Today was a beautifull and glorious day! I woke up to the sound of my roommates laughing and crying and hugging and being overjoyed because they have been partners for 17 years this September and finally where they live will not be determined by which states don’t discriminate against us. Marriage Equality is now the law of the land! Legal in all 50 states. No more worrying that your marriage won’t be recognized in the state where you live because you had to drive hours away to even get married legally. Now we get the same rights as everyone else when we get married. Today was a stunning victory for LOVE and for everything that is right and good. Discrimination in any flavor is wrong and it’s truly a gift to have a weight this heavy lifted from our spirits.

I am blessed to know that no matter who I fall in love with in the future, we can legally bind our lives together in a pledge of strength and support.


Good News All Around!

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First and foremost, GAY MARRIAGE IS NOW LEGAL IN THE US!!!  Now, we can just have marriage like everyone else.  No more arguing, fighting, or trying to figure out what state to live in so I can marry the love of my life!  Let’s just take a moment to really feel that and be grateful for the times we live in.

If that wasn’t enough, we also woke up this morning to find that our Illustrated eBook of the Parliament of Twilight: Episode 1 was in the top 100 for two different categories on Amazon!

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Super awesome, right?

Then, we have even more big news.  The cover reveal event for TWO of our upcoming novels went live on Facebook today with this:


Don’t miss out on the Double or Nothing Cover Reveal for the Parliament of Twilight books! Episode 3 and the special illustrated edition of Episode 2 are going…

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A Picture’s Worth

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Malachite and Marius Just one of the ten amazing pictures that will be in the Parliament of Twilight Episode 2 Illustrated Edition!!

Finished the formatting for the paperback version of Parliament of Twilight Episode 2 tonight!  And the cover is looking super nice as well.  It just needs a few little tweaks.  We will probably be ready to order a proof copy by the end of the weekend.  The eBook format will take a little longer, since it is really tricky getting the pictures in just right.  We should have an official release date anytime now!

Also, while we are talking about the pictures, in the coming weeks, we will be updating our Zazzle and Etsy stores to include several different ways you can get full color versions of some of the illustrations.  Stay tuned for more info about that.

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Rainy Days Make Me Nostalgic

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Whenever we have a really rainy day it makes me wish I still had a magic shelter balcony to enjoy it. There was this one second floor apartment that I had with an attached balcony that sat over the front porch. Technically we weren’t supposed to be on it because the floor of the balcony/roof of the porch wasn’t 100% solid, but there’s no way I’m having a balcony and not being on it. When we moved in there were nails and screws put through the door into the door frame to keep it from opening but I told Johnny (my boyfriend at the time) in no uncertain terms that he was to get the door open for me.  I was very careful putting too much weight on the middle of the floor, though, and kept mostly to the walls around it. Blissfully, they were nearly a foot wide and wonderful to sit on.

I’ve always loved rainy days for the calm that settles over me (not if it’s storming of course) and the energy that buzzes in the air. I love falling asleep to the sound of rain. So it was truly a gift for me to be able to sit out in the rain under the covered balcony, sheltered by the trees and listen to the sound of the rain making music with the tinkling of my wind chimes..


Maybe I Should Start A Clown Support Group

I love clowns…

I know I’m like the only person who does.. It seems like everyone is afraid of clowns. I wonder, sometimes, if it’s the most prevalent fear there is or if it just seems like it..

See, we had a fundraiser day at the Walmart where I work to promote Riley Children’s Hospital. They were selling popcorn, cotton candy, had some kinda basketball raffle and there was face painting. I was like “Yay facepainting” because I’m 5 because I wanted to donate to a good cause so I took my first break just a hair early so I could get in before they shut down. I already knew what I wanted – a rainbow and fluffy white clouds! So I step out the door and there is a clown facing the parking lot with one of those signs on that hangs over your shoulders and I squealed “YAY A CLOWN” and the clown turns around to see my excited and hugely smiling face and he’s all “Well hello!” We had a nice little interchange (note to self: shoulda got a clown selfie!) and I went over to wait my turn.

While I’m waiting for the little girl ahead of me to get a big, bright heart painted on her little cheek, I couldn’t help thinking about the clown – especially when two girls from the Subway were waiting near me and going on about how creepy clowns are. He seemed really happy to see me. Yes, I realise that’s a clown’s job, but it was kinda like “hurray someone who still loves clowns”.

It just makes me kinda sad… I feel bad for the clowns. The whole reason that someone grows up to become a clown is that they want to make people smile, make them laugh, brighten their day (obviously I’m not talking about haunted house clowns – that’s a whole ‘nother issue) and it just breaks my heart. I can’t imagine having that dream of being this bright ray of sunshine in someone’s day and having them freak out and run away instead.. That has to break their big, bright cartoony clown hearts.. It’s so unfair what horror movies have done to clowns. They’ve tragically ruined forever the image of the loud, laughing, silly clown.

Just makes me feel like I should search out others who still love clowns, who still get a big smile from a fluffy wig and polka dot pants, and start some kinda clown support group to let them know they still have fans..

happy little rainbow and fluffy clouds!
                                           happy little rainbow and fluffy clouds!

So is there anybody out there that still loves clowns like me?