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Cover reveals and releases!

So, both short stories due in October are officially in anthologies!

Shifting Shards (Eighth Ripple Press) is a Halloween anthology containing a short story from my urban fantasy series set in Ottawa, Ontario. “On This Day We Maen be Seen” takes place between the first two novels, and introduces Moira, the lead character, to Lilu-Lilitu, an Incubus who is a major player in book two. In both senses of the word.¬† ūüôā


They will also be publishing a Christmas story in this same series, that has vampires. This story takes place in Eastern Europe and introduces us to some characters who may show up later.

A very bitey Christmas to all!

Coming out on October 27th is my short, “The Soul Eggs”, published in 30 at 30, the 30th anniversary anthology from Ottawa Independent Writers, of whom I am a proud member. The Soul Eggs is a short (under 2000 words) horror story based on a fairy tale.


I also received back the rights to a short story that won a fantasy writing competition and am releasing it as an ebook short. It is set in Terreagles, which is both the fantasy country my medieval series is set in, and the actual name of a micro-kingdom my ancestors owned in northern Scotland about 800AD.


This one fits into the set of Terreagles novels starting with Nets to Catch the Wind, and is backstory for one of the main characters.

My next Nano novel, and the first to be published (I hope, possibly, maybe but I just figured out how to fix Nets to Catch the Wind) is called A Ring of Earth and takes place roughly 200 years before this story.

I am currently trying to convince a publishing program that a 2500 word story does not need a table of contents. It disagrees. Stoopid program.

So I have sent a note off to a live person. Hopefully they publish short stories or I’ve just wasted all day fighting with it.

Cancon and deadlines

I know it’s been awhile since I wrote anything, sorry. But sometimes life catches up and you run out of hours.

Cancon where I did my first presentation to other writers, was 3 weeks before the deadline for a 10k word story I hadn’t started yet.

My darling hubby also had minor heart surgery that month. Is there even such a thing as minor heart surgery?!

Either way it totally wrecked my concentration and process. The first draft of this story was like pulling teeth from an angry cat with your bare hands.

But 2nd draft is now done and I’m sending it off to a few friends for a quick read to make sure it makes sense before shipping it off to the publisher.

In happier news, my first story for this publisher is coming out tomorrow!!!!

Oh, another short is being published in mid-October. The Ottawa Independent Writers are celebrating thirty years by putting out an anthology of 30 stories by their members.

I’m so excited!

My presentation at Cancon seemed to go well. About 30 ppl showed up and took notes. And handouts, which I promise to put up on my website soon. Soonish.

One even caught me in a math error. ¬†A bit embarrassing for a bookkeeper. ¬†But I ¬†brilliantly blamed it on Chizine’s open bar the night before, and insufficient coffee that morning. ¬†I got a lot of understanding nods.


Must run, company just arrived.

Looking forward with hope

And not just to Can-Con or Nanowrimo.

A week or so after the election, and I’m looking forward to getting MY Canada back, maybe even a new and improved Canada. A Canada of polite, peaceful, diverse, supportive, people with education and healthcare¬† for all. No more politics of division and fear. No more funding cuts to the poor, and tax breaks to the rich. No more tar sands, leaking pipes and jailing protesters as “terrorists”.

The House of Commons won’t even sit for the first time until Nov. 4th when PM Designate Justin Trudeau names his first cabinet.¬† And already he is announcing sweeping changes, not just in attitude, but in laws, in how the government will be run, in the whole “personality” of the government.

He opened the Press Gallery, where reporters meet with the Prime Minister to ask questions, for the first time in SEVEN YEARS!

He is dedicated to gender parity in his cabinet, and he will have as many women as men, for the first time EVER.

He has announced the end of “first past the post” and will instate some form of representational voting, tbd after consulting (gasp) the public.

He has announced initiatives to lower investment in oil, and increase investment in sustainable/ renewable power sources.

He has announced increase funding to the arts and the CBC.

He posts everything in both official languages.  He thinks Canada is stronger for being a mosaic of language, culture and traditions.

He is revisiting and promising to change Bill C-51, the terrorism bill that labels anyone who disagrees with the PMO a terrorist.

He is stopping the war on charities, veterans, the public service and women’s groups.

He has announced life-long pensions for wounded vets. No more proving that your legs haven’t grown back.

He is reinstating the long-form census.

He is de-muzzling scientists and libraries.

He has jump-started the processing of Syrian refugees.

He is looking at repealing the First Nations Transparency act.

He is withdrawing us from a conflict role around the world and reinstating our peace-keepers.

He does yoga.


I may just be joining the fangirls Trudeau-mania, part deux.¬† What will he do once he’s actually in office?

Voting and “I am a person”

“Today, I am a person.”¬† This was spoken in 1916 by Nellie McClung in Manitoba, upon women receiving the right to vote.¬† I think.¬† It might have been one of the other hundreds of women who were attacked on the street, beaten by police, jailed and starved to get women the vote. It was a hard fought campaign.

So, in the honour of feminism at its best, strong women everywhere, and BECAUSE I CAN…. I voted in the federal election.

I would say that Election day was great, but I couldn’t wait, we voted Thanksgiving weekend.¬† And got a result to be thankful for: the decade of Harpes and his CONservative battle against everybody who isn’t rich, white and male is OVER!

This is our new prime Minister: Justin Trudeau, son of one of my favourite former PMs, Pierre Trudeau. He is off to a promising start with this letter, his FB page, and this photo.¬† That’s the Prime Minister.¬† Yessirree.¬† I’m gonna have to get political.


So, what does this have to do with anything?  Specifically, why should you care?

Well, two of Justin’s platform logs were: Double the CBC budget (Canada’s national TV broadcaster, which is supposed to be politically neutral, but under Harpes was defunded until they became his mouthpiece).¬† And raise investment in the arts, including writing and independent film. Which was also slashed to nearly nothing by the HarperCons, after being renamed “Culture” and having the Olympics steal almost all the funding.

Harper said that if he didn’t like it, it wasn’t art.¬† He only liked things that made him look smart, like ballet, symphony, opera… and hockey.¬† He didn’t even know who Margaret Atwood was until she publicly came out as anti-Conservative. Then he got petty and misogynistic, qu’elle surprise….

Or things that made him look important, like the Olympics and G8 summits.

So, more money for Arts Council grants, research grants, publishing grants…

Maybe grants to attend seminars on why has my book had 1 sale in the past 30 days, Amazon??

Maybe I need to remind people more often, but I hate being a pain, and know very little about marketing.¬† Plus I’m 5 scenes from finishing the first draft of an epic fantasy, and planning to write the sequel to the published book during Nano. I need a grant to pay a marketer.¬† I know of a couple awesome ones…