Two in Two Days!

Blog No. 334

20190413_115444_hdrI forgot how fun it can be to go to an event and actually sell some books. Don’t get me wrong. It’s work. It’s making sure everything is organized and packed ahead of time, getting up early and piling everything into the car, finding where you are supposed to go and where you can (or can’t) park, then carrying everything to your table, sitting there for eight or more hours, packing it all up, and heading home. Most of the day is spent sitting at the table, greeting the people who wander by, giving the same pitch over and over again. It seems like no big deal, but it can be exhausting. When you have two events in two day, in two cities (though it’s easier when one of them is in your home town) the fatigue is magnified. Those days can feel like years. Sure, it can be fun and when you go year after year, you make friends, but the one thing that helps more than anything else is getting the first sale and keeping the momentum from there. Continue reading “Two in Two Days!”

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Breakfast Reviews 2019: Part Three

Blog No. 332

20190227_095459_hdrOkay. Three months in and I already messed up. That’s fine. I’m not upset. You shouldn’t be either. I was trying to get a book out, so I may have been a bit distracted. I can do a breakfast review now and another one at the end of the month and we can pretend this never happened. I will point out that my book is on the way, though. Something to be excited about. I hope the copies are good. I’d love to start selling them as soon as possible. They weren’t cheap. I’m pretty happy with them, though, so I can focus on breakfast this morning. My favourite meal of the day.

Breakfast Spot Three: Deb’s Place

We started the our tale at the beginning of the year talking about my love of breakfast stemming from my Sunday morning meals with my grandmother. While nothing will top that breakfast (or those memories) after my grandmother passed away, I started to have regular Sunday morning breakfast with my parents. We went to Deb’s Place in south Windsor after church and the food there became the new standard from which I base my experience at every other breakfast joint. You may ask why I just don’t go there every time, and that’s a fair question. The biggest answer is the hours of operation are limited. The other, I suppose, is variety. Either way, it’s a solid go-to place in the city for breakfast. Continue reading “Breakfast Reviews 2019: Part Three”

After the Novella

Blog no. 329

img_2436Felling the need to comment on something is usually a good sign that you should just keep your mouth shut. Often, comments are unwelcome, uninformed, and unwarranted. I will, however, make a comment on how much daylight saving time is the pits. I doubt too many people will come to its defense (and if they do, they’re wrong). I hate daylight saving time. I hate how stupid and pointless it is. I hate how pointlessly disruptive it is. I hate how it seems to have hung on well beyond the reasons for it’s initial creation. I hate that it’s not universal and there are people out there who don’t have to put up with it, but most of all, I hate that I do have to put up with it. That’s all I have to say on the subject for now. I may have something to add when we switch back, but I have more important things to discuss, like what the heck am I going to do when The Neon Heart is finished. Continue reading “After the Novella”

Breakfast Reviews 2019: Part Two

Blog No. 327

20190220_093722_hdrWhen I came up with this idea (to end every month with a breakfast review) I actually had, like, a plan and an order in mind. On the second one, I’m already shuffling it all around. The place I was intending as number two (to create a kind of narrative that started with number one) will have to wait as I didn’t manage to get there all month. I’ll save the details for when I finally get there, but for now, I’ll jump the queue and review a breakfast I did have this month.

Breakfast Spot Two: Anchor Coffee House

I’ve been going to Anchor Coffee House for several years. Maybe four? Maybe more? How long has the Huron Line location been open? Subtract a couple months off of that, and that’s about how long I’ve been going there. My mom told me about it, actually. She worked near by at the time and knew my desire for a good local cafe. I’ve written entire first drafts, edited manuscripts for other people, and generally taken up a seat at the bar for hours on end ‘writing’. I’ve also had a lot of good coffee and a lot of good food. Continue reading “Breakfast Reviews 2019: Part Two”

February: The Busiest Month?

Blog No. 326

mark-twainSo far, February has been a blur of activity, work, and circumstances. Unexpectedly, it may end up being the busiest month I have this year. I thought April would be a shoo-in, but I may end up not going to Shock Stock (they may not have the room). I still have two other events that month, but neither of them is overnight. The Neon Heart is due in April as well, but since I am currently working on that right now (furiously) I don’t think I will be any more busy with it. (Famous last words, perhaps?). I do hope to get a first (and maybe second) draft of a novel done this year, but while that will be a ton of work, it will be spread out over months. I could end up having some absolutely monstrous months head, but for now, February has completely taken me by surprise. Continue reading “February: The Busiest Month?”

Breakfast Reviews 2019: Part One

Blog No. 323

20190118_103655Sometime in the little break I get between Christmas and the New Year, I found myself at a local breakfast place. I’m a big fan of a classic breakfast, and I’ve probably been to most of the breakfast joints, greasy spoons, and diners in the city at one time or another. At this particular breakfast experience, I was chewing on a piece of bacon and thinking about how I normally like sausage, but most places don’t do sausage well (or don’t have a good product to work with) so I go with bacon instead. I know. Tough blow to take. The point is, that I was thinking about the different places I like to go, and what I like to get when I go there. Some places do the eggs really well, or the hash browns, or whatever. I thought, since I like breakfast so much, I may as well devote some of my weekly blog to it. So, for the rest of the year, I’m going to devote the last post of a month to doing a local breakfast review. Though, we’ll see how this works in practice. The post may float around if I have to promote something. P.S. Not a pancake fan, so when applicable, my brother may fill in a review for those. Continue reading “Breakfast Reviews 2019: Part One”

Shock Stock Take Two

Blog No. 232

shockstock_628x356Tomorrow morning, I’ll be on the road with Christian, heading for London, Ontario. We’ve been invited to be guests at Shock Stock, the three day horror convention. I’m getting really excited and not just because the three days away are also like a mini vacation (even though it’s a lot of work). There were some cool things last year and there are more cool things scheduled this year. Not only that, but I get to be part of the VIP stuff since I’m a guest. If it’s well attended, I should be able to sell a lot of books. (Seeing as that’s my primary reason for going). On average we do more than ten percent at most events. That is, selling a book to ten percent of the people who walk through the door. Some have been much more and even last year we did about that, but the attendance was way down. An event like this has the potential to be the biggest success yet. Continue reading “Shock Stock Take Two”