Out With The Old, In With The New

typewriterMan, I really embraced that old adage in December. What started as a routine cleaning at the dentist turned into my having to replace 8 old fillings. Yup…8! And get 2 new teeny ones. I guess I didn’t take care of my teeth very well in middle school (sorry, Mom).

So after an epic 3 weeks where I was at the dentist so often I told them they should put a little plaque with my name on the chair, and three days in a row of having the old ones replaced (let’s just say those New Year’s Eve margaritas were welcomed with open arms), I can finally breathe easy knowing I don’t have to go back there for a while.

Side note: When your dentist tells you she’s going to give you a “few drops” of anesthetic, she’s still going to administer it to via a big-assed syringe.

Double side note: I have a trunked story about a dentist with “questionable practices”. Yeah, I can safely say I won’t be reading that one again for a while.

Anyway, now that I’ve got a bunch of shiny new chompers, I’m, ready to take a bite out of 2017 (but I promise to floss afterward).

So, wanna know what I’m up to these days?

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STORIES IN PROGRESS
I’m currently finishing up a story for the next HWA Ontario anthology. It’ll be done in time. Just hoping I make the cut!

My next story after that is another short story that I’ve been toiling over for a while. I just haven’t been able to get it right but I’m still working at it.

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2017 WORKS
I’ve also planned out my projects for 2017. I was a little ambitious in November, planning to edit a novel, write 2 novellas and then write another novel all this year but I decided to be a little more realistic.

So, for right now, the 2 big projects on my list for the year are the Reaper book, which I’ll start editing next month, and the Lockwood novella, which I’ll write in the spring.

I’m using this timeline to get these books done, so I’ll see how it plays out. maybe I can squeeze in another project, but I also want to get more new short stories out there so I’m playing it all by ear.

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SPEAKING OF WHICH
As I mentioned above, I’ve hooked up with my local chapter of the HWA and I’m pretty stoked to see all the cool things going on!

This week, they’re having a book launch for the first anthology, GROUP HEX VOL. 1, featuring member works. Can’t wait to grab my copy (hopefully with a few author signatures to boot).

If you happen to be in the Toronto area, be sure to head to Glad Day Bookshop on Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 for readings, signings, entertainment and more!

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MY SHOP
I still want to open up a little shop selling swag with my snazzy skull logo, but I haven’t had time to compare the various options yet. Hopefully I can get it together this month, but I’ll keep you posted.

A few people have expressed interest in stickers, but I’m hoping to also do mugs, shirts, glasses – and anything else that looks good!

Any ideas for what you’d like to see my logo on? Give me a shout & let me know!

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THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY
The HWA Ontario aren’t the only new fiends I’ve made. I was invited to join The Midnight Society and I gladly accepted!

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In case you don’t know about the group, it’s a collective of authors writing horror, spec fic, sci-fi, YA, MG, adult and others amazing things – something for everyone!

There is a group blog where we talk about all these things and more, so head over and check it out!

I’ll be contributing 2 posts a month, and my first one is already up. It’s a fun read (if I do say so myself) and offers some handy tips to slay 2017!

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GLOBETROTTING
I’m also busy getting ready for a trip to the Dominican Republic in less than 2 weeks. SO EXCITED to get away and enjoy the sand, surf, buffets and a few drinks here & there!

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HOW ABOUT YOU?
So, that’s what I’ve got going on these days. Busy, but totally not complaining. I’m doing what I love – not everyone can say that.

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I’d love to hear what you’re up to! What books are you reading? Working on a book? What’s it about? Have any good news or creepy tales to share? Comments are always welcomed!

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