Hark, An Event!

Blog Post No. 541

john20d20bradley20centreIt’s actually happening and as I write this, I don’t know how I feel about it. This Saturday, I’m going to be in Chatham at the CKExpo with Christian for my first event since 2019. That’s just in a few days and I’m excited and nervous and feel pretty silly that something I used to do so regularly is affecting me so much. I’ll be wearing a mask the whole time (thanks for the N95, bro) and bringing a big bottle of sanitizer, and maybe a pack of wipes, I haven’t decided.

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And I’m gone.

Blog No. 381

20200229_192654It’s been a two weeks since I was packing for the retreat. I haven’t gotten any more writing done on the novel, but I’ve finished another two beta reads for Broadcast and finished a short story (very short) that I had started some vague time ago, but was super excited about it at the time. I’ve since been to an amazing concert with my brother, worked the day job as normal, and I guess nothing else. But now, I’m packing again. This time for the far off land of Oshawa and it’s local Comic Convention.

Oh, I just remembered that I got a haircut. Does that count as something exciting? I suppose not since it was just my normal haircut. There will be some exciting news coming to Adventure Worlds soon, but I can’t talk about that, yet. So, never mind. I have noticed lately that some conventions have been going by Comicon and some do Comic Con. Not that it matters. I suppose I’m just stalling. Continue reading “And I’m gone.”

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!”

BookFest (Part One, Maybe)

Blog No. 254

bookfest-logo-newEven though BookFest proper is happening at the end of the month, events started this week. Yesterday morning was the launch announcement event (which I had to miss due to the day job) and a reading/music/launch thing happened at Phog last night. It was a pretty familiar thing for me (having done the launch if No Light, several readings, and the ChiSeries Readings there). Kind of being a helper on the sidelines was new though, but in a good way. It was nice to be able to take part (in a small way) and then sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening. I say the rest, but I had to take off right near the end due to more day job stuff (that is in fact a night job sometimes too). All in all, it was a good kickoff to the month’s events. Continue reading “BookFest (Part One, Maybe)”

The National Chiaroscuro Reading Series

Blog No. 245

18698534_10154951530768855_4340250851259082773_nI’ve mentioned the ChiSeries here a few times already. Back in February, Christian and I went up to Toronto to take part in a reading up there. It all happened to fast. We went in, met folks, had a drink, did some readings, and hung out for the rest of the night. At time time, before we headed back to the hotel, we had agreed to start hosting a ChiSeries in Windsor in the next few months. In the span of a few hours, we had been completely indoctrinated into the Chiaroscuro Series family, given a taste of the life of a genera writer with friends, and took up the charge to bring the experience home. The whole night shows what happens when like-minded people hang out. Continue reading “The National Chiaroscuro Reading Series”

The Hot Sun was Hot.

Blog No. 244

20258418_10154481579291580_8502443821795511781_nI don’t know if you remember where you were or what you were doing last Saturday. If you were anywhere near Windsor, you were probably getting baked by the angry vengeful sun. Hopefully you managed to do something fun that didn’t require you to deal with the stupidly hot weather, or you were taking part in my favourite summer pastime, hiding in a basement with old VHS tapes. Sadly, I wasn’t watching fuzzy old movies. I was standing out front of Biblioasis for the Walkerville Art Walk, reading to (almost) no one.

Not that I blame people for not being there. Like I mentioned. It was rather hot. Plus, it kept threatening to rain. It did spit a bit for a while, but (while that may have been a welcome respite) it didn’t really rain. Usually the threat is enough to keep people away. Continue reading “The Hot Sun was Hot.”

Hiatus Sucks

Blog No. 240

working-at-heightsLast weekend I was at the Serbian Centre for a Summer Craft Show. It was the first event I had in a month, the longest hiatus since I started doing events. Initially, I was pretty happy with the idea of a break. The last event was the first ChiSeries Windsor reading and it took a lot out of me. Also, work continues to be a bear. Because I ended up as the de facto tech guy, I had to go for training. I don’t mind getting more training (especially if I get paid) but it continues to be a time sink and I have so much on my plate as it is. While I much prefer participating in book related events, they don’t pay as well, so work tends to win. While the break was needed, I was raring to go when the craft show came around. Continue reading “Hiatus Sucks”

What Remains After Shock Stock

Blog No. 233

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What are these things?

It turns out that last year, I only got half the Shock Stock experience. That thought is leaving me reeling since the last time I was completely wiped out. The convention is busy, hectic, and a bit wild, and it goes for three days. What I found out this year was that when the day’s events end, the evening’s parties start. Boy, do those Shock Stock people know how to party. Since the convention was in a hotel this year, and nearly everyone was staying in that hotel, as soon as the day was wrapped, the parties started. Official, unofficial, after, after-after, and after-after-after parties went way latter than I could last. The entire hotel was overrun. Continue reading “What Remains After Shock Stock”

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”

The Real Story and A Live Show

Blog No. 222

16603026_10154327471585983_1164355251568661204_nLast week I rushed to get out what I thought my big Toronto reading was going to be like. As you may have suspected, I was a bit off. In hindsight, breaking into the Roger’s Centre is a lot harder than I thought. Trying to sneak in hundreds of people would be quite the challenge. Instead, I focused on the reading itself and things turned out well. Not key to the city well, but here we are. The folks at ChiZine were not only welcoming, but enthusiastic and fun! They even took us into the fold (but more on that later). For now I want to wildly speculate on my next trip to Toronto starting tomorrow! Continue reading “The Real Story and A Live Show”