Audrey

27 years old
Female
from Rhode Island

  • Activity

    • How I Celebrated My Book's Release Date (8/16)

      1 year ago

      Audrey

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      -tweeting & Facebooking a bunch
      -announcing the winner of the Twitter giveaway (@Cinomari)
      -being featured on FeaturedPoet.com
      -going to the URI library and just wandering
      -going to the Dunkin Donuts on URI's campus and getting an iced coffee
      -eye doctor appointment & picking out gorgeous new glasses (for the first time in 3+ years)
      -clam cakes at RJ's with TJ
      -happy dances

      Oh. There was also this the night before my book released, which made me just, ya know, a bit kinda sorta ecstatic:


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      Now, today, I'm getting to the post office to send out some signed materials that were part of the book launch. I'm hoping that people start getting their copies of Queen of Pentacles and posting selfies on Twitter and such/reviewing so I can feature 'em! I also have some (see: a lot of) writing to work on. My current projects include my queer YA novel (I'm ~50 pages in), a memoir about fibro (which is fully outlined but I might not start really writing until the semester picks up), and maybe a children's picture book or two... Oh, and I gotta send out a bunch of short stories to try and get them published so I can then try to get my short story collection published, too. And I'm re-reading Kristin Cashore's Fire.

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      Plus this weekend should be super fun. Shouldn't it, @Raf? :)

      In a week and a half I start teacher orientation, and then the semester gets a'rollin' soon after!

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    • My First Book

      1 year ago

      Audrey

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      My first book's release date is in less than four hours.


      I...

      I...

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      I hope you guys like it.

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      (Queen of Pentacles)

    • Free. Books. (Yes, Free)

      1 year ago

      Audrey

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      Currently, 4 free copies of my first book, Queen of Pentacles, are up for grabs!

      On Goodreads (1 copy)

      On Twitter (1 copy + bonus items)

      From Choose the Sword Press (2 copies)

      Enter today! Even if you already ordered your copy, you can give one to a friend! (Also, the Goodreads and Twitter copies will be signed.)

      Queen of Pentacles releases on August 16th!

    • Who Wants A Prezzie?

      1 year ago

      Audrey

      I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend! I'll try to make this update short and sweet. As I've mentioned in a previous update, according to Inkshares' ideal rate of funding, Devils in the Valley should have 200 pre-orders by my birthday, August 26th.



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      That's a pretty tall order. I think it's only fair that I offer a reward if we reach it...


      If we reach 200 pre-orders by 8/26, one of the first 200 pre-orderers will get a special item: a "From the Exercitus Files" manual that contains the update goal information (like the character profiles) and some other world-building content from Devils in the Valley--all in a physical, signed copy. If we reach 200 pre-orders by 8/26, every reader in the first 200 pre-orders will receive a free PDF copy of this manual. These manuals will all be distributed after the campaign ends. This "From the Exercitus Files" manual reward is in addition to any update rewards I've already listed on the Inkshares page.

      Of course, this is only if we hit the astronomical 200 pre-ordered copies by August 26th. So put in your order, and convince your friends to do the same, ASAP!

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    • Devils in the Valley Preorder Goal #1 Update!

      1 year ago

      Audrey

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      So meet Amber!


      Also, if there's any suggestions you have for the "200 pre-orders by my birthday" reward (if that happens), toss 'em my way. I have an idea I'm throwing around, but I don't know if people would actually be interested in it or not, so if you have anything I'm all ears. The next pre-order goal (a character profile for James, and some info on indie magic) is 23 copies away. :)


      ETA: I forgot to mention that I'm doing a Reddit AMA on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. I'll post the link on Twitter and such when I start the thread! Get your questions ready, people.

    • Getting My Writing Career Off the Ground

      1 year ago

      Audrey

      So most if not all of you probably know by now that I have two books I've been talking about a lot:

      (1) Queen of Pentacles, Poetry Collection, Choose the Sword Press, $10
      Queen of Pentacles is a poetry collection that centers around coming to terms with young womanhood. It uses traditional line form and hybrid prose poetry to explore themes of mental illness, personal spirituality especially as tied to nature, bisexuality, anorexia, gender, mortality, and motherhood. And there may be a video game reference or two in there for good measure.

      (2) Devils in the Valley, Fantasy Novel, Inkshares & Geek and Sundry Contest, $10-20+
      Amber--a witch who follows the rules until demons start organizing. She trains with James to secretly use illegal magic & find out what the demons want. What she doesn’t know is this path can lead her to exactly where the demon in charge wants her...

      Queen of Pentacles is releasing on the 16th, and it'll be my first (published) book ever! I'm super excited about it. There are giveaways and everything! Also, on Sunday 8/14, I'll be doing an AMA on Reddit at 3 p.m. EDT. I'll post the link to that once I get it started up.

