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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - October 11 – October 17
Time:02:53 pm
Current Mood:amusedamused
The week in review:
  • My interview with Chris from Pleasure Mechanics was broadcasted on the Speaking of Sex podcast. I recorded it a while back but it was released on Friday.

  • Got to chat by phone with my sister in California, and managed to get my fall decorations up finally while being entertained by the conversation. Sounds like my baby nephew is briefly standing on his own these days!

  • Spent Sunday almost entirely devoted to editing other people's stuff. Don't seem to be able to get around to editing my own.

  • Visited my mom on Tuesday and slept over. We had a really nice dinner that she made and we watched Rat Race on DVD. And then in the morning she made me breakfast. It was so cute. :)

  • Also briefly got to talk to Jessie--we almost never get to chat by phone because of busy schedules on both our ends--but it was nice to touch base with her.

  • Victor, Tia, and Faith came over to celebrate Victor's birthday. (His birthday was Monday but we did this on Thursday.) We played a silly board game called Quelf and had a good time eating Taco Bus food, eating cake, and bothering each other. After the ladies left, I hung out with Victor and he slept over, and we just chatted while I did my comics.

  • I ate at NY Best Pizza with Jeaux this week. Then we went to my place and chatted and listened to Welcome to Night Vale and watched the newest Legend of Korra episode.

Social media counts:

YouTube subscribers: 3,942 for swankivy (61 new this week), 389 for JulieSondra (5 new). Twitter followers: 565 for swankivy (2 new), 741 for JulieSondra (3 new). Facebook: 272 friends (no change) and 149 followers (4 new) for swankivy, 482 likes for JulieSondra (2 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 85 likes for So You Write (1 new). Tumblr followers: 1,595 (6 new).

New reviews of my book:


Interviews, articles, mentions:

  • Pleasure Mechanics: Chris Rose had me on the Speaking of Sex podcast. It's a nice sensitive interview, about thirty minutes long, and doesn't focus entirely on the same things everyone asks. I actually got to talk about community, what lessons we can teach each other, the diversity in the community, and some nuanced stuff on relationships. You can also hear it on Stitcher.

  • Badass Ladies: I don't really know what this is for, but I'm being suggested as someone to interview on this page. Maybe they'll follow up.


Books Read:

Finished reading: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Five-star review. God I loved this book.

Currently reading: Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare.

Songs Sung:


Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas.

Videos Made:

None this week.

Pictures Taken:

Me with my friend Jay's newly published book!



Me dealing with chilliness at work by using a fleece blanket and a document clip. Looking like a hobbit.



Me with my tofu taco from Taco Bus on Thursday.



Victor's GF Tia acting out a challenge that the board game we were playing forced her to do.



Victor said I looked like a Digimon character that night.



Victor with his robot boots. They make a Transformer noise when you walk. Yes, he has noise-making slippers.



And my monthly haircut comparison picture:

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Front, February 2014Front, October 2014


Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0492: ivy #158: food on a stick


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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - October 4 – October 10
Time:04:49 am
Current Mood:sleepysleepy
The week in review:
  • Had an interview on a live BBC show this week (Monday); I had to be on at about 4 AM because of the time difference, but that's okay because I'm usually still awake at that time because I'm weird. I got to listen to a bunch of news about trains messing up before my piece came.

  • Went to Mom's on Monday instead of going to work. She was supposed to have a medical thing that day and I arranged to have the day off, and we ended up watching Throw Momma From the Train because my mom found out I'd never seen it and decided it was a travesty that I hadn't. She bought it on DVD. Heh.

  • I've been working with my publisher this week on submitting applications for awards my book might be eligible for.

  • Book club met this week. We discussed the book Spider's Bite and went to dinner together at Burger 21. It was an enjoyable discussion and the chat at the restaurant was nice too. People are cool about asking me how my book is doing and stuff!

  • My friend and long-time critique partner Jay published a book through Amazon this week and that's some pretty damn huge news.

