Saturday, February 28, 2015

Desensitized


I had to make some formatting decisions today for the new book. I'm eager to see the next set of galleys. I talked to Andrea this morning about ISIS destroying all those ancient artifacts and books in Mosul. I told her I remember being more upset when the Taliban destroyed those statues of Buddha. It's not that I'm partial to one culture over another, I'm just concerned that I'm becoming desensitized. And that goes for the killings too. What a sad world. I read for a few hours today and tonight I worked on this story I've been secretly writing.   

Cesar Biojo

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sensations


While sitting in my dentist's chair this afternoon, I had a distinct remembrance of how I felt sitting in my car in the hour before Ashley's funeral. I felt the sorrow, the loss of touch with reality, and the anxiety that came with anticipating speaking in front of a group of people I did not know. After that I recalled what it felt like to be standing inside La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona with Stitches. I could feel the warmth and hear the echoes caused by the expanse inside. Sometimes memories of sensations just come. I don't know why.  

Gareth Long

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Meetings


I had three meetings today. The first was a meeting I actually enjoy attending. It's related to our financial system. I got to meet someone in person for the first time that I often speak to on the phone. It was nice to put a face to a name and even more so because she's tattooed which isn't very common among staff at our university. The other meetings weren't as exciting. My boss' boss was satisfied with the budget report so my boss is happy which makes me less unhappy. I really need to schedule myself for a vacation soon.

Josephine Cardin

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Boost


I had another long day at work. I don’t feel well. I don’t know if I’m getting sick or if it is exhaustion or both. I’m looking forward to popping my sleeping pills and passing out. Andrea got to Panama safely so that made me happy, but both of our outlooks on our lives right now isn’t very positive. I hope we’ll prove to be good supports for each other. I saw the first typeset chapter of The Dead Girl I Like Heart and Stuff. Those books make me happy. I should start Book 5 just for the morale boost.

Antonio Mora

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Excited


I only got to talk to Andrea in the early morning. She's been busy as she's leaving for Panama late tonight. I had a difficult day at work. I had multiple meetings and lots of texting with my boss regarding my budget projections. I worked twelve hours and was too tired for the gym when I got home. I ate very cleanly at dinner. Kimberlee sent me eight illustrations for the new book and Salina sent me a draft of the typesetting. I'm so excited for this book to come out and it feels great that readers are excited too.

An illustration from The Dead Girl I Like Heart and Stuff. Maddie's BFF is on a playground swing thinking about three goth girls he wants to ask out on a date. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Panama


Andrea finally received her Valentine's gift. She had to go to another city to pick it up and pay thirty-five dollars in taxes. I'm going to pay her back, but what a disaster. She liked her necklace so that was a relief. She going to take the card I wrote to Panama with her. I thought that was incredibly sweet. I saw some of the sketches for the illustrations for my new book. I'm very excited. I talked to my boss about needing to work fewer hours so I can exercise. I went to spin class tonight. I feel good.

Ashley Scott

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Babies


Paul and I played tennis until rain made it too slippery to play. I picked up prescriptions for me and crickets for my girls and then went home and worked on The Scribbled Victims. I'm nearly done with a chapter that I've been having trouble with even though it is a very short chapter. I removed a line used in the screenplay version that I've always been unsure of. Sometimes I think it's clever, but sometimes I think it's over the top. Learn to kill your babies. That's one of the most important writing lessons I learned while at UCLA.

Josephine Cardin

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lazy


I had the most lazy day I've had in a long time. I slept past 9 a.m., woke up and ate almond milk yogurt, a block of vegan cheese, and a bag of vegan beef jerky. Then I went back to sleep until 2 p.m. Then I watched two episodes of Jersey Shore before playing tennis with Paul. We went to Veggie Grill for dinner and I had a soup and salad. Andrea and I messaged and she asked me to recommend some books she can download while she's in Panama. I wonder if she knows how attractive that was.

Josephine Cardin

Friday, February 20, 2015

Concoction


I'm nearly caught up at work. It's a big relief because I had fallen so far behind with all the meetings I've had to attend. After work, I drove up to Brea to meet Mary, Sandy, and Frank for dinner. I had to wait for them for a couple hours because they were running late and hit bad traffic, so I went and had two teas, read, and chatted with Andrea. At dinner, I had vegan nachos and cucumber juice mixed with celery, ginger, and lemon. Jessica Jackson showed me an article stating that that concoction is good for gout.