      Devils in the Valley needs to get to 750 pre-orders and/or to get into the top 3 fantasy books in the next couple of months for it to get put into production, so I've been talking to literally everyone I know about it because I'm excited and want to make it happen.






      Plus, there are pre-order goals for Devils in the Valley!

      25 pre-orders: From the Exercitus Files: Amber + talismans

      50 pre-orders: From the Exercitus Files: James + indie magic

      75 pre-orders: From the Exercitus Files: Ben + Team Leads

      100 pre-orders: From the Exercitus Files: Kat + the secrecy of magic

      125 pre-orders: From the Exercitus Files: Murphy + new recruits

      150 pre-orders: From the Exercitus Files: Cecelia + Exercitus

      175 pre-orders: From the Exercitus Files: Malcolm + demons

      200 pre-orders: From the Exercitus Files: Magic system

      250 pre-orders: Where Devils in the Valley came from (influences)
      (There will be more goals released once we pass 250 pre-orders.)

      Still not convinced you'd like my stuff?

      From Queen of Pentacles:

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      From Devils in the Valley (the full first chapter is up for free on Inkshares!):


      "Amber’s power sparked like snaps of lightning inside the citrine stone at her talisman’s center. She rubbed her thumb over the old words etched into the silver medallion. Any nearby demons had managed to keep quiet. A couple of blocks away, all the college kids who’d bothered to leave campus had filled up the bars over on Sixth. As Amber walked down a back street, her free hand twitched inside the pocket of her purple leather jacket. Between each smack of her heeled black boots she listened for any sign of someone else, someone her eyes might not pick up on in the dark.

      Nothing abnormal appeared behind her. Really, the most exciting thing happened when a pick-up truck drove by and didn’t slow down for the stop sign. The moment Amber started to think that she might get through this street without incident, shuffling behind her caused her to pause. Amber tucked her talisman back into her shirt. No need to give a potential demon the advantage of knowing that she was a witch. In one fluid motion, the shadow behind her lunged and Amber spun on her heel to face it, a tingle of heat from her concealed talisman warming the skin it touched.

      Amber imagined what the big guy saw while he sized her up in those few moments. Dumb college girl, maybe. Not particularly tall enough or strong enough to defend herself. Sweet little braid of dark hair over her shoulder. Obnoxious, cutesy purple jacket. And most importantly: Alone. Easy target. Demons enjoyed easy targets, and Amber didn’t mind playing bait to lure them out in the dark alleyways of Sapphire Point. She smiled with a tilt of her head, not averting her eyes from him or backing away. Amber was not afraid.

      "You lost, beautiful?" the guy asked, slowly approaching her as though she were some skittish wandering puppy he didn’t want to risk running off into the street."


      So how can you help with my writing career?
      -Pre-ordering both of my books would be so, so lovely of you! Like, seriously. It'd probably make me cry.
      -Convincing your friends and family to buy my books. Also likely to make me cry.
      -Posting about the books on social media, putting posters up in your area, or sticking slips in books in your local store. (Get in touch if you want me to send you the posters and/or slips.)
      -Following the Inkshares novel page.

      If you do anything like a podcast or Youtube interviews, I'd be happy to be a part of that. If you're a streamer and you'd like to tell folks about these books, I'd be really elated about that, too.

      And I just want to take a minute to thank all of you who have already shown your support, whether that's with pre-orders, telling other people, or well wishes. I love you guys. <3

    • Release Dates and Inkshares and Semesters, Oh My!

      1 year ago

      Audrey

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      So yesterday I did something that I'd been contemplating on and off for a while. Actually, I did it because Geek and Sundry got involved and that just turned the awesome notch up to 1,000. I decided to put Devils in the Valley, the novel I wrote (and edited and edited and edited), up on Inkshares as a part of Geek & Sundry's contest. (The top 3 fantasy novels from August 1-November 1 get guaranteed publishing, the G & S stamp, and marketing.) I'm nauseous with excitement/anxiety. Anximent? Exiety?

      Anyway, the point is, this really got me thinking of all the stuff I have on my plate. In the next few months:
      -Promotion for Queen of Pentacles, which officially releases in less than two weeks; promo involves posting poems, doing an AMA, maintaining giveaways, and some release day shenanigans.

      -Booking readings/signings for Queen of Pentacles, including one in Austin for RTX 2017.

      -Selling 750 copies of Devils in the Valley before the start of November (or bare minimum selling more copies than the other people in the Geek & Sundry contest, the current top sellers of which have 54/37/21 copies pre-ordered in 2ish days).

      -(Speaking of which, I need to make a video for my Inkshares landing page.)

      -I considered, last night, the crazy notion of doing chill weekly writing vlogs--what I wrote that week, what I edited that week, what I read and how it was, etc. But I dunno how into that people'd actually be, or if I've got the time/energy.

      -Sending out my second poetry collection for publisher consideration.