  • I ate at Five Guys with Jeaux this week. Then we went to my place and chatted and watched the newest Legend of Korra episode; Season 4 just started. Oooh.

Social media counts:

YouTube subscribers: 3,881 for swankivy (29 new this week), 384 for JulieSondra (1 new). Twitter followers: 563 for swankivy (4 new), 738 for JulieSondra (4 new). Facebook: 272 friends (no change) and 145 followers (3 new) for swankivy, 480 likes for JulieSondra (7 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 84 likes for So You Write (no change). Tumblr followers: 1,589 (11 new).

New reviews of my book:



Interviews, articles, mentions:

  • BBC Radio Berkshire: Andrew Peach interviewed me. You can hear my bit about 2 hours and 20 minutes in.

  • Pub Hub mentioned me; one of my blog posts on responding to the ridiculous Salon comments is linked.


Books Read:

Finished reading: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep. Two-star review.

Currently reading: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Songs Sung:


Listen to Your Heart by Roxette.

Videos Made:

None this week.

Pictures Taken:

Me waiting for the BBC's coverage of train delays to finish so I could have my interview. 4 AM selfies.



Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0491: dax #58: open to me


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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - September 27 – October 3
Time:04:32 pm
Current Mood:crappycrappy
The week in review:
  • Much quieter week, thank goodness. Just spent some time working on what awards I might be eligible to win for my book and preparing applications where necessary. And mostly reading and catching up on personal projects, plus doing "responsible" stuff like paying bills. I REALLY need to answer e-mail though.

  • I try to do a video for each of my two channels once a month, and one of my webcomics updates every week while the other updates every month. With all the excitement and attention of September, it was hard for me to meet those goals, but I did manage to get one more video and the monthly webcomic done in September, so I'm happy that I still met my self-imposed goals. :)

  • I beat up on my Pitch Wars manuscripts a little and did some revising on my science fiction romance novel.

  • Got my September newsletter sent out. (You can sign up to receive the newsletter here. It doesn't come out often--just when I have news, so only six times since I started it around a year ago.)

  • Completed some interview questions for a UK magazine and set up some stuff to be interviewed on the BBC again.

  • I ate at IHOP with Jeaux this week. Then we went to my place and chatted and listened to the newest Night Vale episode.

Social media counts:

YouTube subscribers: 3,881 for swankivy (26 new this week), 383 for JulieSondra (1 new). Twitter followers: 559 for swankivy (6 new), 734 for JulieSondra (no change). Facebook: 272 friends (1 new) and 142 followers (no change) for swankivy, 473 likes for JulieSondra (23 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 84 likes for So You Write (no change). Tumblr followers: 1,578 (11 new).

Interviews, articles, mentions:

  • A.S.P.I.E. - Autism Spectrum Pride In Everything Facebook group linked my Salon article and discussed its applicability.

  • YouthVoices.net mentioned me.

  • cassandraswarning on Blogger is discussing asexuality and mentions my book.

  • There was also a gross writeup on a "political" site (I say "political" with scare quotes on purpose). I mentioned it in a previous blog post. It mentioned my book as it mocked asexuality, but I really don't think I need to link to something that was constructed specifically to be dismissive and vicious, not constructive or respectfully critical. It was just a hate-wank fest that deliberately redefined our terminology so they could mock it and laughed uproariously at the idea that we need to have any organizations or communities because we're literally all about "not doing anything."


Books Read:

Finished reading: The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson. Four-star review.

Currently reading: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep.

Songs Sung:


Never Ending Story by Limahl.

Videos Made:


Writing Every Day? is about the advice writers give each other and why you can't necessarily trust it.

Pictures Taken:

No pictures this week.

Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0490: adele #104: the end of wanting


So You Write comic:


#40: the big lie


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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - September 20 – 26
Time:02:56 pm
Current Mood:exhaustedexhausted
The week in review:

  • Well, big news is MY BOOK IS SELLING WELL ENOUGH THAT MY PUBLISHER DECIDED IT NEEDS A PAPERBACK. So, next year, Fall 2015, my book is going to come out in paperback and get marketed to retail stores. Just like I wanted. YAHOO, it happened!

