brittni in ink

Author of The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be

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The Patch Project Fan Art Contest

It’s time! In honor of the upcoming summer release of Where Long Shadows End, I declare the Patch Project Fan Art Contest now open!

What is it?

The Patch Project Fan Art Contest is an author-run friendly competition encouraging the creation of art based on or around the Patch Project series! “Art” in the widest sense: everything from visual art, film, found poetry, crochet, comics, songs, to sketches on napkins, whatever medium you thrive in! Let your imagination go wild!

You’re invited to create something based on a character, relationship, or scene from the Patch Project series so far (The Patch Project itself or the sequel A Place That Used to Be) – or, what you’d like to see in book three! Ship your favourite couple, imagine what the S.U.s really look like, or whisk your favourite character away on an adventure of your choosing! 

All skill levels are welcome to enter!

When is it?

The contest will run from Thursday, April 14, 2022 to Thursday, June 30, 2022.

All submissions to the contest must be posted by midnight on June 30, 2022 (EST).

How do I enter?

Once you’ve created your piece of fan art (whatever it may be!), you can post it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #ThePatchProjectFanArtContest.

I will leave a like or comment on the pieces that I see – if you’ve posted something and don’t know if I’ve seen it, feel free to tag me: brittniinink on Facebook or brittni_in_ink on Twitter and Instagram.

What can I win?

The fan art that is deemed to be the “best” will win the artist a free signed copy of the third book in the Patch Project series, Where Long Shadows End! Plus bragging rights, of course 🙂

This is meant to be a fun and friendly competition, so the judging process will be casual. I will likely ask the folks at Adventure Worlds Press to help me narrow down the top five (although they don’t know this yet haha!)

Other rules

Only art that is directly based on the Patch Project series will be considered.

Be respectful of the social media platform’s rules you’re posting on. Submissions that are homophobic, transphobic, racist, or sexist will not be considered.

Submission language: English or with an accompanying translation/ subtitles. (This is more for word-based pieces; if your art incorporates words that don’t have to be understood (as in mixed media, for example) no translation is necessary).

Have fun!

Questions?

If you have any questions or thoughts about the contest, feel free to let me know below or message me through my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

[Image description: The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be books are on a wood surface surrounded by art supplies.]

(Note: This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.)

holiday offer

Announcing a special holiday offer! It’s my first winter on the east coast, and so I wanted to do a little something to thank the folks who buy my books from near and far away! The offer is this: order a copy of A Place That Used to Be from me, and receive a photo for free!

Pictured above: Order a copy of A Place That Used to Be and receive one of these photo prints free!

What’s so special about a photo, you may ask. Well, the photos are part of a series directly inspired by the novel, and were taken by the incredible Sarah Kivell. She takes these amazing, dreamy film photos of everyday things and people, capturing stories with her camera. If you want to see the kind of work she does, check out her Instagram – I believe she even has a sale on some of her photos at the moment!

Here are all the details about this offer:

What: Order a copy of A Place That Used to Be directly from me (message me through my Facebook or website) and receive a free photo inspired by the book!

When: November 26, 2021 to January 5, 2022 (or as long as the limited supply lasts!)

Where: Anywhere! Shipping cost dependent on where you’d like the book sent.

How much: The book is $15, the photo is free, and shipping is $4 in Canada.

And there you have it! If you have any questions, let me know. To stay up to date with upcoming offers and events, follow me on Facebook or YouTube. Thanks, and take care!

The book, the photos, and some holiday cheer!

scenes and encounters

This past weekend, I had the joy of setting up a table at a local craft fair! It’s been so long since I’ve sat with my books and talked to people about them. Really thankful for the opportunity, and for the kind staff and volunteers who welcomed me! I’m pretty sure I was the only author there, so I would’ve felt out of place without all the kind interest and support from the people who came through. Thanks to everyone who came out! I’m hoping to get more involved with community events in the new year!

Here I am at my vendor table at the North Woodside Community Centre craft fair! I had both of the Patch Project books available, as well as some crocheted stars to fit in with the holiday vibe!

I still have copies of The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be available! Or you can find them at Chapters Dartmouth, the Dartmouth Book Exchange, or on Barnes & Noble’s website!

In other writing news, I’m halfway through NaNoWriMo and, as usual, am super behind on my word count! But some interesting things are coming together for Book Three and I can’t wait to go back and make sense of all the random scenes and encounters!

A close up of The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be.

Also want to take a second to congratulate fellow Adventure Worlds Press author Christian Laforet on his recent publication announcements! Wonderful to see his stories and novels get picked up, and looking forward to seeing them in print!

I’ll be announcing a special holiday offer on A Place That Used to Be next week, so stay tuned for that!

Thanks for stopping by, and take care out there!

anthology launch

This Thursday, June 17th, Mirror World Publishing is launching Far, Far, Away, a sci-fi/fantasy anthology including seven stories of escape and adventure! And one of those stories is one that I wrote!

Mirror World Publishing is hosting the all-day launch on Facebook, including a Live event at 5 pm EST. I’m excited to hear more about the stories and authors who contributed to this collection! You can join the event here.

