Monthly Archives: December 2013

First day of winter

Looks like nature rolled out the white carpet this year.

Seriously, I love this kind of weather. Everyone I know thinks I am crazy, which makes me think that they are crazy. Seriously, look outside (assuming that you live in the Ottawa region as well). Isn’t this beautiful? And it’s not too cold (generally speaking), and as long as there’s no ice, you can take nice long walks. Ice is the only thing I really hate about winter.

My friends and family actually prefer the sweltering 30 degrees Celsius of summer, when the only thing you could possibly be motivated to do is lie down and die. It used to be one big pile of misunderstanding and conflict-brewing, until I figured it out. The reason everyone I know hates this kind of weather, meaning the snowy kind, is that they have to drive in it. I don’t, so I don’t give a damn. In the summer, they get to go in their air conditioned cars and drive to their air conditioned jobs and their air conditioned houses, and sometimes to the air conditioned mall and movie megaplex.

The obvious solution here is for everyone I know to get rid of their cars. Then they’ll have to walk to their air conditioned jobs and their air conditioned homes, and etc, and they’ll learn to love winter and hate summer just as much as I do.

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Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Uncategorized



Guest post on Book Reviews by Dee

I have written one. Mostly I talk about how the reader’s expectations of a female lead character have changed since the 19th century, using two characters from The Admirer as a compare and contrast.

Well, I find this stuff interesting.

You can read it here:

Also, Renaissance, my publisher, is holding a Christmas sale. You can buy the paperback version of The Admirer for 12.99$ or the Kindle version for 3.99$. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still buy the ebook; it’s DRM-free.)

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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Uncategorized



So, how did the launch go, you ask?

Well, it went pretty well, actually.

For one thing, I looked really pretty. I went to the hair salon this morning, and I got a good cut and a really nice style, too. You can tell for yourself, by looking at the video which I will embed as soon as it’s uploaded on Youtube. It’s me doing the reading for the launch.

The reading is another thing that went really well. I did flub a few times, but people were kind enough not to point it out to me. Which is another thing that went well: everyone who came was really nice (except for the one guy who left in the middle of the reading, but let’s not talk about him).

The sales also went well; we sold more books then there were people in the room. I hope to sell even more at the family reunion I am going to tomorrow, and to people from work who couldn’t come today, on Monday.

All in all, I think I’m off to a decent start. Also, I freaking love my book.


eta: here’s the video

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Posted by on December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized


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The Admirer officially launches this Saturday

I should be more nervous about this than I am. I know I will be nervous. I can feel the first butterflies start to form in my stomach. But compared to what I know I will feel at 1:55 (the launch is supposed to begin at 2:30, but I’ve invited people to com in a two, so I expect the nerves to hit five minutes before that) this is nothing. I’m nervous about being nervous, that’s what’s going on.

I have no idea who is going to be there, except one of my uncles, some of my friends who won’t make it until at least 3:00, some reporters from the Ottawa University student newspaper and my mom. My siblings won’t even make it, how pathetic is that? (The only solution I can think of is having mom buy a bunch of copies at the “event price” for them, and then sell those copies back to them for the full price. That was she gets rewarded for actually coming, and I make sales.) This is a serious conundrum for me, because on the one hand, talking to people about myself and my accomplishments is one of my least favorite things to do, but on the other hand, I want people to come to the launch!

I’m keeping myself calm and cheerful by looking at the big picture. The launch is an important event, yes, but it’s only one event. The Admirer is more then it’s launch. The book is already on Amazon, and on bookadda, this Indian online book-selling site.My book is going to be sold in India. This is wild. The Ottawa Public Library already bought three copies. People are going to be able to borrow my book from the library.

So, really whatever happens on Saturday, I’m having a pretty amazing experience.

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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Uncategorized


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