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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
4:06 pm - The End
After almost a year of Anita blogging, I've decided to turn in my pen. I'm going to concentrate on my own writing stuff. Not sure if I'll ever be able to publish, but I'd like to give it a try. Finished NaNo with a full novel and now I'm editing, rewriting, editing...you get the idea. :)

I just wanted to give a big thanks to everyone who stopped by and offered advice, comments, and support. You've been great and this was a fun experience. I hope I brought a little humor to people's days and thanks so much for coming by.


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Friday, November 18th, 2005
5:08 pm - Word Count
Now I'm just seeing how much I can get through in the month of Nov.
I want to give a big thanks to everyone for the encouragement and good wishes. I'm telling you this story has it all: satyrs, nymphs, vampires, werewolfs, gargoyles, humor(I hope), and interesting plot(keeps fingers crossed). You name it, I've squashed it in here. Hm, no witches yet. Maybe the next book. :)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
75,051 / 80,000

Okay, my new goal is to reach 80K at some point. That would be book sized and therefore something I could conceivably sell, after performing virgin sacrifices and the like to get the literary gods on my side (only kidding). Although, I think there are some virgin fruit flies around...that might work.

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
9:26 am - Halloween
(Forgot to post this yesterday...)

Another year, another batch of insanity. At least no one dropped buckets of fake blood from the rooftops this time around.

Halloween in the Blood Square is like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, only with more vampires and less parade. And instead of beads being distributed we have plastic teeth. Goofy, but tourists love that kind of stuff.

RPIT was everywhere, looking seriously pissed because everyone kept thinking that they were in costume, and not ‘real’ cops. Jessica Arnet was undercover, dressed as – of all things – a vampire. Nathaniel was her human servant/whipping boy. I don’t even want to speculate on the dynamics of that relationship.

We had a few altercations between humans and vamps. For the most part the humans were the aggressors. Go figure. Could have had something to do with Jean-Claude little pre-party speech about castrating anyone who attacked a human. We got some bad press last year when one of the vamp newbies bit on a tourist, and Jean-Claude did not want a repeat performance.

Damian seemed to be a particular target. Not really sure what the attraction is to flaming red hair, but I guess that does it for a lot of women. Although, Solange tells me that it wasn’t so much the hair as his really big sword.

This year we had a plan to deal with unauthorized biting. Any human who wants to get hit on by a vamp has to wear these red ribbons around their neck. We’re hoping it will cut down on lawsuits. Dollar each for the ribbons to raise money for the Leukemia. Leave it to the vamps to pick a blood disease as their cause. Nice gesture, plus Jean-Claude gets lots of favorable press. It’s all about the spin.

And, I’d like to say, I totally win the bet. Richard did come as Wolverine, and he looks about as silly as I expected in yellow spandex. I didn’t tell him that since I don’t have a death wish, but Stephen’s posting pics, so you can see for yourself. The barely dressed woman by his side is Kate as Aeon Flux. I think. I can’t be sure because Solange smacked me in the head when I stared too long.

Aside from RPIT, Thronnos Rokke was actually doing a lot of security work. In some financial deal that involved more money than I’m likely to see in this lifetime, Jean-Claude hired like two hundred weres to keep an eye on the streets and clubs. We had cool walkie-talkies and ear pieces. I felt like I was part of the secret service.

Everything went off perfectly. The all night party at Danse Macabre was awesome. The strip routines at Guilty Pleasures were insane. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun on Halloween. I hope you all had a great time as well and collected lot of candy. I'm going to go nibble on some of mine now. :)

Posted by : Jason

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Monday, October 31st, 2005
10:50 am - NaNoWriMo
For all the wonderful fans of the blog,

Tomorrow will be the last blog until Dec. Some of you may know I'm going to try NaNoWriMo this month. Basically, it's an international event where people attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of Nov. It's completely insane, but I'm going to try it. This means I really need to focus, and so the blog is going on hiatus. Also, as you probably noticed, the blog has become more and more sporadic as I run low on ideas, so I think a break is probably a good thing. I just wanted to let you all know and thank you for the support and suggestions throughout the year. For anyone else doing NaNo, the best of luck to you.