      -Sending out stories and poems to lit mags.

      -Teacher orientation at the end of the month.

      -Grad student orientation at the beginning of next month.

      -Teaching starting 9/7.

      -My first semester as a PhD student.

      -Keeping my fibro under control as much as possible.

      -Taking up yoga for the fibro control/my own desire to get back into it.

      -ALL. THE. COFFEE.


      On the one hand, I'm kind of overwhelmed by what I've gotten myself into this year. On the other hand, this is what I love. I love doing things, and I love the things I'm doing. I'm just going to have to continue being my ambitious and overly organized self. Honestly? If everything works out right, this is more or less what I want my life to be. Except, eventually I want to swap out being a student with being a mom. Eventually.


      Annnnnnnyhoo! I would super appreciate it if you order my poetry collection Queen of Pentacles, releasing 8/16. If you do read it, I'd love for you to review it on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. I would also be so very appreciative for any Devils in the Valley pre-orders. That novel has been my baby for years and I really want to get her into readers' hands. Even sharing links to Queen of Pentacles and Devils in the Valley helps--you never know who might be interested! You would pretty much be my hero if you shared both links and bought both books. Like, Buffy Summers/Spider-man/X-man-level hero.


      Why might you like Devils in the Valley?

      -witches

      -magic

      -demons

      -college town, with a twist

      -fantasy

      -fantasy set in our world

      -diverse characters

      -sexual tension for days

      -themes of power, autonomy vs. working with others, & tradition vs. innovation

      -women who kick ass

      -putting new cosplay opportunities into the world


      Still unsure? If you click here, you can read the first chapter 100% for free. And I've got a book jacket-style description on that page, too. I'd love if you commented on there, even to say hey.


      So go ahead. Make my day. :)

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      (Meanwhile, I'm going to go throw up. Or maybe do a happy dance. I dunno. At some point, there'll be coffee involved.)

  • Comments (435)

    • LoZelda FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Supposedly An Adult

      4 years ago

      Brutally-Honest-Disney-Valentines-Belle.

      I'm pretty sure we've developed our own personal dialect of the sarcasm language. I can't believe that we didn't know each other until only a few months ago. I can't imagine this community without you, and I'm excited to see what other awesome things you get involved in! It's going to be awesome to finally meet you in a few months smiley1.gif

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Also, I meant to have this on your Warm Fuzzy, but I hope that you and Geoff have a lovely day together. smiley12.gif

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        I just hope that you know when I see you for the first time you're gonna get attacked. There will be yelling. And TJ will just stand there rolling his eyes. smiley0.gif

    • ailsarocks Community Stylist

      4 years ago

      Happy Valentines Day love!

      You are truly an amazing, beautiful, talented lady. I am lucky to have such an amazing friend!
      I hope you and your fiancé have a fantastic day! smiley0.gifsmiley12.gif

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      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Thank you. smiley1.gif

    • TheFringe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      I may not have time to do many of these, but I'm making damn well sure you're one of them.

      Your approach to community projects, support and shout-outs for other members and gestures of kindness and goodwill to everyone from myself to Kathleen are an inspiration to us all.
      I believe when this site was created, the guys at RT had a vision of a community that supported each other, built together and shared their passion for anything and everything on a single platform. You and TJ are shining examples of this, if we had a few more of the likes of you dotted throughout this site, RT would be twenty times the creative powerhouse that it already is.

      Thanks Audrey, and I wish you all the luck in the world with your future projects and endeavors.

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Welp. That's it. Any former sense of composure is gone. This is just lovely, and incredibly, incredibly sweet. Thank you so much. smiley12.gif

    • Dominic

      4 years ago

      Warm Fuzzy: I really like that you've started this series based on the community's views on gaming, and have expanded it into something that anyone can easily become involved in. Then there's all the other community things like RvB:OR that you're involved in... Simply put, you're awesome.

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Aww, thank you! That's very sweet of you! smiley12.gif

    • heffer0204 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

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      How's that for warm and fuzzy? Literally!

      <3

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        It's true! smiley12.gif

    • LillyBugLove

      4 years ago

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      Because you my Disney Gal smiley12.gif

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Disney gal love! smiley12.gif

    • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Raf

      4 years ago

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      Thanks for coming up with the idea! smiley13.gifsmiley13.gif

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Aww, thanks Raf! smiley12.gif

    • LillyBugLove

      4 years ago

      It's a new thing to be obsessed with

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        I FUCKING LOVE THIS, OH MY GOD. O.o

    • Jesster246 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Happy valentines day Audrey

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      • Jesster246 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Glad you like it smiley0.gif

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Aww, Scott. Thank you. I love it. smiley12.gif

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      4 years ago

      Was it you that I commented on having a ton of journals more than me? I couldn't find that journal...but I wanted to say:

      Now I understand why.

