WWC Round Up

18 Aug

I’m writing this from the Portage la Prairie Library, so I shall be brief. My HP keyboard is, shall we say, Kaput, so it seems to me rather than fixing something I didn’t like as much as my Acer, to spend the extra $$ and get a new laptop. This would normally be something that was done and done, but I switched shifts to help a coworker weekend before last, and I haven’t had a lot of time to go shopping. My tech-guy (dad) has likewise been busy so even if I ran out and bought a laptop, I need to get word on it so I can get to editing what I need.

But anyway, WWC was once again a blast. It went by too fast, and while I tried to do Ron justice when I was in on his panels, the first one (Series, Trilogy or Sequel) I honestly felt nervous, until I started to talk. Granted I’m next to the guy who never had to pitch and has a 14 book contract, and I can’t get anyone to look at my middle grade without condescending looks (who knew kids’ books were the true gatekeepers?) but I kept myself pretty busy, and learning from the previous year, I didn’t want to miss anything so I snuck out during keynotes 1) To go to the gym 2) To go to Safeway and get food. Don’t get me wrong: I love eating pub food and it’s delish at Boomtown, but 1) I need quick food on the go and 2) I’m sitting in a conference all weekend. Going to the gym keeps me from fidgeting; I don’t need as big a meal as they provide unless we’re being active.

Friday saw me mostly getting settled and hanging out with my Publisher, and I got my hard copies of Ron’s books (which I have given him; I have ebooks and they’re easier to read at work, on account that most medics apparently like to live in darkness) he’ll sign ’em and I’ll be able to proudly put them on display. I then went to panels, I focused on horror, because I didn’t really grow up with the stuff and I’m curious about huge fans of the market, on account that if anything, I’d fit into somewhere along the lines of rough sci-fi and the more epic fantasy. I don’t have time to go into each panel (I have a max of an hour on this thing and have a schwack of business emails I need to do) so that’ll hopefully be next post which ideally won’t take forever. Friday I was tired, as I came off a night shift and one of my coworkers was kind enough to come in early so I could sneak off and not get saddled with like, a last minute call. I crashed and got up early to go to the gym, because I knew that my internal clock was set for night work and the hour time difference didn’t help.

So two of the panels I was on took place on Saturday, and I got better after the first one. I probably wouldn’t have gone to the steampunk banquet (other than my shirt I ordered online just apparently is shipping now, grumble) but I wanted to see the Aurora Awards. Have to admit, I rather enjoyed the costumes and parasol dueling. I’m still trying to get a stain out of my silk blouse (is it whisky? Is it au jus?) but I met a bunch of authors for the multi-group signing, and once again, got up early for the gym. Final panel was first thing in Sunday morning, and then I was a free agent. Got some great feedback on some of my latest projects in Blue Pencil, and did my best to pitch projects that aren’t right for Champagne. Went to the Dead Dog afterwards, and I was pretty zonked by the end of it, because it seemed like people cleared out of the con early on Sunday, I probably would have spent time in the hot tub or waterslide, but I went for a walk and showed up in time to chat and grab some pub food with the remaining authors.

Monday I didn’t go to the gym because I was getting back early enough that I thought I’d be able to squeeze in a cycle to the Assiniboine Park. Serves me right when the weather turned foul in Winnipeg! It’s been really touchy, hot days with nice storms preceding (we lost power for a few hours last night) and I had to get up early to cover another shift first thing in the morning, so I didn’t hop on my stationary by the time I showed up at my house.

All in all, busy busy – and I don’t like that I’m so busy all the time, especially with work. So I decided I’m cutting back to regular full time hours (which still works out to 84 hours biweekly) at least until I get better, because when even the grocery clerk says “you look tired” after I just got back from four days off, something’s gotta change. I’m back on nights tonight and the next, and then I’m off to Moosejaw until Monday, so Tuesday will see me probably getting a laptop from Costco. But I’m thinking I haven’t done P90X in a while, I should get back on that, my ‘rest day’ can be Day 1 of work (the sad part about EMS is that if you work out right when you get home, you can be wired and not sleep properly at night) and once I’m caught up on my sleep, I can try waking up early to bang off a quick 20 minute cycle. The weather has been beautiful so if I can workout outside I think I will, but I think it’s time for a bit of varied fitness and in general, focusing on art, not work.

