Family…

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The above picture is of my mother with the late great Fat Cat.

My mom, dad and little sister all live in Guatemala. They went there like, almost 20 years ago. My little sis was only 16 and is now all grown up with 2 daughters. I don’t think she is even an American citizen anymore, and is fine and dandy with it. She speaks the language down there fluently, as do her children.

I don’t have a picture of my little sister, but take my word, she is absolutely beautiful, and her girls are too.

The reason for this post is to keep you aware of the hardships of being so far away from family.

My little sister has tried and tried to have more children. She is allowed to have three children in the district of Guatemala she lives in. She has had loads of pregnancies, some she carried and had to deliver, but they did not survive.

The last child she carried and delivered (again, not surviving) they took note of spots in her uterus and growths on her ovaries. They did a biopsy. And tons of blood work. Remember, Guatemala is a ‘third world country’. Getting work done may be cheap, but they don’t have the means to do it efficiently.

And in that loss of efficiency you lose the lower cost. The medical bills are piling up as more tests are ordered.

My parents live off of my father military retirement and social security. My sister’s husband is an EMT. That’s not a lot of money to live on, let alone get extensive medical care, tests and treatment.

I am going to venture to ask, if you can, to donate via my PayPal link, to send some help to my family. I send what I can every month, my best friends sends money weekly and my older sister is putting lump sums in every two weeks. It’s just not amounting to enough.

I wanted to start a ‘GoFundMe’ page, but my mother would be livid. She always says its tacky. So, I am asking as a personal favor. (and my mom doesn’t look at my webpage often to see this…lol…she is more about games and reading when it comes to her computer…and she’s not to swooft on my style of writing, as in the horror stories and smut..lol).

So, if you could help out, that would be great and you’d have our deepest thanks. My PayPal link is on my static page. (zoeambler.com)

The news in my own household could be summed up as depressing. Its me entirely. I am just in a slump, moody, mopey. I did win 2nd and 4th in a writing contest, that raised my spirits for all of 30 minutes.

The kittehs are all doing fabulously. Never a dull moment.

I have been a little lax on writing back to my pen pals. Its like I don’t want to get out of bed and put on my people suit and be a person. Blah.

I guess not being able to physically be there when my mom cries is getting to me. We talk on Skype and she is so down. I hate it.

But, as a family, we are trying to do everything we can…those of us that live here in the US and those in Guatemala.

Wish the best for my sister, please?

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Joys and Woes of NaNoWriMo

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This years NaNoWriMo is really getting into the prep time. A lot of hype and well wishing, a lot of encouragement.
This year marks my second year as a Municipal Liaison. I LOVE IT! We all know I suffer from social anxiety. Well, working with the public on NaNo steps things in another direction. Since we hold most events between two libraries, they are controlled enviorments. No loudness, no craziness (besides my own) and its just plain fun to sit around with other authors, both young and old, answering questions, giving advice, listening to plots being thought out and bounced around for the input of others…it is just great.

Now, the down side. I have so wanted to get to the NOWD for two years now.
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I’m NOT going to make it again this year. I have resigned myself to that. No one is donating, and, as time grows closer, the airfare and hotel accomodations just get higher and higher.
So, I’ll keep my fundraising page up, just to see if I can help the NaNo cause more, but dreams of actually making it are kapoot.
Next year, hopefully things will be different.

As for this year, working with the librariy directors, I think we’ll have a better turn out of writers. We are advertising early, getting the word out, making so everyone with questions gets them answered well before signing up and commiting to the event

I have put together two prize bags for the two highest word counts. General book on writing, plotting, planning, editing and so one. And hot chocolate. Yums.

So, local NaNo is a go!!

Update on Fundraiser

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So, thus far I have raised a whopping $21.00

I’ve been pushing the social media, and just dont know what I’m doing wrong, or not doing at all.
Well, other than mostly everyone I know is broke.

Just to clarify this non-profit fundraiser, I am working toward raising $300 for the nonprofit behind NaNoWriMo. As soon as I’ve raised at least $300.  If I raise $425 I can bring a friend. I know someone who would love to attend.

Mind you, fundraising money doesnt come to me, it goes directly to NaNoWriMo.

I’m also responsible for getting myself a roundtrip flight and hotel for the night.

So, if possible, toss a few bills my way.
 https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=723914

I’ll reward you with stories, from horror to smut…>_>

Love my sweeties!

Night of Writing Dangerously

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So, another November is coming soon, and that means…NaNoWriMo!!! National Novel Writing Month! YAY!

This will make my second year as a Municipal Liaison. I had a blast last year, and the Dothan Library System has been phenominal in providing places between two of their branches for parties and Write Ins. Its going to be another awesome year!!

And, as I tried last year (failed) I am striving to mee the fundraiser requirements fort a chance to attend the Night of Writing Dangerously in San Fracisco this year.