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Only 80 pages of journals away! Haha.

      • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

        4 years ago

        Ok I figured out who I was thinking about. Not you. Sorry! Embarrassing hahaha. But you will catch up to the amount of journals I have...pretty quickly, at your rate. :P

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Today's was 149. When 2014 started I decided to do one per day.

      • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

        4 years ago

        How many journals do you have? that will prove it. Your rate of journalling.

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Nope. I don't think that was me?

        Why do I have so many more journals than you? I'm curious now. smiley1.gif

    • kohppa

      4 years ago

      Howdy. Saw you on the RTX get to know people thread so I added you.

    • JakeHCoker

      4 years ago

      Hey I noticed that you are the social media manager for RvB:OR, and I was wondering if you had any advice on how to get people more involved with ARvB. I know Arkansas has fewer RT members, but I'd like if one day we could have a more thriving community.

      • JakeHCoker

        4 years ago

        Thanks a ton!

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        I'll send you some ideas!

    • capnbirdman Likes Stars

      4 years ago

      How did you like that image that quickly?! Do you have Zatchdar?!?

      • capnbirdman Likes Stars

        4 years ago

        Too right, too right. I shall give them the respect they're due!

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        For I am a ninja. Fear my ninja powers!

    • KortBlueEyes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Hey how are you today? I was wondering when I am suppose to send in the video I was making for you, for RTX? Just making sure I don't miss the cut off day :D

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        No worries! I'm going to be sending out a group email, so right now if you could just send me a private message with your email address I'll send you more info when that goes out!

    • imaginater

      4 years ago

      dear Audrey thank you for the invite to your group, but to be honest I never played a real video in my life and I don't plane to any time soon. I do admire the time and commitment the designers put into making the game and graphics but I am a very busy person and find winding down by spending quality time is much more effective than playing video games with them. In the end I just don't have tine for video games, but thank you for considering my as a potential player on your group.

      sincerely
      The Imaginater

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      4 years ago

      I need your help! Secret plans are afoot.

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        You got it! Shoot me a message.

    • bigfish62 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Mixer.com/bigfish

      4 years ago

      Sending you an episode 4 submission now!

    • Jim_Survak FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ain't Nobody

      4 years ago

      So I peeked at your page & saw "Conway" and about freaked cause I was like "She's only 2 hours away!" Then I realized it was Conway, AR - not Conway, SC. So you're more like 20 hours away.
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    • Caiti FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Velvet Scarlatina

      4 years ago

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    • MattDavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Hey I would like to read your message but I am at school and there is some dumb firewall that blocks me from my messages. Sorry.
      Ps. Don't tell Ms. Towillager.

    • hobojim777 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Tell me about the group u invited me to?

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Basically it's an opportunity for anyone in the RT/AH community to talk about different gaming/gaming community topics. I figure it's a nice way for the community to bond on here, and also a way to break some gamer stereotypes.

    • ILOVEANIMES

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the group thing! :D

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the friend request =)

    • RAGEgirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold r00kie

      4 years ago

      I've had a look around your homepage here and I've decided that we should be friends. =)

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        I accept this decision. smiley1.gif

    • ozean717

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the add :)

    • AdamJTurke

      4 years ago

      Hello!

    • Roselle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Easily Excitable

      4 years ago

      I saw your comment on Sam's journal and thought I'd just drop by to say your advice was pretty awesome!

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Thanks!

    • Erkan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Take It Easy.... bitches

      4 years ago

      For next RTX... didn't hug you this time round.

    • Gorbulox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 years ago

      Hello from across the state - looking forward to subscribing to your youtube channel :)

      • Gorbulox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        4 years ago

        Awesome - I actually went to Pitt myself. Great campus, great education...really can't complain.

        Sounds like you're going to be busy in July! Will see you at RTX!

      • Audrey

        4 years ago

        Many thanks! My fiance's brother is going to college out by you at Pitt. He can't talk enough about how awesome it is out there. I'd love to visit the area someday. (Although God knows when. I'm doing RTX this year, then moving to grad school in Arkansas less than a week later. 'Cause I'm crazy like that... Er, dedicated. Dedicated to Rooster Teeth. That sounds better.)

    • mckev7

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the add smiley0.gif

    • TheMikeSwitch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      5 years ago

      Hmmm you seem interesting. I will subscribe on the youtubes

      • TheMikeSwitch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        5 years ago

        return the favor if you like! if it's legitimate interest lol

      • Audrey

        5 years ago

        Oh. Wow. Thanks! smiley0.gif

    • Adnama

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the add!

      Also, sweet Supernatural quote. I got through five seasons straight through and felt empty inside.

      • Audrey

        5 years ago

        I do my best cleaning while watching a Supernatural multi-season marathon. That's half the reason I have all the DVDs except for season 7--that and the gag reels. smiley1.gif

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