pikestaff: (March Hare)
Sometimes I go back and look at old LJ entries of mine from like... a year prior and read them to see what I was doing at this time last year and see if I've made any progress at life related things. Did you know that at this time last year I was terribly emo and distraught? LOL WASHINGTON.

I think I need to start LJ'ing more, for my own sake more than anything. I've always kept a journal of some sort and this is the closest I've got to one anymore. It's an interesting scrapbook of my life. Also apparently I've only LJ'd six times in the last two months. I am a terrible person.


Jun. 25th, 2012 11:30 pm
pikestaff: (Derpy - Dragonborn)
Well, I put in my two weeks' notice at Kmart today. Because I got a new job! Never thought I'd say this, but I'm... going back to Target. You know, that place I hated and quit six years ago. Yup. But they pay $11.50 for an early morning stockroom position and I'm not gonna turn that down.

Hopefully I don't regret this! If worse comes to worse, I was technically hired as "seasonal" and I can quit in three months, no harm done.

Here's hoping I can do three months of waking up at 3am!


Jun. 18th, 2012 11:09 pm
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Crazy!)
Hello LJ why am I so bad at posting on you these days

Huxley went home last week. :( But, we have a decent visit plan set up for the next several months, so hopefully...!
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Sadface)
Huxley is leaving tomorrow and I am not happy about this situation :( I think I'll adjust okay after a day or so, but I am... reeeeallly not looking forward to going to the airport tomorrow xD

We're still planning on the fall visit in a couple of months, but I'll really have to kickstart my money situation for that, so I have to figure out some way to accomplish it.
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
EBOOK - Amazon
April 2012 - 13 - ($4.55)
May 2012 - 3 - ($1.05)

EBOOK - Barnes & Noble
April 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
May 2012 - 1 - ($0.40)

EBOOK - Lulu - ePub format
April 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
May 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

EBOOK - Lulu - PDF format
April 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
May 2012 - 1 - ($0.88)

PAPERBACK - Createspace
April 2012 - 5 - ($27.45)
May 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

April 2012 - 6 - ($17.34)
May 2012 - 1 - ($2.89)

TOTALS AS OF MAY 30, 2012:

Total ebooks sold: 147
Total royalties from ebooks: $60.92
Total paperbacks sold: 12
Total royalties from paperbacks: $47.68

Total books sold: 159
Total royalties: $108.06


April was randomly a really good month and then May slowed down a bit. Still, it feels good to have surpassed the $100 mark with just a little bit of marketing and word-of-mouth.

In other news, Huxley is taking a nap in my bed right now and it is very cute :D
pikestaff: (Fluttershy - Hug)
Things Huxley and I have done so far in the first two weeks of our visit:

* Rolled down the windows of my car and jammed out to "Party With Pinkie" turned all the way up (this one was with Dakoda)
* Spent an entire day playing hotseat Civ IV with just breaks for food
* Spent an entire day playing Earth Defense Force with just breaks for food
* Spent an entire day playing various other games, with just breaks for food
* Visited the animal shelter and played with the cats
* Spent about a half hour digging through the Playstation 2 game bin at GameStop while the employees gave us odd looks and gently reminded us that they could look up specific titles for us (but the hunt is the best part!)
pikestaff: (Default)
Hi LJ,

I know I haven't updated in forever but I just want everyone to know that I have a Huxley with me and we're having a lovely time <3 <3


Apr. 29th, 2012 09:30 am
pikestaff: (Eve and Wall-E)
Apparently I've mentioned this everywhere except LJ, so here we go. Thanks in no small part to the surprise generosity of a friend, my wonderful boyfriend Huxley is going to come visit me in about nine days. He'll be here for a few weeks and it's going to be amazing <3

Then I'm going to go over and visit him this fall, for a total of nearly two months of blissful togetherness this year.

In other news I'm feeling pretty good about my money situation overall. My car should be all paid off in three or four months and then I can really start working on medical bills or that damned Wells Fargo credit card... probably that one because they charge some ridiculous monthly fee. I'm waiting to hear back from my Student Loans; I've submitted an application for a lack-of-money deferment and if that doesn't go through then they should at least be able to negotiate with me because I can't afford to give them freaking 30%+ of my income.

Anyways, we'll see~
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Starcraft Ghost)
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To answer the second part of the question, arcades pretty much don't exist anymore, which is the saddest thing that has ever happened to the world. :(


Apr. 13th, 2012 09:29 am
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Sadface)
I remember when I bought Nemo. I was still working at PetSmart and he was a sick baby guinea pig that we had. I gave him medicine and cuddled him and named him "Nemo", and once he was better and ready to sell I decided he was too cute to pass up and bought him for myself.

Nemo survived a lot of crap. He survived an ear infection. He survived moving out of my apartment and back to my parents' house, and then he survived an 800 mile drive to Washington, and then he survived the 800 mile drive back a year later. He was always very energetic, spunky, and feisty.

He stopped eating about a week ago. It was about the same time that I bought him a new type of food (because his usual food was all out), so I thought that maybe he was just being a picky eater, as guinea pigs are known to be, and, a few days later, I found his normal food and gave it to him. He still didn't touch it.

Concerned, I took him to the vet, where he was a feisty as ever. The vet prescribed him some medicine and a special food to feed him through a syringe. So I went home and started dutifully giving him his medicine and his special food mix with the syringe. Last night he still seemed to be doing okay and I thought that maybe he'd make it through whatever this was.

This morning I could feel his ribs, and moving seemed to take him a huge amount of effort. I gave him his medicine, I fed him his food in a syringe, and I gave him some extra cuddles and pats. I put him back in his cage, in his favorite hut, surrounded by hay and treats and spinach and water. The best I could give him. Then I hemmed and hawed over what to do. He needed to see an emergency vet-- that much was certain. But the emergency vet was expensive and I didn't have any money.