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10:13 am - Peace and Quiet in St. Louis
It's one of those awesome after-the-storm feelings. Quiet. Maybe a little shell shocked. Danse Macabre looked like a bomb had gone off. Drunk weres can be a little rough on tables and railings and walls. For everyone's who's seen the pictures of me dancing on the bar, I assure they're completely doctored. Stephen's a terror with Photoshop. I can't bend like that, looks like something Nathaniel would do. And no, my underwear was not pink. It just looked that way under the lights.
Posted by : Jason

Don't look at me, I was home.
Posted by : Nathaniel

Likely story. Anyway, after chewing me out - uh, figuratively - for running off, Jean-Claude decided that maybe I did a few too many things things to take care of around the Circus and guess what? He gave me a raise and an assistant, and I'm completely off stripping duty. Awesome, huh? And I get called MR. Schuyler.

Solange has decided to take a leave from the Amaranthe. That fun group is still tromping around Europe trying to keep track of a Nix. I wish them luck. From the stories it sounds like Nix has taken over every vampire business and kiss from Istanbul to the Hebrides. And is planning on marketing her own line of clothes. It's too weird to be real.

Other good news from Solange, she's been offered a position to teach magic at one of the colleges in the area. It's a history course with an associated lab. Lab's for people that can actually perform spells. Kind of cool. I'm dating a professor. My parents would be so proud. Ha.

I hear a rumor that Kate signed Richard up for ballroom dancing. We don't have any confirmation of that, but I know Stephen, Clay, and Irving have joined like five different dancing studios in the hopes of catching him.

I guess that's all I have. Tonight's Halloween and I have to decorate like every square foot of the Blood District, plus all the clubs. I have about a ton of fake spider web to stretch out and this giant spider that drops from the ceiling of Danse Macabre every half-hour. I can't wait til Asher gets a load of that. He's pathologically afraid of spiders. I guess not even death can take away all your phobias.

I figured this might amuse you. We've decided on a theme this year for Halloween. Superheroes. I'm dressing as Robin. I know, I doomed to being the sidekick. Asher and Jean-Claude are dressing as Batman and Superman. Personally, Jean-Claude looks a hell of a lot more like Catwoman in that getup than Batman, but I don't want to spoil his delusions. And you don't even want to know what he has on his utility belt.

Solange had decided to dress as Jean Grey. For those of you in the know, you'll understand why. If not, wait for the next X-men movie. :) Richard hasn't 'fessed up to his costume, but I'm putting money on Wolverine. I can't wait to see the yellow spandex.

Talk to you all later.
Posted by : Jason

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Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
12:13 pm - The Party
Mea culpa, mea culpa. Hey, I got culture in Europe. I'm up on my Latin now.

As soon as I got back, Nat said that the blog was all up to me again. Then, I think he went to hide in his apartment with Jessica.

So, you're probably all wondering what I've been doing since I got back. I'll start with the party and head out from there.

Part on Oct 19th: Celebrate the Decampment of the Council, and drink yourself into oblivion
It was awesome. I think every preternatural and vampire in the St. Louis area showed up. Larry even came by with Tammy. Very cool.

Jamil showed off his dancing moves, which if you're never seen them before are awesome. If I tried that, I'd probably dislocate all the joints in my body. Richard and Kate danced a lot, too. The less said about Richard's dancing the better. Let's just say that if we had to settle any disputes in a dance-off the Pack would be in trouble.

Stephen and Gregory kept swapping clothes all night. I guess when you're drunk and a twin you get your kicks out of the strangest things. Stephen hit on every single female he stumbled across. Eventually, one hit back and knocked him out. I swear parties with weres are a sight to see.