Duy Huynh


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Peonies


I don't know if my anxiety is coming back or if I'm getting run down from working so much. I wish I could take tomorrow off but I have two meetings I need to attend. I took an hour and a half walk after work again. About halfway through, I began feeling sick. I think my calorie intake was too low. It was difficult to walk all the way back. I learned Andrea's favorite flowers today. I really enjoyed that conversation. We both love peonies, morning glories, and irises. Andrea told me today is Lunar New Year. We're both rats.

Peonies

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Warm


I rarely have headaches. I got one this afternoon near the end of my meeting. It's still with me hours later. I just took ibuprofen. The budget report I've been slaving over got a new deadline today as my boss is going on vacation. I chatted with Andrea.  She really brightens my day. Don't puke but I told her she makes me feel warm inside. I did my German lesson while taking a walk after work. I ate cleanly. I just discovered a payroll issue that I'll have to address in the morning. I hope it doesn't keep me awake.  

Duy Huynh

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Vampire


I reached a part of The Scribbled Victims where Yelena walks into a house uninvited, and then remembered that vampires are supposed to be invited in. She actually forces her way in. So I started doing some research on vampire lore and I discovered that there is a lot of variance over the years of books and films regarding the rules of being a vampire. There were things I was going to abandon like crosses, garlic, and reflections, but I hadn't considered the invitation rule. My research made me feel better about abandoning it but I will continue researching anyway.   

Duy Huynh

Monday, February 16, 2015

Shadows


I slept until 8 a.m., showered, went out and bought muffins, and then played chess with Paul. I lost. I got my car washed and picked up Mary and we went to Doomie's for lunch and ate too much. We picked up food for Jessica Jackson too and dropped it off at her place as she wasn't feeling well enough to go out today. Mary and I then went to the ArcLight Hollywood to see What We Do in the Shadows. It was really funny. We both laughed a lot and oddly it made me reflect on The Scribbled Victims.  

Duy Huynh

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tattooed


I caught up on sleep by sleeping until 9 a.m. and woke up feeling great.  I had breakfast with Paul who gave me a shirt with the entire text of The Dead printed on it. I drove up to LA and met briefly with Stitches and gave her a present. I got tattooed by Margret. I got two tattoos from Marie on Friday so it's been a tattoo weekend. I went out to dinner and record shopping with Jessica Jackson. She became sad and I took her home. It made me sad to see her like that. Her heart hurts.
Necklace I got for Stitches

Friday the 13th tattoos from Marie
Today's tattoo from Margret. My mom kept bugging me to get a mom tattoo. 




Saturday, February 14, 2015

Battery


Brazil betrayed me today. Andrea didn't receive her Valentine's Day gift, nor did she receive the flowers I sent her through a local florist in Sao Paulo. Andrea was really sweet though. She told me what I intended to happen would have made the best Valentine's Day she's had. She said when her gift arrives she'll pretend that that day is Valentine's Day and that she'd be happy. We talked on Skype. We went through my entire iPhone battery until it died and hung up on us. So I had a nice Valentine's with her despite all the logistical problems.

Duy Huynh

Friday, February 13, 2015

Serial


I was considering the possibility of releasing The Scribbled Victims as a serial novel, with perhaps a chapter release every week or every two weeks, but I’ve decided against it as it would pressure me to hurry faster than might be good for the story and it would also be unforgiving when it came to revisions. Plus, I learned that Smashwords, the platform I would release them through, doesn’t permit serial novels anyway. This morning, before I made my decision, I registered scribbledvictims.com. I always jump the gun on things, but hopefully I’ll have use for the domain someday later.  

Loui Jover

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pivot


I wasn’t in the office today. I had an all day training class on using pivot tables. It was a really good class. I learned lots of things that will help me become more efficient and accurate at work. After the class I made appointments for me and Stitches to get tattoos together in April. I ate vegan pizza while doing laundry. I’ve been overeating again. I feel gross. I wrote a little more of the secret thing I’m writing.  I didn’t really like the dialogue of one of the characters though. He comes off as pretty typical and dull.

Loui Jover