Finally, after an hour of thinking about it, I realized what I'd have to do. I'd have to pull all of the money I had in the Visiting Huxley Fund, which I've been saving up since January, and use it to save Nemo's life. It would mean I'd have to postpone visiting Hux for quite some time-- but I had to do it.

I went to the bank website. I pulled all of the money out of my savings account and transferred it to my checking account. Then I called the emergency vet.

It was as I was on the phone with them that Nemo stumbled out of his hut, fell over onto his side, twitched a couple of times... and then stopped moving for good.

I've been crying for the last fortyfive minutes. I did so much and it wasn't enough. I wonder if I somehow did something wrong.

I will miss you, Nemo.

pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
Some stats in the format of Month - copies sold - royalties

The ebook was published October 31, 2011, and the paperback was "officially" made available on April 9, 2012 (although earlybird copies were up on CreateSpace a few days prior.)

EBOOK - Amazon

October 2011 - 3 - ($1.05)
November 2011 - 77 - ($26.17)
December 2011 - 6 - ($2.01)
January 2012 - 4 - ($1.40)
February 2012 - 8 - ($2.66)
March 2012 - 3 - ($1.05)

EBOOK - Barnes & Noble

October 2011 - 0 - ($0.00)
November 2011 - 8 - ($3.20)
December 2011 - 1 - ($0.40)
January 2012 - 1 - ($0.40)
February 2012 - 1 - ($0.40)
March 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

EBOOK - Lulu - ePub format

October 2011 - 0 - ($0.00)
November 2011 - 9 - ($8.10)
December 2011 - 1 - ($0.90)
January 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
February 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
March 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

EBOOK - Lulu - PDF format
October 2011 - 0 - ($0.00)
November 2011 - 4 - ($3.60)
December 2011 - 2 - ($1.80)
January 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)
February 2012 - 1 - ($0.90)
March 2012 - 0 - ($0.00)

PAPERBACK - Createspace
April 2012 - 5 - ($27.45)

April 2012 - 4 - ($11.56)


Total ebooks sold: 129
Total royalties from ebooks: $54.04
Total paperbacks sold: 9
Total royalties from paperbacks: $39.01

Total books sold: 138
Total royalties: $93.05


Apr. 9th, 2012 02:23 pm
pikestaff: (Proud Charmander)
Aw yeah you guys check it out you can get a paperback of my book now

This means I'm officially done with Windshifter! On to new books and new horizons!


Apr. 7th, 2012 10:06 am
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
Writing is an investment. You're investing a bunch of time into something that may or may not pay off.

I'm trying to treat writing like a second job. It's hard work. I finally finished formatting Windshifter for print and now I've got an "early bird version" up on CreateSpace while I wait for Amazon to okay it. Sales are very slow thus far, but then I haven't made an "official" announcement yet. Besides, one print copy is equal to about 15 ebooks in terms of royalties, so I'm not going to complain too much.

"Cricket Song" is getting edited. There's another book, a kid's book, that I've been writing on and off for about a year that is getting worked on.

Eventually, this is all gonna have to pay off.
pikestaff: (Applejack - Thinky)
Today is my last day of full-time hours at work. Starting tomorrow I'm bumped down to about 25-30. It will do good things for my mental health, but not-so-good things for my paycheck.

Oh well. Having a couple of months of full-time really gave me a boost. I was able to pay off one of my medical bills (which will save me about $500/year), I was able to put some extra money into my car payments, and I was able to apply for a passport and set up an eye doctor appointment.

I'm seriously considering getting a second job for a few months, at least. Two part-time jobs = one full-time job, right? We'll see, though. I'm going to give myself a few weeks to rest and think about it.
pikestaff: (Default)
I got new tires for my car the other day. It was exciting.

I am almost done finalizing the formatting on the print version of "Windshifter". Once that finishes, it'll be up for sale! Pretty neat. After that, it's back to editing "Cricket Song". I'd like to get that published this year.


Mar. 12th, 2012 09:58 am
pikestaff: (Photo Finish)
Kitty cat mood theme :3

Also, the RAM I ordered for my computer should come in today! Hopefully!
pikestaff: (Pony Marine)
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Starcraft Ghost)
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I believe that technology and improvement are inherently good.
pikestaff: (Rainbow Dash - Not Impressed)
A coworker brought up a good point to me yesterday: namely, I'm sitting here making all these plans as if my new 40-hours-a-week status is set in stone when in actuality they're going to slash my hours in half again as soon as they find a new service desk person. Who knows how long that will take, but still, it is a concern.

This would be a cue to start seriously jobhunting again but I'm not sure how well a new job would take it if I said "btw I'm going overseas for a month this summer."

Maybe I should just quit everything before going to visit Hux, and then jobhunt in earnest when I come back? It'd be easy enough to find a part-time retail job the minute I get back while searching for something more permanent.

What do you guys think?
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Crazy!)
Well I still hate my job but at least between the 40 hours a week + occasional overtime I'm making a decent profit for the first time in about three years. If things continue to go this way I should be able to start making double payments on my car either this month or next, and then if I can talk my student loans into slashing my monthly payment in half (and I should be able to, according to some new Obama thing I heard about recently) then I'll be able to start making double payments on my credit cards which I dumped so many medical bills and such into.

And of course there's also the Visiting Huxley Fund! I'm thinking either late spring or late summer for a visit, depending on how things go. I don't want to go in the peak of summer because of the Olympics going on in London so I'm sure flight prices are going to be wonky.

Writing and editing is always hard work but I'm trying to keep up with that, too. If I can turn it into a small but steady supplemental income then I'll have achieved my goal and I'll be happy.

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