Book Recommendation “Jason Priestley: A Memoir”

I had planned on writing the next 2K words on the current fantasy work-in-progress. But then I got sidetracked.

Later today, I plan on attending a book launch appearance by Jason Priestly at the Indigo in the Eaton Centre in Toronto.

The event site clearly states that attendees must show proof that they’ve purchased his new book to be admitted.

So I decided to head to the Starbucks in Indigo and work there. I’d be close to the event, and I could buy the book early. Because hey, I’m a writer and we should buy books right?

Except I’ve been watching my pennies of late, so I wanted to be sure before pulling out my credit card that the book was worth reading.

I grabbed a copy of the book, scored a chair, and sat down to read the first few pages, maybe the first chapter, to get a feel for the book.

Well about fifteen minutes ago I finished the book.

It’s very well written, his recollections are interesting, and I thoroughly devoured the book.

If you’ve followed Priestly’s career at all (as an actor, producer, director, etc) then you will most likely enjoy the book. So go buy it. I even included the link for your convenience.

If you think I’m wrong and you’re mad that you wasted your pennies, feel free to slam me in the comments.

I’ve Been Busy Behind the Scenes

I’ve been busy with behind-the-scenes promotional tasks for Elements.

My book launch at Bakka Phoenix Books was so much fun last Saturday, April 19th. I’ll post photos to Facebook soon.

Speaking of Facebook, visit the Elements page for details on the CHAPTERS launches in Barrie (Saturday, April 26th) and Newmarket (Sunday, April 27th) this weekend.

On the interview front, The Qwillery asked me some great questions.

As an added bonus, SF Signal linked to the interview in their April 22 post.

I will post links to the other items I’ve been working on here as they become available.

TML logoSince my beloved Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t make the playoffs for the Stanley Cup, I’ve been browsing the teams that did.

Stanley CupMany of you might be wondering if I’ll support the Montreal Canadienes since they’re the only Canadian team to make the playoffs. I’ve tried a couple of times, but it’s a tough pill to swallow for a Leafs fan. Maybe if they make the final round…I’ll keep you posted.

For now, I’ve been cheering for the Columbus Blue Jackets. They’re fast, motivated, with great defense and devoted fans. You can expect plenty of #CBJ #BattleOn action on my Twitter feed.

It’s hard to cheer against the Pittsburgh Penguins since I admire Sydney Crosby, so this #CBJ alliance is a rather fragile one.

Ad Astra THIS WEEKEND

Ad Astra Convention is THIS WEEKEND!!
…so my blogging and posting might be a little on the light side. I’ll be tweeting as long as my phone battery holds out.

I learned (from a reliable source at the convention hotel last night) that the ELEMENTS/MILKMAN launch will not be in room 1086. But it will be somewhere on the 10th floor. Follow the signs and the noise. I’m sure you’ll find us since we’ll be the ones with CAKE!!

Elements-5.5x8.5-100dpi-c8MilkMan-Cover miniI will be co-hosting a book launch party on Saturday night with Michael J. Martineck on Saturday night from 9PM to midnight. Please join us in celebrating the launch of…

ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction

and

The Milkman

We’d love it if you would RSVP via the Facebook Events page. Come for the cake, stay for the fun!

My other panels at the con are:

Saturday, Apr 5 10:00-11:00 AM The Writing Life, Ada Hoffman, Julie Czerneda, Karina Sumner-Smith, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Suzanne Church (Newmarket)

Saturday, Apr 5 12:00-1:00 PM READING – Writing in the ‘Loo, Marcy Italiano, Sarah Tolmie, Suzanne Church (Markham A)

Saturday, Apr 5 2:00-4:00 PM GoH + Many Other Authors Signing A mass autograph session. Bring your copies of ELEMENTS (available at the Bakka Phoenix Books table in the Dealers’ Room) to be signed (Richmond A)

Saturday, Apr 5 4:00-5:00 PM READING – Stop-Watch Gang, Ian Donald Keeling, Mike Rimar, Pippa Wysong, Stephen Kotowych, Suzanne Church (Oakridges)

I hope to see you at the party and around the convention.

My recent Blog Tour Posts

I’ve been busy, touring the blog-o-sphere recently.

You can expect more of my guest posts to pop up in the coming weeks as my promotional tour for ELEMENTS  kicks up a notch.

On March 28th, “Planners Vs. Pantsers” appeared on Steve Vernon’s Blog. I discuss the two categories of writers: those who plan out in detail (Planners) and those that write by the seat of their pants (Pantsers).

On March 24th, “New Project Freshness” appeared on Eugie Foster’s Blog. I discuss that wondrous feeling you get when you begin a brand new story.

On March 14th, “The Skill of Asking” appeared on Howard Andrew Jones’ Blog. I discuss the many different ways that writers must learn to ask for things, ideas, and help.