So that was a bit of a meandering post. Here’s what I’m reading, Spies and Subterfuge, The Queen’s Man, and The Tattooed Witch. All Canadian.

I’ll post on a few of the panels I was in in another post, but I’m gonna wrap this up. ‘Til next time.

When Words Collide Change of Plans

9 Aug

R.J. Hore has had to bow out of WWC for health issues – so I’m gonna do my best to fill in for him. These are the panels I’m due for:

Saturday Noon: “Trilogy, Series or Serial”

Saturday 3pm “Plotting, for Pantsters”

Sunday 10am “Alternate History and Story”

I’m gonna keep this short and sweet because I’m blogging on my phone. My laptop keyboard stopped working on Sunday night – so I’m improvizing, have all my writing on a flash drive and making minor editorial changes by this wonderful phone – I know, of all the times for me to have technical difficulties; I am working a ton last week and this week so my mom is looking up warranty as this was a costco purchase (hardware malfunction, yo) but I technically won’t have time to look for new computers until after not just Calgary, but the following week end I’m in Moosejaw visiting a friend.

So if you happen to be at WWC and want to say hi, at the very least I’ll be there.

Pitch Sessions – Preparation 101

1 Aug

I thought I’d do something a little different. As I’m getting my portfolio ready for the When Words Collide Conference, I suddenly remember that once this was all foreign for me, and when I talk to people in general about publishing, if they aren’t familiar, it can be intimidating.

And it really shouldn’t be. It’s actually very simple. I’m going to refer to both snail/e-mail queries in addition to a focus on conferences where you’re staring down the person who is accepting books in your genre.

Do Your Research

                You may have the best book, hands down – but you need to find someone who publishes something like it. Why? Because someone who only does hard science-fiction isn’t going to take my steampunk rom-com. I’m not saying you can’t try if you’re still within that niche and they’re looking to expand, but if they are a literary publisher, you’re wasting their time and yours.

The best option is to go to the local bookstore and figure out where your book would probably go. That isn’t to say that Margaret Atwood belongs in more than one section (Is it literature? Is it science fiction?) nothing wrong with going to the library, but you want to know who’s putting out stuff now – so then you’re limited to New Releases and they might be hard to come by. Look on the spine, and look for DAW or EDGE and look in the first few pages, see who published the book in your hands. All that legal stuff you usually skip? Yeah, that tells you who made that book.

While researching Publishing Houses, the best way to know what they take is to read their titles. So if you’re sending out a general query – cater to them, especially if your title is a hybrid of multiple genres (DO NOT THINK YOUR GENRE COUNTS AS LITERATURE TOO. If you have elements that would have it in either the horror or science fiction setting, pick a place, and go from there, but if you straddle the line between cyberpunk and transhumanist, we’re talking about subgenre and the line is more fudgeable). If they want the first 20 pages or three chapters in attachments or bodies of emails, do that. Try to get the submission editor’s name. Put your contact information there – and if you send it by snail mail, add a SASE.

If it doesn’t state the format they want, in general you want a very easy to read font (When in doubt, I always use Times New Roman) font size of 12. I number the pages, and usually have something like Getty/[Title] in the header. That way, if we’re past the slush desk and the manuscript, bound by a paperclip, somehow ends up spilled on the floor, it’s easy to put back together. Why my name and title? The odds are extremely slim another Getty is on the floor in that mess, but make life easier on the poor schlubb sorting through papers. If it’s too much work, odds are the manuscript will just be rejected.

But let’s pretend you’re doing one on one pitch sessions, and you don’t have a lot of choices – whoever is at the conference is who you are submitting your work to. Do your research ahead of time, the internet makes it easy. Google the House, the Editor, whatever you need to.

