Saving Money, Spending Money

Saving Money, Spending Money

Now that the paperwork is in place for both a publishing company and an EIN with the IRS, the next step is to open a bank account. Keeping a separate business account will make everything easier for taxes and maintaining your business records. For me, it was as easy as filling out an application with my … Continue reading

DIY Scarlet Witch, version 1

DIY Scarlet Witch, version 1

“I can’t control their fear, only my own.” I don’t have many “making of” pics for this costume because it required little updating other than buying the clothes: Black boots (I used ones I already owned) Black knee-high socks/stockings (I got thicker knit ones, similar to these) Black dress (I got an older version similar … Continue reading

Death and Taxes (in Self-Publishing)

Death and Taxes (in Self-Publishing)

With a self-publishing roadmap in hand and company paperwork in order, it’s time to move on to everyone’s favorite topic: taxes. This blog post from Helen Sedwick outlines why it’s so import to file for an EIN with the IRS, instead of relying solely on your Social Security Number. It’s quick and easy to fill … Continue reading

Creating a Publishing Company

Creating a Publishing Company

Early in self-publishing journey, after doing a lot of research (you can find some links in my previous post), I decided to create my own publishing company. This allows me to have more control in the long-term and offers more legitimacy for being a self-publishing author. I decided on a name first – Emerald Rose … Continue reading

DIY Daenerys Targaryen Costume

DIY Daenerys Targaryen Costume

**Not screen accurate** “I am Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen. Daenerys Targaryen: The First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khalisee of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.” Again, to restate, it’s not a screen accurate rendition of Daenerys, but … Continue reading

What Goes Into Self-Publishing?

What Goes Into Self-Publishing?

Write the book Edit the book Then what? I thought the hard part would be writing the book. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard and time-consuming. But figuring out the next part was definitely harder than anticipated. It took a lot of research – I read countless blogs (especially digging into Hugh Howey’s posts and … Continue reading

DIY Vanellope von Schweetz Running Costume

DIY Vanellope von Schweetz Running Costume

“Speak up, I can’t hear you. Your breath is so bad it made my ears numb!” I ran in a Superhero 5K and stretched the definition of “superhero” to include Vanellope von Schweetz from “Wreck It Ralph” (glitches count, too). This was fairly easy to assemble – although I cheated slightly and bought the hair … Continue reading

DIY Wyldstyle Costume

DIY Wyldstyle Costume

“Come with me if you want to not die.” You can throw together a quick version of Wyldstyle’s costume in just a weekend. It’s great for comfort – especially at a cooler time of year (like for Halloween). Materials needed:  Black sweatshirt Black sweatpants or yoga pants Black shoes (I found some for a couple … Continue reading

DIY Frozen’s Princess Anna Costume

DIY Frozen’s Princess Anna Costume

When Frozen was released, I was immediately captivated by the story and the characters. Both Elsa and Anna are amazing additions to the Disney universe and it’s a movie I keep going back to over and over again. For Halloween last year, I used Anna as my costume inspiration. I take Halloween pretty seriously, and … Continue reading

DIY Rainbow Brite Running Costume

DIY Rainbow Brite Running Costume

Last year, I took part in a Superhero 5K in Indianapolis and needed a costume to race in. This proved to be somewhat tricky in that I needed a costume that was easy to run in, mostly went with the superhero theme and was also unique. Eventually I settled on one of my favorite cartoon … Continue reading