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Oct.05.2013
My husband and I just watched 'The Prestige' which I have to say I found riveting, and for the first time in a long time I was actively watching a movie with all of my attention trying to figure it out - and got about 80-90% of it, but not all of it. That might sound like bragging - and I...
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Oct.04.2013
The thing about being a book-lover (and a guy who works with books five days a week) is that the collection of said books tends to maybe get a little bit out of control. Back when we did the first Burgoine-Smith Book Merge, it was intense. We had a lot of duplicates, but not nearly so many as...
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Oct.03.2013
I don't know if I can ever explain just how freaking awesome it was today to wake up to the review of Light at Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews this morning. Jerry was incredibly kind, and it was enough to make a fledgling writer fella sniffle more than a bit. Seriously. Best feeling ever. Also,...
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Oct.02.2013
I'm not sure if you've heard of Little Fiction, but they just hit their second birthday. They're an online source of some pretty fantastic short fiction, and I've been following them since I was introduced to them by Shawn Syms. They post the stories online for free (in a wonderfully designed...
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Oct.01.2013
Yesterday I sent out a whole bunch of packages through Canada Post. Some were copies of Light, from the Goodreads Giveaway and for a prize for donations given to an organization in Montreal, and some were copies of The Lavender Menace, also from the Goodreads Giveaway. It was actually quite fun,...
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Sep.30.2013
Life is rarely how you picture it when you're a kid. I certainly had that experience today, when I went to speak to a group of young people at a local school. To say it was a bit intense would be an understatement, but only for a few questions. Kids sure are direct. Thereafter, it was more...
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Sep.29.2013
Tomorrow I'm going to speak to some middle school kids. It's terrifying and exciting all at the same time. Part of the point is to talk about how I got where I am, and how there were times it seemed daunting and impossible. It's a little bit humbling to think there are young people out there...
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Sep.28.2013
Thing I learned today: if I stay up until one in the morning writing, and then go to bed, I will not bounce back the way I did when I was - say - twenty. Holy crap I dragged my butt all day. Happily, this was day one of a week's vacation, so the husband was kind enough to let me sleep in a bit...
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Sep.27.2013
And... vacation. In four days, Light is available from Bold Strokes Books (if you buy it directly from the publisher, you get it shipped October 1st, two weeks earlier than everyone else). This week is going to rock. "Parker's Paradise," by Jean Johnson This story from Beyond the Sun tells the...
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Sep.26.2013
Today was a banner day. First, the fantastic Gavin Atlas Q&A went live at Out in Print. Second, the day seemed to float by with wonderful people and great interactions throughout. Third, the phone rang and it was a school asking me to come in and speak to the students, which is something...
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Sep.25.2013
Tonight, when I got home, my husband pointed out that there was a movie on NetFlix - "Apocalypse Earth." He was kinda-sorta joking. I said, "Adrien Paul? Richard Greico? Oh my gosh, yes!" He was aghast. "Wait. You won't let me watch Giant Two Headed Mongolian Death Worm, but you want to watch this...
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Sep.24.2013
Gaming night here at Casa Smith is always fun, but tonight the group had me laughing more than usual thanks to the inclusion of dread wraiths. It’s not that our party is “hack and slash” so much as there are multiple players who’ve taken different approaches with melee-centred characters: a...
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Sep.23.2013
I was asked today - again - if I'd ever considered adopting a child. It's funny how often that comes up. I imagine it's the equivalent of every straight couple being asked when they're going to get pregnant. It's mostly intended as a compliment and an inquiry about my plans for a future family...
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Sep.22.2013
We did more work on the office today, my husband and I. It now has more functionality, my computer lives there now, and basically it's like a room full of happiness. I can't explain why it's making me feel so good, but I'm not going to knock it. Who knew having a dedicated space of my own for...
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Sep.21.2013
Recently, I began having odd parenting dreams. This was actually before I bumped into T.J. Klune's wonderful Bear, Otter, and the Kid at audible.com and listened to it. Since then, many parenting type dreams have followed. Mostly about me being completely incompetent in said role. Unsurprisingly...
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