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Anything goes Sunday: Announcing the Megalaunch!

Renaissance, and our friend S.M. Carriere, are organizing a launch for all of our 2015 material, as well as for the novel Human, which is S.M.’s most recent release. The Megalaunch is not the most creative name, but it is very appropriate considering that we are launching three supernatural suspense novels (the aforementioned Human, Caroline Frechette’s Blood Matter from the Family by Choice series, and Evan May’s The King in Darkness), one cozy mystery (Madona Skaff-Koren’s Journey of a Thousand Steps) one non-fiction (Unblocked, Caroline’s guide to defeat writer’s block) and two games (my own A Match Made in Austen, and Caroline’s Extrahumans, companion to the Family by Choice novels). Also, coming up with a clever name that would encompass all of this diverse material is more difficult then one would think. So Megalaunch it is.

The event will take place at the Royal Oak (161 Laurier street in Ottawa), on October 25th at 1PM. More info can be found here.

Also, next Saturday, Oct 3rd, I will be that the Geek Market/Capital Gaming Expo, at the Nepean Sportplex. I will be hosting a game session of A Match Made in Austen in the afternoon, from 2:30 to 6:30, and will be at the Renaissance table for the rest of the day. I have no idea what Capital Gaming Expo is usually like, but I’ve had a good time at the Geek Market since I stated going two years ago, and I don’t see any reason for that to change. Do come and say hi!

 

 

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Posted by on September 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Anything goes Sunday: a little story, and some exciting news

Let’s start with the story.

Once upon a time, there was a girl called Aurelia. Every morning, Aurelia walked to go to work. There were many very reasonable reasons for her to do so: it’s good exercise, she doesn’t have a car (/there are no convenient bus routes/it’s cheaper then a cab) but the main reason is that approximately seven months out of the year, she really enjoys it. The winter can be really cold, to the point of making the ice-covered streets dangerous to navigate and making her spring for a cab, and the summer is usually much too hot to make the walks pleasant. Spring and fall were the best walking seasons, but Aurelia walked as much as she weather and her own fear of slipping on the ice and being hit by a car would allow her to in the winter, and she walked every day in the summer, no matter how hot and humid, not how much she hated it.

One week, as she was walking to work one morning, she realized: “Hey! It’s getting a little chilly. I should probably wear a jacket or a coat tomorrow morning.” The afternoon walk was very comfortable, and a jacket would have made her too hot, but Aurelia always carried a big purse to work, one where she would have no problem stuffing a jacket on the way back. So the next day, she wore a jacket, and was just at the right temperature to walk to work. As she walked, she noticed that some of the trees had started to turn a little yellow, and one was even getting really orange. She thought: “That’s it! Fall is here, at last!”

But the week-end brought a heat wave. The Canadian Weather Services issued warnings. The temperature rose up to 30 degrees Celcius, sometimes more, the Humidex to 40 degrees, and at nighttime it remained above 20 degrees. Over the next week, the temperatures kept decreasing slowly, giving Aurelia hope that her favorite season (she prefers the coming of fall after summer to that of spring after winter) was finally arriving, and once again her hopes were dashed by another heat wave.

The question here is not so much “How will the story end?” because the weather will eventually cool and fall will come. (Climate change can’t possibly be that bad yet. I’m pretty sure human life will go extinct long before we see the end of winter on the North American continent.) The question is when. When will fall come?! I know the official date isn’t for another two weeks and maybe it’s too soon to start complaining (as I’ve been told by those who enjoy risking dehydration and skin cancer, aka “Summer people”*) but it’s been so close, those last couple of weeks. There were days when it was there, when I could taste it! It’s not fair!

Anyway, on to better news: the AMMIA cards arrived this week! I was hoping to get my personal deck today, but it didn’t work out that way. I’ll get it Saturday at the latest (more on that in a minute).

This is it! A Match Made in Austen, a game that I made up in my head in December 2013 over a period of about 48 hours, after 20 months of work and rework and wishes and hopes, is a thing that exists, that I can touch and hold in my hand. It’s a game that I can play, one that other people can buy (preorder now over at Renaissance), in fact one that other people have already bought! Thank you to the Kickstarter backers! Thank you to Cécilia, for the amazing art! Thank you to Caroline and Kyle at Renaissance for all of your hard work in making this real.

Final note: I am going to be at Creative Ottawa Nerds, or CON, this Saturday between 10 and 5 at St Richard’s church in Ottawa. With me will also be Caroline Frechette, fellow Renaissance Press author, and along with the Press catalog of books, Caro and I will also have have our games. Caroline, declaring herself inspired by me, created a co-op card game based on her popular series Family by Choice. It will be the first time that the games will be available for sale at an event, and I am excited, if a little anxious, to see how it all turns out.

*Summer people, we may on occasion be bound by blood or by friendship, and those bonds I shall always respect, but you are not my people.

eta: Damn it! I thought I set that to publish yesterday evening. Sorry everyone, and happy Labor Day!

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Anything goes Sunday: A Match Made In Austen update

Lots of exciting things happened this week.

On Wednesday,  the game boxes arrived.

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On Thursday,  the designer sent me the final version of the cards, snd once I approved them, Renaissance placed the order, and we should get them in two to three weeks.

And then, we already have the dice and the rulebook.

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So that is it! We will have physical copies of the game ready to show off, to send to the Kickstarter backers and to local independent game stores. The thing that I made up in my mind in December two years ago will be real!

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Heatwave!

Weeks like this week are the reason I genuinely prefer winter to summer.

Seriously! My workplace is a 30 minutes walk away from my apartment and I don’t have a car. I don’t have central AC, I only have a small window unit that is barely enough to cool my bedroom. I now live with a cat who likes to go out on the patio, and she’s been giving me a pouty face all week because I’m like: “Sorry puss, for not putting your inch-long-fur-coat-covered-ass in 40 degree Celsius weather!”

That’s the kind of weather that makes it next to impossible to do anything except take cool bath, eat Popsicles and wait for the worst to be over. Which it should be, now, thankfully. Unless August has some mean surprise in store for me.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Why didn’t I write anything here this week?

No good reason, I guess. I just got distracted by my new discovery, the fanfiction.net app.

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Seriously, I spent so much time on that thing this week. It might just be my discovery of the year. The only thing that could make this better would be to include the possibility to read completed stories offline.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Meet the new roommate.

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This is Rosie. She is one of the Montreal sibling’s cat, and she’s going to be staying with me for a while, maybe until Christmas.  (Long story)

Personality-wise, she is really different from my old cat. For one thing,  as you can see, she is capable of sitting still and taking a good picture. For another, she really doesn’t like being brushed. She also lets me touch her a lot less then Miou-Miou did, but I’ve only had her for a day,  so maybe that will change in time.  Or not.

In any case, she is a good, quiet kitty, and I’m happy to help out by keeping her for a while.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A new game

This one will be quick,  because it is very late.  I spent this afternoon and evening playing games with my friends, including this one. This is a new purchase of mine, played with for the first time today, and I love it.

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That, right there,  says a lot about my personality.

Have a good week!

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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