When I sold Tower of Obsidian, I researched the house quickly (they didn’t post who was coming until, I want to say 2 weeks prior to the conference) and knew that ToO was my best bet. I brought along two other samples in case it went poorly or they wanted more. Did Ellen have time to read much of what I had before I met her? Nope – but she was polite and asked me to send in a submission package.

What’s in a Submission Package?

                I’m going to keep this basic. The more you do this, the easier it gets. Break down three things you need: Introduce yourself and your book, a novel overview, and a sample of your writing, usually the first 20ish pages. Your introduction is the Query letter.

This is the first thing someone will read. I stick to a simple format, such as,

Dear Editor (Learn their name!),

Salutations. I write under Nom de Plume, and I would like to submit my [genre] novel “Title” to Your Publishing House. It is about [One Sentence Pitch]. It is approximately [X to the nearest 1000] words in length.

Followed by the Elevator Pitch. Elevator Pitch is basically, you have your editor’s attention for 10-20 seconds while you’re going between floors. Follow that up by “Please find my synopsis and manuscript sample” in whatever format you have, a SASE following.

Then there’s the relevant writing credits. I would say, “I have been published by Champagne Book’s Burst Imprint, my first novel is a historical fantasy entitled Tower of Obsidian” followed by if it won any awards. Don’t worry if you have nothing here. Write any other credentials, I like to add that I’m a paramedic, because it implies a skillset/expertise. Irrelevant to writing, perhaps, but oh the stories I could tell.

So basically fill in the madlib. Genre can be ‘Middle Grade Science Fiction’ or ‘Steamy Amish Bodice-Ripper’. If you’re having a hard time getting your novel down to one sentence, work on the elevator pitch. If that doesn’t work for you, think about if your book was made into a movie, and when someone hits the ‘info’ button, what would come up.

A Plot! – Synopsis

                Depending on the publisher, they might want this under a page, during which time I cry into my keyboard a little. You have a limited time to tell what happens in your story, as well as hinting at the tone and world. These aren’t easy – and even if they say they’ll let you do 2-3 pages, this can be tricky in an epic story. Do your best, write, rewrite, and then take a break, start again and compare which one you like better. I swear, these get easier with time, but it took me a while to get good at a synopsis. To practice, take a different book, movie or tv series, and practice the synopsis, elevator pitch and one sentence pitch.

Your Actual Manuscript

                Keep in mind their specific package information, but if it doesn’t say it’s usually first 3 chapters or about 25 pages (I’m aware that your first chapter might be more than that). Keep it as a sample. I went over this above – 12 point, Times New Roman if it doesn’t say is usually a safe bet. This is short and straight-forward, because by this point your manuscript should be as free of errors as you can get it. Talking about the manuscript belongs in a different post, usually the whole novel should be completed before you send it, but there are exceptions when you’re more experienced in publishing with a proven track record unless the editor is specific about ‘submission ideas’ and I see these only rarely, usually for anthologies.

Things to Avoid

                Every article I’ve ever read on this subject basically says, “Don’t say you’re the next Harry Potter” or “My mom really likes it”. I got very little on this one, other than I’d tread carefully even if you are writing a parody of another work to reference.

Personally, I wouldn’t be off-put if, when I’m looking over someone’s manuscript, they said something along the lines of “I was heavily inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender and tried to imitate the show’s quirky sense of humor” instead of “Fans who Love Airbender will love this” but it depends on your editor. I don’t think it’s harmful to think “this would make a great movie” but the person you’re submitting it to is probably thinking it needs to be a good book first, not whether or not they could cast Channing Tatum as the lead. When you’re listing your credentials, be aware that your editor wants things that are relevant – they don’t care if your friends and family like your book, most people will like a given creative work by their friend. I’ve never been referred by another author directly to a publisher, but I will say, “We met at When Words Collide. Here is the manuscript you requested”. Short, sweet, to the point.

