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Monday Musings — My first job interview in 5 years!

I am pleased to announce that today I successfully had my first job interview in 5 years!

I won’t jinx it by revealing what job I’m applying for, but let’s just say I’m really excited about it, and it would let me do some real good in the community if I end up getting it. Not to mention — money! Being a starving author is tons of fun, of course, but money is nice too.

For anyone wondering how the heck I got away with not interviewing for anything in 5 years, the story is as follows. In 2010, I graduated from university and interviewed for a job teaching English in South Korea. Failed the first interview, nailed the second one, and spent the next year in the land of the morning calm (as opposed to the land of the mourning clam, which is just a depressing place to visit). When I got back, no interviews necessary because I went back to the eLearning job I’d been doing throughout part of university. Did that until this past winter, when the oil prices plummeted and all my projects got cancelled. Thus, here I am today, five years later!

Anyhoo, I was so excited about getting through the interview without saying anything too silly that I rewarded myself with pad thai and a chocolate ganache tart for lunch. I also stopped on the way home to vote (Canadian election day!), which was shockingly well-organized. Which is a good thing, I guess, but I’m so used to government events being poorly organized that I was honestly taken aback at how efficient everything was. The only hiccup occurred when some foolish person decided to park their truck directly behind me (there was also a car in front of me, thank you weird parking lot layout), so I ended up doing a really awkward 34-point turn to escape.

In writing news, Chasing Nonconformity has sold a grand total of 26 Kindle copies! Which is nowhere near getting me onto the bestseller list, but I’m proud of myself, dammit. Thanks so much to everyone who’s grabbed a copy!

That’s all for today. Have a kick-a$$ week, and try not to let the autumn chill get you down!

 

Unrelated media of the day:

This feel-good song tells the story of a young man who buys a moped and goes downtown to show it off and pick up chicks.

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Vacation = Great Success!

I live!!!

My Caribbean cruise getaway was a great success. There was much beach lounging and Mayan ruins visiting and buffet gorging to be had. And I got lots of writing done, which was fantastic. I also got verbally lambasted by my mother for my current WIP having such a slow start that she was bored to tears. So I guess it’s back to the drawing board on that one. Ah well. Can’t win ’em all!

I have a gazillion things to catch up on, so today’s post will be short. I just wanted to say hi to everyone, let you know I’m back, and that I’ll be digging through the last week of your blog posts just as soon as I get my life back in order.

Oh yes, and Blackbird LSD, an indie publicity company based out of California, was kind enough to host an author interview with me over on their site. Check it out here.

Here’s their logo, which is just adorable with the little birdies and whatnot:

blackbird lsdPictures from the vacation will be uploaded whenever my mother gets around to loading them on her computer. So … anywhere from two hours to two months. Stay tuned!

 

Unrelated media of the day:

There is an entire website devoted to Justin Timberlake doing things — http://justintimberlakedoingthings.tumblr.com/. And just when I thought the internet couldn’t get more awesome.

One of my personal favourites:

 

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Blog Tour Time! Author Interview with K.L. Schwengel

As I so expertly teased in yesterday’s post, today is my turn for Kathi Schwengel’s First of Her Kind blog tour. On a totally related note, Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Ooooooh shiny. Right. Moving on.

So I have the pleasure of presenting to you today an author interview with Kathi, talking about her new self-published novel First of Her Kind. You probably want to know what the heck it is. Hang on …

FOHKcover

Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart. And that won’t be easy.

Not only are they in complete opposition to each other, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants? Or her power?

None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn to use her gifts. No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control. Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever trapped between darkness & light?

I’ve only read the first couple of chapters from the Amazon.com sneak preview thingy, but I definitely enjoy what I read. Thus, without further ado, I present to you my Unbelievably Awesome Author Interview with Miss Kathi Schwengel:

 

What up, KLS. We shall begin, as most things do, at the beginning. How did you come up with the idea for First of Her Kind?

 It all started with the line: “There was nothing for it, in another turn of the glass Meriol would be dead.” I had nothing else to go on. I took that line and ran with it. Characters introduced themselves, and away we went.

Considering the line produced an entire book, you must have run far indeed. Would you consider yourself a casual sprinter, or more a marathon runner? No, that’s a silly question. Let’s stay on topic, shall we? Honestly. So let’s talk about your protagonist, the delightfully fiery and strong-willed Ciara. Did you base her off of anyone in particular?

No one in particular. She’s probably a blend of a lot of women.

Fair enough. Most women are. Well, no, actually, women aren’t usually a blend of other women … not unless they’re the bride of Frakenstein!!! Is Ciara the bride of Frankenstein? No response? Highly suspicious. Moving on. What was your favourite scene to write?

Honestly, the last scene where Haracht (the torturer) and Bolin are together. I can’t say too much about it, don’t want to give any spoilers, but there were a lot of little elements that all came together in that one.

Hmm … the torturer and the strong, silent protector, together at last? Talk about an unconventional love story. Although now it occurs to me that you simply meant they were together in the same location, not together emotionally. Sigh. All right. So, if you could visit one location in your novel, which would you choose?

