Here’s what I’m up to this year

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(Revisions Face. Every Author Wears This Face When They Are Revising A Project.  There’s Usually Swearing Involved.)

 

It’s 2014 and time to issue a small report on my activities, so here we go:

I’ve had two books released in two consecutive years – that’s a pretty decent accomplishment that wouldn’t have happened without the hard work on the part of my agent Jenny Savill. And she’s working hard again with one project that’s currently on submission – I’d love to tell everyone about the plot, but I can’t … its just too cool.  What I can say is that’s it’s not Young Adult, it’s good old fashioned urban/dark fantasy that doesn’t feature a teen witch and her dorky boyfriend. It’s got a hard as hell to kill  main character – a guy I could write about until the cows come home and it takes place in a port city. That’s all you’re going to get out of me for now – I hope like hell the book sells because I’ve already started on a sequel to it so there’s that.

But fear not, YA fans – I’m just finishing up revisions on a YA project that’s about a thousand miles away from my books POLTERGEEKS and STUDENT BODIES. It’s dark, terrifying at times, bleak and if I do say so myself, probably will raise a few eyebrows if we sell it because it’s … well, it’s different from a hell of a lot of YA these days.

And I’m still writing other stuff. Last year I completed a middle grade project – the first time I’d ever tried something middle grade. There’s a hippie grandmother with wild conspiracy theories, her intrepid albeit sceptical granddaughter, a heck of a lot of missing cats and possible alien abduction. I’ve plotted a second book with the same characters involving Bigfoot and a rogue moose on the loose.  I might even write an experimental first chapter these weekend to see if it brings a smile to my face like the first chapter in the first manuscript

I’m also plugging away at another YA project – this time a contemporary one involving a shoebox filled with letters from the Second World War and a very basic premise: once upon a time, young people saved the world.

I’m also spearheading a monthly writer’s meetup here in Saskatoon. I’m planning day-long writer’s workshops on a quarterly basis this year – I did two last year and they were well attended. I have my old day job of course … one day I hope to make the jump to full-time author. That day ain’t here yet, though.

So there’s lots going on. I hope to report a book sale one of these days and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that.  To everyone who’ve cheered me on over the past couple of years – thanks for everything. I’ve had two trips to the UK thanks to my two books from Strange Chemistry. I met some amazing people. I’ve watched English Premier League football in England – that’s sort of like living the dream for a fan who lives on the cold Canadian prairie. It’s been a hell of a ride and I hope for some authorly success to report in 2014.

Have a great year, all!

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Merry Christmas!

I suck at send out Christmas cards to people – I’m usually pretty scatterbrained most days anyway. But this year, I remembered! Anyway, it’s been a hell of a year and I just want to thank everyone I met during my travels, all the bloggers who’ve reviewed my books and finally, everyone who copped up a few bucks for a pair of books about a teenage witch and her dorky best friend. Merry Christmas to all! I hope your holidays rock!

 

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Sean’s Saskatoon Friendship Inn Super Quick Fundraiser

Saskatoon’s Friendship Inn feeds more than 500 people a day and they’re looking for a helping hand with their Fill the Plate Campaign. They’ve got an operating deficit because of the ballooning numbers of meals they’re providing to needy Saskatoonians and the good news is Potash Corporation is matching donations during December up to a maximum of $100,000.00.

Look, hunger exists in every city around the world – and The Friendship Inn does a lot of great work in my city not only at Christmastime, but all 365 days of the year.

Saskatoon has been good to me, so I’m going to give back. Here’s what I’m offering to do – a little online auction.

The highest bidder gets these:

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Oh … and these. (They’re audiobooks)

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Plus these three books.

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Here’s where you come in … All of my books and the two audiobooks are being auctioned off to the highest bidder. How? By leaving a bid in the comment section of this blog post. Here’s the rules:

When does bidding start?
Bidding opens at Midnight CST December 6, 2013

When does bidding end?
Bidding ends at Midnight CST December 12, 2013

How will I know if I’ve won? 
You can check the comments box to see if yours was the highest bid. But don’t worry, I’ll be contacting the winning bidder with all the information they need to finalize their bid. (Please don’t make any payment to the Saskatoon Friendship Inn until you get an email from yours truly confirming you’re the highest bidder.)

When the winning bidder has been notified, paid their donation to the 2013 Fill the Plate Campaign and emailed me the receipt as proof of payment, I’ll ask for a mailing address and fire off your books. Easy peezy.

