Well, it's finally here! Sitnalta can now be purchased as a paperback novel! I can't wait to be able to actually hold it in my hands. In other news, I am finally embarking on a writing project with my baby brother Brian. It's taken 22 years for us to finally get our acts together and work on something from the ground up. Usually I'm in the shows he directs and he attempts to tell me what to do. A partnership is an entirely different beast altogether. Hopefully we don't kill each other before we're done. What are we working on? (you may ask.) Well, I don't want to give too much away too soon. However, I will tell you that this project combines everything we're passionate about: Music, performance, writing, and kids. So, in other words... Another zombie novel. (Just kidding. Or am I...)
Speaking of zombie novels, Severed Press has relaunched Bath Salts! We've got ourselves a whole new cover, and she is beautiful! Check it out!
On a completely unrelated note, my attempts to build my army of geeks is working! I recently took Phillip to the doctor's office, and he insisted that his doctor was THE Doctor. And when I asked if he was going to see the doctor, he'd respond with a vaguely British sounding comment of "Dr. Who?" I melted a little inside. Success!
And now to business:
You can buy your brand new paperback copy of Sitnalta here.Bath Salts
is available here
It feels like September is such a long time away, but I know that time has a tendency to fly. As such, I am delighted to show you all the cover for the upcoming release of The Dybbuk's Mirror that Prizm Books is publishing in September, 2014! I think the artist Brandon Clay did an awesome job, and it conveys exactly what I'd hoped it would. So without further adieu...
Let me know what you guys think! Are you excited to read the sequel to The Strings of the Violin
? I know I'm excited to finally see it in print.
If you haven't picked up your copy of the first book, be sure to do so here
as an ebook, or here
as a paperback. That way you're sure to be caught up by September!
Also, I got a certificate! Isn't she beautiful?
I did it! It's just over 51,000 words, and it's done a week early! Granted, I scrapped the majority of what I wrote before NaNoWriMo started, and I had a little prewritten (making me a NaNoRebel), but it's finished! I have completed the final instalment of the Hadariah trilogy that starts with The Strings of the Violin
, goes on to The Dybbuk's Mirror
(coming out September 2014), and will finish with (the tentatively titled) The Dybbuk's Revenge
. It is so weird to be done writing about these characters. I have had them living in my head for so many years now, from when I first came up with the idea for writing a book based on Jewish folklore, to today. It's strange to me to have this sense of completion. I know that I still have edits to do, and more edits, and submitting it to the publisher, and then more edits etc. But for me, the hard part is over. The series now has a concrete beginning, middle, and end. It feels bittersweet. It's odd to no longer have to return to these people's lives and add more to it, because I feel there is no more for me to tell. I'm at a bit of a loss right now.
In my other worlds: Sitnalta
's sequel is chugging along nicely. I have the playground of Colonodona still to visit. I'm doing well there. I'm also adding up my list of cons and fairs that are to be attended this coming year, and it looks to be longer (and possibly American in some cases)! Bath Salts
is offline temporarily. This is exciting news! Severed Press is doing an epic rerelease and relaunch with a brand new cover, and bells and whistles (sold separately). We will be appearing on Bathtub Bran's webcast
My own celebration is as follows:
I'm ginger now!
Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a Torquere Author Chat on Google Hangouts and YouTube. I had an amazing time and got to meet some other fantastic authors. If you missed it, the whole chat can be watched here:
It was as if I was at a convention panel, but in the comfort of my own home! It was really nice to talk about writing, NaNoWriMo, and hear how other authors get their inspiration, and do what they do.
In other news, there is a Goodreads giveaway going on now where you can enter to win a signed copy of The Strings of the Violin
. The link is here.
And now, since I am participating in NaNoWriMo, I think I am out of words for the day. However, I am officially over 24,000 words on the book I'm working on... YAY!
Now back to The Daily Show
where Patrick Stewart has jumped on the bandwagon of mocking Rob Ford. COME ON MAYOR FORD! EVEN CAPTAIN PICARD IS MOCKING YOU! STEP DOWN AND GET HELP!!!! and that's all i have to say on this topic. i'm done.