The anthology is available in paperback and e-book formats, and can be purchased on Mirror World Publishing’s website.

A peek inside the anthology! Here’s the opening page of my story “Field Notes From the Unknown Planet”!

Now that you know everything I know about the launch, I can tell you a little bit about my story, “Field Notes from the Unknown Planet!” I’ve been working on a space novel for a little over a year, and when Mirror World posted about an anthology contest last summer, I thought, what the heck, and sent them the first section of the book as a short story. (Edited up a little of course to make it a self-contained narrative.) I was really proud of it: I’d been reading a lot of Ursula K. Le Guin and wanted to write something that was small in scope, and focused on relationships in space: relationships to the environment, between strangers, and to death. How does the need to survive shape these relationships?

[Image description: A hand holds a copy of Far, Far Away: 7 Stories in 7 Realms of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Vol. 1) in front of a pebble-scattered beach. The book cover features an astronaut, a pocket watch and a suitcase suspended over a tilted horizon.]

I don’t know if I succeeded in emulating Le Guin, but something about the story must’ve worked, since it made it into the anthology. I’ll be interested to read the other stories and think about why they were picked as well!

Hope to see you at the book launch!

writing retreat

This month is turning out to be a busy one! With packing and giving away stuff in preparation for our upcoming move, I haven’t had as much writing headspace as I would like, but I’m slowly getting through edits on the space novel.

One thing that helped me get back to the novel is the weekend writing retreat I attended! A group of us checked in with video calls twice a day and cheered each other on as we worked on our respective projects. You can read more about it on the Adventure Worlds Press blog!

Myself, Christian Laforet, Ben Van Dongen, and Elly Blake taking a coffee break during the weekend writing retreat!

I’ve also had a lot of motivation from the writing-related groups I’m part of through social media. It helps to know that I can check in with these groups when I’m sitting down to write or need to find another word for coffee table.

A new development is that I’m working on a new short story. Originally, I was hoping to write something for Augur‘s submission period, but now I’m doing it more for fun. It’s about a character from my space novel solving a murder. Did I mention I’ve been watching a lot of Shetland lately?

Peter and I also attended a zoom wedding, which was beautiful. As much as we wanted to be there in person, we were so thankful to have the technology to share in the celebration!

We dressed up to attend the ceremony – through zoom!

Also, if you wanted a signed copy of either of The Patch Project or A Place That Used to Be, please let me know by the end of the month. I’ll be packing up most of my stock for the move at that time. Copies are still available at Juniper Books, Biblioasis, and on Amazon.

book launch q and a part 2

Thank you so much for everyone who submitted a question during the Facebook event! There were so many, I had to make this into a blog post!

Janine asked what surprised me the most during revisions for this edition.

I was really surprised by how prevalent of a character Ed was! Working on the sequel, I kind of focused on May and Pinot’s role in the first book more, so it was a surprise to go back and realize that Ed’s story is a huge focus in The Patch Project.

Joe asked on Instagram: Ever wonder what writing will be like in a post-pandemic world? Are all things changed?

Writing in sci-fi and post-apocalyptic genres, the future, and the way that the future might and will change, is an integral element to the stories we want to tell. I think all things are changed, and we won’t know how until we’re through this and can look back on it. Hopefully, we’ll change how we treat the Earth on a large scale, we’ll write about human connection in a way we couldn’t have imagined before. The global event has touched us all individually, and writers can hopefully voice some of those perspectives to help heal the post-pandemic world.

Elly asked, what reader feedback surprised you the most?

I think the reactions to the different characters! May and Ed are pretty polarizing characters it turns out! Some readers find May bland, while others find her fascinating. Some people like Ed’s arc, some don’t like him at all haha!

Nico (and Owen!) asked what I learned the most between editions.

Probably how important and difficult it is to market a book to a wider audience! The whole world that opens up after a book is published – it continues to be a lot of work. Writing the book isn’t enough it turns out in most cases, which is sobering and also exciting – the book is constantly gaining new life from new readers.

Hanan asks the hardest question: what is my favourite cover of my three books?

Can I say all of them? I really like this reimagining of The Patch Project, I think it and the sequel cover really compliment each other.

Caitlin asks: how did Peter make the cover?

I’m not entirely sure! There was a computer involved, and we talked about what kind of image to include. Then he did some design magic, and there it was!

Jennifer asked about an audiobook or movie.

I would love for this book to find another iteration as a movie or animated show or audiobook! Maybe after the pandemic, we can get some actors together and make one happen!

Thank you so much, everyone! Your support tonight was so appreciated! Hope that you enjoy this new edition of The Patch Project, you can find it on the Adventure Worlds Press website or on Amazon!

from Adventure Worlds

Welcome to the humans behind Adventure Worlds Press, Ben Van Dongen and Christian Laforet! I’m going to be asking them some questions about publishing and how the new edition of The Patch Project came to be!