I suppose I should list other things to avoid, but there are many ways to annoy whoever is on the receiving end I probably wouldn’t think of. I’ve read articles about editors saying they got small presents and rejections to their rejections. This isn’t the right time to try a fancy glitter font. Let the work speak for itself. If I snail-mail it, I paperclip the SASE to the query and paperclip the synopsis together if it’s multiple pages, then the manuscript sample. No string, no tape – and use a manilla folder. Email is so much easier, but not everyone accepts emails.

On a final note, some houses only accept submissions at certain times of the year. Personally, I log everything in my submissions spreadsheet, as seen below, and I’ll even mark it on my calendar if I’m genuinely interested. I’ve heard some people say it doesn’t hurt to try, but personally when I’ve heard editors speak they tend to get really snippy if you can’t follow their directions. Obviously, if they request it outside of their usual submission time, ensure you reference why you did that, lest it get deleted without being read.

 Getting it all Together – But what of Multiple Packages?

                Let’s say you’re like me and you’ve been at this for a while and have more than two items to get ready, but you can’t remember where stuff is because we’ve all waited well over a year for a quick “Not for us, thanks”. I make a spreadsheet on Excel to keep track of where I sent things so I know who’s rejected me, how long it’s been, and any other pertinent information. I blanked out the houses I submitted to, because I like to pretend I have class (and it’s nothing personal). This is a fairly new list, I usually start a new one around Christmas for year end.

SUBMITORELSE

I use the same idea when I’m getting my submission packages ready. I do this on a piece of looseleaf by hand, but I wouldn’t want you to see my chicken scratches. Establish what you need for each house – at a bare minimum, the query, synopsis and manuscript. You don’t have to use this format – use what works for you. If you have more than two manuscripts, this ensures you’re not forgetting a synopsis and you look more professional.

SampleSheet

Personally, I like crossing out the box with a different color pen once it’s printed and together. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be out printing duplicate stuff, especially if I still have stuff from the last conference that didn’t leave my portfolio. I plan on leaving the laptop behind and bringing along a flashdrive so I can print more if I need, but let’s be honest: time running to staples is less time spent conferencing, networking, and learning. Everything here should be straightforward, besides ‘other’. If you want, you can have a character index or useful information – don’t get bogged down. I’ve been told time and time again don’t show your art as it looks unprofessional, but personally, I like seeing maps when I read epic fantasies, it gives me a better sense of place when we’re going to different locations.

 Ode to Professionalism

                I’ve posted about this before – to dress up in costume or not. I say, get a feel for the conference, but I for one like to be taken seriously. I treat meeting with an editor on par with a job interview. I know – the work should speak for itself, but there is a person on the other side of the table assessing not only your work, but the person they have to work with to get it to the customer’s hands. I’m not here to tell you life is fair, but maybe save your Slutty!Joker outfit for the rest of the conference.

While we’re on it, stay calm, even if the other person is totally out of line. Don’t waste your energy getting upset – if they’re like this now, how do you suppose you’ll be if you’ve signed a contract that means they get first dibs on any future work? Did you see the submission log above? What I don’t post is my impression of their house. I can only speak for myself – I haven’t had a bad experience in the industry, but my experience is extremely limited, but I will say that respect goes a long way with me. I generally prefer to not deal with toxic people. If you think that if you compromise now and you’re going to be treated differently down the line – well, good on you if you can manage.

Rejection is its own post – but don’t take it personally, even if the person across the table is a complete dink. Rejection can have nothing to do with the quality of your work and it isn’t a rejection of you – but stay classy and keep working. If you get a full manuscript request and subsequent offer, that’s also another post – but don’t just sign. Read the contract. Get someone else’s opinion.

That’s pretty much it. Most of your energy should be in making that sample of your manuscript sparkle, but spending some time coming up with a professional query and learning how to write synopsises has their advantages, as personally it helps reign me in during subsequent editing of the prose. That way, when I mention to someone I’m published and they ask, “What’s your book about?” I can easily tell them.

