Can*Con is this weekend and it’s easily our favourite convention.
We will be selling coffee (including limited amounts of advent calendars) and crochet in the dealers room.
I also have a few panels and events I’ll be at:
Opening Ceremonies and Aurora Pin Ceremony
Friday, October 18 • 6:00pm – 6:50pm
I’m getting pinned for my novel A Sign of Faust, which was nominated in the YA category for the Auroras.
Panel – Who’s Our Hero, Anyway
Saturday, October 19 • 10:00am – 10:50am
Why have one protagonist when you can have a dozen – or none? These days, SFF with loads of characters and no designated hero have a certain appeal. Series like Malazan, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Walking Dead comics offer fans plenty of options to love, and real danger for your faves. But they also run the risk of a meandering plot and a death-weary audience. What are the benefits of having so much choice in who to root for? Does having tons of characters set us up for disappointment, or is it ultimately the reason we keep turning the page?
Saturday, October 19 • 12:00pm – 12:25pm
I’ll sign any books you like (Hopefully the ones I wrote).
2019 Aurora Award Ceremony
Saturday, October 19 • 6:00pm – 9:50pm
The Can*Con co-chairs and organizing committee are pleased to invite you to join them for the Aurora Award ceremony, which will take place off-site, at the Christchurch Cathedral’s Great Hall. A reception will be hosted there, with paid bar and appetizers served round. There is no entry fee, and all Can*Con attendees are welcome to join.
My book, Everdome, and plenty of other awesome books are being launched on Saturday.
Here’s the press release:
Join us Saturday October 5th at 4 PM, at 3 Brewers (240 Sparks, Ottawa) for the launch of seven extraordinary novels!
Humour, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and reality TV? There’s something in here to please everyone!
will be author readings, you can get your books signed, and we’ll be drawing
absolutely fabulous door prizes. Plus, there will be much fun and merriment!
NOTE: the elevator is situated in the back of the pub. Please ask staff upon
entry and they will guide you to it!
Because of the large numbers we usually bring in, they asked us to tell our guests they will have a choice from the group menu. We went with option number one; there will be gluten-free options such as gluten-free buns or lettuce wraps, and there will also be vegan alternatives on site.
When the outermost interstellar Way Station suddenly ceases
communications with Earth, Commander Skye and Team 6 are sent to investigate.
They discover a new alien threat—the insectoid Ragnar, who move through space
consuming resources like a virus. Humanity and daemon-kind realize they must
unite in the fight to protect Earth.
For thirteen lucky contestants, when a man dressed as a knight offers
them the opportunity to visit their favourite fantasy world as an immersive
reality show, there’s only one answer they can give: YES!
The impressive realism is beyond anything they can believe and
some of them start to wonder why.
A Congress of Ships by Stephen Graham King – Sci-fi
In a desolate system on the outer edge of Pan Galactum, the skin of the
universe has ruptured, tearing open a portal to an alternate reality. Witnessed
only by the sentient science vessel N’Dea, a massive, battered ship falls
through, housing a community of refugees fleeing an enemy that has pursued them
across the cold reaches of space for decades.
All Spider wants is to seek his fortune as a thief. Is that too much to
ask? Must be, since a break in gone wrong leaves him babysitting a powerful
magic-user with sporadic control over his spells, and even less of a grip on
functioning in society. And that’s just where it starts. Each misadventure
takes Spider further from his goals, but he’s about to learn that sometimes we
get what we need instead of what we want.
Attractive, wildly unconventional, and happy in an open relationship
with his partner Annie, Zak seems to embody everything missing from Jeremy’s
life, but when the arrest and death of a marginalized student at the Brooklyn
high school where they both teach trigger Zak’s mental breakdown and slow
descent, Jeremy and Annie are compelled to cross boundaries, both external and
internal, in a desperate attempt to save him.
