Vacation = Great Success!

I live!!!

My Caribbean cruise getaway was a great success. There was much beach lounging and Mayan ruins visiting and buffet gorging to be had. And I got lots of writing done, which was fantastic. I also got verbally lambasted by my mother for my current WIP having such a slow start that she was bored to tears. So I guess it’s back to the drawing board on that one. Ah well. Can’t win ’em all!

I have a gazillion things to catch up on, so today’s post will be short. I just wanted to say hi to everyone, let you know I’m back, and that I’ll be digging through the last week of your blog posts just as soon as I get my life back in order.

Oh yes, and Blackbird LSD, an indie publicity company based out of California, was kind enough to host an author interview with me over on their site. Check it out here.

Here’s their logo, which is just adorable with the little birdies and whatnot:

blackbird lsdPictures from the vacation will be uploaded whenever my mother gets around to loading them on her computer. So … anywhere from two hours to two months. Stay tuned!


Unrelated media of the day:

There is an entire website devoted to Justin Timberlake doing things — And just when I thought the internet couldn’t get more awesome.

One of my personal favourites:


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38 thoughts on “Vacation = Great Success!

  1. Congrats on your newest interview. 🙂 I finally got the chance to read your book & absolutely loved it! I am very excited about Chasing Noncomformity. (Love the name, by the way.)

  2. Sean

    My vacation was a success too!

  3. WB Michelle – your witty posts have been noticeable by their absence, mushroom.
    Enjoyed the interview with Blackbird. Good fun. Hopefully it will net you a few more sales. Badgers. Was the iUniverse really that bad? 😦

    • Snaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake.

      iUniverse is at times useful, and at times baffling in their methods. For example, today, I called them in to get the 25 free books I got as part of the publishing package printed and delivered to me (they wouldn’t send them out until I’d confirmed that the printer copies were A-OK, which they finally are, thank goodness). Anyway, I’m like “All right, everything looks good, send me my free copies”, and the iUniverse guy was like “Okay. You’re going to need to pay shipping, so what major credit card would you like us to charge for that?” Which of course prompted my response of “But these books were included for free in the package, and nowhere was there any mention made of me having to pay shipping”. To which he replied, “This is how things work”.

      Le sigh.

      Oh, and thanks for the WB 🙂 Warner Bros would approve. As would … um … Wiggly Bacon? Acronyms were never my strong suit.

  4. Papizilla

    Welcome back young lady! So no engine room fires and “Triumph” like difficulties on your cruise? Yay for you! Did you take my advice and corrupt all of the native young men you found along your travels? 😉 Some best selling books were made out of stories just like that….. heh heh heh

    • Well, there was a minor fire, but luckily I pulled a Circe and turned one of the young island men into an elephant, and he managed to put out the flames with his pachyderm powers. The captain was so pleased with my heroism that he named me queen of the cruise ship and gave me a complimentary bottle of wine.

      • Papizilla

        See! Right there you have the beginning of a best selling memoir of your trip! Ha! Dang I am good. 😉

  5. Congrats on the interview

  6. Phew! I can finally stop praying for your safe return. 🙂 Glad to know you had such a wonderful time. I’m off to read your interview now. Happy Tuesday!

    • It’s been a happy Tuesday thus far — how can it not be, when you start it off with a Belgian waffle?

      Trip was great, with no terrible injuries to report, other than the inevitable sun burn. I like to believe that your prayers singlehandedly prevented my cruise ship from capsizing and forcing me to live in a lifeboat with a tiger for half a year. So, thank you! 😀

  7. Hey! Glad you enjoyed the holiday, sorry, vacation. 😉 While checking out the Mayan ruins, did you happen to find the rest of their calendar lying around anywhere?

    • I didn’t find any calendars, but I did find howler monkeys. Have you ever heard a howler monkey in person? Howler doesn’t do them justice. It’s more like a spine-tingling, heart-racing lion roar. At least they didn’t throw anything at me. Then I would have had to declare eternal vengeance against the monkey people, and as Planet of the Apes teaches us, that’s a very bad idea.

