Monday, October 14, 2013

Pre-NaNo Brain Chatter

Salutations, blog readers. I hope everyone is doing alright. I'm still feeling the effects of the bountiful harvest yesterday since it's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. (Yes, I still have my stuffing addiction, but I've since added to it. Let me just say, I love butternut squash gnocchi.)

My apologies yet again for not posting a new blog entry in a month. (Not that my girlfriend was complaining, but she agreed, a new entry was long overdue.) Three weeks ago I started a new job. I'm now employed as a courier; making deliveries across Toronto via public transit. It's a good way to keep me out of trouble (at least when I'm not on the webcam with the aforementioned girlfriend), allows me the opportunity to see the city, and it gives me a little extra coin to spend and save. I've been mulling some of my delivery adventures over, and I've been thinking it might make some good material for an upcoming non-fiction book. I might gear it towards the humour genre, but we'll see what I can come up with over the upcoming weeks on the job.

This is one of the things that has been poking at my brain recently, as it's getting near that "favourite time of year" again. No, not Christmas (dear God, I haven't even begun to think about shopping for it), but National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, for short). This will be my fifth foray into the month of November delve into literary fracas; where I will attempt to pen a 50,000-word first draft within 30 days. In 2011, I wrote the first draft to Scarlet Siege, and last year, the first draft to Rouge Numbered Week. This year, I'm planning on writing the next installment of Gary and the gang. It will be a reworking of my original 2010 attempt: a murder spree during NaNoWriMo itself. The tentative title I have for this piece is Writer's Revenge. I just hope I have better luck this time around than I did three years ago when I was only able to pen 8,000 of the necessary 50,000 before personal health issues came to the forefront. "But that's not important right now."

The other big thing that's been going on in my life is a little something I did this past June. For loyal readers to this blog (and I thank you for still sticking around in my periods of non-posting), I had submitted a short story to a publishing house in Australia. The requirements were it had to be no longer than 300 words, and it had to be Hallowe'en-themed. I quickly whipped up my story and sent it in. To my surprise, it was one of the 30 stories selected to be in this campaign. Then, I didn't think much about it for weeks until recently. I was asked to do a little fine-tuning to the story, which I did. So, here it is, Thanksgiving morn, I roll out of bed and turn my cell phone on to check my messages. Imagine my surprise when my phone buzzed with a tweet from the good people (Well, more like a wonderful woman, but I'm sure others are involved.) at Tiny Owl Workshop which included this photo.

If that's not something to be thankful for, I don't know what is. The stories are slated for release in time for "All Hallow's Read", which I presume will be within the next fortnight, at select coffee shops not only here in Toronto, but in Leeds, England, and Brisbane, Australia, as well. For a complete list of venues, you can find them at:  To say I'm not uber-excited would be a complete lie.

That's all for now from this end. To all of my fellow Canadians, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and don't overdue it on the fixings. Turkey and stuffing will have that full and sleepy effect on you. Talk to you all again when I can.

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