not considering if you look at the current sales rank of both books on either store, they’re not in the top 100,000.  Heck, right now they’re not even in the top 250,000.  Don’t mind the sales ranks; they are both pretty awesometastic books if I say so myself.

*A disclaimer on the last paragraph: when I say I’ve been drafting while brainstorming while drafting while writing ideas while praying, I don’t do all these things at the same time.  That would require Hermione’s actual Time-Turner, not the replica necklace I bought at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.*

Since I last updated this blog, I changed the cover of Darkness Calls to one that won’t stress me out that it doesn’t look good.  I love the new cover, and I hope you do too.  Here is the new cover:

I have also been doing a lot of reading.  Whenever I’m drafting, it’s like I build a mental cocoon where I read a lot and write a lot in turn.  Since it’s Halloween season I have been reading horror (not that I need an excuse to read horror).  I read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake, a YA ghost story that puts a spin on the boy-meets-girl love story.  I also read The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, a YA novel that is told first-person by Mackie, a changeling, and tells the story of Mackie and the odd town he lives in.  I really enjoyed both, and I thought they both stood for the stories they each told as well as because they are more different than anything I have read in YA.

Okay I just checked how many words this blog post is turning out to be, and I think I have sufficiently let you all know that the blog is still alive and has not morphed into a zombie, eating up space on the Internet.  Mission accomplished.