  • It has been a week of mainstream press. It started with Saturday's appearance on the Australian television news show Sunrise. They had me sent to a Tampa television station to get piped in on their breakfast program on the other side of the world. These guys had a nice green room. :) Very respectful interview, and one of the hosts even cleared a sensitive question with me before asking it on the air!

  • On Monday I got a phone call from one of the interviewers on a Sexperts podcast which is associated with Playboy. The lady was calling to kind of pre-interview me and judged me as appropriate for her show. She assured me it's kind of a niche show and that her listeners would find the topic fascinating and she wants to do the interview live in late October. This should go ahead.

  • On Tuesday I got interviewed on BBC World Service podcast. They kinda woke me up because they called early. I had to think on my feet and I think I did pretty well, but it was a really short and sort of brusque interview. And then just an hour after that I had a second interview for Speaking of Sex, which was a warm and sensitive interview that I think is going to come out beautifully in its final version. The interviewer, Chris, also wants to write a companion piece about my book and said they'd read the whole thing and loved it. The BBC one has aired already (I'm at 22:40), and the other one will air in mid-October so I'll link it then.

  • On Wednesday I showed up in the New York Times. The article was about asexuality in general, but it was sort of guided by my quotes in the Salon article and lifted from my actual book. I told my publisher about the new media alert and she said she'd been the one to provide them with a copy of it, but she'd thought it was unlikely they'd actually review it or mention it and was thrilled that they had.

  • I have several pending requests for more interviews; I'll be doing the Sexperts one, and another print Q&A that will appear in Marie Claire in the UK, and another branch of the BBC podcast network wants to interview me. And I'm still hoping to hear from JVClub because Janet Varney is cool, but we'll see if she feels like contacting me. :)

  • I decided I want to try to clean up my science fiction romance novel and show it to my agent. I don't think the book is particularly mainstream honestly, but I think my agent could sell it to a mid-size publisher, and that might be the best thing for it.

  • I ate at Applebee's with Jeaux this week. At my place we didn't do much but watch some funny videos about Avatar and talk about how crappy Internet sexists are.

  • I was randomly ill for the last half of the week (after Wednesday). On Thursday morning I thought I was going to toss my cookies but just remained kind of uncomfortable for the next couple days and I really don't have any appetite.

  • I did work on my mentee's and alternate's books this week as well, and it's going so well! I'm so impressed with both of them.


Social media counts:

YouTube subscribers: 3,855 for swankivy (27 new this week), 382 for JulieSondra (2 new). Twitter followers: 553 for swankivy (6 new), 734 for JulieSondra (7 new). Facebook: 271 friends (2 new--KWBF friends) and 142 followers (4 new) for swankivy, 450 likes for JulieSondra (19 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 84 likes for So You Write (1 new). Tumblr followers: 1,567 (33 new).

New reviews of my book:



Interviews, articles, mentions:


  • "Why Asexuals Don't Want to be Invisible Anymore": My book and my quotes are heavily featured in the New York Times.

  • Attracted to No One: My TV appearance on the Australian TV show Sunrise. It was also discussed on their Facebook page.

  • BBC World Service: My audio-only interview on the BBC. This is the entire segment so you'll need to skip to 22:40 to hear my part. This was also discussed (with lots of horrible, mocking, invalidating comments) on their Facebook thread.

  • Other Facebook pages shared my Salon story, such as Equality California and Autism Women's Network. Most of the comments, again, are angry, mocking, dismissive, snotty, and "WHY DOES THIS NEED ATTENTION?????? THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS!!!!!!!!!" You know.

  • I was mentioned in Vue Weekly, but it wasn't an interview; they more or less just summed up some stuff I said elsewhere and recommended my book.

  • I'm mentioned briefly in The Literary Omnivore.

