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R.J. Blain
Beware of Sanity, it bites. Writer. Favorite Genres: Fantasy & Science Fiction
Beware of Sanity, it bites. Writer. Favorite Genres: Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Hey, folks. So, a basic life update.

My husband was bumped back several steps in the immigration to the US process, but we're... making forward progress again? They held onto his passport for so long we have to redo his medical exam, which likely means he has to redo his base-level interview again.

In theory, we could be moving within two months if everything goes well.

So, this week I'm doing a lot of house cleaning, and next week might end up looking the same, fitting in any form of work while I can in the meantime. I'm still hoping to stay on schedule with Water Viper and Silver Bullet, but we will see.

(I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...) Actually, I'm fairly sure I can, as I'm at the implementing my editor's commentary and proofing stage of Water Viper, although Silver Bullet has a great deal of work left to do on it before May.

I still think I can do it, though.

So, back to the grind. The house isn't going to clean itself.

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On the best of days, my release schedule is a chaotic mess. On the surface, there’s no rhyme or reason to my publication decisions. There actually is. And a lot of it has to do with you, my readers. There are other influences, but you play a huge part in…

General Status Update:

1: Water Viper is with my editor. Looking at a mid to late March release. (Woohoo!!)

2: I'm ahead of schedule with Silver Bullet. Release date anticipated to be May 16, 2017. (Print and e-book at same time.)

3: Once Silver Bullet releases, I will begin prepping indiegogo rewards for people who are getting signed copies.

4: I started a new Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) story with a whole new cast of characters because I needed some fun in my life. Here's an unedited snippet for your enjoyment:

The next time I took a vacation, I’d just stay home. While there were cozier places than my apartment in Chicago, it beat being covered head to toe in blood spatter on a busy sidewalk at Times Square. I’d seen a lot of crazy shit during my short stint as a cop, but I had never seen a body plummet from a skyscraper and crash through the windshield of a car struck in traffic before.

One body was bad enough, but the victim had landed on the driver and passenger. Maybe if they’d used a real windshield instead of a substitute, the glass wouldn’t have broken into razor-sharp chunks and killed them. I’d seen it in Chicago once, where an enterprising idiot had purchased window glass, ground it down, and forced it to fit in their vehicle.

He had died after rear-ending someone, breaking their makeshift windshield and puncturing his carotid artery.

What stopped me in my tracks, however, was the furry head sticking out of the back window, its white fur stained wth crimson and its long, fluffy ears turned back. My mouth dropped open, and I rubbed my eye, blinked, and looked again.
Nothing changed. A rather angry looking alpaca glared at me as though I had somehow been responsible for the corpse falling through the windshield of its car, which by some miracle, hadn’t accelerated following the accident. 

I'm not all that active on Google+ anymore for a bunch of reasons. I check my notifications daily through my email, but here's the deal: I'm looking for friendly, casual engagement I can do between my work.

I'm not looking for drama.

I'm not looking for politics. (I've 99% cut out all politics from my life. The discussions weren't bringing anything to the table for me, stressed me out, and made me miserable.)

I'm not looking for bad news parades.

Between these three things, my Google+ isn't a very welcoming atmosphere for me. It's hard to teach google+ 'I don't want any politics on my stream.'

So, my social media usage on the plus is really low. I'd be sorry about that, but I'm doing this for me. I want to be a happier, healthier person... and I could either wipe out my circles completely and have an empty feed, or just move on and engage with people when I post to my blog or make an announcement--which is fine by me.

But I'll say this much: for some reason, the google+ community thinks it's A-ok to hunt me down on private venues to complain about a fairly open community I formed. This has happened several times in the past week. I've had people come onto posts that had nothing to do with said community about it. I've had people email me. Some of these people have been pretty rude.

I gave others moderation abilities, I sometimes moderate when I have extra time.

Google+ has a pretty thorough community spam filter, and it's generally pretty good.

Most of these people were caught in the spam filter... and their posts didn't meet community guidelines anyway.

Sigh. Shit like this really doesn't encourage me to be more active here.

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Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) has released! Warning: This novel contains excessive humor, action, excitement, adventure, magic, romance, and bodies. Proceed with caution. What do you get when you mix gorgons, an incubus,…

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After a really hard (but productive!) day editing, it is time to unwind and continue my search for my next new favorite author. For some reason, I thought ‘funny urban fantasy’ would be a good start. I like urban fantasy novels. I like humor! After my…

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For as long as I can remember, I have been told how important it is for me to do shit like ‘accept what you can’t change’ and ‘go with the flow.’ Embrace differences, listen to everyone’s opinion, and try to be the change I want to be. I’m coming away…

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When shit happens, sometimes the best (only?!) solution is to go buy books. When your budget doesn’t agree with you (boo) and you’ve had a bad day, sometimes the only solution is to go buy free books. So, guess what I’m doing? I’m going to Amazon, braving…

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Today, I should have written coffee instead of tea, but I’m just going to roll with it. I’m going to start this post with a rant. I almost used the obscene gestures picture, but this one seemed a lot more personal. My friend Lisa made that cup, and I love…

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It has been a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog. Sorry about that. January 1, 2017, my husband’s aunt died. I’ll just say it put a crimp on some of my plans for the start of 2017. My editor hasn’t been feeling well, so I’m so far behind schedule…
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