July’s Canadian Author and WWC Post

26 Jul

I am working on a blogpost that once again is about criticism – but I think it’s meandering a bit, so I figured I’d update. I didn’t make it to this month’s Chiseries in Winnipeg, but I picked up one of the books, The Midnight Games by author David Neill Lee. So much Cthulu mythos seems to be popular lately – not sure how everyone else but me seems to be huge fans, and I’m all like “You mean, Squidface?”

 

squid_mask

Anyhew, been working lots and this new position has seen me bouncing around and maybe tonight I’ll actually work with my crew. We had two tornadoes touch down in southern Manitoba about a week ago (Wednesday July 20) one was near Long Plain First Nation, and we were without power for about 24 hours; I have pictures of some of the trees knocked on their sides, but all in all – people were upset about not being able to use their smart phones on the base! The horror!

Fortunately my frozen strawberries we harvested a few weeks ago acted as icecubes and I lost nothing in my freezer. Been busy getting everything ready for When Words Collide – this is my second year, and I’m looking forward to pitching two very different projects, one of which will be for the first time. I’m thinking if I do get any of this middle grade or even some of the YA stuff, I’ll need a different pen name, what with the branding and all (hey – this is a lot creepier than her last book about unicorns and smiles!) my dad rants about how he hates adult entertainers entering into children films and books, and I understand from a marketing perspective that it makes sense, but I probably wouldn’t buy them because I would be surprised if the book was decent, let along good.

But I am hastily finishing up my first foray into gothic horror intermixed with steampunk – the rough has been done for months but my beta gave the last part back to me last month, and I’m deep enough in the new project that I’m able to see the real issues and make sweeping changes.

If I didn’t know what I was doing, it wouldn’t be ready in the two weeks I’ll need it by, but considering I brought five novel samples (I have more) last year and I’m bringing seven, here’s hoping that the pitches go better than they did last year. That’s not to say I didn’t get decent feedback and it was all for not, but I’m past that starry-eyed, “If only they will notice meeee!” plus last year I was zonked and with the flight delay and everything, let’s just say if I get delayed at the airport again, I’ll have what I need to at least work at something longhand or do some drawing.

So if you’re planning on being at When Words Collide – mention it here or on Facebook and we can meet up for coffee or chat before a panel or something, and all the best to you as you present your projects. We’ll probably run into one another throughout the convention. It’s big but not that big.

I always seem to fail these reading challenges

29 Jun

The personal “I want to read an X author every month” bit, not the “I want to read 50 books in a year”. To be honest though, I haven’t gotten much reading done over the month. Not for lack of wanting, just lack of time. That, and I’m stubborn about the kobo getting fixed. Taking it in costs me about $180, and I can get a new one for around $130. But cheapskate over here took it apart and is waiting for her father to get back to use his soldering gun, as I’m way over the warranty and at this point we might as well keep it around for spare parts, but it looks like an easy fix. I just haven’t done any soldering in years, and dad is back in like two days, so it’s just best to wait for him. (Even though he was the one who said he would fix it, after a month he admitted to being too busy and to take it in).

So anyway – two days left of the month, and it seems unlikely that I’ll binge-read Anne of Avonlea or something on account that this is my only day off in a stretch of 8 days. Normally I can get some reading done at work, but this last month prior to this tour (previous 5 days) had been busier than usual. I know I always allude that I’m busy, but there’s a difference between “I worked 48 hours this week, and I did 3 calls (less than one call a day)” vs “I worked 36 hours this week and never saw the station” this last week has been a welcome break even though I’m at the station for what amounts to 72 hours in a 7 day stretch. Yes, I work too much but I’m not the only one pulling double time to keep the ambulances in service.

