Random Monday Thoughts

It’s been a long, long time since I sat down to blog whatever comes to mind. The best part of Advent Calendar 2014 is that I remembered the benefits of daily blogging. The hard part is fitting it into my day. I miss Thursday Thankfulness, Tuesdays with Ana, and all of the other traditions started and left by the wayside. I’ve always wanted to be someone who can mop on Mondays and grocery shop on Sundays, but other things become more important. I hunch over a table in the all-night diner, falling asleep over breakfast instead of getting other things done. I get caught up in the rush of writing 9K in a day (unusual for me) and forget to take the garbage out.

When I was a teenager, I kept dozens of journals recording whatever came to mind. I liked to take random newspaper headlines (remember real, honest-to-goodness paper newspapers?) and sort them into an impromptu story. I cut out photographs I liked and wrote a story to go with it.

I’ve recently discovered Pinterest (for its own sake, not as More Promo I Must Do), and it’s reminded me of my old pastime. Seoul Spankings was my first book written based on visual prompts. I don’t often describe hairstyles, settings, or clothes, but I loved finding and writing pretty dresses, shoes, and places into that story. I’ve been told by a beta reader that Hyunkyung is perhaps her favorite character in the entire world. It surprised me, but I am so grateful. I didn’t try to make Hyunkyung anything. She just happened. And Indigo, good old Indi, became someone I loved because of her imperfections, not despite them.

You were so right, Renee. I gave Indi the love of a mother, and she surprised me. She still got spanked, but would any of us have it differently? 🙂

I’m relishing this unexpected chance to delve into the after-story of Talia and Vina. As if the universe read my mind, sales picked up as well! Taliasman has been the most amazing step in my publication career, and I’m so glad people want to know more about this world. Maybe, maybe, I could finish writing it in time for a release to coordinate with Sci Spanks 2015. Maybe. No promises. 😀 But I’m 1/4 done with the first draft, and we’ll see what happens. After all, I have to get Mistress on Her Knees ready, too.

I stayed up from 6 AM Saturday morning until 1:30 PM Sunday afternoon. Yep. You read that correctly. I was starting to see gray, but I couldn’t stop. I powered through (almost) all of the Love Spanks 2015 preparations, and we’re going to have all of our ducks in a row this time around. The stories are fabulous, and I know you will love them.

Random thoughts running through my head today–

I’ve learned that some of the upcoming generation can’t read cursive writing because they never learned it. This blows my mind.

Wastefulness and cleanliness often go hand in hand. I wonder how much of American germophobia is about a certain level of privilege and entitlement. Why, no, we are entitled to have things perfect, so we will throw away what doesn’t meet our standards. At the grocery store yesterday, I dropped a carton of yogurt. It was still intact except for a small rip in the foil. A bit of yogurt splurted out. The cashier offered to get me a new one, but I said not to worry about it.

Do people actually feel entitled to yogurt when *they* dropped a perfectly good carton on the ground? Who do they think will buy the dropped one?

Food on the floor, I’m good with wasting. No, thanks. Blood and bodily fluids, no thanks. But do we need mountains of toilet seat covers when, technically speaking (except for rude people who squat on top of the toilet seats and splatter everywhere without cleaning up) our buttock cheeks are probably the cleanest part of our body?

Absolutely not related, did you know a baby elephant sucks its trunk exactly the way a human baby sucks its thumb?

It’s so cute! I’ve never thought about elephants much, but my friend Ruth Shulman adores them. I found this fact sheet that confirmed yes, indeed, baby elephants do suck their trunks. It’s so cute.

As to Graciela and Trinity…there is a *small* chance I might post another sneak peek. We’ll see how well you behave…so probably not. 😀

If you’ve expressed interest in the street team, you should have received an invitation. Let me know if you have questions.

How’s your Monday? What’s on your agenda this week? Did you have a good weekend?

Okay, time for me to write some more about Talia’s daughter and our favorite misbehaving domme. 😀

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Random Monday Thoughts

  1. Julie says:

    I’m so happy for the success of Taliasman. I have to admit that as much as I enjoyed it, I didn’t pick it as the book of yours that would resonate with people. But, obviously, what do I know?

    I *did* have a good weekend. Lots of “us” time, which is always, always nice!

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  2. awesomesub says:

    Hi Ana, congratulations on the success of Taliasman. That’s awesome. It is great that you found time to blog, just for the fun of it and with random thoughts included. Nevertheless, I do hope you find at least some time to sleep in all the preparations you do, as too many nights awake are a real nuisance.
    I loved the baby elephant video and that it sucked its trunk. That was so cute and fun to watch.

