My Sim is Making More Money Than Me

One of my favourite ways to play The Sims is to create a character with no job and no fixed address to see if I can get by napping on park benches (or wherever I can lay my Sim’s head down for a bit), cadging food from public venues (someone is always grilling at the park), and fishing, picking public produce, and foraging for treasure to sell for simoleons.

A Sim does have to have an address, so mine is usually a lot empty of all but a mailbox. Over time, I’ll add stuff to the lot using funds derived from foraging. I take great pleasure in using the startup funds assigned to every Sim to buy the largest empty lot in the best neighborhood, decorating it with weeds, and letting it lie empty but for the objects I begin to collect. I’ll construct a sort of shed as the budget allows, and if my Sim is a Klepto, stock it with lots of fun stuff.

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2021: Stay True

Last year, I picked a simple theme to govern the months of 2020: Less is More. Did I know what we’d be facing? Nope. But my mindset of doing less served me well over the months we’ve spent in isolation.

This year, I’m picking an equally simple theme: Stay True.

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.

Michell Obama

I spent a lot of energy last year, especially toward the end of summer, trying to pin down what I wanted with regards to my writing career. My goal this year is to not only stay true to what I want, but remember why I want it.

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2018

We made it!

2017 was a very busy year for me and perhaps one of my most productive. I wrote four books and edited five. I also published four books, all of which I loved writing and really enjoyed sharing.

 

I also won an award! My first ever, if I don’t count third place in a short story contest. Which I sort of do?

Block and Strike won the Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Contemporary Romance. The judges’ comments were absolutely lovely and made me proud of my first solo novel, all over again.

Read all about the award and the runers runners-up here.

About two days before the announcement, I had treated myself to another tattoo—one I had designed for Jake from Block and Strike. My artist loved the design and asked for a copy of the book cover to frame with a picture of the tattoo–which is two fish in a yin and yang pattern. All of this coincided very nicely with winning the award.

And I did something I promised myself I’d never do again, which was sign a contract for books as yet unwritten. Good news is, two of those books are now complete and I’ve started the third, so I only have to live in dire fear of “something” happening for about twelve more weeks.

Finally, as the year drew to a close, I was offered a contract for a book I’m extremely fond of because it’s weird. But also perhaps the most romantic story I’ve ever written. Intrigued? Read on.

2018 promises to be just as busy…

I have five books releasing. FIVE. I’ve released five books in one year before, but three of them were novellas. This year’s crop will be four novels and one long novella.

2018

 

Purple Haze is the follow up to Uncommon Ground. I had planned to write it last year and publish it in January, but life happened and so the book didn’t. It’s now set for June and I’m looking forward to writing another adventure for Dillon and Lang. I’m hoping this one will end in a solid happy ever after for the two, but who knows? The aliens of New York might have other plans.

Uncommon Ground is on sale right now, by the way, for only 99c! Not sure how long this deal will last, so snap it up! If you’re outside of the US or don’t have access to Amazon.com, enter my monthly giveaway for a copy of the ebook. (International readers only, please)

To See the Sun is the weird book.  Briefly, it’s a mail-order groom story. Set in space. On a pioneering colony in what may or may not be our future. I wanted to combine the feel of a Harlequin historical with a science fiction adventure story and came up with something that feels like a science fiction western with the sweetest romance you’ll ever read.

I adore this book and cannot wait to share it with you all. Contract is signed with Riptide Publishing and we’re looking at dates in August!

“This Time Forever” is a series of love stories focused on older men (most are in their late forties) who think their only chance at love has passed them by. This series will also be published with Riptide. Continue reading “2018”