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May 3, 2014

I've got a lot going on! First of all, Cave Chaos is no more. Well that's kinda sorta inaccurate; what I should say is this: Cave Chaos is evolving. We've changed the name to The Mass Debate Show (get it? Doh!) and are moving to YouTube. That means, of course, you'll be hearing AND seeing your favorite cast of horny people instead of only just hearing us. This could be good or bad depending on your POV ;) 

 

Secondly, I should update my readers on where I am with my Trek serial and Underground Viking series...

 

As you may or may not know, I lost the last Trek short novel I was 2/3 done with— Dari's story— when my laptop was stolen during a home invasion. (Talk about learning to back up my work the hard way.) To be frank, I still haven't mentally or emotionally gotten past this loss... but I'm trying very hard to. I know so many of you have been patiently (or impatiently) waiting on the continuation of the serial and you deserve resolution; all I can say today is I am sorting through my issues and trying. I'm sorry I can't say something more  "light at the end of the tunnel-esque" at this moment in time. 

 

My Viking fans have better news... Big, Bad & Brutal (I might change the name now that I have control over the title again) was recovered off my old hard drive. This is a full length novel and is now more than half done. (Yay!!) It's become my personal mission and ambition to get this puppy done and published this year :)

 

Third, if you follow me on Twitter, FB, or Instagram, you probably know I moved to West Hollywood a couple of months ago. I love the area and I love my house! It's not only been inspiring in terms of my writing, but I've also painted 3 more pieces based on WeHo. Check out my artwork section for details.

 

I've got a lot more going on, but not enough patience to type it all out :P Thankfully The Mass Debate Show begins airing in June so you can be kept up to date via YouTube!

 

TTYL,

Jaid

2014 - My First Update of the Year

February 3, 2014

I realized this morning I need to update my blog more often; I have a nasty habit of letting too much time go by between posts and then I'm overwhelmed with the amount of information I have to tell!! I guess I'll stick to the basics...

 

Firstly, STIFF™ has been canceled. I'm going to do this eventually— and the sooner the better— but I'm waiting until my lease ends in May and I move. I'm looking at several locations in Beverly Hills & West Hollywood so we'll see what happens :)

 

Secondly, the Trek serial: I'm back to square 1 with this as the police never recovered my stolen property from the home invasion I recently endured. My only solace is in knowing they got the fucker's fingerprints so he will be arrested eventually. Still, that can't replace the manuscript... for me or for you.

 

Third, the Underground Viking series: There is a chance that what I've written so far on the next book may be on my old hard drive. I've had the hard drive restored and have been too chicken shit to take a look lol. But I will at some point today and will keep you posted.

 

Fourth, Laverne & Surly has been indefinitely postponed. Again, I lost that manuscript when I was robbed and am still too upset to try and recreate what I'd already written. One day I will. But not any day soon.

 

Fifth, as depressing as those updates are, I've still got a lot of positive surprises in store for you this year ;) Negotiations are a bitch, but 2 of my projects are 99% a go. Still, I'm a little superstitious so I won't "go there" until we're at 100% :)

 

Finally, and on a more personal note, my therapy is still going well. I lost momentum after a few serious life events took place (the burglary among them,) but I'm back into push forward mode. I almost never have panic attacks anymore (knock on wood with me peeps) and my agoraphobia is slowly withering away. My therapist is brutal, but forgiving, so I'm very lucky to have her guidance.

 

I think what I've learned the most over the holidays— the period during which I was at my all-time lowest— is that life doesn't always work out the way we planned or wanted, but it's still a wonderful journey. Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. If you find yourself going through a succession of horrible events, try to remember that agonizing situations are temporary... as is the depression that stems from them. Two weeks ago I painted Erased Existence (see photo) and today the sun is shining, the sky is clear blue, and I'm actually smiling :) 

 

~ Jaid

There WAS no place like home...

November 23, 2013

I've been going through a lot here. So much so that I don't even know where to begin. But I'll do my best... 

Monday afternoon I came home to a burglary in progress. Other than being shoved by the perpetrator, I walked away physically unscathed. Emotionally, however, I'm pretty beaten up for several reasons, the biggest of which because it affects my readers.


This thief with his apparent sense of entitlement took a lot of valuables— jewelry and electronics for the most part. Some of the jewelry carries a low dollar value on the street, but great sentimental value for me so that was pretty devastating. But the worst loss, and the one I'm still trying to come to terms with, is my stolen laptops... and all of my manuscripts.

I didn't back them up; a hard lesson learned too late.

I had roughly 11 manuscripts in various stages of completion on those computers. One of those books was a full-length romantic comedy I've been working on for thirteen years tentatively titled Moonshine & Magnolias; it was 3/4 of the way done. Another script, also 3/4 done, was a novella I've been working on called Laverne & Surly, a story I wrote for and dedicated to my friend Kristin Daniels.

The most difficult manuscript to report stolen to you is— was— a short novel that also happened to be the next installment in my Trek serial. It was 2/3 of the way finished and titled No Way Out: Dari.

Nobody knew I was writing Dari's story— not my family, not my friends, not my fans, not my editor, not my therapist— not even my mother. This book was supposed to be a holiday surprise for my readers who have been so patient with me as they waited for the continuation of the serial... and for my friends and family members who I knew would be overjoyed to see proof that panic attacks were no longer dictating (and ruining) my life.

I have been bursting into tears, crying off and on for days.

There is nobody I can blame for this but myself and I am more sorry than you can imagine. I never bothered backing up my work because I never believed this would happen to me. Computers crash, but IT people can fix them and recover the data. My house has high walls and is meticulously locked up whenever I leave. A robbery? Other than on TV I never experienced this in my life clear up until it happened.

Unfortunately, being burglarized has also called into question whether or not I feel my STIFF™ boot camp attendees will be safe living and working here. Until I figure that out, I'm not taking any more deposits for registrations. If the event ends up being canceled, those who have already paid in full will be 100% reimbursed. Otherwise registration will be re-opened and STIFF™ will continue as scheduled. (I'll let you know as soon as I know.)

I am wholeheartedly and genuinely sorry for everything... and I will be in touch soon.

~ Jaid 

 

Fuck You. Yeah You.

October 24, 2013

 

I dedicate this song to the brother/sister stalking duo...

 

 

 

Fuck you very much :)

 

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