 I would visit Donovan’s fortress. It is a fascinating place, built long before he took it over. 

Ooooh, a fortress. Is that like a castle? Castles are awesome. Except they’re often haunted, so watch out for wee ghosties. Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. How did you find the self-publishing process? Any horror stories? Any lessons learned?

For me, the process wasn’t as bad as I’d heard it could be. I think part of that has to do with me being a control freak and loving having my fingers in every bit of it. That’s not for everyone, so I know for some authors, it’s very scary. Formatting for Kindle. *shudder* That would be the worst part. MS Word is a great program, but it apparently likes to hide little gremlins everywhere that only come out when you hit that ‘publish’ button. Then it’s back to trying to eradicate the little buggers and resubmitting. Lesson learned? Have a very clean file, then clean it again, then proofread it line by line in excruciating detail on a hard copy, then clean it again. The one thing I would do different next time (which will likely be for book two) is to offer some ARCs for review before the release. 

That sounds like a painful and bloody process, especially with the little bugger eradication. But hey, it’s published now! All the trials and turmoil were worth it in the end. And now that it’s published, you’re probably clavicle-deep in marketing. How has the book marketing gone thus far? What are you marketing plans for the future?

Marketing is a crazy beast that demands feeding every day. Lots of Blog stops, lots of tweets and FB postings to remind people the book is out there — without beating them over the head with it. It really does take a chunk of time that, unfortunately, takes away from writing time.

Yeah, beating potential customers over the head probably isn’t the best way to drum up business. Especially since head injuries and prolonged periods of reading don’t usually work well together. Well, best of luck with the marketing! And speaking of … not marketing … it’s Valentine’s Day! If you could go on a date with one character from your novel, who would you choose, and why?

 Definitely Bolin. Hands down. Okay, so he can come off a bit cold, a bit of an arrogant ass at times, but he’s a hotty. And he has an awesome horse. There is nothing in this world like a good looking man who knows how to sit an equally good looking horse. A Valentine’s Day ride with him would be awesome. *sigh*

So you must have a crush on that guy from the Old Spice commercial. No response again??? Your silence is telling, madam.

 

That concludes the author interview portion of today’s post. Give Kathi’s blog a look-see, or check out her website, where there are links to preview/purchase First of Her Kind.

Thanks for stopping by, Kathi!!!

 

Unrelated image of the day:

Courtesy of my friend Rhiannon, here is super cool image of her cat, Sirius. And yes, I am aware that Sirius the cat was named after Sirius Black, the dog animagus.

20130207_141Is he a fluffy cat? Is he a very small tiger? We’ll never know!!!!!!!

 

Unrelated note of the day:

I’m officially off on my vacation starting tomorrow. So adios, farewell, and see y’all in ten days!

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Michelle’s Magical Mini Weekend Blog Tour — Final Stop! (Vlog #7)

michelles magical mini weekend blog tour

The final stop of MMMWBT is slightly confusing, but I ask that you bear with me. Matthew Cook wanted to conduct a video interview with me, but I don’t have a webcam, so instead I got my brother Jesse to pretend to be Matt and conduct the interview with me in person using Matt’s interview questions.

So, Jesse (brother) = Matt (friend/interviewer), and interview = GO FOR LAUNCH!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in my hilariously short blog tour. Huzzah!

Unrelated link of the day:

This site links you to totally useless websites around the web, some of which have loud sounds (so turn down your volume!)

http://www.theuselessweb.com/

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Michelle’s Magical Mini Weekend Blog Tour — Stop #2!

michelles magical mini weekend blog tour

Having finally awoken after a very late night of the Game of Thrones board game and a tad too many cookies for my poor stomach to handle, I am now pleased to announce that Day 2 of my magical mini weekend blog tour is officially under way! My wonderful and artistic friend Celeste DeWolfe has conducted and posted an author interview with me (featuring different questions from yesterday’s interview, so stop panicking!).

Click here to soak in the majesty of the interview! (or just read it – your choice)

Theatrics aside, thank you again to both lovely ladies who participated in my impromptu and slightly disorganized blog tour. Virtual cupcakes all around!

Unrelated link of the day:

Theories about popular shows, movies, and games

Unrelated image of the day:

 

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Michelle’s Magical Mini Weekend Blog Tour — Stop #1!

michelles magical mini weekend blog tour

What up, my home-skillets! Sorry, I get rather gangster on the weekends. Anyway, just popping in to remind you that today is Day #1 of MMMWBT! (Terrible name!)

Today’s stop belongs to the incomparable J.R. Wolfe. She has very kindly posted a review of Imminent Danger, as well as hosted an author interview with me in which I divulge the sordid details of how I played Donkey Kong Country in Astronomy class instead of listening to my professor. Gasp!

Check it out the review/interview here!!!

Thanks again to J.R. Wolfe for participating in/inspiring/forcefully starting this mini blog tour!

Unrelated media of the day:

For all you Game of Thrones fans out there, here is a musical recap of Daenerys Targaryen’s adventures in Season 2:

Secondly, for all you Next Gen/X-Men fans, Patrick Stewart displays his finest acting skills:

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