Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fan Chat 1/23/13

Whatcha doin' Wednesday night?  Join me at 6:00PM (pst) for a LIVE online fan chat with the lovely and talented Kristyn Burtt!  Bring your questions!  Come hang out!  Click here to RSVP!


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Michael Earl Fundraiser

As some of you may or may not know, I trained in on-camera puppetry with this fantastic guy named Michael Earl.  In the early 1980's, you knew him as Mr. Snuffleupagus, Forgetful Jones, and Slimey.

Last year, he was diagnosed with cancer.  He does not have health insurance.  Unfortunately, life isn't a movie and he can't start cooking crystal meth in an RV to pay the bills, so a bunch of folks have gotten together to do what little we can to help him.

On Saturday, January 19th at 8PM at iO West, I will be taking the stage with twenty other puppeteers to help raise money for Michael.  (Please note this show is rated PG-13... possibly R for language and inappropriate puppet shenanigans)

Tickets are $10 cash at the door, but if you can contribute more to help Michael, well... it's why we are all showing up.

And if you aren't in Los Angeles, but would like to contribute something to help out Michael and thank him for the positive impact of his performance on children's lives, here's the link:


Friday, January 4, 2013

The End of an Epoch

Today was the last day at my day job. I KNOW! After a lifetime of supporting myself through my typing skills... I'm moving on to a job supporting myself with my typing skills! Wait. That doesn't quite capture it. This is what is going on. I'm a full time writer now. For real. Me.

Surreal doesn't even BEGIN to describe it. Over the moon and deliriously happy comes close, though. 

To top that, yesterday I received an email from my publisher that The Woodcutter was going to be today's Amazon Deal of the Day.  I woke up this morning and it was sitting at around #2100 and I thought to myself, "Well.  Cool."

And then about a half hour later, people over on the Kindleboards started posting excited messages.  It started rocketing up the rankings.  And as of this moment?  That would be The Woodcutter sitting at #12 on the Top 100 Bestsellers list.

My brain has exploded and squished all over the screen.  I can't even fathom this.  What a great going away present!  Happy last day of work for me!

About six months ago, I went to a friend's party and we did this blessings and meditation thing. We wrote three wishes and were told that she would mail them out on January 1st to us. As I came home tonight, carrying my boxes of half used hand lotions to protect from paper cuts and old pay stubs, I opened up my mailbox and there was this letter.

Well... would you look at that.  Two out of three.  And that middle one was a bullshit wish anyways, mainly because I couldn't think of any other way I might be able to support myself through my writing.  What has unfolded, instead, to make #1 and #3 come true is nothing short of a miracle. Absolutely nothing went according to my plans, but the things that have unfolded and fallen in my lap are better than anything my puny little pea brain could come up with and I welcome having my world turned on its head.  And I am forever grateful.

Snow White was always my favorite cartoon because she was pale and had black hair like me.  In the fairytale of my life, the thought in my heart had always been, "Someday my prince will come."  As I sit here typing this today, I realize I didn't hear the words right.  

And I lived happily ever after.