Last ChiSeries of 2018 – The Best of the Best of the Best!

Blog No. 314

20181128_210601The last ChiSeries Windsor of the year took place last night. I’d like to say it was a smashing success, but (as I’ve said before) I write these blog posts early, for a number of reasons, and I don’t know how it went yet. I’m pretty nervous. Christian and I put a lot into this one (both time and some money) so I hope that the low numbers on the event page and the severe lack of people signed up to read were inaccurate indicators of what to expect. I hope we filled Phog to the brim and had so many people to read that we had to cut it short. I hope that all the extra effort, the time volunteered by the people we roped in to be judges, and the bumping of a regular Wednesday night musicians was worth it and we had the best ChiSeries Windsor yet! As I write this, I do not think that will be the case. Continue reading “Last ChiSeries of 2018 – The Best of the Best of the Best!”

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Writing and Events (and more writing)

Blog No. 310

img_20181029_135309779A bunch of my last posts have been all about The Neon Heart, the second book in my Novella Series. With most of my events done for the year, it’s what I’ve been spending my time on most. I am so close to finishing the first draft that I can taste it (though the word count just keeps growing). I’m eager to get it done so I can spend as much time as possible in the editing stage, and so I can finally start my next novel. I do have a potential ChiSeries reading in Peterborough on Nov 15th, but it hasn’t been finalized yet, so I’m not counting on it happening. Other than that, I’ve been pouring a bunch of time and energy into the last ChiSeries Windsor of the year. It’s the big fundraiser and Christian and I are going all out with trophies and everything. I’m hoping we can draw in more people than normal, especially since the whole concept relies on having participants. Continue reading “Writing and Events (and more writing)”

Novella and Novel Update

Blog No. 305

img_20180923_090213_2331Last night was the Third ChiSeries Windsor of the year. It’s the sixth that we’ve had overall, though there was some confusion on why we only did three last year. The answer is because we were invited to start hosing locally after the time the first one would have been. Normally, I write up a perspective post about the event, assuming everything is going to be super-awesome-rad, but I have other things I think can fill a post, so I’m going to try and leave it for next week and see how much I can remember. I still think it’s going to be a good night. I wouldn’t be able to suffer through the disappointing events if I didn’t. We have three great authors (two I know are good people and I assume the third is as well) and the musician is not only a nice guy, but he’s really good at the music stuff too. With that out of the way, I’ll move on the the topic of this post. A good, old fashioned update. Continue reading “Novella and Novel Update”

Foiled Again

Blog No. 276

maxresdefaultFor two weeks in a row, I’ve missed my days off from work. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes you have to be a pirate and be all about the money. When you are trying to get a book out before the end of the month (and write another one) the extra shifts (especially last minute) can be disastrous. Most of my days off are not days off. I don’t always pull a nine hour shift, but I spend a good six or more working on writing, editing, layout, podcasting, and planning for all all the events I go to as a guest, or host myself. Those days off are crucial work days. I just don’t get paid. Continue reading “Foiled Again”

March

Blog No. 275

down_the_rabbit_holeWe are officially into March, ending the longest February I have faced since I was a child. Time does a funny thing as you get older. Each year represents a smaller and smaller fraction of your life, so they just keep getting faster. I’m not even forty and I am constantly shocked at how quickly time is moving. (I’m sure it’s that much worse for people with kids). It’s mesmerizing and kind of terrifying. With that in mind, it seems like it’s been a thousand years since 2018 started. The days move by in a flash, but the time feels monumental. If any of that makes sense, you are smarter than I am, because reading it back, it’s kind of insane. I wrote it though, so I’m keeping it. Continue reading “March”

Back Home

Blog No. 272

Last weekend I was in Toronto and everything changed. Or, some things slightly changed, but since I thought I had a really good handle on things this year, it feels more momentous that it really is. I intended to start the second novella this month, but I have yet to start. I figured I’d have the train trip up and back, some time in Toronto while Arvin works, and The train trip back. I even booked business class for the trip home, in hopes the extra space and nice large table would make work easier. As it turns out, the paddy_the_pelicantrays on the new economy class are pretty good. I got a lot done on the way to Toronto. Unfortunately, I spent the time working on layout (but for The Thinking Machine at least) and Flags and High Fives. I really wanted to be farther along with Thinking Machine than I realize I am, so the next novella is starting more slowly than expected. Continue reading “Back Home”

Toronto Bound

Blog No. 271

tetris-veryfirstversionTomorrow morning I’m getting on a train and heading up to Toronto to meet up with Arvin and get to work on Season Two of Flags and High Fives. We’re doing things a little differently this year, and that means I have a lot of stuff to bring up so we can get started. Since I’m taking the train (a sensible option in the winter) that means I’m going to have to sharpen my Tetris skills and rely on some muscles to get everything into a backpack and suitcase, and get them onto the train. I think that should be the most difficult part (except maybe getting it all into a cab when I get there). Continue reading “Toronto Bound”