So I was made aware of this article
today: In which a man took a phone from a fellow theatre goer and smashed it after they refused to turn it off or put it away during a live theatre performance. I have to say this to him: Thank you. Do you have any idea how often I have wanted to do this during a live show?
Basically, here is my rant. I have been feeling a severe decline in the etiquette of my fellow theatre patrons. And I am not just talking about the now acceptable way of showing up to a live performance in your torn jeans and ratty t-shirts. I am talking about the fact that it is now common place to spend the show on your damn smart phones. Memo to you: THE WORLD WILL NOT END IF YOU DO NOT TWEET, TEXT, FACEBOOK, UPVOTE, FOUSQUARE, GOOGLE, OR TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS UNTIL INTERMISSION! Yes, your phone is a distraction to the other audience members around you. No, the announcement before the show to turn you phone off does not magically exclude you. Yes, the performers can see the light from your phone and it is pissing them off immensely.
I was at a show at the Tarragon Extra Space. It was a dark show (in lighting levels as well as in content), and the space sits less than 100 people. The young woman in front of me was texting throughout the piece. She was maybe two feet away from my face. I asked her politely to stop and to please put her phone away. This is what transpired:
Me: Could you please stop that? I'm finding it really distracting.
Her: So don't look at my phone.
Me: It's kinda hard not to. Please put it away.
Her: Make me bitch.
Now if she weren't a foot taller than me with an extra 50 pounds of weight, I may have taken her up on that offer. But Brian would probably never take me out in public after that. Why do people think they have the right to be rude to the people putting their heart into their craft onstage, as well as the people who spend their hard earned money to see the show. What they are doing is insulting, offensive, and just plain inconsiderate. They are saying through their pervasive phone usage that they do not care about the effort the performers are making. They are saying that the art onstage is meaningless to them. They are saying that they don't give a shit about the show, the people around them, and the people who worked their asses off to make this production. They are saying "Hey! I'm a selfish, self-centered twat who can do whatever the hell I want, wherever the hell I want." They do this at the theatre, and at the movies. This has to stop. Why was the guy who smashed the phone escorted out? I think he should be given a medal. I don't know, maybe we need a cell phone check like a coat check at the theatre. Let's make it free and mandatory. Maybe then those brats will learn their lesson. They're world will not end if they are incommunicado for a whole damn hour.
In semi-related news, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
has its opening night tonight. Come see it! It's funny and full of great performances and songs. And kindly turn your cell phone off before the show. :)
Tomorrow is the big day! Bath Salts
is being released by Severed Press for purchase as an ebook. A hardcopy will be available as well, but we are a tad unsure of the date that's happening. Yay! Come tomorrow I can officially call myself a commercially published author! An can as well, and we are both over the moon!
We are celebrating our success tonight by going to see Night of the Living Dead Live
at Theatre Passe Muraille. It's fitting, non? We thought so.
In other news, I have a legitimate work space at home again. My office had become the "let's store stuff in here so it's out of the way room. With all the projects I'm working on, that became a tad impractical. The family room couch is not conducive to writing. I have a desk again! And bookshelves! And a futon! Now all I need is a proper desk chair. The one I have is literally fifty years old and made of wood. It's not working for me.
I had my first phone meeting with Pandamoon Publishing about Sitnalta
and there is a lot of exciting things in the pipeline for that book. The Strings of the Violin
is almost done it's next to last round of edits, and I am almost at 15,000 words with the third Hadariah book's first draft. Yay for productivity!
In non-book related news, I am loving the props work on I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
(How much do you love the title of this show?) We open next week, and it is going to be awesome! Seriously, check it out if you're in Toronto. Go here
. Also there you will see what's up for next season, and can I say "WOW!" tick... tick... BOOM!, Stars of David, The Life is Sweet Project,
and Liza and Babs
! So much excitement!
But really, tomorrow, BATH SALTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Basically, this small announcement is one I am very excited about! I have all three of my upcoming release dates! Bath Salts
is coming up fast with the ebook ready to drop on May 10, 2013. The paperback edition will follow shortly after that. One week to go! Yikes! There is much to do to get ready for this.The Strings of the Violin
will follow shortly after that with a release date of June 26, 2013. I will be having an online launch party with contests and games.
After that comes Sitnalta
which is being released on August 27, 2013. This is definitely shaping up to be a very busy summer. Lots to do, things to plan, and celebrating to be done!
As if I don't have enough on my plate, I am props manager for Angelwalk Theatre and KooGle's coproduction of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
This loads in to the theatre tomorrow, and show week continues from then. Oy. It looks to be an amazing show. If you're in the Toronto area between May 14- June 2 you should definitely check it out. (An says she's probably going four times!) Tickets are available here.
It's another quick entry this time. More updates: An and I have finally finalized the cover for Bath Salts! I am revealing it here for you all to see. We are very proud of it and it took a lot of time to go through different versions with our publisher. I have put the final version below. We feel it captures the mood of the book, as well as the zombie-ness of it all. (It's a word!)
What do you all think?
Our cover! Ta da!!!!