I have decided to place the fundraiser page under my REAL name, rather than my pen name. Zoe Ambler is…well…actually just a humble girl from Alabama called Beth.
A friend actually calls me Zoe-Beth, and it has a GREAT ring to it in my opinion. I have seriously given thought to actually changing my name. Though, I would face the wrath of my mother. Given that she lives in Guatemala, I just might be able to avoid that.

Anywho, would you like to support my efforts in taking me, plus a good writer friend of mine as a plus one, to the event?

Follow the link: https://www.classy.org/fundraise?fcid=723914
Also, go right on ahead and add me as a friend on Facebook if you’d like. I mean, I post just about anything I talk about here. CATS. ALL CATS. PICTURES, VIDEOS! …oh, and Zombie Apocalypse stuff. You all can never escape me on that.

So, please help me out in my endeavor. I would love to be a part of such a fantastic night of writing!

Love you all!

~hugs and squishes~

Naughty naughty…

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Well, I havent posted any actual stories in awhile, and while I may be posting all about movies, serial killers and the Netflix Vortex of Doom, I am still squeezing time in to write. 

I write every day. I keep a journal every day as well.

So, my writing lately is been…of the naughty variety. SMUT!!!

I have short stories started, but all lack endings. I need proper endings. Oh, but the lovely smut is there.

I do believe I have a good end for one of these smut stories in mind. I’m going to try to work it together tomorrow. 
The, of course I will share with you all.

In other news, the gaming is going fair, I guess. I quit playing one game pretty much altogether. But the other, where I have two character, well, I had put those characters in ‘time out’ while Fat Cat was sick, and havent brought one of them back out. The only reason that I did pull one of them out was because a fellow player contacted me through Facebook and requested a particular character to enter into a thread with his. I couldnt say no…my character has a crush on his. Though, I play her to be very shy, it will be something never known and she will agonize, because, well, making my characters suffer is great for shits and giggles.

NaNowriMo is coming, and I am preparing on that front as well. I am Municipal Liaison for a newly created home region here in SE Alabama. I am drafting letters to the libraries in the surrounding counties and working on a list of places, such as coffee shops, that would host get togethers and write-ins. I’m excited.

My only disappointment in it all is that my donation page for the San Fracisco Write-a-thon is not generating any donations. I was really hoping to reach at least the minimum to earn me a spot at the event. Maybe I should reinterate that none of that money comes to me…it goes directly to NaNo…I’m just trying to win a spot in the event. I have to pay for everything. Bleh. I’ve looked at airline tickets and hotels, and I could get there the night before the event, and leave the morning after and it wont break my budget too awful much. It does help that my soon to be brother in law works for a major airline and can get me a deal. However, the hotels in the area of the event are pretty skeevy unless I am willing to drop some cash.

But, at this rate, it doesnt look like I’ll reach whats needed to earn me a spot. Thats life.

I miss Fat Cat every day. Having little man Jeffrey is great, but when I hear the tinkle of the little bell on his collar, I immediately look for the poofy face of my Fat Cat. Jeffrey is a hoot and a half though. Kittens…so much energy, the puffing up, the attacking, the constant playing…then ~bonk~ he passes out…lol.

My daughter wants to go away for Christmas this year. Its her first year single, and living back home for the holidays, and she is always insanely jealous of some of my trips. 

I suggested Savannah, Georgia, as I havent been there yet. Its so beautiful and historic. But the daughter wants to go to New Orleans. Now, I love NOLA. But that is a pricey trip. We’re so close, but the hotel and the food and activities…it can get pricey. I stay at one particular hotel there, always trying to get the same room. Some things I wont give up. So, discussions are in hand on a holiday getaway or a traditional Christmas at home. And the funny thing is, we dont even really celebrate the holiday. Occasionally I put up a tree. Not every year. And I am not religious at all, more like anti-religion. I can honestly say I dont know where my daughter stands on the topic of religion. I’ve always brought her up to choose, look at her options, try different things. She’s tried the Catholic religion, Episcapol, Greek Orthodox, Baptist…right now she seems just…neutral.

Well, I suppose I should wrap this up. I have a Netflix series to start watching ~eyes Courtney~

Hopefully I will have some juicy smut for your reading pleasure with tomorrows post!

Be well, my darlings!

Help Me! Become a NaNoWriMo Sponsor! Donate!

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Howdy my Darlings!

This year I am working as a Municipal Liason on NaNoWriMo. I would love for you all to clicky the link above and give whatever you’d like or can!

As you all know, NaNo is a project dear to me, I love participating and I love rallying the others.

I plan on attending The “Night of Writing Dangerously” in San Fransico, however, this also depends on the help of you all. I must raise enough through fundraising to ensure my seat!!

The Deadline for this fundraiser is August 31. I know, I know…not a lot of time. But please, any little bit will help and ensure my spot.

There is a static page for this on http://zoeambler.com for those who wish to donate later, or multiple times!

Love you, my darlings!