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State Of The Trout: Holy Shit, It’s December edition

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Hey there everybody! I don’t have a lot of news to report, but I did want to let you know that my depressive episode I reported on before is thankfully over with. Thanks for all the messages of concern and support you guys gave me, I really appreciate that.

In other news:

  • There’s a new chapter of my free historical horror serial, The Afflicted available on Wattpad right now.
  • So, have you heard of people decorating their planners and stuff? I couldn’t get my head around why someone would want to do that, so I looked into it and, like many of my hobbies, that led to me actually doing it. People spend tons of money on stickers and washi tape and all these special doodads, but I’m cheap at heart, so I started making my own. On the off chance they could be useful to you, here’s a printable file. These are sized for the Erin Condren planner, and match the 2016 January color scheme. There are header stickers for work, home, and self, as well as a checklist for a.m. and p.m. meds, and some full-box ombre checklists. I print mine on matte paper so I can write on them. Feel free to share them if you like them and know someone who does this kind of stuff.
  • At 3 p.m. EST today (in about an hour and a half of this posting, yay for my promptness) I’ll be hanging out at the Facebook release party for A.L. Davroe’s Nexis, out today from Entangled Teen. Check out this book:


In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born among genetically altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world and makes her feel whole again. But when their separate worlds collide, Ella will have to choose between love and survival. Because Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella.

Nexis is available at online retailers now.

That’s all I’ve got this time around. Look for a Grey recap this week, and possibly a much happier video from me to wash the taste of the depression one out of your brain.

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  1. Grace

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better, Jen. 🙂

    December 1, 2015
  2. Jon

    Glad your depressive episode is over!

    December 1, 2015
  3. Amber Rose
    Amber Rose

    That book summary is exactly all of my favourite sci-fi tropes in one awesome sounding story.

    Excuse me, i’m off to pick up new reading material.

    December 1, 2015
  4. Rebecca P.
    Rebecca P.

    I tried to just walk by without adding that book to my wishlist, since it’s already longer than I can ever read, but I had to come back because it sounds super fun.

    December 1, 2015
  5. Andrea

    I had no idea decorating planners was a thing! Can you post pics of what you’ve done with yours?

    December 2, 2015
  6. Ami

    Glad you are better. 🙂 Yes, planner decorating is addictive. I have more washi and stickers and markers and pens and stamps and ink and papers than anyone should have and it’s a drop in the bucket. But the cool thing is they are still functional, just prettier! There’s a HUGE planner community online and it’s a lot of fun. 😀 Also–lots of really supportive people there, too.

    December 2, 2015
  7. kayenjee

    FYI I found some really cute Scotch brand tape of the washi persuasion at Dollar Tree.

    December 2, 2015
  8. Thanks for the printables! As soon as winter break starts I’m getting a binder and creating my own Big Ass Planner. Hopefully it’ll get me to use it more often!

    December 3, 2015

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