You might wonder what I was doing during all this. The answer was keeping drinks filled and preters from falling over the railings and onto the dance floor. Someone at the party had to be sober. The vamps weren't much help because someone (I'd swear it was Byron, but I have no proof) spiked the blood punch with...uh, a certain chemical that makes vamps loopey. Don't want to tell you which one because I'd get my ass handed to me if anyone found out. I can't tell you the saga of keeping Damian from skewering people with his giant sword. The metal one! Damn, your minds are seriously in the gutter. It's the Viking in him.

Jean-Claude had way to much punch and did a strip routine that will stay with me 'til I die. From a fellow stripper's perspective, I could appreciate its seductive flare. From a straight guy's perspective, I'm a little weirded out that it actually made me...um, never mind. Anyway, the point is that man knows his moves.

Now the part that had me absent for about a week.

Around midnight, when the party was in full swing Solange walked in the door. My stomach settled around my knees and my heart went at about 1200 beats a minute. I'd been doing a lot of thinking and realized that we'd both made mistakes. But the truth was I was feeling pretty miserable without her. I know, mushy stuff, but every once in a while a guy's got to admit he's gotten his heart bruised. Blame all the bisexual vampires, they're softening me up.

I headed her off near the doors and dragged her into Jean-Claude's office, ostensibly to talk. We really did some talking, eventually. And for those of you who want a kiss-by-caress account, you are doomed to disappointment. Although, I will say, Jean-Claude's probably going to have to replace some of the furniture. It's a little battered.

Well, after a lot of apologizing on both sides, we joined the party. The details at the point start to get hazy. I think I may have had a few kegs to drink.

Wow, this has gone of for a bit. I promise to fill you in on the rest of it later.

Posted by : A happy Jason

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Monday, October 24th, 2005
1:52 pm - I see fictional people
The final installment of I see fictonal people

Chapter 15: Home Again


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Wednesday, October 19th, 2005
10:35 am - Birthday!!!
And because I have no shame...

Happy Birthday to the Lady of the Blog.

And the weather on the east coast decided to cooperate and I have a sunny day at a balmy 70 degrees. Lovely.

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9:55 am - Oh, mon Dieu
The place is clean, almost vampire free, and we're ready to party.

I dragged Ariel (aka Jean-Claude), out of the tub. He kind of looks like the crypt keeper at the moment. He's gone beyond prune. I'm sure with some blood he'll puff up again.

Nathaniel's setting up the bar at Danse Macabre and...

YES! YES! YES! The Pack is back. They just got in. I have to go. I'll get back to you later.
Posted by : Jason

Yes, St. Louis, Thronnos Rokke has returned. After a wonderful month of bonding with nature and each other, we've decided it's time to come back. I have to say that the Pack has really grown together in this time. I don't think that anyone can say that there is a person in the Pack they don't know. We learned how to communicate and work as a team. We really should get in the habit of doing this more often.

The best part, no vamps and no vamp politics. It was like being in another world. I'll admit, we did have an occasional run in with the mountain trolls, but once the Pack learned to leave them alone, everything was fine.

On a more frivolous note, we've learned every Boy Scout camping song in existence and discovered that Kate hate Kumbaya with a passion. It's a great way to get her riled up.
Posted by : Richard

Oh, I'm home. Pizza. I need pizza. If I ever have to eat another deer, I think I'll throw up.
Damn. I think I might have lice.
Posted by : Stephen

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9:54 am - I see fictional people
Chapter 14: The Hall of Torture


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Monday, October 17th, 2005
3:32 pm - Adages...
Operation St. Louis Cleanup

You know that adage about 'fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me'?
I guess the weres in Europe have never heard of that one. To be fair, Jason was a little sneakier this time with the mass drugging.

First, he told all the European weres to leave the beer alone because it was for a special party later in the week. I guess all those psych books paid off. The moment he left the beer untended the weres sucked it down and were out cold.

Then we moved in. It looked like every were in St. Louis came down the help. In two hours we had all the Council members and their weres packed up into crates and coffins and shipped out to the nearest airfield. We got one of those giant cargo planes, loaded them all up and sent them back to Europe. I'm not sure where exactly. I think the pilot had orders to drop them all off in a field somewhere.

