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Holidays approaching… Also, my birthday?!

I can’t believe Christmas is only one week away. In fact, it’s less than that since I’m writing this on Wednesday night.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m one of those people who’s already done with all my shopping and wrapping, so I don’t have anything major left to do before Christmas. Besides work. Because of the busy holiday season, I’ll be working some extra hours and I definitely can’t complain about that!

This means I’ll have a busy two weeks, though, but I’ll get through it!

On Monday I’m going to see The Hobbit with some family, which will be fun.Rosetta Stone

That aside, Christmas being so close means my 21st birthday is fast approaching. It’s only a few weeks away – January 7th! Admittedly, I cheated and got myself an early birthday present.

What, you might ask? The Rosetta Stone language program, specifically for Japanese! I have all kinds of books for learning the language, but this will help me with learning to truly speak the language. It got here today and I immediately spent two hours using it.

This will keep me busy, that’s for sure.

So, what are your holiday plans? Hanging out with family? A big get-together? Let me know in the comments!

Happy holidays, everyone! 🙂


I wish you a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…and a happy new year!

But not just yet, for the latter. This is my last blog post before Christmas; my next post will be on Wednesday! So, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope you’ll have an amazing couple days with your family, and that you’ll get everything you wanted and more. Have a brilliant holiday.

What are you looking forward to the most? Tell me in a comment!

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Change Of Pace: Writing + Holidays!

This weekend, I took what was a very welcome weekend off. Why did I take time off, you might ask? Because on Thursday, the 6th of December, I finished the first draft of my Dark Fantasy Novella. It feels great to have finished the first stage of a project! I decided to spend this weekend away from it and tomorrow, Monday, I’m going to start editing.

A mock-cover created by Nakaya de Jong.

A mock-cover created by Nakaya de Jong.

The goal I have in mind is to finish editing in December/early January, and send the manuscript to beta readers by mid-January.

I spent the weekend mostly just relaxing. I went shopping with my parents and aside from that, spent some time relaxing by playing video games and other such things. There’s nothing like playing an RPG to help inspire you! As of tomorrow, editing of the novella will start and rewriting Tales of The Forbidden will resume.

That’s the current state of affairs in regards to my writing, for anyone who was interested.

Packages from amazon have started arriving. Two this week and another two are scheduled to arrive around Wednesday. After that, it’s just packages from family we’re waiting on. I still need to send my Christmas cards, which I intend to do this week at some point.

How are your holiday preparations going? Let me know in the comments!

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Christmas Gifts: Have you bought them yet?

It’s that time of year. Decorations are going up and in many places, they’ve already gone up. In less than three weeks, Christmas will be here! People are rushing to get Christmas presents and, for those of us who hid inside our homes with locked doors during ignored Black Friday, we have to get them some other way, which brings me to my question.

Pile of gorgeous gifts

Pile of gorgeous gifts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you bought gifts for your family and friends yet, or do you still need to?

I got most of mine the other day. Personally, I ordered them online because I was at the mall last week for groceries and it was sheer chaos. What about you? Do you buy your gifts in-person at a store or do you just order them online?

As much as being able to see and take a look at what you’re buying in person before actually purchasing it, online shopping has a certain convenience to it. I’m expecting my package tomorrow!

What are your holiday shopping experiences? Good ones? Bad ones? Share your stories in the comments!

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Holidays: How are you spending them?

It’s no secret that we’re right in the middle of the holiday season now. Halloween and Thanksgiving have passed (Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope you had a fantastic day.) and now we’re en route to various other holidays depending on where you live and the like.

So, since we’re in the holiday season, I figured I’d ask you about them!

How did you spend Thanksgiving this year?

Personally, I spend a relaxing day with my parents. Good food – very good food – and we watched some shows together. Nothing too extreme. Just a nice day. The weekend after Thanksgiving, however, I went on a reading binge. Four books read along with three short stories/novellas.

It was a good weekend.

Furthermore, how do you plan to spend the upcoming holiday(s)?

I need to get some Christmas presents still, but I already have them in mind. Aside from that, in the weeks to come, I’ll just be writing like mad and hopefully making some good progress. I’m still job hunting as well; hopefully it works out.

Have a great holiday season, everyone!


Christmas and New Year’s Celebration: Sale!



Merry Christmas

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First, a Merry belated Christmas to everyone who celebrates that holiday. I wholeheartedly intended to post on Christmas, but one thing led to another, and the next thing I knew – it was past midnight.

Not only has Christmas come and gone, but the end of 2011 approaches, bringing with it the beginning of 2012, a new year, full of possibilities. To start off the year with a bang, my book, A Glimpse of The Dark, will be on sale throughout the first week of 2012.

This means that, between January 1st and January 7th, it will be available for purchase at the price of $0.99, instead of the usual $1.49!

Take advantage of this special deal, especially for those people who feel 50 cents difference is just that – a big difference.

And for Amazon Prime members: A Glimpse of The Dark is now available in the Lending Library!

That aside, I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! How did you spend Christmas and what kind of wonderful goodies did you find underneath the Christmas tree? What are your plans for the last days of 2011?

Let me know! I’m dying to hear how things have been for y’all.





Holiday Season: Gifts and Designs

It’s the season to be jolly, and grandma got run over by a reindeer!

Christmas songs echo throughout the house 24/7 as Sunday approaches rapidly. Meanwhile. I finished Christmas shopping on Wednesday, but have yet to wrap anything. Tomorrow’s the last day, so no more procrastinating for me!

Tomorrow, wrapping paper will surround the gifts I bought.

Sure, these festive times have cut me off from writing, but I figure taking a break to spend time with family is perfectly acceptable. Writing will continue after this lovely time!

Kaya demanded this as payment for her services. Consider my debt paid.

Moving on to something else – you may notice that my blog has a new background, a new header, and overall, just looks much more personalized. Collaborative efforts before my friend, Nakaya de Jong, and myself, made this possible.

What I mean with that is that I gave a rough idea of what I wanted, and she made it possible. I highly recommend checking out her work over at deviantArt, and, if you’re interested, check out her Red Bubble, where you can buy t-shirts with her designs!

She is a great friend and is the reason my Facebook page, Twitter background, and blog are so personalized. Without her help, they would be bland and nowhere near the way they are now.

Let me know what you think of the new design!

Enjoy your holidays everyone, and stay alert; I have a special announcement coming on Christmas!