    Maybe this does not really come as a surprise, but I’d love to have another sneak peek about Graciela and Trinity. With all the different ways this story could take I cannot even say who I’d like to read more about in this moment. I like both and although Graciela is still my favourite, I imagine that Trinity’s story must be so exciting too. And from what you showed so far, she is so not perfect, but learning. Excitement guaranteed?! 🙂

    Thank you for the street team invitation, I’ll comment over there, but that will be tomorrow, as it is already awfully late here, after midnight, after nursing, right before falling into my bed. The weekend was a little weird, but we had a lot of time to talk and snuggle and that was lovely. And needed!
    This Monday was a silly day, all I have managed is to leave the impression of being a complete moron in the supermarket, because I kept talking pretty loudly and in a very exaggerated way to my baby girl. She loves it, but everybody else thinks I am completely out of my mind (I don’t argue with them 😀 ), because I don’t stop when strangers are around. Actually, behaving like a nutcase is pretty much fun too now and then. 😀
    I hope you are having a great week, with writing discipline, coffee and many creative ideas.

    hugs

    Nina

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Aww…I remember when you posted about being pregnant. No wonder you think of Graciela as mumsy.

      I’ve been told in no uncertain terms that I WILL sleep at a decent time tonight. Pfft.

      The first time I watched the video, I couldn’t understand what the baby was doing. Then I got it, and it was adorable. 🙂

      Trinity will have a rough road, poor girl. But a HEA. At least I hope so!

      I hope things are sorted on the home front, and you keep your sweetie happy. Don’t mind the others. I am sure you are out of your mind, but it’s sweet. 😀 Hugs and be good.

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  3. Lynn says:

    Congratulations on the success of Taliasman 🙂 I enjoyed it.

    My son struggled to read the cursive paragraph I wrote as an experiment, although I actually found it hard to write. My writing has gradually evolved into partly joined up but with some print letters and very few curves. He had a hard time with the ‘s’s as they are still cursive. My daughter however, taught herself cursive and writes with a fountain pen. We have been researching our family tree and she found the hand-written records of the 19th century censuses very difficult to read though.

    I think most baby animals are cute! Well mammals anyway. The kids got some Baby Animals Top Trumps cards for Christmas and have spent hours cooing over them and arguing about whether the scores were correct. The elephant rated quite highly as I recall.

    My daughter was trying to tell me that baby alligators were cute, but I wasn’t convinced 😦

    I spent Saturday catching up on paperwork, including coaxing 2,000 pages out of the printer when it kept jamming every 10 or so pages, without moving my head very much because I’ve still got his ear infection. It was very tempting to flatten the printer with a sledge hammer. The printer was repaired today as he finally got the parts in, after a two week wait 😦 No more horrible, screechy, gear grating noises!

    Yesterday I had a visit from a friend I haven’t seen for ages, so that was nice.

    Anyway, it’s midnight here so I’m going to bed.

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      I rarely write in cursive now that I type most of the time, but engraving the wooden spoons helped me take pleasure in writing cursive.

      I might find baby alligators cute, but not snakes. No, thanks.

      Does not sound fun about the printer! Hope you got things settled once and for all. And I hope you enjoyed your friend’s visit. 🙂 Sleep tight!

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      • Lynn says:

        I think I prefer snakes to alligators but I don’t find either cute.

        My cursive started disappearing in school. I used to annoy my history teacher by printing my capital Ls. She used to overwrite each one in red with a loopy L and give me a heartfelt lecture about how the examiner might mistake it for a small L and I might lose marks, so I used to see how many Ls I could get into one essay. Studying European history from Charles I to Louis XVI that was a lot of Louise’s, and consequently Ls.

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  4. Renee says:

    Congrats on Talisman’s success. Looking forward to a great second story in that world. Love the randomness of your thoughts today. Maybe too little sleep and too much writing. I understand that you need to write when your characters are talking but you need to take care of yourself too. Please get some sleep tonight.

    Cursive is not taught in most schools anymore. It hasn’t been taught in at least 8-10 years. It is considered out of date. My children can’t read cursive so I always have to read them the letters from great grandmom.

    Had off today so I got to sleep in… 😏 I cooked and cooked and baked. Oh yea, almost forgot… I baked a blue cake for my sweet girl who is turning 15 tomorrow. Have a happy. Blessings. R

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  5. Roz Harrison says:

    Hi Ana, I enjoyed reading your random thoughts. The baby elephant story and clip is soo cute. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Congratulations on the sucess of Taliasman. That is awesome:). You have so much on! Please take care of yourself and get some rest and sleep too. I’m loving Trinity and Graciela’s story!

    I’m in my last week of summer holiday before returning to work next week 😦

    Hugs
    Roz

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    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Wow, summer. It’s hard to imagine summer in January. I suppose winter in January is just as hard to imagine for you. 🙂

      Ruth is making me like elephants more and more. I didn’t know they don’t have predators except for humans.

      Hugs and hope to have another Graciela and Trinity snippet soon.

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  6. Tina S says:

    Congratulations on all your amazing writing! I have to admit I’m shocked to learn that people can’t read cursive writing, my children are learning at school. Elephants are adorable especially the babies

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