  • Asexuality, and my materials, ended up in a discussion in West-Info, but there are a lot of problems with the article:

    1. Asexuality isn't something "Americans" are doing as implied.

    2. The "call to arms," as they call it, did not "come from" me in any way.

    3. We don't hyphenate "a-romantic," though I know why some people want to.

    4. It attributes to me a quote of "That's how we're born," which is not something I have ever said or would say because I do not like "born this way" as an explanation for a variety of reasons.

    5. It claims the NYT "interviewed" me and they did not. NYT made it clear they were borrowing quotations from Salon and other places.

    6. They call it "the fourth gender." Gender?!?

    7. They define sex-positive as the notion that two asexual people can have sex with each other. I can't even.


  • I was on the Asexual Agenda's linkspam again with a reference to my Australian TV appearance and the NYT article.

  • A jerk wrote on her blog about how I'm obviously just lying to myself and asexuality isn't an "identity" because it just means you don't have sex. I'm not linking that, though. Just thought it was funny.



Books Read:

This is the first week in a long time that I haven't been able to finish a book. But you saw the week I had.

Still currently reading: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson.

Songs Sung:


That I Would Be Good by Alanis Morissette.

Videos Made:


Letters to an Asexual #21 is out. It's about a guy who wanted to marry me so he could fix me.

Pictures Taken:

I took one crappy picture of me in the green room at the TV station:



And of my new purse to make a joke about how you know a purse is good for you if you can fit a trade paperback in one of its compartments:



Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0489: weaver #59: adult influence


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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - September 13 – 19
Time:05:23 am
Current Mood:blurty
The week in review:
  • I got a Starred Review from Library Journal, which is a BIG DEAL! Definitely will help with sales.

  • And speaking of sales, the next day after I got that review, I got an interview appearing in Salon. I was thrilled to get the interview but definitely steeled myself for what I always know will happen with mainstream press. That happened. It's kind of sad that the first time I got interviewed by them was in 2005 and the comments have not changed much at all. Hundreds of invalidating comments appeared, mostly from people who were apparently outraged that an asexual person would ever date a non-asexual person and DEPRIVE THEM so CRUELLY. (One described it as "passive-aggressive at best." Yeah, and I guess the centuries of asexual people feeling forced to submit to sexual demands aren't worth mentioning here; we all know WE, the SEX-DENIERS, are the heartless ones, and people who want to have relationships with us obviously completely lack the usual adult capacities to negotiate compromises!) I even got one angry woman who dug up my personal e-mail and wrote me a short scolding about how I "need help" and must immediately get myself to therapy.

  • The Salon piece translated to multiple media requests. I have now been invited on five podcasts and a TV show. Uh. I even got followed on Twitter by Janet Varney, who wants to know if I wanna come on her podcast. o_O (Okay, so that's actually probably the smallest-profile show that asked me on, but I like her work, so it's more significant to me. :) )

  • I spent part of the past weekend writing another piece for Bustle because they didn't like the first one, and they rejected my next one too while still encouraging me to keep sending them stuff. Eh, I think I must just not fit their style. Now what to do with these pieces. . . .

  • I spent Saturday doing two things: Writing e-mail to Jay and editing three chapters of my alternate's book. Entire. Day. Except for a little reading.

  • Relatedly, I read my agent's book; she's also an author. She's a good writer. That's a relief. Haha.

  • I edited a friend's story this week because he wants to send it to a magazine and it was too long. I know, right? You want something shorter and you ask ME? Well, I have experience with that. Yes, I got it under the word count cap for him. :)

  • REALLY busy work week. My company got shortlisted on something and we're trying to prepare for our interview, so lots of work for me--mostly on something I'm not very good at (reading maps and finding intersections) so it took me a long time.

  • I ate at Moe's with Jeaux this week. We went to his house to watch the finale of America's Got Talent and listened to Night Vale.

