Fund In/Exhale Cover on Ko-Fi!

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Hi, everyone! I know I haven’t been updating that much this year. Without my medication, it’s been a rough one.

However, I did find a very talented artist to draw the cover art for the In/Exhale – Season 3 ebook!

Since I offer the entire series for free, I would really love some support in paying for the artwork.

If you enjoy my writing, I would really love if you could take a few seconds to donate a few dollars toward paying for the cover art.

You can donate as little as $3 on Ko-Fi!

If you can’t do $3, or Ko-Fi isn’t your thing, you can also donate via Paypal!

Even if you can’t afford to donate (I realize 2020 hasn’t been kind to a lot of us), if you could share the link, I would really appreciate it :).

As of right now, S4 will probably not come out until 2021. I’m very sorry about that. But I am still posting S1 on AO3, and I can hopefully have the S3 ebook finished before the end of the year.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported my work in the past!

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In/Exhale Now on AO3

Screenshot 2019-12-23 at 1.05.54 PMIn/Exhale is now on AO3! Read it here.

If you follow me on tumblr, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot on Archive of Our Own (aka AO3) lately. It’s normally a home for fan fiction, which I have been writing a lot of in the past six months or so, but you can also apparently post original work there as well.

A friend suggested that I post In/Exhale there as another way to reach an audience. It’s a bit more reader-friendly, especially on mobile, than reading on the original blog or here on my site, so in case that’s turned you off of reading it in the past, or you’d like to read it again (and ebooks aren’t your thing), you now have another opportunity.

I’m planning on posting the entire completed three seasons, updating weekly as much as my health allows. Once I start posting the next season (season 4), I’ll probably post both on the original blog and on AO3, if it seems enough people are interested in it.

Please feel free to leave comments and kudos on the AO3 version if you decide to (re) read! I could use the motivation to get back into my original work.

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I’m still alive

I know I haven’t been active on here or twitter lately. There are a lot of reasons for that but I am not going into it here right now.

I have been posting regularly on Tumblr: http://plague-of-insomnia.com and AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/users/chiealeman/pseuds/plague%20of%20insomnia

I am not abandoning any of my original work. I am still planning to finish the first draft of Love UnSeen (hopefully by the end of this year if not sooner) and I will continue In/Exhale, with Season 4 most likely being pushed into 2020 (sorry). I don’t have any plans for the ebook of S3 right now, but that will definitely happen. (I need to find a new cover artist as mine had to take a leave of absence.)

I’ve added a KO-FI button! I’m going to try to use it to raise money for the cover art since I need to pay an artist to make one. If you enjoy In/Exhale, I would love if you could spare $3 or more toward the cause!

Anyway, that’s just a super-quick update. I’m going to see my specialist in NY in a few weeks, and I’m hoping he’ll consider adjusting my meds. We’ll see how I do. Thanks to those of you who still follow me. I appreciate it!

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In/Exhale: S3 – February 13, 2001 – Season 3 Finale

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In/Exhale: S3 – February 12, 2001

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In/Exhale: S3 – Flashback: September 28, 1988

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In/Exhale: S3 – February 11, 2001

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In/Exhale: S3 – February 10, 2001

Hey, all! I’m so sorry I fell behind in updating S3 of In/Exhale on my site. I’ll be updating regularly until the end of the season over the next few weeks. Catch up with Season 3, or scroll up for ebooks of Seasons 1 & 2 (all available to read for free!) Hit the break to read the latest episode.

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Happy International Disability Day

day_for_allToday is a day to spread awareness about disability and the disability community. Obviously, this is an important topic for me, dear to my heart, but there are so many great disability activists out there than can address it better than I can. Continue reading

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Perfect World, Vol. 1 & 2 Review

perfectworldcoverTitle: Perfect World

Author: Rie Aruga

Available Digitally?: Yes

Genre: Josei (Romance) Manga

Series Complete?: Ongoing

Final Verdict: Buy

Preview?: Read the first chapter here.

My take: A surprisingly heart-wrenching, realistic exploration of romance with a paraplegic.

I’ve been reading a lot of manga lately, because I’ve missed reading so much over the past four years (due to my constant headache), and the advantage of graphic media is there’s less text (and thus less eye strain), yet I can still enjoy stories. I’ve fallen in love with manga in particular because it’s long enough to tell a meaty story and it’s serialized, and I hate having to say good-bye to my favorite characters.

I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled across Perfect World, a manga about a young woman (Tsugumi Kawana) who runs into her high-school crush (Itsuki Ayukawa) and is surprised to find out they not only work in the same industry (he’s an architect and she’s an interior designer), but that he’s now a paraplegic. Continue reading

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