Woah...this place is still here?

Yeah, forgot I had a Livejournal. So, I doubt anyone is even going to notice this. I'm on Facebook and WordPress. And I guess I'll start using LiveJournal again.

I've got one more year of school left and I'll be done. My last story published was "A Promise Kept" through Deadlights magazine for their Shotgun Horror Clips e-zine a few months ago. I've been too busy with school to do much personal writing.

If you are reading this and we aren't friends on Facebook, look me up!

Success with my DragonCON Campaign

I've sent in my application and am just awaiting approval, so I should at the con in September. I just received word from my friends Scott G. Browne, author of the wonderful zombie novel BREATHERS and Joshua Gee, author of the ENCYCLOPEDIA HORRIFICA that they will both be applying for guest status for DragonCON.

Whenever I go to another convention and I meet a professional who has never been to DragonCON, I tell them about the con and advise them to come. I attended World Horror Con in Winnipeg back in May where I met these fine fellows. Well, it seems that DragonCON would not go away. Scott ran into Johnathon Mayberry and Joshua Gee in New York and DragonCON came up again. I'm so excited. Both Scott and Joshua are absolutely awesome and will be a wonderful addition to the con. When I heard Scott read at WHC, my ribs were hurting from laughing so much. I bought Joshua's book for my 12 yo son, but soon found myself engrossed in it. It is a very cool book and I learned horror tidbits that I didn't know.

My Website

Don did an overhaul on my website. I'm still adding links. If you would like for me to add your site, just let me know. www.tonistauffer.com


I'm exhausted right now, but I did post some pictures over at my blog on Blogspot: http://tstauffer.blogspot.com/

I didn't take as many pictures as I wanted. I'm going to post my blog about what happened the rest of the weekend tomorrow.


I partied with Dana Snyder aka Master Shake
I got to hang out with Mickey Dolenz in the VIP Suite
I got to meet and talk to Lance Hendrickson. We have a friend in common.
I got to hook up with old friends and made a ton of new friends.

There will be more in the update. I hope you guys enjoy the pics.


John Cusack Interview About War

I don't normally spout my political views on blogs and such, but I honestly don't understand why the American people have put up with the war profiteering, the ineptness, the lies, the torture, etc. I think Bush should be impeached and brought up on criminal charges, along with others.

Here's a video from MSNBC: John Cusack Interview


Got an acceptance notice from Necrotic Tissue Magazine (www.necrotictissue.com) for my flash story "Paying the Dark Man." It will be appearing in issue #4, October 2008. I get $25 and a t-shirt. Not bad for a story that is around 600 words. I did rewrite that one like three times at least. I'm stoked.

I sent "Green Water Blues" off to Heliotrope. I hate that title. I even got out the thesaurus in an attempt to find a better title. It had been "Green Girl." I also titled it "Fantasy Girl." I usually don't have a problem with titles.

I updated my Sonar submission tracking program and sent a letter to editor of NT telling him I accepted the terms of the contract. And I updated my bibliography.

Sometime soon I hope to get back to work on my website. Don't expect much, since a first-grader could probably design a better web page. But it should have relevant information.

Now, off to get some food and maybe watch a horror movies.
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Getting to Know Me

Apparently my hubby posted a list of questions, so here it goes.

1. What is your occupation? Wife, Mother, Writer
2. What color are your socks right now? I hate socks. I wear them when I have to.
3. What are you listening to right now? The cat scratching at the window wanting in.
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Cottage cheese and pineapple.
5. Can you drive a manual car? Yes
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Electric Blue Right now? Orange Crush
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My husband
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Copied it off CJ's blog, so yes :)
9. How old are you today? 43
10. Favorite drink? Coke first thing in the morning
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? Bass Fishing
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes, but only a lighter blonde than natural shade. I've
wanted to experiment, but know it will look bad, so don't. I went through a manic phase
when I wanted to die it pink. Luckily, my hubby held me down.
13. Pets?
Yoda the orange tabby. He's eleven now. He's toothless, so we have to feed him
wet food. He's senile and forgets he's been fed five minutes after we feed him. He's
cantankerous most of the time, lovable some of the time. Even toothless, he can still
catch and kill rodents, which he enjoys bringing in and leaving in my bedroom floor.

