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Athena Soteria
30 October 2008 @ 04:00 am
I'm a bit addicted to blogging once more. After a long hiatus on Blogspot, I'm signing in everyday, and trying to leave a little message. I'm also addicted to tinkering with my WordPress blogs right now.

I'm still waiting to hear about both of my submissions. The local one will most likely make it, but the US one... that I'm worried about. I'm pitting it against writers such as Lora Leigh and Angela Knight and Jaid Black *whew* and I'm a bit okay, so a helluva lot more than a bit nervous. But I'll just wait and see and hope for the best. I can always try a different publisher or write a different story.

Nora Roberts and Sherrilyn Kenyon got rejected LOADS of times. It's okay if I did too.

Anyway, I was *dreaming* yesterday, and was looking up domain name registrations. The domain name I wanted is still available *yahoo!* and quite inexpensive too. What I worry about is that I would have to put my name in WHOIS when I get that domain name so what's the point in using a pen name?

No, it's not for the local pen name, it's for the US penname. But then, I don't think I'd have to worry. Only the most diligent of stalkers can find out about it, plus the fact that there's a thing called private domain registration. Hah! The things I learn from working at Yahoo!

I'm really biting my nails right now *bites nails* and I can't wait to hear how it goes. I wasn't this obessesive with the local book... maybe because I knew I was good enough, but this! This is taxing! But I love dreaming about my own website. I just have to learn how to use it ;)

Also, I'm having a hard time finding a job at oDesk. Is $6 an hour too expensive right now? I have a few interviews but I haven't heard from anyone of them, and the other ones I've applied to haven't replied yet. Oh, well.

I'm off to read this guy's how-to-make-money-blogging book. Since I'm addicted to blogging right now and can write, might as well make money out of it, eh?
Current Location: my desk at home
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Crush, David Archuleta
Athena Soteria
28 October 2008 @ 05:33 am

LJ is giving away $1 for each LJ user who finishes NaNoWriMo this year... isn't that sweet? And I thought finishing the 50K mark was achievement enough.

Okay, so I'm not gonna blabber about NaNo on this blog since I've already blogged about it three times. I just wanted to say THANK YOU, LIVEJOURNAL for the NaNoWriMo motivation.


Good luck to everyone who's joining!
Current Location: at my home office
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: The Night Will Go As Follows, The Spill Canvass
Athena Soteria
25 September 2008 @ 06:19 pm
Robert Pattinson (Cedric in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Edward in "Twilight"): "Does it make me a traitor? 'Harry Potter' was what made me become an actor. I credit 'Harry Potter' with everything else that's come since for me. I didn't know what I was doing before that. I hadn't read the books before doing the movie, so at first I read it just as an acting exercise. But I really enjoyed it! But I think Edward would kick Cedric's ass, to be honest."

*** haha I think so to. But I <3 them both.
Current Location: still here
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Breathe In, Palo Alto
Athena Soteria
24 September 2008 @ 06:56 pm
Can't wait to cross these outta my list...Collapse )
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Current Location: still at work
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Here We Go Again, Paramore
Athena Soteria
21 September 2008 @ 10:14 pm
I got my first fan mail via my Multiply site earlier today. I was 1) flattered, and 2) disbelieving. I was convinced that the girls who left me comments and PMs were my cousins or something, but... I'm not sure.

I'm still in shock. I have fans! I actually have fans! ha ha *dances around* I still can't believe it. I mean, I've gotten reviews from people through the site that I write fiction for, and though some of them had left me e-mail and stuff, this is actually the first time someone told me that they loved my story (and me, apparently) and they weren't 1) my friends or 2) related to me! Really. Wow.

Message under the cut.Collapse )

Also, I'm thinking about making another website for my future writer persona, and chronicling my future writer self there. But then again, I already have tons of blogs. And since I use this blog to chronicle my English-writing self, I figured I can use this to merge my two writer identities when the time comes.

Oh, I can't wait to start. I really can't.
Current Location: still at work
Current Mood: touchedtouched
Current Music: Stolen, Dashboard Confessional
Athena Soteria
17 September 2008 @ 08:50 pm
I read a couple of lines from the master document, scribble a couple of lines on the nutshell document I have open, then I read a chapter of a book. I finished Sherrilyn Kenyon's Fantasy Lover earlier and I'm on chapter 5 of Night Pleasures at the moment. I'm also trying to learn Modern Greek through an audio book that I downloaded last week. I'm on lesson three now and I'm fascinated by it. I can understand the basic conversations now, and I keep imagining speaking with the Greek Dark-Hunters and Acheron... maybe, ask Ash to teach me ancient Greek ha ha Also, I'm listening to my playlists over and over. I have Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire OST on now. Then I make excuses and go out of the room. Then I come back and repeat the cycle. I can't wait for the end of the month. I have enough money to see me through October. I just need to worry about 1) finding a new online job come November, and 2) getting my stories published. I owe my publisher one book. Gah! I neeeeeed to get a move on.
Current Location: at work
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Golden Egg, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire OST
Athena Soteria
13 September 2008 @ 10:59 pm
I was browsing the iTunes Store and came across the NEW iPod Touch! It has a built-in speaker!!! Gaaaah!

