The kitchen sink

We never talk anymore!  That’s my fault. 🙂

I thought skipping a round of ROW80 would help me feel less pressured to blog all the time and take one more thing off my To-Do list, but instead I’ve missed blogging! And I’ve only added more stuff to the To-Do list, so as per usual my “plans” are a bust.

Seriously, I win the medal for suckiest time management skillz.

Before I take off to California for Spring Break for a week, I thought I’d give you all a little update on what I’ve been doing writing and life-wise.

*Day of Sacrifice #6 – which I’m calling Unfavorable for now because I get tired of referring to stories by number – has to be finished by the end of May so I can participate in an Indelibles launch party.  I think six weeks is a totally doable span of time to write a 15K story…I’m just a little freaked out because it’s the last one and I have to wrap up the whole series. I’ve got a beginning and an end and absofrickenlutely no idea what happens in the middle. Guess I’ll figure that out as I go along!

*I’m finally ready to start the next trilogy in the Zellie world. This trilogy also doesn’t have a solid title. I have plenty of ideas flowing, but am having writer’s block when it comes to titles!  Perhaps there will be a contest.  Hmm.  Here’s the working title: Society School for Retroacts (Penny _____ #1, from the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy.)  Doesn’t that have an awesome ring to it? lol

Anyway, I’ve mentioned on Facebook that the main characters name is Penny and that this trilogy would be set in the future. It started out being a decade, then I changed it to twenty years, and now I’m thinking around fifteen.  The initial ideas I had for the books didn’t have enough oomph to last through a whole trilogy. The plot is still in the brainstorming stage, but I’ve definitely got a better hold on where I want it to go. I’m going to try to have this book done by August. (Do not hold me to this as a firm release date!!)

*Back in Time is not the last you are going to hear from Aurelia Lemon! After I finish Unfavorable, this will be what I work on when the Society School book is driving me nuts.

*Also I’m co-writing a contemporary New Adult book with Vicki Keire that is shaping up to be awesome – we’re taking our time with it, but I’ll keep you all updated.

*Also, also, I’m still working on pen name stories!

*Also, also, also, I’m starting a new blog where I’m going to write random essays about weird crap that happens to me. It’s going to be called Be Awesome, Beautiful Dreamer!  Basically, I want to put out another book like The Toilet Business and I need new material.  This idea could and probably will totally bomb, but whatevs, I’ll try some shit, y’know?

*On the personal front, I finally fricking got my dining room painted!! Only took two years y’all. I was on such a painting roll that I did the hallway, the closet doors in the hallway and all the doors.  My mom helped me because she is awesome and because she asked if she could! (DUH.)  All the paint looks great, although I can’t find one of the light fixtures that we took down. I rock at hiding things from myself.

*My old RAV 4 that my husband was driving was thisclose to breaking down on the freeway in a fiery explosion, so we traded that bad boy in and got a used Prius. The hubs is excited to have a new to him car and I’m happy that he won’t be stranded on the 26 during rush hour. We’re taking it to California and are both dorkily stoked to see how much money we save on gas. (Being an adult is super interesting and cool!!) I have had the pleasure of driving it once, on the way home from seeing John Carter.

*I quit smoking.  I know, you didn’t know I smoked. (Unless you’ve read The Toilet Business and then I’m sure you had a good idea that it was still going on.)  Well, I did. First, for a long time and then I had kids and I quit and then I started up again for a short time. I may appear loud and sarcastic and quippy, which I can be, but mostly I’m socially awkward. Smoking gave me something to do, it helped me tick off the time until I could go be alone again.  And when I was alone, it was a reward for getting things accomplished – especially writing.  However, I’ve quit a couple of times before and it’s been easier this time. I’m eating my face off, but eventually I’ll be mellow enough to concentrate on a better diet and exercising. It’s been a week. Go me!

*I got two new tattoos.

My indie publishing philosophy:My kids initials:

It’s been eleven years since I’ve had a new tattoo, so I thought it was high time I got a couple. The pictures are kind of crappy and I’m painfully pale, but you get the gist. 🙂

I think that’s all I’m going to overshare for today. Ha! I hope you all are enjoying spring and get to have a little break soon.

Author: Stacey Wallace

Stacey Wallace is the author of The Retroact Saga, Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories. Her latest novel, Her Other Life, is a stand-alone novel of magical realism.

6 thoughts

  1. I’d like to say “Yay” to everything on here. A bazillion Yays for quitting smoking–you can do it! Yay for new tattoos. Yay for new freaking car! Yay for vacation. Yay for new books and blog. Super yay for vacation. Wait, did I say that one? Anyway, you totally forgot to mention how you will see your awesome friend, Angela Carlie, on Saturday. And you didn’t mention the best part of that visit. Hunger Games! So, now that I’ve mentioned it, you don’t have to. 🙂 ♥

  2. Yay! How could I forget! Only two more days!!! Can’t wait to hang out and get all giddy at the movies.

  3. I have no idea why my picture avatar isn’t showing up on any blog I comment on. I do enjoy the video game alien guy more than the orange Blogger B at least.

  4. I’m not sure if I’m more excited about the tattoos or the painting – considering my living room has been half painted for, um, a while now. 😉

    Yay on all of the writing stuff. Best of luck!

  5. Thanks Claire! I may have painted, but that doesn’t mean I hung all the pictures back up on the walls. I predict early 2014 for getting around to that. 🙂

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