This morning marked the end of my position as a 0.5 with The Broad Squad, an unlikely collection of all female EMS workers, as I accepted two positions (0.5×2 but still considered Part Time – I know; it’s really a 1.0 but the position is split, I just occupy them until I get another position or resign from one or both) in a different rotation, and I think change. Is. Good. Not only do I need to be pushed out of my comfort zone, I also helped my partner occupy my 0.5 so she can spend more time raising her kids. My family complains about shift work; lots of the women at my station like the part-time system so that they can make work around their young families. I don’t consider Dodger to be my baby, and I work more than full time hours, so it made no sense to stay where I was (my position is a float so I will be bounced around a bit; not so great if you need to be home by X time to relieve your spouse).

But I doubt you’re reading this to learn about my work. I’m getting ready for When Words Collide, and in addition to flogging more of the same from last year, I’ll have a few more manuscripts that are primed and ready, my first adult gothic steampunk/horror novel and my first ‘finished’ middle grade. The middle grade was technically done  last summer, but it took me a good few months to get it refined to the point I was willing to start sending it out in the winter. So far it’s been more negative than I’m used to, but I’m still new to the middle grade. YA, eeeeh, same old same old. Middle Grade just seems notoriously hard to break into. I had a lot of fun writing it though, so I’m not terribly upset.

As for where I am writing-wise, well, I need to get some stuff edited and printed out. I signed up for Blue Pencil/Pitch Sessions as WWC. Still waiting to hear back from one editor from last year. I didn’t sign up to present this year, as I really have nothing new and I’m too busy working on my own stuff and trying to find a home for it.

I took an Ebook course back in April, and I have been goofing around with it, and getting consistently better. So I started to write some product for the ebook related stuff, but I’m not-committed to anything right now as R.J. Hore is busy editing for his summer releases, and we have no swap day in sight. So I work 3k one day on a short story, and the next day I work on a novella. Then the next day I edit the gothic steampunk. Then I work on a sequel that I’ve sort of been picking away at, like 10k a year for the past four years (they do happen – it’s not that I’m not committed it’s that I have zero interest in the project publishing-wise so while it’s fun for me, it’s also silly to spend a lot of time working on something I can’t even send out when it’s done).

So basically, I’m just enjoying the creative process. I’ve heard the “write the scenes you want to write as you want to write them” as ‘eat dessert first’ (Which I want to attribute to Joss Whedon, but I could be wrong) which seems disorganized and like I’m only doing the tra-la-la fun part of writing. But the way I see it, is that if I’m not enjoying the creative process instead of me being an insidious complainer while I edit, I don’t make enough money to depend on it and like heck I’m influencing anyone, so I might as well get my kicks where I can.

Will this start to change? Yes – when I got laid off 7(?…!) years ago and needed to get my various licenses and different things to get my paramedic license like a class four driver’s license and airbrakes, I made the habit of coming up with daily checklists, and the habit kind of stuck. In addition to a master list for where things go, what publishers are like, I have a list of progress. Not marked by a date, so much as “Where are you in the process” so I don’t redo work, and remind myself to get things done. Diddling along in five random things is fun, but if nothing gets checked off, I feel like I’m wasting time, even if it is good for creativity. I’m less scatterbrained when Ron is editing, as he’s bound to get one project at a time, so hopefully I’ll learn to focus and finish up each project bit by bit, but the odds of any of them being ready for Mid August? Slim to none.

Guess I should stop procrastinating and tidy up my room. It’s apparently a bumper crop for strawberries this year. Saskatoons are ready as well, and my smoothie supplies aren’t going to stock themselves.

May’s Canadian Authors

3 Jun

Sorry I’m a few days late but to be fair, I picked up on Tuesday, and what I assumed would be me given like an hour to blog was me not seeing the station until 9pm, following me realizing that I left my keys back in Portage Station from when we were there earlier. Thankfully, I’m on good speaking terms with my supervisor and he buzzed them to me rather quickly – I didn’t have dinner until about 1030 and I’ve worked the last two days, which were ironically less busy but I still hadn’t had much of a chance to finish my con-ed, let along blog. But the year’s minimum online education is done, so now I’m less guilty about doing this.

