Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Great Ebay Experiment

So, I’m considering starting another company in January. This one would be completely eBay based.

Am I sane?

Not in the least.

Am I going to do it?

Probably.

Will I talk numbers here?

Why not?

Right now my friend and I are working on streamlining the process. She’s getting 25% of the profits for helping with the listings.

Before I start actively picking, I’m just going to sell off things around the house. Dolls, toys, geekery, shoes, things I’m selling for other people. There’s plenty of stuff in my house that needs a good home.

What does it look like right now?

  • 23 Active listings
  • 8 Auctions
  • 15 Fixed Price
  • 1 Auction ready to sell.
  • 12 Consignments
  • 11 from my collection

 

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Sunday Night Music: Going to Marrakesh

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October 25, 2015 · 3:10 pm

New Year’s Planning

Generally, I don’t plan things. Not really. I have a general sense of the arch of things, the beginning, the end, the high points. I don’t outline. I don’t plan plots. I just go for it.

That’s not helpful in the real world though. I have deadlines. I have taxes. I have so much to do that I can’t even keep my to do list up to date. But I need to. I’ve started keeping a calendar and notebook with me at all times.

What that means is that I’m already planning my schedule for next year. NEXT YEAR people. This from a woman who generally can handle planning about a month in advance.

What does the next year look like? Counting from November?

November – NaNoWriMo
– DC Big Flea for the bakery & press
– Richmond Comicon for the press
– Star Wars Fandom Universe (writing/editing/soliciting art)

December – Boutique Baking for bakery customer
– Star Wars Days

January – Book 2 of Stars and Shadows Universe
– DC Big Flea for the bakery

March – DC Big Flea for the bakery

May – DC Big Flea for the bakery
– Book Expo America (?)

June – Awesome Con for the Press

July – The beginning of my 10-11 month serial
– DC Big Flea for the bakery

September – Three Day Novel Event
– DC Big Flea for the bakery
– Forage for black walnuts (they grow wild in VA)

October – Book Lover’s Bazaar (Charity event that I plan/run with JM as my partner)
– Colonial Days for the bakery
– DC Big Flea for the bakery

November – NaNoWriMo
– DC Big Flea for the bakery

Actually, doesn’t look that bad so far… Give it time, I think.

Somewhere inside of all of that, there’s writing stories and books, editing a new project from one of our authors, a whole bunch of deadlines for the press I’ve not written down yet, a breathing space of a week or so for daydreaming or doing nothing.

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Sunday Night Music: William Shakespeare Song

Do you know the Horrible Histories? You don’t? I am sad for you. Here, have one:

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October 18, 2015 · 3:08 pm

A thin, thin, line

Cross-posted from Art of Procrastination

There is a line. A line we draw and say “thus far and no further.” That line is different for everyone.

Today, someone in my life drew that line and left an abusive relationship. I will not reveal more than that for their own safety.

So, for today’s post we are going to 1) signal boost where to get help. 2) discuss abusive behaviors. 3) rage, rage against abuse and give you ways to help.

Where to get help:

    For Women:

US: call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
UK: call Women’s Aid at 0808 2000 247.
Australia: call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732.
Worldwide: visit International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines and crisis centers.

    For Men:

U.S. and Canada: The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men & Women
UK: ManKind Initiative
Australia: One in Three Campaign

Abusive Behaviors:

Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. And while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy your self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make you feel helpless and alone. No one should have to endure this kind of pain—and your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need.

Help Guide.Org

A quick checklist from the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Look over the following questions. Think about how you are being treated and
how you treat your partner. Remember, when one person scares, hurts or
continually puts down the other person, it’s abuse.
Does your partner…
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  • Embarrass you with bad names and put-downs?

 

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  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

 

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  • Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go?

 

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  • Stop you from seeing or talking to friends or family?

 

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  • Take your money or Social Security, make you ask for money or refuse to
    give you money?

 

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  • Make all the decisions?

 

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  • Tell you you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away or hurt your children?

 

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  • Act like the abuse is no big deal, it’s your fault, or even deny doing it?

 

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  • Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

 

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  • Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

 

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  • Shove you, slap you or hit you?

 

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  • Force you to drop charges?

 

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  • Threaten to commit suicide?

 

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  • Threaten to kill you?

 

If you checked even one of these, you may be in an abusive relationship. If you
need help, call the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance
Abuse Services’ “Safeline” at 1-800-522-7233 or the National Domestic
Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

How you can help RIGHT NOW:

  1. Signal boost. Share the information in this post. Link to it. Copy it. Post it on your own blog. Facebook it. Tweet about it.
  2. Donate to your local women’s shelter.
  3. Volunteer at your local shelter.
  4. Donate to one of the organizations in the first section
  5. Send this post to someone who needs the checklist.
  6. Look around your home and consider if you have the ability to shelter a friend or a friend of a friend who’s escaping a situation. Think about what you would do. Make sure there’s a plan and maybe lay in an extra toothbrush and sundries, just in case.

It is my sincerest hope that you will never need this information. But if you do? Here is it. And here’s a virtual hug from me to you. You are heard. You are believed.

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Sunday Night Music: The Truth About Ninjas

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October 11, 2015 · 12:50 pm