Animals of Canada

ONE: I’ve started a podcast for 2017, and I hope you’ll join me over at Animals of Canada for some sweet & savoury & salty stories, straight into your ears.

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TWO: I’m writing articles now-and-again for the Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse, so pop over there from time to time to brush up on your end-of-the-world skills. You’ll find me under codename “Skookum”.

THREE: I have a short story included in Hic Dragones’ upcoming anthology, Nothing, and from the looks of things, it’s going to be a wonderful collection. “Bleak and disturbing tales”… sign me up! ūüôā

FOUR: We’ve been busy over at Fox&Bee filming promotional and educational work for our clients, but the blizzard and power outages gave us a little time to slow down, write by candle light, and check out how well the camera films in low light. We hope you’re having a wonderful and creative winter!

Book Launch in Victoria, BC

AnimalsLast year, my short story “The Rabbit King” was included in an anthology from Nimbus Press, entitled “In the Company of Animals”. Well, I’ll be joining four other Vancouver Island authors at a book launch in Victoria* on Wednesday, February 25, at the Bateman Centre. Admission is free and the event starts at 7:30pm.

Books will be available for sale, and as authors have been encouraged to bring their own works, I’ll have copies of Bucket of Blood, Mark of the Magpie, and The Tattooed Wolf¬†for sale,¬†too.

Hope to see you there!

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*There will also be readings in Port Alberni on the 26th and in Tofino on the 27th, but I’m afraid I can’t make those events due to previous engagements. I’m sure they’ll be lots of fun, too!

It’s Time to Elevate the Arts!

Every year, the Comox Valley hosts an awesome event called Elevate the Arts, where thousands of people get together to be creative in a myriad of different ways. Painting, drawing, dancing, circus arts, puppetry, storytelling, film making, watching and doing inspirational things. The streets and alleys fill with music and laughter. The buildings tremble with the roar of thrilled crowds. Really, it makes for one amazing Saturday.

If you’re coming the Elevate, drop by the Underground Craft Market and say hullo! I’ll be reading onstage at 10:45 am and 2:00 pm, but I’ll be there all day signing and selling books. ¬†Come and chat about transformational mythology, or werewolves, or history, or Victorian medical procedures, or whatever strikes your fancy. ¬†You know me – I’ll gab about pretty much anything.

For more information about Elevate, visit their website and check out the schedule of events. ¬†And before you come visit, take a peek at this, which is brand new and only appeared yesterday and hints at what I’ll be reading this year‚Ķ. awooooooo!

Library Visit!

Hey y’all!

I’ll be reading from “The Tattooed Wolf” at the Vancouver Island Regional Library – Cumberland Branch on Wednesday, May 28th, starting at 6:30 pm. This free event is open to everyone, so come and listen to some werewolf tails! ¬†(I’ll have copies of the books for sale, too, in case you wish to take your own werewolf home.)

More info here.

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Full Steam Ahead!

I’m less than 24 hours into 2014, and already I can see that it’s going to be a busy year. ¬†Good. I like to be busy. ¬†When I have free time, I’m never quite sure what to do with myself, and I get a little gloomy. ¬†Here’s what we have on the calendar:

(1) I have a short story appearing in Fox Spirit’s ‘The Girl at the End of the World’ Anthology, coming out in February. ¬†Competition was fierce, and I was pleased as Punch to be accepted. Not so pleased that I took a stick and beat anyone’s head in, of course; I was able to keep the violence to a minimum.

(2) Then my novel ‘The Tattooed Wolf’ will be released by Hic Dragones Press in late February or March, and goodness, that’s going to be exciting. ¬†Nothing fills my heart with joy quite like werewolf mythology. Awoooooo!

(3) Then, sometime in late summer, the sequel to ‘Bucket of Blood’ will be released. I’m not saying too much about this yet, as the manuscript is not quite finished… the title ‘Bucket of Blood’ didn’t appear until that book was done, so perhaps the working title of this one will change, too, once it’s complete. Who knows? But I’m having fun writing it and the preliminary feedback from my cadre of trusted beta readers is promising.

So be forewarned: there’s going to be a strange intersection between lycanthropy, Canadian history, steampunk, and apocalyptic fiction in my blog posts this year. ¬†It should make for a lively mix.

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Update-o-rama

So this is really just going to be a bullet list of current events, because you lead a busy life and don’t have time to waste, listening to my aimless rambling. Also, I have carpal tunnel syndrome. Oh, and I’m lazy.

