An Update Worth Sharing

Blog No. 278

29314532_10155322356185983_4700733863138164736_nI find myself in the rare position where I have more than one thing to talk about and I didn’t have to scramble to find a topic this week. As it turns out, if I tantalize people with the idea of images of me looking like a dork, they all want to see them. Last week, I didn’t have those images, but now I do. If you are just reading the teaser, you have to click on the whole article to see the pictures. I buried them further down. That’s called strategy. The image you see up here is actually from the Chapter’s signing I did with Christian over the weekend. Turns out that when the sun is shining at it’s St. Patrick’s Day, the mall isn’t very busy. Continue reading “An Update Worth Sharing”

In-Action!

Blog No. 274

28234813_10155257662295983_7037424148804761781_oAction! 2018 is over, leaving me a little more at ease with the rest of my scheduled events (which can be found on the event page). Up next I have a signing at Chapters on March 17th, but that’s a ways away. If you can’t wait to get a copy of All These Crooked Streets (and I don’t blame you if you can’t) you can get them at Chapters Devonshire and Anchor Coffee House on Huron Line. They are likely going to be in Biblioasis soon too. As for me, I’m going to be spending the time getting The Thinking Machine out and working on the next novella that I hope to have out in June. There are some other minor writing projects I want to (and some I have to) get done in the middle somewhere, but they can take a back seat for now. Continue reading “In-Action!”

Action!

Blog No. 273

6359_image_22179751_760181600835473_6204064752881308145_oThe first target date for the release of The Thinking Machine is this weekend, and I totally blew it. Not only am I nowhere near ready to release the book, I haven’t finished editing it yet. Nowhere near may be too harsh, but from where I’m sitting, it seems farther away than I expected. I have myself to blame (as always). I had a terrible December for productivity and that was on top of a pretty terrible year as a whole. I just sucks to go gung-ho into a new year (fervently trying to shake off the negativity of the last year) an to fall flat on my face out the gate. I still hope to have it out soon, but there is no way I’ll have it out by the Action! Con. Continue reading “Action!”

2018

Blog No. 266

261a36b470e7d0f032fc27b69ff0c0e9Writing is a lonely task. Most of the time, it doesn’t bother me. I don’t tend to get lonely very often, and even just watching a movie, reading a book, or spending time online can usually cure me. Even when I’m sitting alone, writing, most of the time I’m peachy keen. I think the reason why I like to write out of the house (and why I’m more productive there too) is because I’m surrounded by people, even if it’s all superficial. It’s strange, though, because I tend to hate people. I prefer to be at Anchor, surrounded by friends and interesting people, but in a pinch, Tims can do the trick. While I’m writing (as when I’m reading a good book) I completely disappear into the world. I’m totally immersed. It’s often a good ride, but once in a while, the loneliness hits and I really don’t want to sink into that world.  Continue reading “2018”

Multi-Topic (Because one wasn’t enough)

Blog No. 196

voltroncrewThe last few weeks have been stuffed full of tasks needing my attention. More than writing or publishing, I’ve had work, family, and general domestic responsibilities come home to roost. I’m not sure if any one of them is worthy of being a blog post on its own, but perhaps together they can make up the approximation of one. As usual, I’m not necessarily sure where I’m going from here. It may just be a list of stuff I’ve been doing (not including all the slacking off I manage to fit in throughout the week. But that could be fun right? Continue reading “Multi-Topic (Because one wasn’t enough)”

Even the Smaller Ones

Blog No. 195

IMG_20160813_090314833 Last weekend I was invited to Essex for a Farmer’s Market. Initially, Christian and I thought we were going to be at the Busker’s Festival in Walkerville, but that fell through. Somehow, as if by magic, the organizer of the Farmer’s Market called up Christian, asking if we’d like to get a table there. I’m not sure how things work out like that some times, but it seems to happen a lot with us. We’ll be wondering what to do in the coming month and be invited to an event, or another author will tell us about something we haven’t heard of yet. Most of the events are small, but that doesn’t matter much. Sometimes it’s nice to have an easy day filled with nice people. Continue reading “Even the Smaller Ones”

London Nerves

Blog No. 181

cropped-dsc00122.jpgOne of the banner images at the top of my page (the ones that change when you reload it) is a snow-scape taken from the balcony of my tiny apartment when I was living in London Ontario. It was several years ago now, and I was only there for eight months for school, but it was a very formative time in my life, so it’s really stuck with me. I even talk to people like I know London like the back of my hand, but, while I’m acquainted with the place, I realize I will never know it like someone who was born there or lives there. Still, I have the lay of the land and a few potent memories that stick out above the jumbled mess in my head. Continue reading “London Nerves”