We are Council-free.
Posted by : Nathaniel

WOO HOO!!!! Party.

I told you I kick ass when it comes to subversive plans. Ha! Everyone thinks I'm just some cute blond good for nothing but a roll in bed and acting as bait. That'll show them.

Weres, vamps, and humans of St. Louis!!!

You are cordially invited to a rocking party at Danse Macabre on Wed Oct. 19
Drinks are on the house!
Bring your own food! *

We got rid of those pansy ass Council idiots. The city is ours.

* special note to vamps: no eating the guests
Posted by : Jason

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Friday, October 14th, 2005
3:38 pm - I see fictional people
Chapter 13: The Secret Side of the Sithen


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Thursday, October 13th, 2005
1:26 pm - Jason's back.
Jason's back. He came in last night and immediately collapsed into bed. This morning he got up at six, dragged me out of bed, and then set to organizing the Circus. So far we've:
- scrubbed all the floors
- redecorated the main hall
- unloaded the pallets of coffins
- broke down the pallets
- inhaled lunch
- called for a delivery of heating oil (good thing Jean-Claude's rich)
- redecorated the main hall. Again.
- organized Jean-Claude's clothing by color
- buffed Danse Macabre's dance floor
- gone through Jason's Amsterdam pictures
- organized Jean-Claude's clothing by texture
- installed a new steel door at the Circus

Jason has either developed an addiction to speed or he's trying very hard to distract himself.
Posted by : Nathaniel

I don't want to talk about it.
Posted by : Jason

I didn't ask.
Posted by : Nathaniel

I think I may have overreacted. I was a little stressed.
Posted by : Jason

See, this is me, still not asking.
Posted by : Nathaniel

Do you think I can send flowers to Europe?
Posted by : Jason

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
9:55 am - I see fictional people...
Chapter 12: The Sithen


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Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
10:46 am - I'm coming back...
I'm taking a plane back tonight.
Posted by : Jason

You are being completely unreasonable. I already apologized. What more do you want?
Posted by : Solange

You lied to me.
Posted by : Jason

I did not lie. I avoided mentioning certain things. Besides, you're sulking. This is all about stupid male pride, Jason, and you know it.
Posted by : Solange

You used me to get close to Jean-Claude.
Posted by : Jason

Damn it. Yes, I did. For one week I got to know you so you would lead me to Jean-Claude, but that's not why I stayed. I stayed because I care about you, and you know it.
What else are you going to dredge up? That I hog the sheets?
Posted by : Solange

You snore.
Posted by : Jason

AUGH!!!! Salopard!
Posted by : Solange

I told you.
Posted by : Anita

Just wait.
Now, Nita, what do you think of this amber gown with the lace trim? Too coy?
Posted by : Nyx

Bitch! I want my dresses back!
Posted by : Belle

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Monday, October 10th, 2005
7:43 am - Council headaches...
Belle just went back to try to recoup her losses in France, so the horde has thinned a bit. It’s still a nightmare. There’s about five vampires to every human in the vampire district, which means we have to import the blood donors. Narcissus is making a killing (financially) by supplying hyenas as food.

Poor Jessica said that RPIT is up to its eyeballs in complaints about vampires rolling the unwilling or harassing families at the mall. She said it’s like every B vampire movie come to life – all at once. I haven’t left the Circus in days, weeks maybe. I’m starting to lose track of time.