So.

Bullet list!

(1) I’ve been watching a lot of Supernatural lately, which (after writing a bunch of manuscripts) is a bit like eating candy. It’s easy to lie on the couch and let someone else tell me a story. YUM! Plus, it’s fun to recognize Vancouver places and Vancouver friends in supporting roles. Pointing at the screen, laughing and yelling, “Hey, it’s so-and-so*!” and then contacting them to say “Hi! and “I just saw you on TV” and “Good job!” It adds an element of the warm-and-fuzzy to an otherwise couch-potato activity.

(2) My novel The Tattooed Wolf will be published in early 2014 by Hic Dragones Press and I can say, I’m tickled pink by the whole thing. We’re just starting the editing phase and I quite like the people with whom I’m working. ¬†If you’ve already read the book, then I hope you’ll tell everyone that you liked it and they ought to buy a copy**. If you haven’t read the book, well, I hope you will. SPOILER ALERT! There’s sexy werewolves.

(3) We’re filming a series of shorts right now, and having an absolute hilarious time doing it. There are 34 actors, 29 locations, and hours and hours of logistics, not to mention the most ridiculous list of props to find (…one fancy schmancy car, some red satin shorts, a live turtle…). I’ve been away from my computer, so instead of blogging, I’ve been spending most of my time twittering. It’s quick, it’s on location, it’s a fun way to connect… I never pegged myself as a tweeter, but here we are. ¬†If you tweet, then come and follow us at @foxandbee. If you don’t tweet, well, for Pete’s sake, don’t start because of something I said.

(4) I was stung by a wasp. At first, it felt like a pinch, and I watched the wasp STARE ME IN THE EYES as it pulled out its stinger (cocky little bastard!) and zip away. But it hardly hurt at all and I was smugly proud of myself for being tough. ¬†However, the pain started to rise, slowly at first, then with increasing speed. Within half-an-hour, it felt like someone was pushing red hot needles through my bones, and my right leg had started to swell most unattractively. I was crying and my children were yelling frantically, “Go to your happy place, Mom!” and I couldn’t even get to the driveway of my happy place because holy crap, I’m a simpering wimp. Now I see a wasp and I turn into the flapping chicken of terror, and I secretly think they’re all plotting to pick a fight with me. This sounds insane, but I saw the look in that wasp’s eyes. ¬†It was gunning for me.

Okay. Enough for tonight. I have to put ice on my leg, then I’m going to raise it on a pillow and watch some TV, and prepare for more filming tomorrow. G’night!

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*It doesn’t constitute ‘name dropping’ if I never say any names, right? Because I can’t abide by that sort of behaviour. *cough youallknowwhoyouare cough*

**Even if you don’t like it, tell them to buy a copy and read it, because their tastes might be different from yours. And if you’re that guy in the donut shop who stopped to tell me there was too much swearing in the book, well… I’m putting in EXTRA swears for you. ¬†Just like this: Fuck!

Hey, the image comes from Wikipedia, and the fine talents of Fir0002/Flagstaffotos… 23 Skiddoo to you, good sir!

Words & Walking & Tearing into Walls

So yeah. It’s been a bit of crazy time around here, but totally in a good way, so trust me, I’m not complaining.

There have been some walking tours, where I’ve taken people around town and talked about history, and that’s always fun… there’s nothing quite like an afternoon spent in the company of passionate history buffs/mystery fans to inspire, delight, and motivate! So after the tours, I’ve been writing quite a bit, which is very good for the soul.

Then there’s been the renovations on our house, which are resulting in a truly unique living space that suits our little family better. ¬†Shelves built into walls, custom furniture to fit quirky spaces, nooks and crannies filled with places to create and play. I have always loved my house; it’s over a century old and full of surprises. ¬†Just today, Shawn tore down a piece of the wall to reveal layer upon layer of antique and vintage wall papers. The colours, the textures, the patterns…. every piece took us a step farther back in time. Very cool indeed.

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There have been a few other big things, too, ¬†but nothing that I’m contractually able to talk about yet. But I will when I can. ¬†Oh, lally! Will I ever!

Last year, I was terrified when I left the security of a full-time office job. What would we do? How would we survive? But I had arrived at a point in my life where I could no longer NOT follow my heart. I have to be honest: it’s been hard, but it’s been an amazing challenge, and when I look around me, I feel we’re having so much fun. Life is richer, not necessarily in money, but in joy.

Pursue your passion: I highly, highly, highly recommend it.