I am very excited to announce that I can reveal my cover for Sitnalta! The book is coming out as an ebook on the 31st, and the cover is available for you all to see today! So, what do you think?
In other news, I have some news I will be able to share with you all soon. I am so excited about this. Unfortunately I can't say more until all the details are hashed out. Stay tuned!
It's that time of year again, and National Novel Writing Month is creeping up on us. Once again, I have decided to participate. What will I write about this time? Zombies? Trolls? Dybbuks? I am vacillating between a few ideas. I have a whole list of story ideas I would love to put down. I will probably choose one of those.
In other news, I am embarking on another blog tour, and I am enjoying this one immensely. Keep your eyes open on my Facebook page
for my stops and what's going on there. There will be interviews, reviews, excerpts, and guest posts written by me on a lot of wonderful people's pages.
This Saturday, An and I will be appearing at the Toronto Zombie Walk to sell Bath Salts,
and our official poster. We won't be the only ones there, there will also be thousands of shambling zombies! I've been thinking that a place like Zombie Walk would probably be the worst place for a zombie outbreak to begin. It would be quite difficult to tell who was among the afflicted, and who just had an awesome costume and makeup job. Hmmmm..... I smell a book idea there...
This is probably the perfect time of year for something like the Zombie Walk. Halloween is just around the corner, and with that in mind, guess what's happening on Halloween! That's right! That is the day that Sitnalta
will be available as an ebook! The book that An affectionately calls "Princess Troll" will be available to buy. I am ridiculously excited. I have had these characters bouncing around in my head since I was thirteen years old and making up stories for my little brother. Now everyone will be able to read some of them.
Here is the official blurb from Pandamoon Publishing:
"Her third published novel, Sitnalta
is a young adult fantasy. In the land of Colonodona, being a princess is not all fun and games. It means being shackled to the ancient tradition of an arranged marriage to a King that Princess Sitnalta does not love. Left with no other choice, the princess runs away as the King tries to find Sitnalta while Sitnalta tries to find true love."
In even more exciting news, Brian and I are going away on our first trip together since the triplets were born! We are going to New York, and this means SHOWS!!!! I have a (longish) list of things I would like to see, and I know there is no way I will get to see them all, but I will sure have fun trying!
While I'm gone, Pandamoon will be having a launch party on Facebook, for both myself and fellow author Jackson Baer for his new book The Earth Bleeds Red.
Check out the link here
, and be sure to stop on by for games, giveaways, and other fun stuff. Even though I'm out of town, with the help of the internet, I will be able to fully participate!
So I have spent the past three days in Guelph at GenreCon. It has been a wild and exhausting time. An and I have reconnected with some friends from FanExpo and Pirate Festival, as well as my fellow Arbonnites.
This has been a really fun experience with the only downside being that I'm missing Angelwalk's closing weekend of tick, tick... BOOM! But I have the cast party tonight to look forward to.
This weekend saw me doing two awesome panels, one reading and a book signing, and I think things went well. I really enjoy these conventions, and meeting new people, talking about all the fandoms I love with like minded people. It's great!
Author Jen Frankel at her booth across from my signing.
An and I
I know that I have posted about Angelwalk's upcoming production of tick, tick... BOOM!
before, but we open on September 21! I am once again Angelwalk's props manager and I am so excited about this show! Years ago, my family and I went to Chicago. We had heard that there was some good theatre to see in the city so we looked around for something to see. We found out about this production of Jonathon Larson's tick, tick... BOOM!
