Men at Work · News

I Have An Announcement

Oh look, a blog post. And it’s not a Crosstitch. But I have a couple writing-related announcements, and it’s easier to do a blog post then 73 tweets and a long Facebook status.

I have this series of novellas. Contemporary erotic New Adult romance. I talked with my agent and basically the novella market in traditional publishing is nil unless you’re a Big Name. So I decided to go the self-pub route.

So come June 29, you can buy my 1st New Adult Contemporary Pizzarotic Romance novella (yes, pizzarotica is totally a thing…that my cousin and I made up). It’s titled Fast, Fresh, & Hot, and I’m using the pseudonym Eliza Madison. I’m obviously keeping that a huge secret. The cover reveal will be on June 8th, and don’t worry, I’ll shout about that from the rooftops, because Drew Heacock did an awesome cover and I’m totally in love with it.

The plan is that this is the 1st of a series of linked novellas, called the Men At Work series. I’m doing each individual novella as an ebook only, and down the road when a few of them are out, I’ll bundle them up into a paperback. So if you prefer physical books, you’ll have to wait.

This one is my pizza boy story (which I’ve referenced many times on twitter). #2 is his twin brother, the grocery store checker. #3 has a Halloween theme about a tattoo artist. And #4 is a bartender for Christmas. 2 more are percolating, but we’ll see if they come to anything.

I will have the pre-order link on Amazon and BN soon (and various other ebook vendors). For now, you can add it to your TBR list on Goodreads.

You can also follow Eliza’s various social media endeavors. The website is a placeholder, but I’m hoping that’ll be up very soon.


Anyway, if you like sex and pizza (and seriously, who doesn’t like those?), you probably want to read this novella. It’s also got Batman references and chocolate. All that for less than $3, so you really can’t go wrong.

Non-Writing · Stitchery

For Fox Sake, Duck Off

The autocorrect origins of this one should be obvious to anyone with an iPhone. This one is available in my Etsy store.

Duck OffThis one is also in the Etsy store, as is the pattern, if you stitch yourself.

Fox Sake


I’ve made up my own version of Pinocchio’s song and sing it more than I should probably admit to. So it seemed natural to make this pattern. This is 1 of the few I’ve kept for myself.

Got no Fucks

And speaking of F-bombs these are available on Etsy. The green sold, but the 2 on the right are still available.

Go the Fuck to Sleep


And this last one was another gift for a friend, a quote from the delightfully profane Chuck Wendig.

Art Harder



Non-Writing · Stitchery

Stitching for Me & My Friends

This one ended up as a Valentine’s present for our neighbors.

KissA friend requested this, so I made the design and stitched it up. It was her birthday present to herself.


My friend Summer requested I do one of a Harry Potter-inspired expression she and her husband use. And I threw in a Tardis for her because she loves Dr. Who.










I tweeted that I thought this pattern was amusing, and immediately 2 friends asked if I’d make it for them. So I did.







Non-Writing · Stitchery

Updated Stitchings

I’m a bit behind on posting my cross stitch and embroidery. So I’m adding quite a few here.

Nerd Love

In an homage to nerd love, I made these 3. They’re all available on my Etsy site.

Liz Czukas' books

This was my first attempt at freehand embroidery instead of cross stitch. I made these 3 for my friend Liz Czukas. The middle one represents elements from her debut novel Ask Again Later. The list & bell are from her 2nd novel, Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless. And the bowl of sorbet is from her 3rd novel, When Joss Met Matt (written as Ellie Cahill). All 3 books are spectacular and you should read them.

Lick it Up

Heathers is one of my favorite movies, and a defining feature in my friendship with a good friend I’ve known since 7th grade. This is 1 of several I’m making for her.

Non-Writing · Randomness · Stitchery

Cross Stitch, Packers & Charity

Today I’m combining a few of my favorite things. The Green Bay Packers, who are playing the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow (1/11/15) in the NFC divisional championship. Cross stitch. And the MACC Fund. The MACC Fund is Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, and raises money for pediatric cancer research. It’s a local charity, and the 1 I usually pick when I have money to donate. I figure it’s good insurance for my kids’ future.

A twitter friend, who is also a Packers fan, Erin Scafe made a bet with a Cowboys fan, something involving Taylor Swift covers. I don’t know the details, but the gist of it is if we can raise $5,000 for the MACC Fund by gametime (noon, central time), both Erin and Mateo (I only know him by his twitter profile) will each post a video on youtube of them covering a Taylor Swift song. I think I have that right.

And, for the person who donates the most, I will send them this.



Here’s the link where you can donate. Be generous. I mean, kids with cancer. Not a controversial cause.

Non-Writing · Stitchery

Superheroes and a Unicorn

Olivia Kelly requested her favorite attractive sociopath, and I threw in his equally attractive brother.

Loki & Thor.
Loki & Thor

I of course had to do a Wonder Woman for myself.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman


And MissA wanted this for her room, so it’s on her wall next to the Ninja Turtles. The pattern I bought had a brunette girl, but MissA wanted it to be her. I can’t remember if this pattern comes with permission to sell the final products, but if it does, I could customize the child with hair, eye and skin color. And shirt color too.

2014-05-17 18.30.03

Non-Writing · Stitchery

Thank Your For Being a Friend. And a Teacher

The first one I did when I re-rediscovered cross stitching was a Golden Girls one for Nicole Tersigni.

Thank You For Being a Friend
Thank You For Being a Friend

And I made this for MissA’s teacher as an end of the year gift. She taught the kids to sing “Three Little Birds” so it seemed appropriate. Plus, it was the 1st one I designed myself!

Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing is gonna be all right.
Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing is gonna be all right.