Social media counts:

YouTube subscribers: 3,828 for swankivy (38 new this week), 380 for JulieSondra (5 new). Twitter followers: 547 for swankivy (6 new), 727 for JulieSondra (17 new). Facebook: 269 friends (lost one--apparently the person who re-friend-requested me last week decided to drop me again) and 138 followers (2 new) for swankivy, 431 likes for JulieSondra (33 new--I mentioned that I was close to 400 last week and a bunch of people liked the page), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 83 likes for So You Write (3 new). Tumblr followers: 1,534 (19 new).

New reviews of my book:



Interviews, articles, mentions:



Books Read:

Read and reviewed (click to read the review): Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson. Four stars.

Currently reading: The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson.

Songs Sung:


Who Owns My Heart by Miley Cyrus.


Videos Made:

None. I'm busy, you know.

Pictures Taken:

I didn't really take any interesting photos, except this kinda goofy picture of me wearing Hello Kitty earmuffs at work.



And here are the haircut comparison photos.

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Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0488: ivy #157: nobody's mad


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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - September 6 – 12
Time:11:54 pm
Current Mood:i am a nerf football
The week in review:
  • Big thing this week was probably my mom's sixtieth birthday! She turned sixty on Friday and I spent part of the week working on her presents. My sisters P and L and I conspired to visit her (with P doing so through Skype, and we even got to see cute little Ash having dinner). I brought her favorite Parmesan biscuits (homemade) and P bought her an Andy Griffith book my friend Sarah suggested and L bought her some of her favorite foods from GrillSmith, and we set up a little booklet of ideas for where we're going to take her on a trip after she heals from surgery (well, surgery she hasn't gotten yet). Hopefully it will be awesome!

  • Book is doing pretty well. It's popped up a couple of times on the "health and sexuality" best 100 list, at like 99, haha. Authors don't really have a way of knowing how books are selling, though. You know it if you hit a bestseller list and that's about it.

  • Been working with my Pitch Wars mentee and alternate, Megan and Natalka, to brush up their first three chapters. I'm bitter because I did part of Natalka's and then my computer ate the file so I had to do it over and I'm still not done. :(

  • I spent the weekend writing a piece for Bustle and sending my short stories out on submission to magazines! Sadly Bustle didn't like it and wanted something more personal, so bah. Wonder who I can get to publish that piece, which is a list of ways to alienate asexual friends and loved ones. One of the shorts also already got rejected. I sent it out again immediately. Love my life. ^___^

  • Finally caught up replying to all my YouTube comments and completing the subtitles on my latest videos. E-mail is next!

  • I ate at Burger 21 with Jeaux this week. We went to his house to watch America's Got Talent and the last couple episodes of Legend of Korra. I can't believe the next season starts again in a few weeks!

Social media counts:

YouTube subscribers: 3,790 for swankivy (34 new this week), 375 for JulieSondra (1 new). Twitter followers: 541 for swankivy (lost one), 710 for JulieSondra (12 new). Facebook: 270 friends (1 new--an old friend who disappeared re-friended me) and 136 followers (2 new) for swankivy, 398 likes for JulieSondra (4 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 80 likes for So You Write (no change). Tumblr followers: 1,515 (9 new).

Okay, so, some reviews of my book:



Interviews, articles, guest posts:

  • DiversiTheme: The Invisible Orientation: DiversifYA let me do a guest post about the importance of seeing oneself in fiction, touching on my experience as an asexual person growing up.

  • Non-fiction versus Fiction: The Literary Engineer posted Part One of an interview with me about my experience as an author who writes both fiction and non.

  • Sex News: Violet Blue mentioned my book favorably, referring to it as "so informative, warm, compelling and eye-opening that I can't recommend it highly enough." Violet was one of my blurbers. (Explicit sexual references and illustrations on this blog.)

  • The Asexuality Blog is doing a giveaway for my book because they have an extra copy.

  • I was on the Asexual Agenda's linkspam again with a reference to my DiversifYA guest post.

  • megathornberryy talked about college life and held a copy of my book up saying it was super awesome.