I love Acheron sooo much, but if I had waited a month to get him, one FREAKIN' month, I would have gotten him with speakers! Damn!

Oh, well. I still love you, Achimou. I'd probably get a new iPod Touch the next time they release a new design.

I'm updating my iTunes to 8.o so I can get the iPod touch 2.1 software.

Also, my dad finally signed up for an Internet connection earlier. I had to resign from work to get him to do it, then tearfully tell him that I would be paying double if I use my phone'she 3G capabilities to work online... Ha! I am such a brat.

ETA: Gah! After hours and hours, I'm not able to install the update *pfft* might do it at work. It's the only thing the office is good for right now, free Internet connection that I plan to take advantage of. Downloading updates for the apps though. Love apps.
Current Location: In bed, hunched over Cedric
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: All the Same, Sick Puppies
Athena Soteria
11 September 2008 @ 08:33 pm
I'm bored. I'm just waiting for the days to come pass me by until the end of the month before I have to leave. I can't wait to dive headlong into six to eight straight hours of writing fiction (with the occasional oDesk and blogging, of course).

This weekend, I'm bringing home some of my stuff. And I'm going to be polishing Valerian's story over the weekend. I'm going to add *ahem* and some character development scenes for the two main characters, and introduce the next character in the series.

I also once more checked the website of the publisher I want to write for, and I get butterflies with all the nervousness and apprehension. Will they like what I write? It will be my first novel of the type, and this will be my first attempt, although gods, I wish I started sooner. But then again, I'm only 28 (in a month). I should still have all the time in the world, right?

Man, it's just that before I leave, we have a ton of projects! As in loads! Gah! Oh, well. At least I can see the end of it.
Current Location: aaaaas usual
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Giving It Away (Acoustic), Mae
Athena Soteria
09 September 2008 @ 01:42 am

I love dreaming. And right now I'm dreaming of a Greek vacation... Hey, I just read Sherrilyn Kenyon's Acheron, and finished the audiobook last night. I'm on a Greek high.

I finally got a hold of my uncle who lives and works in Greece. He lives in Glyfada, a high-profile city 15 kms from the center of Athens. If ever I go to Greece, I want to see a few sites. The Acropolis (and the Parthenon) being one of them. Now, I found that Glyfada has easy access to this area. I also found this hotel Hotel Sea View Glyfada, which is apparently, the best choice in Glyfada. A single room is 73 EUR ($103) and a double room there is about 79 EUR (or currently roughly $110). So let's say I want to stay for 7 nights, I need $800 to be sure... for the hotel.


I also checked the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for their rates from Manila to Athens. Economy class, return fare (I dunno if that means 2-way already) is $1980. So, to get there and stay there, I need $3000.

Okay, now the pocket money. I think I would need to bring at least $5000 to Greece so I can get around. You know, food, fare and stuff. So I guess, I just need to target $5000 until I'm 30 so I can go to Greece on my 30th birthday.

I also want to go to Santorini or Mykonos, but I think it's more expensive to go to a Greek Island *sigh* Oh, well. I'll think this through and see how I can do it.

I'll write this better and then post to my other blogs. Tomorrow, I might write about an Irish or a Thai vacation.

I've always wanted to go to Thailand too. And I'm sure that's less expensive... hmmm.
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Current Location: still at work
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Collide (Acoustic), Howie Day
Athena Soteria
08 September 2008 @ 04:36 pm
 I had a rather productive weekend. I've finished the first draft and blurb of the story I'm planning to submit to the US publisher come October. I finished all the major events but I just need to rewrite a bit so that it doesn't sound juvenile and so that my characters are more developed, although at almost 18,000 words, it should do nicely. They accept submission from 10K to 125K words anyway. 
I'm nervous and hopeful and, as usual, I'm stuck at the title. I have no idea what I'd call the story. I've never been good with titles. I figured I could do it ala Sherrilyn Kenyon and use "storm" as a base the same way she used "night". Maybe.
Oh, oh, oh, did I tell you I finished listening to Acheron? By gods! I love it. I absolutely love it. I love having the audiobook too, and I promise I'd get my copy of the book the next time I'm in Manila. I so love Acheron. 
Yeah, I'm still re-writing the story in my head, but only because I wanted Ash to end up with Athena (my favorite Greek goddess), but I love Tory too. I love everyone! I wanna listen to it again but I want to be able to concentrate on "work", so maybe tonight, when I'm in bed. 
I can't wait to finish writing Ian's story. I want to be able to submit it so that they can accept/reject it and I know what to do come January. Because if it doesn't work, I'm joining the work force once more *gulp* in January. But, I'm going to write. 
Please, please God, help me make it work!
Current Location: same as always
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: The Sun and the Moon, Mae