The good news is we finally got all the garbage picked up and ordered in new coffins not done up in pink and purple. Jean-Claude’s looking a little stressed and has started sleeping in the Closet of the Damned to avoid the Council and their lackeys. If you’ve never been inside, you could hide a whole army camp in there and never know. Recently the bathroom has become his new lair. Last time I went looking for him, he’d filled the tub with a bubble bath and then hid underneath the water.
Posted by : Nathaniel

Mon Dieu, I have a headache. It appears that Nyx is holding Belle’s entire collection of Marie Antionette gowns hostage until Belle relinquishes her claim on the Le Titon Rouge strip club in Toulouse. I have been on the phone for six hours straight listening to her bemoan the loss of those gowns. I never thought I would say this, but they are just clothes, and horribly out of fashion.
Posted by : Jean-Claude

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Friday, October 7th, 2005
11:44 am - I see fictional people
Chapter 10: Into the House


Chapter 11: Jason


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9:44 am - Update on Solange and Jason
I thought you all had to hear this - Nathaniel

Nat_G: Hey, has anyone heard from Solange?

Necro_AB: We saw her in Amsterdam. She bitch slapped Jason.

Nyx_MoaD: It was a love tap, Nita. She was overwrought. Poor dear was worried about her little man.

Necro_AB: Poor dear? Were we watching the same couple? I could hear the fight from the other side of the canal. She was ripping him a new one.

Nyx_MoaD: New what?

Necro_AB: Never mind.

Nyx_MoaD: They were resolving a dispute, putting the pieces of their emotional upheaval back together. It was a touching reunion.

Necro_AB: That doesn’t even make sense. Pieces of an emotional upheaval. That’s it, no more daytime talk shows for you.

Nyx_MoaD: It works for Dr. Phil. Nita, this is why you fail at love, you must always pick it apart looking for weaknesses.

Necro_AB: I like picking things apart. Besides real love would stand up to some picking.

Nyx_MoaD: So young and so wrong. We really need to work on this.

Necro_AB: I’m fine. Go analyze someone else.

Nat_G: So what happened with Solange and Jason.

Necro_AB: He tossed her into the canal.

Nat_G: He did not!

Nyx_MoaD: She was smoldering. Literally. It was probably for the best.

Nat_G: Damn.

Necro_AB: Then he stomped off and she waded out. They’re done.

Nyx_MoaD: So little faith. It was but a hurdle on the path of true love.

Necro_AB: You’ve got to be kidding me. Nat, are you even supposed to be talking to us? Isn’t Prissy going to be upset?

Nat_G: Prissy? Um, no Jean-Claude isn’t really that worried. In fact if you cause enough carnage, maybe the Council will decamp. Besides, it’s not like I’m going to give away the combination to the back door.

Posted by : Nathaniel

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9:22 am - Sorry guys
I was sick for a bit this week, and busy the rest of the time. I have a new I see fictional people chapter going up sometime today. I'll let you know when. I just need to double-check spelling, etc. I'll have a Jason report, too. Sorry for the hiatus. - Jepad

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Thursday, September 29th, 2005
10:40 am - Amster, Amster, Amsterdam
The beer is great, the food is great, and the coffee houses are awesome... You get a buzz just sitting in there.

I'm relaxed. I so needed a vacation. The canals are beautiful and these little hotels are adorable. I've been to eight different museums. I can honestly say that Stedelijk museum is so much better when you're stoned. Modern art doesn't make much sense normally.

What else...oh the people are great. Everyone speaks English, and you have to hear them pronounce my last name. I'm determined to say is right before I head back to the States.

Hey, and I ran into Anita and Nyx. Anita seems to have mellowed a bit, at least she didn't try to kill me the moment she saw me, so that's good. Nyx is fun and damn can she dance. There were a couple of vamp clubs in Amsterdam that Nyx decided would run much more smoothly under her auspices. The MotC of Amsterdam took one look at Nyx and agreed to hand over control. Anita says that's pretty much how all the European cities have been going.

Anway, just thought I'd say hi to everyone, let you know I'm alive.

Oh, Nathaniel, Jean-Claude really isn't allergic to supermarket soap. It's totally psychosomatic. Just fill up his expensive shower lotion bottle with some Ivory soap. Works fine.

Richard, the Ulfric of Amsterdam wanted me to convey his greetings. A few of his pack are doing a work study in St. Louis next semester and he wanted to let you know they'd be stopping by. I figured you wouldn't mind.
Posted by : Jason

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