Books Read:

Read and reviewed (click to read the review): Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler. Four stars.

Currently reading: Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson.

Songs Sung:


Far From the Home I Love
from Fiddler on the Roof.

Videos Made:

None, but you can watch megathornberryy's about my book!

Pictures Taken:

I didn't really take any pictures except selfies for Twitter. Probably not of much interest here honestly. (Though one was kind of funny because I was making a weird face. Follow my author account on Twitter if you really want to see that kind of crap on the regular.)

Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0487: adele #103: sometimes


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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - August 30 – September 5
Time:11:58 am
Current Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
The week in review:
  • My family and friends ambushed me with a book release party on Saturday, the rats. It was super cute. I got a cake that said "Author Sextraordinaire" and a big framed poster of my book cover. And lots of attention and food (with a fruit arrangement sent from my sister).

  • Well obviously, my book came out on Tuesday. I took most of the week off work so I could be not too distracted and get to enjoy the event. It's on my publisher's page now.

  • Um, but in all honesty Pitch Wars ate the week. The whole week. I wrote feedback for all of my 103 submissions and the responses took hours and hours and totaled about 60,000 words. The feedback thing wasn't required but I like to do it. Maybe I was throwing myself into that to distract myself from the publishing thing? I don't know. I made some friends. Everybody seems thrilled with my feedback.

  • I picked Megan Paasch as my mentee, with her lovely New Adult fantasy Charlotte Elemental. It has two things I really like in it: Fae characters, and a query letter that mentions (gasp) a boy and a girl whose plot doesn't appear to revolve around their feelings for each other. I also picked Natalka Burian as my alternate. Her Adult Literary novel Everything Is Flowing was probably the weirdest thing in my inbox. In a good way. About a machine that lets people see an ancestor or relative's past, and some girl who uses it and experiences the birth of a star. (Wut.)

  • The audio book of my book is cool. You can listen to the sample of the book and decide if you want to get the whole thing.

  • I finally finished all of the Amazon and Goodreads reviews I was posting. So now my author account on Goodreads is up to date and full of delicious reviews.

  • I ate at IHOP with Jeaux this week. We went to his house to watch America's Got Talent and listened to Night Vale. The September Monologues were great :D

  • YouTube subscribers: 3,756 for swankivy (30 new this week), 374 for JulieSondra (1 new). Twitter followers: 542 for swankivy (4 new), 698 for JulieSondra (22 new). Facebook: 269 friends (4 new--added a few Pitch Wars pals) and 134 followers (minus one) for swankivy, 394 likes for JulieSondra (2 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 80 likes for So You Write (no change). Tumblr followers: 1,506 (23 new).



Okay, so, some reviews of my book:



The interviews:



The mentions:



Books Read:

Read and reviewed (click to read the review): Eyeshield 21 Volume 22 by Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata. Five stars.

Currently reading: Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler.

Songs Sung:


Genesis: "Invisible Touch."

Videos Made:

None, but you can watch Davy's about my book!

Pictures Taken:

My "author sextraordinaire" cake:



My friends being cute at my party:



My nephew thinks my book is so tasty that he devoured it:



Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0486: ivy #156: a word for you


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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - August 23 – 29
Time:09:31 pm
Current Mood:busybusy
The week in review:

  • The Book Things seem to have begun in earnest. Everyone who pre-ordered my book is reporting receiving copies already, because there wasn't a strict on-sale date or anything. So . . . next week is the official release date, but . . . my book is out!

  • I received my copies of the book and made a couple cute unboxing videos. They're below in the "videos" part of this massive post.

  • In association with that, there is a book giveaway, and IT'S ENDING SHORTLY LIKE IN A COUPLE HOURS OF WHEN I'M POSTING THIS, but hey, you guys don't care because you all bought one already, right? (Sorry, the contest is only for US residents.) Update: the winners were Eileen, Stacy, Susan, Lilian, and Mato.

  • I released my latest newsletter.