I knew nothing about it other than it was by the guy who had written RENT
and at the time, I was a huge RENT
fan. So I insisted we go. Before that night, I had never see a musical production that had less than a few dozen people in the cast. Everything I'd been to was along the lines of The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
So there I was in this theatre, looking at the programme and being absolutely shocked that a real musical could have a cast of three. Just three. Surely there would be flying, or pyrotechnics, or some sort of theatre wizardry to distract from the fact that there was practically nobody in this show! What ended up happening was magical. Those three people sang and acted their hearts out on stage, and I have to say that I truly feel that this
show is really Larson's masterpiece. I love RENT
but tick, tick... BOOM!
really feels like Larson's heart and soul is in every word. There isn't a single song that isn't beautifully written and our cast is going to blow it out of the water. This was the show that introduced me to smaller scale musicals and I love them so much now. I feel so lucky to be working on this production. This musical really does hold a special spot in my heart.
Really people, go see our show! It plays from September 21 to October 6 at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts Studio Theatre. For more information go here
Here is a small sampling of what you will hear:
I've finally had a chance to compile my thoughts and pictures from Toronto FanExpo so I can put it all down here.
First thing I want to do is thank everyone who helped An and I throughout the convention. We really appreciate all you did.
I always love this convention. Everyone there is just embracing their love for the different fandoms and genres, and just unabashedly having fun! It's great.
This year, An and I were guests and I got to take part in two panels, which I'd never done before. I was nervous at first, but soon relaxed, and it was great to be able to talk about the writing and publishing process with readers and other writers.
We sold both Bath Salts and The Strings of the Violin from our table in Authors' Alley, made friends with the people around us, and wandered the floor. Highlights of my time there have to be meeting Max Brooks and Ron Perlman, seeing all the cosplayers getting ready for the masquerade, and just being able to do something I love, while surrounded by other like minded people.
Now, picture time!
An and I in front of our table
An and Michaelangelo
My first panel- Indy Horror Writers
Things got a little tense at our table for a moment.
Our minion from the first day came back on Friday. Leo got into the spirit of the Con.
Got a pair of goggles from Tall Gear
Max Brooks signed my copies of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide
This guy was dedicated as he bopped around FanExpo
The Star Wars cosplayers converged in one area
Max Brooks with his very own copy of Bath Salts
My Ron Perlman autograph
Seven foot tall Lego hobbit hole
There are times in life when it is hard to find the motivation needed to accomplish goals
I’ve set for myself. Even when it’s an important goal, one that truly needs to be worked on, I can find it difficult to find the time to work on it. So, today, I’d like to share a few things that have helped me in my journey.
- Write things down
This may sound unimportant but it’s crucial for me. I make lists and write things down all the time. When I’m working on a novel, I write down story ideas to help myself out down the road. Otherwise, I’ll forget them. I block out certain times during the day for writing, interviews, family, exercise (though not nearly enough), school, and other projects. I’ve got too much going on that often times I’m inspired to write, it’s finding the time to do so that is the real
2. Find the ‘Why’
Ask yourself this question: Why?
Why are you writing/drawing/making music etc… Whatever your passion is in life, you need to know why you’re working towards becoming a writer/artist/musician. Simply enjoying writing isn’t enough. You have to have a reason why and use that reason as motivation and inspiration. For me, I write because I couldn’t imagine living life anymore if I didn’t. It’s the only way I can open up another world and create something unique and special. When I write, worlds come alive and people are born who otherwise would not have existed. That’s a special feeling and one that I use to fuel my writing.
3. Simply Do
This one seems simple but usually, the important things are. You can’t write unless you write. You can’t learn to play an instrument unless you play. Sitting down and writing is half the battle. Let the pen flow and see what comes out. Simply ‘doing’
will take care of the motivation
problems, or lack thereof. Jackson Baer is the author of the upcoming literary suspense, “The Earth Bleeds Red” (Oct ’13/Pandamoon Publishing). He’s currently writing a literary psychological thriller called,
“The Lights Will Never Fade.” He lives in North Georgia with his wife and four children. He’s had short stories published in the literary magazine, “The Rusty Nail,” and wrote a philosophy book in 2011 called, “What the Hell?” He will graduate from Oregon State University this year with a bachelor’s in English and proudly wears OSU gear all over the beautiful state of Georgia.
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