  8. Congrats on the interview!

  9. Ohhhh my gosh, I’m glad you’re back! 🙂 Things have been so slow without you. Apparently you’re the fountain from which all of my website activity flows. xDD Anyway, still super-jealous about your vacation, but glad you had a good time. ^^ Though I don’t know how you ever found time to write with so many things to do!
    (And glad to hear you enjoyed New Orleans–it was definitely on my list of top awesome places.)

    • I like fountains. I believe this fondness stems from my happy childhood hours watching Aladdin and wishing I could live in Jasmine’s palace, with her tiger and her cool lotus fountain and her silky sleeping couch and whatnot.

      I loved New Orleans. I only wish it had been a little warmer, because I’d packed for Caribbean weather and … well, New Orleans was not Caribbean weather.

      • xD I could see that. Aladdin was a good movie. 🙂 Although I have to admit, I’d probably be wishing for the genie + wishes, ’cause then I could just make myself rich and buy a palace with fountains!
        And yes. Warmer, especially if you’re coming from the frigid north, but no, New Orleans is not the Caribbean. xD

  10. BY THE BY, now that you’re back, I have some welcome-back presents for you!
    What? No I didn’t get you a fruit bouquet. What do I look like, I’m made of money? Though those are really delicious and pretty….
    Yup, drew you some more of my silly pictures. 😛 I just started at the beginning and started illustrating some scenes. Theoretically I will do more in the future, but for God’s sake don’t hold me to that. xD I’m a procrastinator of a champion class.
    Either way, enjoy!
    Eris in her towel:
    Eris being kidnapped the first time:

    • I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! Hahaha I love how Eris’s blush extends all the way across her face, and then some. Poor Eris. And Josh’s eyebrow is fantastic — totally conveys his complete lack of understanding of … pretty much everything. Eris being abducted is similarly awesome 😀 Her pose is just fantastic — it’s half “GET OFF OF ME!” and half “What the hell is going on here?” And she’s even in her favourite purple hoodie! You, my dear, are officially my favourite. Favourite what, you might ask? That’s up for you to interpret. But suffice it to say, it’s a great honour 😀

      • YES. Secretly that’s all I aspire to–being everyone’s favorite. *Sticks tongue out at the other kids.* I’m a shameless suck-up. But I also like you and your book, so hey, it’s not all for bragging rights. :)) Let me tell you, drawing SIX arms that looked like they belonged on a lizard-person was a challenge. Hands are bollocks anyway, let alone alien lizard-hands. I cheated on the scales, but it was more than I could bear just then. AND OF COURSE SHE HAS HER PURPLE HOODIE! No point in drawing fan art if you’re not going to scour the book and be accurate about it. 😛 ❤ Glad you like them~

        • Ha, I didn’t even notice the scales until you mentioned it. Well, I think the hands look excellent. Very … reptilian. Not that I hang out with a lot of lizard men, so perhaps I’m not the best judge. And you’re just going to have to deal with having my everlasting admiration, because your latest artwork will be the focus of tomorrow’s post. Deal with it!!!

          • Me either. xD I based them off of like… I dunno, the few times I’ve seen lizards. xD At the zoo or petstore or something, because they weird me out personally. Yanking off an appendage and growing it back just isn’t natural. AND OH NOOOO. I guess I will just have to suck it up. ;P

  11. Jealous!! I need a vacation. 🙂 Glad to hear your cruise went well!

    • It was lovely. Even with me sleeping on what was essentially a slab of plastic flipped down out of the wall with a mattress slapped on top. You should consider a cruise for your needed vacation. They’re crazy cheap. It’s the actual getting-to-the-cruise-ship-port part that’s hard. The cruise we went was like $500 a head for the week, and the flights were $700 a head. Ridiculous.

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