Luna the black lab mix. She's nine, I think. Her face is almost all white and she's
getting cataracts. She has really bad arthritis in her lower back, but the spring
whether has made her feel frisky. She loves milk bones and she doesn't bark, but bays.

Coffee II the hamster. He's quite adorable, but now that he's going on two, he's slowed
down some. They don't live but two or three years and I'm dreading the day when he dies
because my 8 year old still cries over the demise of Coffee I.

Hammy the hamster. She's very very cute and quite the acrobat. I actually got her free
cage and all from PetCo. A little girl brought her back when she got a cat for a pet.
She now belongs to my 11 yo. She loves people and begs to be let out. She also loves
her hamster ball and runs all over the house in it.

Magic the betta fish. When I brought him home from Wal-mart (rescue), he was so
depressed. In less than an inch of water, he dropped and hardly moved. I bought a
lit one gallon tank with a filter, but in some dark blue rocks to match his color
and some nice green plants. He's so happy and vibrant now. When its feeding time
he does this lovely dance for me. And when he eats, he's like a shark. He dark-blue
with electric blue and a little blood red.

14. Favorite food?
Anything without onions, but I especially love sushi. Really, though, it varies as
to my mood.

15. Last movie you watched? Krull. Did you know that Liam Neeson is in it as one of the

16. Favorite Day of the year? Any day I get presents. :)
17. What do you do to vent anger? Yell at the people who pissed me off. Talk to myself.
Walk. I don't stay mad long and I don't hold grudges...unless it is someone who
intentionally hurts me. Then its on.
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? Rick Baker Monster Makeup Kit
19. What is your favorite season? Spring and Summer
20. Hugs or kisses? Hugs for friends, Kisses from my hubby.
21. Cherry or Blueberry? Blueberry. I can't stand cherry. Reminds me of medicine.
22. Do you want your friends to post this? Fine with me.
23. Who is most likely to respond? Don
24. Who is least likely to respond? Karen
26. When was the last time you cried? Last week, I think. Bad flare up from the fibro.
27. What is on the floor of your wardrobe/closet? Some shoes, a box, a small suitcase.
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? Webrat.
29. Who is the friend you have had the shortest that you are sending this to? Not sure.
30. Favorite smells? Honeysuckle, Sandalwood, Lavendar, and Gardenia
31. Who inspires you? Satan. Just kidding. :) Anyone who isn't afraid to be themselves and
to tell the truth as they see it.
32. What are you afraid of? Since I've been living with fibro the past nine years, nothing
much. I think going blind would be horrid. Being buried alive is up there, along with spiders, and large flying insects. I'm afraid of mirrors at night, but no longer have to cover them. I'm sometimes afraid of open closet doors at night, but no longer have to close them. I'm afraid that someone in my past will escape and find me. I'm afraid that something
could happen to one of my kids. I'm afraid of my husband dying. I'm afraid that we are
going to go into an economic depression. I'm afraid that we're going to run out of air, or food, or water. I'm afraid that I'll never finish my novel. I'm afraid that I'll wake up
and this will all have been a weird, beautiful dream. I'm afraid that I will lose control and
do something weird enough that I get locked up. There's more, but this is enough for now.
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? cheese with bacon
34. Favorite car? Anything that runs, but if I could, an old retro Subaru wagon.
35. Favorite cat breed? Maine Coon
36. Number of keys on your key ring? Four
37. How many years at your current job? 13?
38. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
39. How many counties have you lived in? Counties? Was this supposed to be countries? Counties, four, I think. Only one country, though I'm ready to go anytime.
40. Do you think you're funny? I'm a riot. Just ask my husband. :)
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