  • And, dorkily enough, now you can get my autograph for your copy of the book if you want it. (PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY BUYING THIS. I'VE SENT OUT A BUNCH ALREADY.) It works like this: You order a bookplate, I sign it, and I send it to you. Then you peel the backing off and stick the adhesive bookplate on the inside of your book, so it's like I signed it! Way cheaper than sending whole books through the mail. Though if you are a friend of mine and you already know where I live, you probably know who you are and you can send me your book if you prefer that. :) You can get the bookplates via PayPal (you pay, I send) or send me cash to my PO box (it's on the site I linked above). Or, for eBooks. . . .

  • I joined Authorgraph. If you have an eBook copy, you can order an autograph here, and that's free for the electronic version.

  • I made a flier for y'all (well, you know, anyone) to use if you want to download/print out an info sheet you can give to librarians or people who might want to order the thing. It comes in Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF.

  • Now for the barrage of interviews and mentions:

  • OKAY, and . . . PITCH WARS! Oh wow, I'm exhausted, but this is a lot of fun. I have a few faves but have not made my decision yet. You will get to hear about it next week.

  • In other news: My nephew is pulling himself up on furniture. OMG.

  • I got to meet Victor's girlfriend this past Sunday. Her name is Tia and she has a daughter named Faith. I got to hang out with them all and we made homemade pizza, played a board game, and drew pictures together. It was so great to meet them.

  • I ate at Pei Wei with Jeaux this week. We went to his house to watch America's Got Talent and The Legend of Korra, and also caught up on Night Vale.

  • YouTube subscribers: 3,726 for swankivy (7 new this week), 373 for JulieSondra (2 new). Twitter followers: 538 for swankivy (4 new), 676 for JulieSondra (19 new). Facebook: 265 friends (no change) and 135 followers (3 new) for swankivy, 392 likes for JulieSondra (5 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 80 likes for So You Write (1 new). Tumblr followers: 1,483 (8 new).



Books Read:

Read and reviewed (click to read the review): Clockwork by Philip Pullman. Four stars.

(If you're wondering how the hell I had time to read . . . yes, I read it on the john. Surprised?)

Currently reading: Eyeshield 21 Volume 22 by Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata.

Songs Sung:


Whitney Houston: "I Will Always Love You."

Videos Made:

Shorter "Unboxing Video" made for my writing channel:



Longer "THE BOOK IS HERE" video made for my asexuality channel:



Pictures Taken:

Me with my new hardbacks:



My sister sent me this photo when her copy arrived:



Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0485: adele #102: cut her roots


So You Write comic:


#39: so innocent


Written this week:

Writing site:



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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - August 16 – 22
Time:12:01 am
Current Mood:artisticartistic
The week in review:
  • Well, I got 103 submissions for Pitch Wars. I will drown in submissions. I'm reading, but it's slow going!

  • People are getting notices that their copy of my book is shipping to them next week if they preordered on Amazon. Wow! That's a little scary!

  • The audio book and Kindle book have been released for preorder on Amazon as well.

  • There will be a Goodreads giveaway for my book starting next week! Five free copies are being given away by my publisher, so that's kinda cool. Sign up!

  • My nephew turned eight months old and he's crawling. WE HAVE A CRAWLER IN THE FAMILY. He's so dang cute!

  • I had dinner at Carrabba's with my mom on Sunday and slept over her house on Tuesday. It was fun--she fed me veggie burgers even!

  • I was interviewed about asexuality in YA Interrobang: Dragons Raging. Pretty great little interview!

  • I was mentioned in another two linkspams by Queenie this week: This one on sex aversion and this one on people giving ace advice.

  • The Asexual Agenda mentioned me in their linkspam for my video with Brian of A-Okay and my YA Interrobang interview.

  • I had a nice chat with my online friend Denise on the phone for the first time. We've known each other for like a couple years now but hadn't ever talked on the phone, so that changed on Sunday. I also spent some of Friday evening on the phone with Sarah. Such a phone geek.

