Vaccine #2

Got my second dose of the vaccine almost two weeks ago. However, I also had a bad sinus infection at the same time, so I was feeling pretty ragged. I had bad swelling, a headache, dizziness, etc. that have still not gone away. I had four doctor appointments and went on two rounds of antibiotics, which didn’t help a lot. The second antibiotic gave me bad side effects, and I have an appointment with a specialist on Thursday. Hopefully, I will be back to normal soon.

As for the vaccine itself, I only had some swelling and pain in my arm, but that’s mild for me. As a child, I always got a fever and felt extremely ill for a couple of days after every vaccine. I suppose I just have a weak immune system which makes it difficult to fight off infections, so I always get very ill and it takes me a while to get over every illness. It’s frustrating and unpleasant, but that’s just what I have to deal with. My arm was swollen pretty badly, but cold compresses offered some relief, and I was better the next day. I’m definitely looking forward to some family gatherings in the near future, as everyone has had both of their vaccines.

In other news, I lost my day job. I’m pretty upset, as I feel I was treated unfairly, but hopefully I will find a better opportunity somewhere else. I can only hope so. No news yet on the novella, but I will obviously post as soon as I hear anything.


I was denied for the apartment I applied for because of my “rental history”, and I assumed it had to be identity theft because my rental history is fine. But then the apartments sent me the report they based this decision off of. It listed my “current address” as my previous address and said I had a debt out for collections. This is incorrect. So I ordered a copy of my credit report from the same agency, thinking I would use that to determine what documents I needed to send to them to correct the report. However, when I downloaded the new report from the same credit reporting agency, the information was different and listed my current address with nothing out for collections. Honestly I have no clue what this means. Will I be approved or denied if I apply for another apartment? Will they get the correct information or the wrong one? I’m so frustrated from dealing with this, and I just want to know where I’m going to be living so I can start planning already.


Someone may have stolen my identity. We were denied for the apartment due to my “rental history”, which is spotless. I’m so upset. This will take more time and money than I have to resolve, so I have nowhere to go. Do t yet know what I’m going to do.

Dare I hope?

Been apartment hunting for weeks. Most of them have no availability or else they’re out of my range. As it is, I’m moving in with my neighbor, so it will be a larger place (at least 2 bedrooms). We found a nice 3 bedroom today that somehow was in our range and we’re filling out the application today. Fingers are crossed!!!

Happy anniversary!

Today is the one year anniversary of the release of The House of Wynne Lift!


If you’ve read The House of Wynne Lift and liked it, I would appreciate it if you could leave a good review at your point of purchase or on Goodreads (bonus points for both!). I haven’t yet received any news on my upcoming novel, Descent of the Vile, but I will definitely post something when I do. I’m just as impatient as you are (probably more so). I also hope to have additional news soon, but I can’t say when as I’m still waiting for confirmation.

If you haven’t read my novella, The House of Wynne Lift, you can get it at any of the stores listed on the Written Works page (I tried to post links when I had them) or at IndieBound (check online at your favorite indie bookstore also). I know you can get it at The Twig here in San Antonio, as well. Thank you to all who have read it so far. You are amazing.

The story so far

My neighbor and I checked out one apartment complex on Monday. But the office staff were out to lunch and didn’t come back. We waited for over an hour in the hot sun. The other we checked out that day didn’t accept pets (dealbreaker) so we went home disappointed.

Today, we gave “no show” another chance with an appointment. They, again, didn’t show up. There was a notice on the door to call if you had an appointment, but the calls wouldn’t go through. Bad sign. Major red flags. So we left. The next property was amazing. It had a beautiful two-bedroom apartment that we both loved. However, they didn’t have a vacancy downstairs as my neighbor needs.

We’ve planned to go out again on Monday and we’re making another shortlist. Really frustrating to have to deal with this. My electric bill was outrageous due to my A/C not cycling off (it’s still too hot in here). I can’t wait to get out of here, actually.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens. I really wish I could afford to live on my own still, but it’s too expensive for both my neighbor and myself. Hopefully, I’ll finally have some good news to report. I’m still waiting for book news. Sorry there’s nothing new on that front. I hope it won’t be too much longer. Thanks for being patient. 💖

Apartment hunting

Going to start looking for apartments tomorrow, if possible. I may be rooming with my neighbor, but we’ll see if I can find something in my price range in a decent neighborhood first. Hopefully everything will work out so I can get back to writing.

So far, I’m still waiting to hear back on the two manuscripts I submitted to my publisher. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer so that I can give you more details! It’s hard keeping a secret! I’ll tell you as soon as I’m able!

Here is Sophie, also waiting. She’s just waiting for dinner though, so that’s likely soon enough. I’m not sure how much longer I have to wait, but I’m very impatient and may go crazy. Ha!


Well. It’s happened. I’ve been priced out of the apartments I’ve lived in for the past several years. Unfortunately, our city cost of living is also on the rise, and I don’t know what I can afford that is still in my price range. I’ve looked into options, and I may need a roommate. Luckily, my neighbor is also looking to move, so we’re going to see if we can afford a 2 bedroom together. If not, I don’t know. There aren’t many other options.

I’ve been stressed about this and can’t sleep. I’ve almost always had insomnia. But lately I’ve had trouble staying awake due to health concerns. But now my insomnia is back. I’m not happy about it. I just feel irritated and unsettled. I can’t relax. Hopefully, I’ll find something soon, as that will help my anxiety. I do have until the end of September to move out but that isn’t a lot of time.

So I haven’t been writing the past few days. Things have been too stressful. But I do have Descent of the Vile hopefully going into editing soon. I also submitted two new manuscripts to my publisher, but I haven’t yet heard whether they’ve been accepted. If my publisher signs them, I’ll post something letting you know the books are under contract. It shouldn’t be too long, but that’s relative.

I’ve been knitting today, which sometimes calms me. Today I don’t feel very calm but I’m at least making some progress.


So now, whoever told me that my apartment needed new air ducts just made something up. The ducts are fine and were recently replaced. Someone requested the contractor though, and it wasn’t me. All I know is that my A/C isn’t cooling my apartment and it used to. Even last year when it inevitably got to be over 100F, the A/C did it’s job and kept my apartment at the 77F where the thermostat was set. So what did maintenance tell me? Turn it down to 75F. That’s ridiculous because it won’t cool the apartment below 77F (or even 78 or 80, depending on the time of day). It doesn’t matter if I set it at 50F. That won’t happen. It doesn’t spew out cooler air when you turn the thermostat down to cool it down in here. It only cycles longer. But it isn’t cooling and I’m furious that someone lied to me and that they won’t do anything about my A/C. The maintenance guy obviously has no clue how A/Cs actually work. I’ve lived here for years and it’s never done this. Yes, we’re having a heat wave. But we had one before and it still cooled in here. I’m so angry and I would move out if I could. So disappointed right now.

I should have known

So, as apartments usually disappoint, the air duct repair people didn’t actually show up today as promised. I feel a bit stupid for being optimistic and for believing them when they did promise me this would get done today. Even worse, they didn’t have any updates or any idea when the ducts might be repaired after all when I called about it today (I called twice). I had hoped things would turn around. The last two weeks were stressful and full of disappointments, so I really wanted this week to be better.

Anyway, if they come tomorrow, I will be surprised. Hopefully they will finish the job the same day whenever they do finally get here. As consolation, I took this picture of Sophie. She’s smiling and wanting to cuddle.

Sophie smiling

Wish me luck tomorrow. I just want the a/c to work again. It’s hot in here without the air circulating properly. Poor Sophie, too, although she doesn’t seem as bothered by it as I am.