How do we know you’re not going to steal the money? 
Seriously?

Okay … so there you go. Let’s see what we can do to support a worthy community agency in Saskatoon – an agency that is vital to the lives of a hell of a lot of people.

PS – it’s -41 Celsius today with the windchill. So, you know, try to put yourself in the shoes of someone less fortunate.

PPS – if you don’t want my books but still want to donate, I recommend it. So here’s the donation form.

Alright … now get ready to bid!!

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Day of the Doctor – Post Awesomeness Thoughts

As soon as I heard David Tennant say the 50th anniversary episode was going to be a “seismic shift” in The Doctor’s story, I told my better half … “Moffat’s gotta be bringing back the Time Lords”. (Seriously, ask her. It’s true)

Now, granted, Gallifrey is in a pocket dimension and hidden from the universe, but The Doctor is no longer “the last Time Lord” as of yesterday’s epic program that completely made up for lacklustre season Matt Smith’s Doctor has been experiencing. I’m not sure if it’s the whole “impossible girl” thing or the fact that I’m still ticked off at how a giant weeping angel Statue of Liberty ran amok in NYC leading up to the milked for all its worth “goodbye raggedy man” scene where we said goodbye to Amy Pond from last year, but what a celebration!

I’ve been quite literally bouncing off the walls, hoping like crazy for months now that Moffat would do something spectacular on the 50th Anniversary show and I wasn’t disappointed. The episode leaves a number of lingering questions:

1) Tom Baker – is he a curator or is he the fourth in that episode and if so, how? (Or was it a nod to fans like me – Baker was my Doctor growing up)
2) Gallifrey – where is it? Will we be seeing more Time Lords now? I can’t see how we won’t, frankly
3) Is Capaldi the 12th or the 13th Doctor and if he is the final incarnation, will we be seeing a new doctor emerge or will this one get a 14th, 15th & 16th incarnation.

Lots to think about but I will say this much: When this happened, I actually squealed with glee. It was embarrassing for my wife and son who were watching the episode alongside me.

 

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(Click on This … Behold The Awesomeness)

 Bring on Peter Capaldi and let’s get this reboot going, folks! It’s gonna be a long wait, sadly, until next fall when we finally get to see a new Doctor leave his mark on this enduring show that has stood the test of time.

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The Best Two Books of 2013

Oh yes, it’s annual list time again! I love doing my annual books ‘o the year blog post because I get to celebrate some amazing authors who, quite frankly, I wish I could write even 1/10 as good as. So here we go, my top two picks in no particular order.

THE BLUE BLAZES by Chuck Wendig

Mookie Pearl. Remember that name because this guy is a big time bad ass of epic proportions. A walking, talking side of beef who works as a mob enforcer  and there’s a lot of seriously bad stuff happening with his daughter who might or might not be plotting a coup to take over all the gangs in the underworld. Throw in some very nasty preternatural creepiness mixed in with the seedy underbelly of the city and a drug that lets you see things the way they really are, well, you’ve got some game changing dark fiction.

I loved this book and raved about it to anyone who would listen. Wendig’s style of writing is gritty as hell (ptooey! sand in my teeth) and the pacing makes this book unputdownable. Mookie is badder than Sandman Slim in his first adventure and you won’t want to miss the surprise twists and turns as Wendig hits it out of the ball park. Go get it!!

 

 

TheBigReap-144dpiTHE BIG REAP by Chris F. Holm

Sam Thornton. Soul collector. He’s a little bit doomed and a whole lotta damned in this third installment. He’s tough as nails …  near indestructible depending on whose body he’s occupying at the time. This is an exceptional urban fantasy series that is unlike anything you’ll find on bookstore shelves. Poor Sam has been tasked with finding and collecting some MOST EVIL BAD NOT VERY NICE NASTY ASS former collectors who’d somehow managed to break their bonds.

What makes this book the very best of the series is the fact that we truly get to see the cost of making a deal with the Devil to saved a loved one. And Holm doesn’t hold back because there is no cosmic pay it forward at work here – Sam is eternally screwed for what he did to save his wife – there’s nothing he can do about it. Blistering pacing woven together seamlessly with a back story that tears the heart, THE BIG REAP is everything that I love about Urban Fantasy & so much more. Go get it. Read it and know that you’ve got a truly special series that I hope doesn’t end any time soon.

 

 

 

 

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