  • I don't really talk about work very much. Well, work was heavy this week--we had to bust out a proposal quickly, and we got shortlisted on it the next day. They had also painted the office over the weekend so it's kind of a mess.

  • I ate at Panera with Jeaux this week. We went to his house to watch America's Got Talent. Had fun talking about Internet drama.

  • YouTube subscribers: 3,719 for swankivy (32 new this week), 371 for JulieSondra (no change). Twitter followers: 534 for swankivy (no change), 657 for JulieSondra (36 new--yeah, it's all still Pitch Wars). Facebook: 265 friends (friended Victor's girlfriend Tia and two Pitch Wars mentor friends) and 132 followers (3 new) for swankivy, 387 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 79 likes for So You Write (1 new). Tumblr followers: 1,475 (16 new).


Books Read:

Read and reviewed (click to read the review): Fairy Tales in Electri-City by Francesca Lia Block. Three stars.

Currently reading: Clockwork by Philip Pullman.

Songs Sung:


The Indigo Girls: "Power of Two."

Videos Made:

None this week, but I'm going to post two next week.

Pictures Taken:

I seem to have taken zero pictures this week. It happens.

Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0484: ivy #155: can you say


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Subject:The State of the Swankivy - August 9 – 15
Time:03:50 am
Current Mood:artisticartistic
The week in review:
  • Pitch Wars has opened for submissions! Aaaannnd I'm already drowning in them. (Apparently even though there are 20 mentors taking my category, I'm receiving at least half of the submissions. o_O) Here is the submission site if you're planning to enter with a completed manuscript.

  • My book's hardcover copies arrived at the warehouse so my copies will be coming to me very soon!

  • I posted a ton of new reviews again on Goodreads on my author account, and I became the #4 top reviewer of the week. You can add my Goodreads account if you haven't already.

  • I was mentioned in Georgia Political Review, but I never spoke to anyone there. They just lifted quotes from me and others and republished them.

  • We had a Pitch Wars–related "Ask the Mentors!" event to answer entrants' questions before submissions opened, and afterwards, Mentor Dan posted this overview, which mentions me and how apparently I am hilarious.

  • I was mentioned in two "small" linkspams by Queenie this week: This one on demisexuality and this one on aromanticism.

  • I was interviewed about my book by Brian from Everything's A-Okay video, and the cute little video is here.

  • Book club this week was a lot of fun--got more time to talk to people and there were more members there. The book we'd read was Field of Blood by Denise Mina. Some people liked it and some people didn't.

  • Victor officially has a girlfriend and I'm ridiculously happy for him.

  • I ate at Moe's with Jeaux this week. We went to his house to watch America's Got Talent and Legend of Korra. Had fun talking about Internet drama.

  • YouTube subscribers: 3,687 for swankivy (12 new this week), 371 for JulieSondra (1 new). Twitter followers: 534 for swankivy (no change), 621 for JulieSondra (61 new--yeah, it's all Pitch Wars again). Facebook: 262 friends (no change) and 129 followers (no change) for swankivy, 386 likes for JulieSondra (1 new), 48 likes for Negative One (no change), 78 likes for So You Write (1 new). Tumblr followers: 1,459 (8 new).


Books Read:

Read and reviewed (click to read the review): Captain Underpants #10 by Dav Pilkey. Three stars.

Currently reading: Fairy Tales in Electri-City by Francesca Lia Block.

Songs Sung:


Madonna: "Borderline."

Videos Made:

Here's the video I made with Brian where he's promoting my book on his channel:



Pictures Taken:

My book arrived at the warehouse--the hardbacks are done. My editor tweeted this picture:



I tweeted my Graze snack. Peach cobbler.



And here is my hair comparison, which I photograph on the 15th of every month to see how long it is getting.

Front: February 2014Front: August 2014
Back: February 2014Back: August 2014



Stuff Drawn:

Negative One comic:


#0483: dax #57: about being strong


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