This is going to be a relatively quick post. I've been very busy the past couple of weeks, and it's all good stuff! An and I got our edits back on Bath Salts and we're now looking at cover art. It's very exciting and I'll post again when we have an official release date. We just now that it will be quite soon! (Happy dancing now!)
As for The Strings of the Violin: I've finished going through the first round of edits and they have been sent back to my awesome editor at Prizm. Looks like the June release date is right on track!
Sitnalta is in the hands of an editor at Pandamoon, and I have been given an August release date. It's been busy, busy, busy on my end. Good stuff still to come!
And now, to kick off the excitement for the impending publication of the epic Canadian zombie novel Bath Salts! I interviewed my co-author: The fantastically fabulous, furiously talented An Tran! Here are her responses to my hard hitting questions:
1. So An, let's get down to business. Why zombies?
Why not? Yes, why not Zombies? Excuse me while I drink some more Pimms.
2. You're from Calgary. Any truth to the rumour that you're an expert hunter?
Expert Hunter of pastries, steak and booze. I can spot a delicious cheesecake brownie from 50 paces.
3. What other monsters would you consider writing novels about?
Cthulu, but he's more of an old god rather than a monster.
4. Is this the first book you've ever written? What did you think about the experience? Want to write more?
Yes. It was hard because I don't write fiction. I’m a non fiction writer.
Write more? Sure, why not! If people like reading about me fantasizing about zombie killing, who am I to tell them no?
5. Is it true there's a sequel in the works?
There’s a sequel?
6. What did you think about the co-author experience?
It was fabulous because I had never written fiction. I couldn’t have done it on my own, so it was so so helpful to have someone to work off of as a jumping point.
7. Favourite writers, and why:
I read mostly nonfiction so anything by Jacob Burckhardt the historian for one. I also love reading the Doctor Seuss propaganda cartoons. He had this thing about drawing Hitler as a mermaid with a huge rack and sparkly tiaras. I’m on a big apocalyptic and epidemic kick still, so most of the books I read are like that. About how to create horrible viruses, zoonoses and basically how to end the world. I hope the library doesn’t think I’m a terrorist.
Oh, fiction-wise, I like the Fables series by Bill Willingham. I also thoroughly enjoy Chi’s Sweet Home by Kanata Konami. It’s about a little gray and white kitten who is really really sweet, but incredibly stupid. It could have been written about my own cat! I’m also obsessed currently with Days Missing, the compilation about a Roddenberry idea. I don’t really read much fiction except for graphic novels.
8. What is your favourite part about soon being able to call yourself a published author?
Hopefully free tables at restaurants and candy...free candy, and access to great scotch. Authors get that, right?
9. What sorts of things got you inspired to write?
Imagining the zombie apocalypse and how I’ve been preparing for it for years. Real friends kill friends who become zombies!
10. What are your top three zombie movies of all time: Not in any particular order and this could change at any time, but Shaun of the Dead, Outpost (the first one, not that piece of crap second one. Though this is really about Nazi zombie ghosts), and Cockneys vs. Zombies. I’d say Night of the Living Dead, but that’s implicit.
An drawn as a pirate.
So there you have it. A glimpse into the wonder that is An Tran. She is truly awesome. Now stay tuned to find out when Bath Salts! will be available for all you lovely readers to buy!
This has been a HUGE couple of months for me! Not only have I gotten a contract with Prizm Books for my Hadariah series, but Severed Press has given An Tran and I a contract for Bath Salts! I have been majorly happy dancing around the house for weeks trying to keep a lid on the news until everything was signed, sealed and delivered. Now that it all has, I feel like shouting it from the rooftops. Dreams can come true!
I am legitimately shocked that something that started out as a NaNoWriMo fun project has turned into an actual novel that people are going to read (I hope)! An went in when I was done my half and told her side of the story. Working with your friends is awesome. Now we have the book in editing and soon it will be released anywhere ebooks and actual books are sold.
I have asked An if we could do an interview for next week. Here's hoping the timing works out! Until then, more news coming soon! I'll keep you guys up to date on everything!
An and I at FanExpo.
Chag sameach everyone! It's that time of year again where we celebrate the exodus with matzah and a thorough spring cleaning.
I don't know what so many people I know complain about. I like rearranging my kitchen and eating all the unleavened products that exist. I love matzah pizza, matzah brie, bubbaleh, meringues, matzah balls, matzah lasagna. However, I do NOT like macaroons. Maybe it's the coconut.
We had our second Seder last night at Brian's parents' house. It was lovely. The first night was at my parents' house and was also a lovely family time. Today we intend to relax and eat leftovers.
On the book front, I am waiting for the first round of edits from my new editor at Prizm. I have loved dealing with them so far and am finding this fantastically stress-free. I will keep you all up to date!
Hey everyone! I can finally share my exciting news with you!
The Strings of theViolin will no longer be self published by iUniverse. The book has been acquired by Prizm Books and will be rereleased by them on June 26, 2013.
I also have an awesome new cover! Check it out:
Keep checking back here for more awesome updates and release info on this, and on The Dybbuk's Mirror.
Well, this is going to be a short post. I have some exciting news that I will share with everyone soon. In the meantime, there will be some changes occurring on the website and elsewhere. Keep your eyes pealed for them. There may be hints about what's to come...
My mom reading to the triplets