Ben Van Dongen is the author of The Thinking Machine, The Neon Heart, and Broadcast Wasteland and co-authored the books No Light Tomorrow and All These Crooked Streets. BenVanDongen.com

Christian Laforet lives in LaSalle, Ontario with his wife, Lady, and his two girls, Lelaina Blue and Delilah Sunshine. When not writing books, he spends an exorbitant amount of time watching horror movies and playing video games. ChristianLaforet.com

1. What was your first contact with The Patch Project? Did it leave an impact, or how did the book strike you?

Christian:  The Patch Project came across my radar fairly quickly upon its release. Being that the book was post-apocalyptic (a genre I enjoy), and that I knew the author, it became must-read material.

Ben: If I remember correctly, my first contact with Patch Project was hearing that it had been picked up by your first publisher (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing). I have a memory of you talking about the story that you had in a shoebox that you had started in university and had decided to finish it, but I’m sure that the story was done and the project was far along by the time I heard about it. Maybe I’m making up the memory or confusing it with a dream. It wouldn’t be the first time.

2. Why did Adventure Worlds Press release a revised edition? What was it like preparing this book for release?

Ben: I find your ideas and perspective compelling. We write in the same genre but you come up with very different stories and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. So, I liked the story. Not just that, but I personally was interested in reading more and since we were able to help you publish the connected story, A Place That Used to Be, I was eager to see both books together in a similar format and available to the public.

Christian:  With Adventure Worlds Press releasing the companion book, A Place That Used to Be, and with you regaining the rights to The Patch Project, it sort of felt like a no-brainer to release a revised edition of the first book. The nice thing about prepping The Patch Project was that it had already been through the editorial wringer with the previous publisher. Everything was quite clean. And with a fantastic cover design in place (thanks to Peter Brinn), we were off to the races.

3. Do you have a favourite character or part of the book?

Ben: While Pinot is fun and becomes more interesting as the story goes on and we learn more about her, I was always fond of May. Her quiet strength, desire to keep going despite the difficulties in her new life, and her reluctant leadership felt very central to the story.

Christian: My favourite character is the first we meet in the book: May. Her journey resonated with me on several levels. Having to face both the near-end of everything, as well as her relationship with Isak (which is full of its own hardships. Read the book, you’ll see what I mean!), May keeps on going. She sees the beauty in a world decimated.

4. Anything else to say about The Patch Project or Adventure Worlds Press?

Christian:  I am thrilled to have The Patch Project under the AWP banner. Your writing is both beautiful and haunting. The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be are exactly the kind of stories we (at AWP) love to read.

Ben: I’m so glad to see a new perspective coming from Adventure Worlds Press. For a while, it’s been mostly Christian and me. You are fantastic to work with and have been as helpful to us getting our books out as I hope we were to you. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

A book event from the past, featuring Christian Laforet, Elly Blake, Brittni Brinn, and Ben Van Dongen. [Image description: four authors stand in front of a bookcase, each holding their books and smiling at the camera.]

Thanks so much to Christian and Ben for the interview! And thanks to everyone who participated in the online launch event!

Copies of the newly released edition of The Patch Project are available on the Adventure Worlds Press site or Amazon!

limited time

Hi friends! I have a few important updates about The Patch Project for you!

[Image description: four copies of The Patch Project are fanned out on a quilt.]

The Patch Project is on sale for $10 CAD until October 30th, 2020. This includes shipping to Canada and the US, so if you’ve been waiting to pick up a copy, the best time is now! (This sale only applies to copies I am personally selling. If you’re interested, please comment below or contact me through my Facebook page.)

[Image description: Graphic of grey concrete with a patch of green growing from a crack. Text reads “The Patch Project: Audio book read by the author, July 28, 2020.]

The free audio book version of The Patch Project is available for a limited time on bandcamp.com. Listen on the website or download before November 2, 2020 – after that, the audio book will no longer be available.

I’ll have more exciting news about The Patch Project next week!

Happy Halloween weekend to you all!

on sale

Image: First edition copies of The Patch Project fanned out on a quilt

SALE ALERT!

Original printing copies of The Patch Project are on sale for $10 CAD (includes shipping to the US and Canada). This sale is only for copies I am personally selling. Limited copies are available. 

Sale ends on October 30th. Comment below for more details, or contact me through my Facebook page.

The Patch Project is a post-apocalyptic novel about five strangers who develop strange new abilities in the wake of a mysterious global event. An introspective, character-driven story about the search for connection and purpose in an unforgiving world.

far far away

Mirror World Publishing has announced the winners of their Far, Far Away Anthology contest – and my story “Field Notes from the Unknown Planet” made the list!

The stories that will appear in the upcoming anthology! (Image from Mirror World Publishing)

I’m so thankful and honoured to have a story featured in a sci-fi/fantasy publication! I also want to express gratitude to the judges who read all of the entries – I know from experience how much time and work goes into reading submissions. So thanks to them, and thanks to Mirror World for providing this opportunity! I can’t wait to read all of the stories in this anthology!

Although it’s going to be a bit of a wait for the anthology (which is expected to come out next summer), the tentative release date for the revised edition of The Patch Project is mid-November 2020! The fantastic folks at Adventure Worlds Press have finished layout, and we’re just waiting on the cover design to be completed.

Stay tuned for updates on that, including the cover reveal! Peter Brinn is designing it, and it’s going to be quite different from the last edition!

Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!