Side Quest

November 2014 Life Update

It’s been a while since I’ve done a non writing update, so I thought I’d made a post of what’s going on in my life.

My daughter turned one about a month ago. It was not a happy birthday. It was a birthday filled with the battle of vaccination symptoms and a cold. It lasted over two weeks and involved a rash, multiple high fevers, and a mild case of chicken pox. I’m fairly certain there’s a room in hell that was exactly like what my life was during that time. She’s better, which is lovely, but now we’re dealing with tantrums and high pitched screams. Life as a mother is so much fun!

I burned myself out on reading a couple months back and it’s taken me a while to want to read again. That actually worked out perfectly since fall TV started and I had several new shows I wanted to watch. I’ve slowly whittled them down and my schedule is no longer ridiculous, just bordering on it.

I’ve got several hobbies, reading and watching TV are just two, so bear with me.

I finished crocheting a baby afghan and started a new one. I’ve got two friends with babies in their future so I need to get on the ball with that.

I’ve got book reviews written until February of next year for my review website. I only need to review five Christmas movies and a New Years movie and I’ll have the year in movies done too. I currently have less than a hundred followers on that blog, but I post 4 times a week so I’m hopeful that will continue to rise. Even if it doesn’t I like having the documentation for my own benefit. Since the reviews are mainly just my opinion it’s not the best review site and probably an acquired taste.

Fantasy Life 2Fantasy Life

I’m desperately trying not to buy the new 3DS game Fantasy Life. It looks like they made the game specifically for me and if I think about it too much I might explode. I’m not letting myself buy it because I spent my money on The Sims 4 (something I do not currently recommend, if you’re a fan wait until an expansion pack comes out that you’re interested in) there’s also the fact that Christmas is coming. I’ve made it very clear what I HAVE to receive and if my husband doesn’t get the hint then someone else better.

Um…

Owning a home is a lot of work, most of it not fun.

My husband is pretty awesome, most of the time, he’s currently sick, but I can’t hold that against him.

That’s pretty much it. I’m going to try and post more non-writing, side quest posts. Hopefully things that are relevant to my potential readers interest. I guess that means I should buy Fantasy Life because it’s a fantasy RPG and I write fantasy series. OMG It’s like I was meant to buy that game. Now!

I have a problem.

Indie Comics

I love comics. A lot. However I don’t read them very often. I sort of had a $40 a week habit there for a while and I had to stop. I found that I couldn’t just buy one and even after I dropped a ton from my pull list I ended up saving almost no money because I would see something else and pick it up.

Anyway, I have a friend that had somehow managed to produce several Indie comics. The few times I’ve talked to him about it I’m amazed that he’s been able to organize everything that needs to be done just to get one comic out. But he’s done it several times now.

Recently he released two new #0 issue comics and he’s started what he’s calling a pilot season. Reviews, social media, downloads, and probably other things are going to decide if these “pilots” are getting picked up for a full run.

I love this idea and I’ve already read one of the comics, Signature, and want to know what happens next. I don’t use this blog for reviews, and this isn’t a review, but I thought it would be nice to promote another type of Indie.

 

Signature

The Round

 

Say No to Heat Part II

Cold

A long time ago on my blog I mentioned that I hate turning on the heat. If my husband wants to turn it on I tell him to get a blanket. I’m cruel I know. I do eventually turn it on and even more so now that there’s a child in the house, but I just love that low electricity bill.

After nine years I’m proud to say that the idea of just changing the thermostat doesn’t even enter my husband’s mind anymore.

I didn’t set out to train him, it just happened all on its own.

I’m Just Passing Through

So it’s been a little while since I posted last. Well a bit more than a little while. My last post was February first and it’s now the middle of September. Well first things first, for those that care, since I last posted I’ve sold a total of 7 books. All of those Stolen Memories on the kindle, my Amelia Bennett Chronicles were not a hit. I guess I’m ok with that, though it’s kind of amusing since I actually paid an editor to make sure they were perfect. Oh well. I didn’t do any promoting, had no online presence, and yet still sold 7.

Now that the sales information is out of the way I’ll get down to the explanation of my absence. Shortly before my last post I found out I was pregnant. Which was awesome since my husband and I had been trying for almost two years. The only problem was I had morning sickness that lasted 23.5 hours a day. So half an hour a day I could eat and if I missed that window anything I ate came right back up. It was lovely. I had absolutely no energy to do anything once I was out of work. Once my second trimester started my energy levels returned to normal but by then we were buying a house which ended up taking a lot of my time. By the time that was taken care of and we were moved in I was in my third trimester. And that’s where we are now. I’m in the home stretch just 3 weeks from my due date and I found myself with some creative energy and was able to get some writing done for the first time in forever.

I don’t expect this energy to last and I have no idea what’s going to happen once my daughter is born. I still plan on writing and I will definitely finish the Twin Moons of Andove trilogy but it’s going to take longer than I had originally intended so please be patient with me. I have no idea when my next update will be and my priority is going to be finishing the book not posting on this blog. So until next time…

Reviews

So I’ve been posting reviews every Saturday for the last couple of weeks and while I’m enjoying letting people know what I think about things, I realized I am not very good at it. When I like something a lot I have a hard time going into detail about why, and writing ‘I just do’ and ‘it’s awesome’ is not an option. I tried to write a review of Doctor Who, probably my all-time favorite TV show, and I couldn’t get past the first sentence of “Doctor Who is awesome because…” It just is people! Trust me. I’ve had that same problem with a couple of things I’ve wanted to review. So I need to find something else to post on Saturdays.

