Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dear God, Really?

I've been at a total loss in what to say here, so I figured I'd take some online quiz to share with you. So I did. The results aren't pretty.

Your results:
You are Robin
Green Lantern
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Iron Man

Young and acrobatic.
You don't mind stepping aside
to give someone else glory.
Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Honestly, I don't know much about Robin other that what I retained from the 1960s TV show. (Note: This isn't much. And that I'm only 49% Wonder Woman? That's disappointing!

I promise next time I'm here, I'll have something useful to say. In the meantime, take the quiz and share which superhero you are below!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Presenting the 2014 Quarterly Writing Life Game Plan

Oddly, I'm still on that "new year" kick. This baffles, so let's chalk it up to the clutch of bad years circa 2011 - 2013 and push on.

Good? Good.

Another big thing for me this year has to do with writing*. My goal for 2014 is to get to the next level in my writing career. I've spun my wheels for too long, not to mention The Timeframe That Must Not Be Named sucked out my soul, so now it's like do or die while I catch up from two years of my creative life.

Alicia, stop bitching willya?

Not bitching exactly, but more like explaining myself. Because when everything else has gone belly up, it is really a challenge to continue fighting that one more thing. So, this shiny goal begs the question how do you get your writing career to the next level?

The answer: persistence. And a game plan.

This sounds pretty simple, but then again the best plans should be so you're guaranteed to stick with them. As long as you have something mapped out and stick with it, you really can't lose.

And my personal game plan is busy. Granted, it's only planned through March, but baby steps are still steps**.  I think these steps will help keep my creative life fresh and active, while pushing me forward to that publication goal. It's also in a manageable chunk that allows enough room to reassess and plan for April-June.


  • Continue querying PHOENIX RISING


  • Continue querying PHOENIX RISING
  • Complete SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT revision and send out for beta feedback
  • Research stuff for ASSASSIN PROJECT


  • Continue querying PHOENIX RISING
  • Synthesize beta feedback for SCENES FROM LAST NIGHT and revise as needed

So this is the first quarter game plan to take my writing life to the next level. I'm telling everyone the plan to keep myself honest. Yes, Lurkdom, I'm asking you to keep me honest. Feel free to ask me anytime to make sure I'm not slacking. We all know how much I love Bejeweled.

Have you been struggling with a similar issue lately? How have you managed it?

* You're shocked. I know.
** Remind me of this later when I grumble about futility.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

In Which I Actually Make New Year's Resolutions

For years, I've been anti-resolutions. They're too cliche. It's a load of bullshit. Blah blah blah. Still, there's something to be said about setting something down at the start of a new year. And because of the overall horrible downward trajectory my life has taken from October 2011 pretty much through the summer of 2013, I want 2014 to be a year of positivity.

Don't worry, this isn't going to be one of *those* posts.

My main goal for 2014 is to get back to social media. I miss Twitter. I miss Pinterest. I miss The Lurkdom. Now that I've finally adjusted to the new day job, I feel that I can incorporate it all back in my life.

Which brings me to my second goal for the new year: Balance. It's so easy for me to get sucked into one particular part of life whether it's writing, Facebook games, reading... you get the picture. This year I want to be able to do all of this and remain sane. Oh, I'm also aiming to drop the ten pounds I already gained from the new day job.

So! Be on the lookout for me here, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Happy New Year!
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