Charity releases hidden camera video of homeless shelter hoax in Leaside |

A local charity has released a hidden camera video documenting Leaside residents’ reaction after it suggested a homeless shelter would open in the neighbourhood.

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Grammatically correct Sunday

There is a time during my novel writing and publishing process that my family fears me the most: when I’m in editing mode. Suddenly everything and anything becomes correctable by the English language, and if it can’t be corrected, then I get rather grouchy. Mind you, while working my day job I am always turning the editing mode of my brain on and off. It takes a while to get used to, but it’s totally do-able with enough practice. However, things get complicated when editing my novels as no matter what I do, I can’t turn my editing mode off.

Enter the evil walking dictionary.

Sadly, I’ve been one since I was little. English was my mother’s second language, so there was always something that had to be spelt or said right. As long as she didn’t try to teach me her German, I didn’t protest.

My kids have somewhat adapted to me when I’m in editing mode, but they still get the response that questions my sanity–an awkward silence. I can hear them and physically answer, but my brain is so strewn on my book that I put their request on hold while I finish what my head is working on, which can be anywhere from a minute to a few. They have found more effective ways than poking me to snap me out of it; usually something like taking my wallet out of my purse and going for a walk with it out of the house. Nothing like money disappearing to bring my brain back to the current happenings.

I’m starting to think that it has something to do with getting older, and then there is the belief that women’s brains turn into marshmallows after having kids. Sweet thoughts and actions to raise your kids with positivity, easily meltable neurons and hard time unsticking from one need to another. The solution? I have no idea. All I know is that I need moar coffee.




No Apocalypse equals more time to write

Not that I was overly worried or anything.  <.<‘

And now there is nothing that can stand in the way of getting more writing done aside from the usual chaos that my life is, but fortunately that’s predictable and therefore manageable.

Coming in April and June of this year, I will have finished the sequel to Whispering Stone (the first book of the Whisper series) and the sequel to the Dragon Aster series. Both are proving to be a lot of fun to write so far.

In Shattered Guardians, the world has turned against the Whispers. If that wasn’t bad enough, Tori and Cae find themselves faced with an opponent who can not only control Wraiths, but utilize the dark energy of the Silence for some devastating results.

In Dragon Frost, it’s ten years since the Sylvan Aur returned its light to the world of Aster, but that doesn’t leave Nafury any less lost in it all. He has managed to stay alive with the weight of the world’s hate on him, but his luck is starting to run out. When the Caelestis’ last words of hope suddenly become a reality before him, he finds his one chance for redemption; by helping to save a world he nearly destroyed.

If you haven’t checked out the Dragon Aster Trilogy and Whispering Stone, both are currently available on the Kindle and in paperback from Amazon. I hope to have conquered Smashword’s meatgrinder and make their ePub versions available in the near future. Be sure to check back here for the latest updates as well!


Summer is almost over…

Wasaga Beach August, 2012

Summer is almost over and the beautiful beaches will soon be a cold, empty place again.

But I got a tan, so it’s okay. I am officially no longer a bleached housemouse by definition. I got pictures to prove it!

More time indoors means more time to write. And let’s not forget the most wonderful time of the year: Back to School!  Which is awesome when you aren’t the inmate student.  Kiddies; not so lucky.  =)

Kobo Writing Life



Kobo has always been one of those cute, compatible-with-just-about-any-format ebook readers that I walk by when I visit Chapters Indigo bookstores in my city. So when Kobo launched their own self-publishing platform Writing Life, I wasted no time jumping over to their site to see what it was all about.

Overall it’s more or less the same thing as the Kindle Direct Publishing site, where you enter your book details, cover and your book itself. I uploaded mine up as an .epub, but it looks to accept .mobi and other formats as well.  You can also turn DRM on or off.  You can get royalties as high as 70% for books between $1.99 and 12.99 and 45% for anything under or over that.  Took them less than a day to make it published and visible on their website, which is at the moment slightly faster than Kindle. You can also make your book free when you want and the price change is instantaneous (their search engine takes about an hour to catch up). The best part is that if you upload an .epub file, there is no meatgrinder to turn your dragons into a shredded turkey.  Mind you, I haven’t tried their convertor with .mobi and other file formats, so bring the gravy just in case.

Best part of putting my book on Kobo so far has to be that I don’t have to chase after my past reviewers like a rabid author to post their reviews on Kobo, as it takes all 43 of them from Goodreads and lists them on my product page. Easy mode easy? So far no complaints. If you are looking to extend the reach of your ebooks, Writing Life by Kobo is one of the easiest ways out there to do it.