I Am Workahol and So Can You!

First, an update:

– My eBook Subjective Vengeance¬†will be released in 2016 after all. It’s nobody’s fault, just the holidays kicking into gear and both Trese Brothers and I being very busy overall. It’ll be an early 2016 release, no worries about that. Stay tuned for more.

Now, to the rest:

I’m lucky enough to be friends with a kind fellow who possesses tickets to go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight, Thursday the 17th! (Bit weird to be typing out the whole title, I feel like you don’t need to say Star Wars because people will know what you’re talking about but it’s my first opportunity to say ‘go see Star Wars’ in almost 20 years without prequels being involved, so leave me alone.)

Having finally¬†wrapped up Christmas shopping for the season and liquor to sneak into the theatre tomorrow, I came home tonight just to write a post and spend the rest of the night off. I’ve been working myself to the bone, especially the past couple of months, and I’m taking it a bit easier until the new year starts. But tonight actually held a somewhat rude awakening to the extent of my workaholism.

See, I decided to write out maybe 500 words of flash fiction to post here and call it a night. I went looking for writing prompts, but didn’t like any of them. So instead, I went back to an idea I’d been noodling for a while and decided to write it on that. 2000 words later, here we are and I’m writing this post instead and polishing up a new short story for the first round of 2016 writing contests. And I feel more relaxed than I have in days of taking it easy.

My vacation is going to be interesting.

Enjoy whatever solstice-based festival you call whatever it’s called! Christmannukwanzaturnalia for everyone!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

“Winter comes and stays.

A white world escaped for now,

Darkness is warmer.”

This is a haiku I wrote for a celebration in 2011 for the Mercury Espresso Bar in Toronto. I ran across it while sorting all my documents for my big move to Vancouver at the end of the month, but I figured it was relevant enough to quickly take a break from work and post this.

It’s relevant because (for any of you not in Canada or the US) we’re getting some really nasty weather out there. It’s supposed to go down to somewhere between -40C and -50C tonight. Just to put that into perspective, this is around the average temperature of many mid-latitudinal areas on Mars.

Just my luck. Leaving for the relatively balmy shores of British Columbia in three weeks, not to mention the warm embraces waiting for me there, and I get caught in an interplanetary cold snap. Maybe I should go to Mercury – for coffee, not to burn alive (or freeze at the poles).

Keep warm out there, kids.

Holiday Update: New Posts Coming in 2014!

Hello all,

A quick update to let you know what’s going on:

  • The Rifter #64 has shipped, and is available at… well… wherever you would normally go to find role-playing games, comic books, or other nerdery!
  • I’ve been approached about several new projects, including a screenplay and (gasp!) an entire novel, all with some really great people, that I’ll be working on over the next couple of months. I’ll have more information for you as soon as it becomes “safe” to talk about – wouldn’t want to spoil the projects out of the gate, would we?
  • I’m moving to Vancouver in January!
By and large that last point is the reason that over the next few weeks, my updates will be a little sparse. The moving process will take up a lot of my time, and these new projects will most likely take up much of the rest. You can expect regular updates to resume towards the end of January or the beginning of February.
In terms of this blog, trust me when I say I’m not abandoning it! I have a lot of great ideas and material to come, and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Stay tuned!