Monday, July 31, 2017


Hanh is on vacation. She's traveling to an island in Vietnam, but I can't remember the name. Because the WIFI hasn't been reliable, we didn't talk much today, but she sent me some pictures. I netted 502 new words in the new book, satisfying my daily word quota. I'm feeling good about this book. I think Orly is really vibrant in this book. I'm nearly done with Chapter Nine. I believe Chapter Twelve will close out the first act and hopefully it will have built enough up for the readers to be invested no matter where the story takes them.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


I only wrote 47 new words on Saturday after coming back from visiting Ashley's grave. All I wanted to do when I got home was sleep. But today I wrote 573 words, so I feel good about that. Since I increased my daily word count quota to 500 new words, I've averaged 543.5. I just hope I can keep going at this pace without burning out. My mind is swimming in the story. It feels really good. I still haven't heard back from my designer though about the new book cover concept. I'm becoming impatient to begin the vampire photoshoot.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Today marks four years since Ashley died. I drove down to San Diego early this morning to visit her. I set up two chairs, as I expected to see her mother. I gave Ashley a vase of gerbera daisies and a spiked collar with D rings. I spent about an hour with her before her mother arrived. I guess she expected to see me too, because she brought me a framed photo I had never seen of Ashley. It's on my desk now at home, but I think I may bring it to work. So many collaborative possibilities we lost.

Ashley and her dog Miko

Friday, July 28, 2017


I met my new psychiatrist today. Intake sessions are always hard for me. They take a long time and you have to say things to introduce yourself that you had hoped you'd never have to say to anyone again. The retelling of things upset me so much that I had to take a Klonopin for the first time in a long time when I got home. I should have thought to take one in advance or at least bring some with me. I think this doctor will care a lot about me. Sucks that I have to pay to valet.