The Calm Before the Storm


It’s the weekend before New Year’s and I’m (you probably guessed it) writing and revising and rinse and repeat. Right now, I’m in the post-holiday crunch (as my friend Jim Zubkavich pointed out on Twitter). I’ve mentioned this before, but when you freelance either part-time or full-time, there’s no end to what you need to do because your hours aren’t regular like a 9 to 5 job. Or, to put it simpler, deadlines rule my life. HAH!

Just got back from sunny California where I spent most of the holidays. Love! About three degrees here on Monday. NOT LOVE! Annnnnd… I’m behind on pictures. Fail. But? I’ve got about 250,000 words on my desk of Firefly-related material. To me, that’s a solid “win.”

What’s nice about this time of year is the quiet. It really is the calm before the storm for me. As soon as January hits, it’ll be non-stop craziness — and I’m so ready for it. 2014 is going to be very exciting!

    Mood: Mischief managed.
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Coffee in moderation.
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: Sigh
    In My Ears: Computer fan
    Game Last Played: Battle Nations
    Book Last Read: The Lies of Lock Lamora by Scott Lynch
    Movie Last Viewed: DESOLATION OF SMAUG
    Latest Artistic Project: *Still* *still* *still* need to take pictures… It’s on the list!
    Latest Fiction/Comic Release: Last Man Zombie Standing
    Latest Game Release: Freedom Flyer
    What I’m Working On: Primarily tie-in games work and novels.

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

Looking for Monica’s books and games that are still in print? Visit Monica Valentinelli on Amazon’s Author Central or a bookstore and game store near you.

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