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Life Update (a.k.a. Where the Heck Have You Been, Michelle?)

You’ve probably noticed I haven’t been posting on this blog in a while. In order to explain my absence, I have created a list of possible explanations. The game is to figure out which of the four explanations is true. Ready, set, go!

  1. I was recently contracted by the US Army to develop a high-end, designer line of semi-automatic machine guns for the “Flying Duck” squadron, codename: Quack Smack Attack.
  2. I had a terrible automobile accident that resulted in my arm being completely severed from my body. Thanks to the stalwart efforts of Dr. Stark, I now have an Iron Man-style robot arm which allows me to fight crime as the masked crusader “Robot Arm Girl” (trademark pending).
  3. I had an existential crisis and fled to India for six months to find myself in the rough streets of Mumbai, where I teamed up with a young man desperately trying to save the girl of his dreams from local gangsters, and ended up competing on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?
  4. I moved to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to open a bed and breakfast with my mother.

If you guessed #4, you were right! If you guessed #1, #2, or #3, we need to have a serious talk about your grasp on reality.

Basically, my mother and her boyfriend decided to move to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and open a bed and breakfast, and I’m going along to help out as the assistant innkeeper! We’ve just finished moving all our stuff into the house (not unpacking, though – HA, as if) and we are now in the process of getting ready for our June 1st opening date. The B&B is called the Atlantic Sojournif you’re curious to see what it looks like. Or I guess I could just show you a picture …


So that’s what’s been going on with me! I also wrote a short story for Kai Herbertz‘s Arcane Arts sci-fi/fantasy short story anthology, which should be coming out later this year. Oh, and I’ve of course been working on Imminent Danger #3 (Cerulean Bound) — I’m about a quarter of the way through it, which is a quarter more than I was before, so huzzah!

Thanks as always for reading, and stay awesome!


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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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99 Life Hacks to make your life easier! (reblog)

Awesome collection of little tricks to save you time and money. Not book related, but life related, and books are based on life, soooo … still counts as on-topic?

99 Life Hacks to make your life easier!.

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