This year has had me exploring the convention scene more than any other before as I continue to evolve and grow as an author. It was only natural then that after being told and prodded by others that I attended Can Con.
CONVENTION ALERT! A wild author (myself) will be at Fan Expo in Toronto happening August 31st to September 3rd. I will be located as in previous years in the Artists Alley at booth A424 GTA Indie Fantasy with fellow author Brandon Draga and artist Deanna Laver. I also heard rumours there will be a Puc Thanestorm roaming around the convention. So drop by to say hi. We don’t bite but the table Tribble might!
I picked up my copy of Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets a few years ago at Ad Astra where I had a chance to meet a few of the authors in person and was intrigued by the mission of the anthology.
The Planet of the Apes series has been in my life for as long as I can remember, perhaps even longer than Star Wars. I do admit at the age of three, however, to being traumatized by the costumes, but most would be too if they saw a talking ape at that age, right? It was a short-lived fear, and today I even call myself a fan of the franchise, introduced to me by my father, who single-handily sparked my interest in all things fantasy and science fiction.
A bit late with posting this on the website since I’ve been in the midst of preparations (books printing, organization and such) but nonetheless here it is.
I am pleased to announce that I will be launching Q-16 and the Lord of the Unfinished Tower at Ad Astra this year. The launch will be held on Saturday May 6th from 12- 2pm. There will be a reading, Q&A as well as a raffle. There will also be refreshments provided by Galaxy Teas. Admitance to Ad Astra is free from 11-1pm. If you plan to stay longer at the convention past this time, a pass will need to be purchased.
I picked up a copy of The Dragon Whisperer last year at Ad Astra and was pleasantly surprised by the story hidden away in the pages of this small book (I say this due to the novel being just a little over 200 pages).
Hands clasped together as he stared at his shoes on the black and white tiling that smelled of bleach, Arieus Severio sat hunched over in the visiting quarters within the psychiatric ward. Large rectangular lights flooded the room, making it appear far brighter than it was, as though he had woken up from having drank too much.
Snow boots stomped through piles of slush, disregarding the splashes of wet snow as they sailed through the air for mere seconds before making contact with the ground again. Although it was not cold, the gloomy dark skies did not fill Annetta and her companions with much in the way of energy as they made their way to her house.
It’s funny how sometimes an email that was originally in your junk mail folder can lead to a great book and that is exactly what happened at The Bookshelf in Newmarket last summer when I grabbed a copy of Time’s Tempest: The Chronicles of Xannia by MJ Moores after having received an invite from her for the event.
Her shield raised before her, Annetta rushed forward. A war cry escaped her lungs, helping project her towards her target, her keen blue eyes peering from beyond the small opening she had left between her face and the shield. Resistance found her seconds later when the shield met with its target, an elongated foam and sand-filled pillar that stood about seven feet tall. Grunting from the effort of having to apply further pressure, she kept pushing, feeling how slow she was going, despite having run at full force just seconds before.
I will be attending Genrecon in Guelph from from February 3rd to 5th as part of the Writers Community of York Region. Swing by to say hello. I’m also rumoured to be doing some panels while there but more on that once I actually know a bit more myself. In the meantime, back to prep!
I’m writing this as I hastily get ready to attend a New Year’s party so, you’ll need to forgive me if there are any grammatical errors. For those who know I literally just finished my second round (and the third round over all with Anthony’s input) of edits to Q-16 and the Lord of the Unfinished Tower. I felt I needed to say something regarding the things that I learned this year and the lessons I hope all of us will carry forward into 2017.
Snow fell in large clumpy tufts through the air as the final bell of the day rang all across the high school. The dark green steel doors of the brick structure then swung open seconds later, letting out a sea of students ready for their winter holidays. Trudging among them in the snow were Annetta, Jason, Link and Sarina, each in their heavy winter coats. The group of companions were in high spirits, knowing they would not be forced to come back until after the New Year.
A chill blew through Annetta, Jason, Link and Sarina as they walked home from school. Leaves danced around their feet, a sure reminder that winter would soon be upon them. It was something that neither Annetta nor Jason were looking forward to, having endured their fair share of cold weather due to living in Canada their whole lives.
For anyone looking to give the gift of reading, I will be attending Bookapalooza 2016 on Saturday November 19th at The Durham College, Centre For Food/Bistro 67, located at 1604 Champlain Avenue in Whitby. Admission is free so if you have some time feel free to stop by and say hi.
More info on the event can be found on their website here.
I remember the summers spent at my grandmother’s in Poland like they were yesterday. One of my most vivid memories was the summer where one of the three channels available (I know, hard to believe) would broadcast a Godzilla movie each Friday evening. It was then that I familiarized myself with Mothra, Rhodan, Mechagodzilla, King Ghidorah and a host of other monsters Godzilla found himself pinned against.
Last year at SFContario I had the opportunity to pick up Helix: Blight of Exiles while chatting with author Pat Flewwelling (the dealers room in which we found ourselves in now forever in my mind associated with the Star Wars Cantina theme).
Brisk autumn winds pulled in around the Trafjan Cliffs along with the impending night. These impenetrable mountains were home to the Soarin, the Sky Wolves, a race of beings that resembled upright wolves with thick manes of varied colour, sleek lion like tails and enormous feathered wings. From their city could be seen the smoke of hundreds of cooking fires, now lifted into the air in white wisps. The seasonal Eternal Hunt had come back as a success and the young Soarin were pronounced victorious by their leader, Entellion. When the cheering subsided, the feast began and the celebration proceeded.
As I prepare for a weekend of Fan Expo I did want to remind everyone here that Q-16 and the Eye to All Worlds has been nominated for the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Young Adult categories.
Voting begins tomorrow, September 1 and goes until September 11th.
A little side project I was involved in while typing away at my second novel. I encourage you to check out the anthology and support these fantastic authors. Please check out The Welcome and other Sci-Fi stories.