I could do something like Felicia Day’s Flog and list my three favorite things that week and a brief description of what they are. I would have to come up with three things I love each week which could be hard. Considering Felicia started with a Fav Five I think she had that problem. Coming up with three things a week should not be too difficult and if it is I just need to think about what I’m doing during my week to add fun to it.

So here goes, Kristine’s Three Favorite Things:

1. Microsoft Surface

My husband and I picked one of these bad boys up last week and I have to say so far I LOVE it! I’m actually writing this post on it. I’ve wanted a tablet for a while now to read comics on but Apple products are not welcome in our home (it’s complicated). I was leaning toward the Kindle Fire until we saw this announced. We got the cyan touch keyboard and it is taking some getting used to but I feel like I’m in the future when I type on it.

2. P!nk The Truth About Love

Since I’ve downloaded this album I’ve had to resist listening to it on repeat. Lots of catchy songs with attitude so loving it!

3. Heated car seats

The weather has started getting cold and I am once again getting to use my cars heated seats and there are so awesome. They make going into work more comfortable if not more enjoyable.

Say NO to Heat!

I am not the most frugal of people, I can be frugal and I have had to be frugal for years; but when it comes down to it when given a choice I’m not. This will cause many people to be shocked, maybe even appalled but it’s just the way I am. I say this so you can understand my husband’s frustration. I love this time of year, the leaves are changing the weather is cooler and all the awesome holidays are just around the corner. One of the things I love most about this time of year is the fact that the AC barely runs so our electric bill is so much smaller.

 

Enter my husband’s frustration; each year I resist turning on the heat. I would rather be wrapped up in multiple layers of blankets and flannel pajamas than turn the heat on. I stand guard over the thermostat and won’t turn it on until I can no longer feel my fingers. He doesn’t understand why a woman who will just throw things in the buggy because we need them and not look at the price resists so strongly to turning the heat on. If I could explain it I would. I don’t harbor a deep-seated rage for our current electric company like I did for our last. Maybe it’s just a hold over?

 

Am I the only one? Surely I’m not; surely there are other people like me out there that would rather be cold than turn on the heat. Aren’t there?

Vacation End

Our epic vacation is over and we are on our way home. We’ve been through immigration and I finally have my passport stamp and we are now waiting in the terminal. We can officially call ourselves international travelers! We are already talking about our next trip which I get to pick the destination of; though my husband keeps talking about when we come back we’ll do this and that this was really just a scouting trip for our “real” Tokyo adventure. He’s Japan crazy. I swear the entire vacation 95% of his brain was just screaming “I’M IN JAPAN!!!!!” I had to repeat myself a billion times, sometimes rather loudly, just to be heard.

Things I’ll miss:

A competent service industry. OMG I was speaking in a foreign language and yet not one of our meals was messed up I don’t get that kind of service from the McDonalds across the street from our apartment.

How clean everything was. I’m not saying there wasn’t litter but there was hardly any and every night when we got back to the hotel it was like we’d just checked in it was so clean.

Public transportation. We live in Raleigh, NC and while they do have bus systems they are not something I would use. At one point my husband looked to see if he could take the bus to work if his car broke down and while it would be possible it would take him hours and he would have to at one point walk over 2 miles to change bus lines. There was a lot of walking here at the subway and train stations just because some of them are HUGE but the most we ever walked between stations was 500 meters.

The exercise. Don’t tell anyone or I will deny it to my grave but I will miss the forced exercise. I don’t think I lost any weight, just because the only food I really ate was junk food or McDonalds chicken nuggets, but I have calves of steel right now. We made a vow that when we get home we will definitely exercise more. We made this vow because it’s for the future and it’s so easy to say I will do this when I get back home. Hopefully we actually hold to it.

Things I won’t miss:

The food. We ended up trying some local cuisine and boy do the Japanese have a different palate than ours. They had tuna mayonnaise pizza. Really do I need to say more? We ate at a place called Pepper Lunch a lot that we both enjoyed; there was also a McDonald’s like restaurant called Loteria that was good as well. Beyond that though we didn’t like anything we tried.

How small everything is. I’m short but not really compact and even I had to sit on our hotel toilet at an angle. Taking a shower was like a comedy routine. I felt like Godzilla and wanted to start rampaging all over the place. On our last night we went into a store and it had “normal” size aisles and I almost wept. Maybe I’m not a monster.

 

Overall I really enjoyed Japan and I’ve told my husband if he can meet certain prerequisites that we can live here for a couple of years. I learned so much and would love to learn more about the people.

 

Kristine’s International Travel Tips:

-Pack lighter than you think you need to, you can do laundry at your hotel

-Check your airport website for security info

-A small backpack to carry with you is a lot more comfortable than a messenger bag

-Make sure your shoes are walking shoes, running shoes are different

-Remember everything you buy you will have to cram into your luggage and carry yourself to the airport

-Unless you’re traveling specifically to write there is no reason to take 2 notebooks and multiple pens and pencils.

-Have a husband that does all the research for you so that you can just rely on him for everything 😀