Blaine and his friends haven’t always been lucky in love. They’ve
stumbled throughout lust, hoping to find their hearts desire, or at least a
good lay. They have made their way through life, stumbling a few times, and
have finally found their way to comfort and acceptance…Or have they? There are
all kinds of love in the world and Blaine and his friends will have to find the
love that works for them.
S.M. Ardwur’s epic ten novel series and the world’s biggest MMORPG is a world fractured by a magical disaster and saved from destruction by a brave king and mad wizard. It is now formed of twelve floating continents with magical domes protecting them.
For thirteen lucky contestants, when a man dressed as a knight offers them the opportunity to visit their favourite fantasy world as an immersive reality show, there’s only one answer they can give: YES!
The level of impressiveness is beyond anything they can believe and some of them start to wonder why.
Abigail, James, Krista, Nicole, Richard, and Megan have to learn how to play the game and win; the fate of Everdome depends on it.
I’m really proud of this one and I can’t wait to hear what people think.
This year has been extremely busy. I’m trying not to fall into old patterns of stress and overwork but it feels hard to avoid sometimes.
I’m surviving and I’ll be okay.
The past few weeks I’ve written a Ghostship story for July. You’ll get the next instalment in the Sun Speaker Series while we recover from the arrival of baby Pegasus.
Beyond that, I’m going to try and push to continue writing the novels that are calling me. I have two on the go and little to show for my writing this year. But I’m going to start… today even. I hope.
I do have an outline for another novel, which is awesome, but it’ll be a while before I get to it.
I’ve been frantically roasting coffee. I’m roasting almost 150 lbs this year which is more than we’ve ever had before. We’ll have 17 flavours available for Ottawa Comic Con.
I’m loving the new roaster and the new method is working great. I’m still getting used to getting the perfect roast, but overall I’m extremely happy with it.
I have the edits for A Case of Synchronicity and will work on those this week. I’m still waiting on the second round of edits for Everdome but they should be here soon.
I’ve been playing very few games. Haven’t touched Lego Incredibles in a few months. With most weekends dedicated to roasting, I don’t have as much time.
I have been playing Elder Scroll Blades on my phone. It’s an extremely beautiful game. It’s also repetitive and nearly impossible to do anything without paying. There are chests you can never encounter in the game but you can buy. Overall, it’s very much a micro-payment play-to-win style game.
Preparations for the baby are in full swing. We have a room, it has a bed, we have decorations, and a GIANT pile of clothing.
I got my tattoo this weekend. (More on that in another post.)
Things are feeling more real. I think after comic con, I’m going to quickly transition to impatiently waiting.
So in an eggshell (Easter joke intended) things are going well and I’m busy.
Now lets get to writing… after some breakfast and coffee.
2. Write the Bookend Material for the Short Story Collection
I need to get this finished. It’s not a lot of writing, but once I’m done I can submit to my publisher and see if they’re interested.
3. Finish Paragenesis
I need to finish this book. It’s at halfway now and I really want to see how it ends.
4. Get to the 2/3 mark on Mystery of the Dancing Lights
Once Pargenesis is done, I’ll dive back into this one. It’s at 1/3 now and I finally know what’s going to happen next.
JenEric Designs and Coffee
Continue to ensure there’s content 5 days a week on JenEric Designs
We’ve been going for six years now with content every
weekday on JenEric Designs and I’m very proud of that. Jen and I have worked
hard not to miss a day. I’ll do my best to ensure we keep that streak going.
Test, Design, and Produce 2 new coffee flavours
I have one flavour already finalized for debut at Geek
Market in March. The second will be tough to choose since I have 2-3 strong
Editing and Marketing
7. Edit and send Dinosaur Road Trip to a willing beta reader
I failed to finish this last year. I just need to work up
the courage and get at it.
8. Submit Everdome for blurbs
I really want to get a blurb from authors I respect for
Everdome. So I’ll do the research and write some letters to a good half dozen
authors I respect and ask them to read my book and write a quick blurb about
it. Most will say no and that’s okay but hopefully I’ll be surprised.