So I really should have finished “Blaze” by Kristal D. Ball – my Kobo USB port isn’t working properly – so my dad is going to try to fix it. I think I’ll wait another pay period and probably get another kobo. It’s not the end of the world, but I had about ten ebooks on there I was kinda excited for. Fortunately, the Beta bailed me out, and he gave me two paperbooks, so I read one (finished it June, but… you know…) and it’s Tesseracts 19: Superhero Universe
Tesseracts 19 is honestly a weird place to introduce anyone to the Tesseracts Anthologies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m of that unpleasable fanbase (I find shorts too short! The novella collection only had a handful of novellas!) and since the genre of science fiction and fantasy is extremely inclusive when you get into realms like slipstream, paranormal thriller, alternate history, it makes a lot of sense to have a theme instead of one guy writing a psychological headgame and another doing a sword and sorcery rom com.
And I got nothing against Super Heroes. I feel at home at Comic Con because I grew up around pulp fiction and my dad’s old comics (and what was freely available as a kid) as opposed to the more literary festivals, because I guess you go in (despite having a small portfolio of completed books by the age of 20) and it’s kind of funny watching people who don’t do the genre assume they know it and it’s all scum, you’re scum, and if you defy expectations aren’t we an educated little bitch?. Well, it’s funny now – seriously people, I don’t know why some of you like to knock people down, not everyone who signs up for little league has aspirations of playing for the Blue Jays – and I say props to the balls for the editors for picking something that has been treated more seriously in the movie industry lately but is probably poo-poo’d as mainstream. And if you read my star rating, know it’s not that it was an ‘it’s only okay’ thing – I thought the anthology was a lot of fun.
Super Heroes aren’t exactly my thing and I’d be fibbing if I said they were. I can catch the references (and I am taken to the movies… first world problems, right?) but a lot of anthologies I read and I read introductions about someone’s absolute adoration of Lovecraft or Dr. Challenger, and I’m all like, “…I’ve read more than fifty books a year for about the last ten years. WHY DON’T I KNOW EVERYTHING BY NOW?” before probably going to study lung anatomy.
Honestly, I generally enjoy the Tesseracts anthologies, and you can go back and try one from a previous year if this year’s theme doesn’t appeal to you. It’s basically full of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy, plus it’s a good way to get exposure to different writers from all over the country.

Busy Month, Evidently

29 Apr

Just a quick update, and giving my monthly Canadian Author sphiel. I only got to finish Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer – I think the book is great for starting a discussion no matter where you stand on the political spectrum and I highly recommend it for book clubs. Currently reading The Heart at War, which is also by a Canadian Author, but I haven’t finished it. Yes, it’s book 3 in a trilogy and I haven’t read the first two. When people loan me books to talk about them, I just try to read them in a timely manner. She lives in the UK. Mea Culpa.

Another Winnipeger self-published her book – I haven’t had a chance to read it yet,  Holly Geely says she’ll be at Keycon, so if you’re going hard copy book over ebook, you can pick up a copy there. I have two more non-fiction books to read and then I really want to read Republic of Thieves. It’s been on my shelf for a while. Eeeep.

What have I been up to? Work actually hasn’t been that bad and I had a bit of vacation (the stay at home, clean my yard sort), but I was kinda sick and it was rainy out for that weekend so I picked up anyway. I feel better now and I’m trying to get the garden set up. My sister gave me a solitary pollen bee next, so I’ll post pictures as it gets filled up. I finished that novella that turned into a novel, but it needs a lot of work. I guess I should go back and finish polishing it, but the weather’s beautiful out there. Right now, my goal is to get started on the next project and finish up rewrites for a kid’s novel and start submitting.

If you’re available on May 7th though, I’ll be at the Local Author Fair at the Millenial Library. There’ll be lots of people from Winnipeg and Manitoba, so there’s no knowing who you might discover.

I guess that’s it for procrastinating, as I have to get back to my con-ed for my lil’ ol’ paramedic license. Joy.

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