Cover Reveal – Break/Interrupt

Blog Post No. 436

Break Front CoverI have a sample copy of the new book on order right now (to make sure there are no printing issues). Since I’m so close to making it available to the public and ordering some copies to sell, I’m happy to share the amazing cover by Glen Hawkes.

Glen was nice enough to do the cover of the last book, Broadcast Wasteland, and I think he outdid himself this time. It goes to show, when you hamper an artist and graphic designer with an idea, they will make something good with it. When you let them take your idea and run with it, you end up with something amazing. For more of his art, comics, and kids books, check out his website.

I hope to have copies of the Break/Interrupt at local stores within the next couple of weeks. It all comes down to shipping. I may do some limited deliveries if I can make sure to avoid people (though it would really be nice to have a chat with folks).

I think that’s all for this week. Just excited about that cover and the imminent release of the fourth book in the Synthetic Albatross Novella Series, Break/Interrupt!

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Searching for a Topic

Blog Post No. 435

giphy-6With all hands on deck working to finish Break/Interrupt by next week, there it’s anything else going on for me to talk about. Since I’m still hiding at home, I don’t even have the day job to complain about or regular excursions around the city on which to muse. I’m always excited to get to the end of a project, but I seem extra eager for this one. Since time in the pandemic is so weird, it’s felt like I’ve been writing and editing this thing for a year and not the eight months it’s really been. Wow, it’s only been eight months. Also strange to think about. Continue reading “Searching for a Topic”

On Schedule – Break/Interrupt

Blog Post No. 434

20200421_125458I think it would be fair to call this an update, but the title came before content so I’m leaving it. As I write this, there are 14 days left in the month and left to get the coveted discount on the sett-up fee at the printer. I just finished the last review/edit of Break/Interrupt and there is one step left before I do the layout and put the cover together. I’m, as always, thankful for all the people who took the time to read the book over for me, look for mistakes, and give their opinions. It’s one thing to read the book, it’s another to do it in the middle of edits while it’s being iteratively improved. I hope the story was good enough to make up for any shortcomings in those early drafts. I really don’t know how I could put out a book without all that help. Continue reading “On Schedule – Break/Interrupt”

The Near Future

Blog Post No. 433

giphy-3It’s getting to be crunch time for Break/Interrupt. With the usual deadline of getting the novella to the printer by the end of March in hopes of using a discount code for the setup cost, I’ve got less than three weeks to wrap it all up. Right now I’m still waiting on the last edits to come back, but (hopefully) since it’s in the final stages of the editing process, there won’t be too much to change. Fixing typos is easy enough, but rewriting sections due to plot holes or other mistakes this late in the game is a tough nut to crack. I’ve done it before, though. I should be able to do it again. If not, I just bite the bullet and pay full price. Besides, I’m the one who set the April release date. Not only does that leave the whole month open for me to actually get the book published, but I can always change it. It’s not like I need the books for an upcoming event or anything. Continue reading “The Near Future”

Focusing Ideas

Blog Post No. 432

giphyThis week’s post may meander a bit. I have an idea in my head and I’ve been turning it over in my head for the last few days—trying to find the right way to express it so that it makes sense to other people. Like, I’m sure if you were inside my head (and not horrified by the stuff going on in the background) it would make total sense. I’m going to try to use words to explain it, though, as the technology to see into another person’s head (thankfully) doesn’t exist. The basic thesis statement is that when you set your brain to focus on one type of thing, the ideas that you create from the things you absorb around you will mostly fit that format. See. It’s not easy to put into words. Let me try to elaborate and clear up what I mean. Continue reading “Focusing Ideas”

What I Mean When I Take a Day

Blog Post No. 431

giphy-2I’ve noticed that over that last few months, I’ve mentioned taking a day or the weekend (off) more than I usually would. Not so much that I feel that I’m falling behind (or any more behind than I always do) but enough that I felt like a post was warranted. Part of the reason why I’m commenting on it more is that, since I have so much less going on in my life right now, I have less to write about. It’s been a real struggle to keep coming up with interesting topics and based on the views over the last few weeks, it’s been hit and miss on that front. I’ve been at home only going out for grocery trips spread out as much as possible and a weekly drive to make sure the car battery doesn’t go dead from lack of use. Continue reading “What I Mean When I Take a Day”

Virtual Writing Retreat

Blog Post No. 430

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2017 AWP Retreat

If you missed last week’s post, I wouldn’t be surprised because it wasn’t terribly popular. They can’t all be winners. Either way, in that post I mentioned that over the weekend I would be attempting a Virtual Writing Retreat with the Wrecking Writing crew. Starting on the Friday, we had a group chat for about an hour before logging off and getting to work on whatever projects we each had planned for the weekend. We had set a rough goal for 10am to 2pm in the day and 7 to 10pm at night. The general idea was to keep in touch over messenger and be free to take breaks or call the sessions for ourselves when we saw fit. It was as close to a real writers retreat as we could get without being together at a cottage over a weekend. Continue reading “Virtual Writing Retreat”

The Year it really Lands

Blog Post No. 429

20200229_204459Last year was a strange one for a lot of reasons. It’s about this time each year that the event train leaves the station and starts building steam for the spring and summer rush. There may be a comicon or and book fair and (if we have our act together) a retreat. From there, the plans reach full swing and I’ll be booked at least one weekend (potentially two or more) a month for the rest of the year. Everything ground to a halt last year because of the pandemic, but after eight years of working on this writing thing, it felt like an anomaly. We did manage to get the retreat in before things were shut down, but the scheduled events after that were all cancelled. Continue reading “The Year it really Lands”

Going Out

Blog Post No. 428

20190909_193400_hdrIt’s taken nearly a year, but I’ve had my first real pangs of missing going out. I’ve missed my family and friends and I’ve certainly missed meeting the Writing Wrecking Crew for writing sessions, but going out for the sake of going out has never been my thing. I enjoyed going to the bars in my 20s, but even then that wasn’t my favourite way to spend time. As I talked about last week, I love going to cafes and I’ve missed my regular visits to Anchor. I love going for a quiet meal or seeing a movie, too. What I’m feeling now is different from just being tired of staying in the house, though. Continue reading “Going Out”

Ode to Anchor Coffee House

Blog post No. 427

img_20171205_161228_270Right off the hop, I want to point out that while the location Huron Line is gone, the Anchor Coffee House and bakery in Walkerville is going strong. I’m ecstatic that they have managed to keep the Walkerville location open during the pandemic. Sadly, due to heightened risk, I haven’t been much support. I am enjoying a cup of local Chance coffee while I write this. I bought a bag when I stopped by to pick up the books that had been for sale at the Huron location. It’s good, but nothing replaces actually going there. The atmosphere, the people, the other customers—there is something special about going to a good local coffee shop and spending a little time enjoying a good beverage. Continue reading “Ode to Anchor Coffee House”