9. Playtest the higher levels of FADDS
There are still some mechanics that need testing and that’s
what this year will be about. Building opponents, testing higher levels, and
trying out superheroes.
10. Figure out how to market and sell CoasteRPG
I don’t think this is a good idea as it is. A character
sheet as a coaster sounds awesome until you realize that it needs to be waterproof
I’ll think of something. Hopefully.
11. Read 20 books
I succeeded at 30 last year, barely, and hopefully I’ll do 20 this year. I love reading and it’s important to me that I keep doing it.
I love reading and it’s something that makes me happy.
12. Don’t Burnout
Last year I overdid everything; work, coffee, and a lot of other personal things.
I need to calm down and scale back some things. I’ve taken some steps to make things easier. I also have to learn how to say no.
It killed my mental health and destroyed my writing productivity.
13. Be More Patient
Part of the burnout was a complete loss of patience. My wife and Dragon took the brunt of that and I need to be better. It’s not always easy on 5 hours sleep but I can/should do better.
14. Play Some Video games with Dragon
I wanted to try and play some simple games with Dragon this Christmas
but time and health weren’t on our side. I’d like to play some this year
though. Maybe Lego or Disney Infinity.
I learnt this year that I’m not great at making romance the forefront and that I hate love triangles.
Finish the new content for FADDS and playtest it (Success)
I finished the extra content early this fall and Playtesting is going well. Almost done the current campaign and I plan on running a new high level campaign to playtest the later levels.
Pitch Everdome and the Super-Secret Project (Success)
I managed to finish this early in the year. Unfortunately everyone involved is ridiculously busy. I’m hoping it’ll gain more steam when the book is published but I have plans for something new next year.
Start getting a short story collection together (Success)
The collection is ready for editing and I need a few filler bits, but overall this is a great success and I’ll hopefully be pitching it in the new year.
Write the Bookend Material for the Short Story Collection (Fail)
It’s been a slow writing year for me and I’ve barely started on this. Pushed to next year.
Rewrite the introduction to FADDS (Fail)
This should have been the easy part… I forgot. Next year.
JenEric Designs and Coffee (3/3)
Continue to ensure there’s content 5 days a week on JenEric Designs (Success)
There is only a week or so left in 2018 so I’m safely going to say this is a success.
Test, Design, and Produce 2 new coffee flavours (Success)
I’ve tested and created 3 new flavours for JenEric Coffee. Minty Mountain, Beanpool, and Waking Dead. I’ve also started work on next year’s flavours.
Look into pricing and interest in CoasteRPG (Success)
Interest is great, pricing not so much. It’s extremely expensive to print double sided coasters that can be dry erased. I’m going to need to think more on this.
Edit and send Dinosaur Road Trip to a willing beta reader (Fail)
No excuses here I just couldn’t bring myself to even look at this manuscript. It’s too sad and personal and I had a bad year for stress.
Edit and Submit A Case of Synchronicity to my publisher by end of summer. (Success)
Read 30 books by authors I have interacted with (Success)
I will fail my goodreads book challenge but unless something terrible happens I succeeded at this. The difference is 2 books. Since I beta read 2 books for the fantastic S.M. Carrière, I consider this a success.
Play more Videogames (Partial Success)
I have played a lot of Lego Incredibles with my wonderful wife. We’re almost done the game. It’s not a lot more but it is more.
I plan on trying some Disney Infinity during the holidays with my daughter and seeing how that goes.
Finish Star Trek: Discovery (Success)
I succeeded pretty quick with this and I’m glad I finished. I enjoyed the last episode and have adored the shorts they’ve released. I’m even willing to give season 2 a chance.
Final Tally (10.5/15)
Wow 70%, that’s possibly my best score since I started doing this. *Runs to blog to check* Second best result. In 2014 I had 3 resolutions and succeeded at all of them. 2015 was 65%, 2016 was 55%, and 2017 was 65%.
So I guess this means I need a lot more resolutions for next year? Maybe not, we’ll see.