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

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Far, Far Away cover reveal!

Today is the official cover reveal day for Mirror World Publishing’s anthology, Far, Far Away!

Read all about this amazing collection of science fiction and fantasy coming out on June 17th, 2021!

About Far, Far Away:

“In a land far, far away… In a distant galaxy… Once upon a time…

These are all ways to begin fantastical tales of love and adventure. Gateways into the realms of imagination. In this anthology, we bring together authors from all over this world to transport you into the worlds they’ve created.

Travel through space and experience infinity three hours at a time. Explore dangerous caverns for the source of a deadly disturbance. Get stranded on a mysterious island from which no one returns, then learn to survive on a distant planet while you hope for rescue.

In this far-reaching, magical collection love allows you to see in colour, time is vast but fragile, and changing minds and hearts in Ancient Rome is only one stop on an epic journey across time, space, and reality.”

Stories Included in the Anthology:

“Piece of Mind” by L.R. Braden

“Songs and Superstitions” by Shana Scott

“Black Spire Isles” by Barend Nieuwstraten III

“Field Notes from the Unknown Planet” by Brittni Brinn

“The Colour of Roses” by Kelly D. Holmes

“The Prime Crusade” by Buddy Young

“Fatestorm” by Justine Alley Dowsett and Murandy Damodred

From Mirror World Publishing:

“It’s 2021. The pandemic drags on and we’re all stuck inside. Blegh. Reality sucks.

So why not take this opportunity to escape into fiction?

A year ago we ran a contest and we asked writers to submit stories set in other times, places, and versions of reality.

Then we had our judges pick the best ones to include in this anthology. Therefore, the seven stories you are about to read are windows into other worlds, but also into the minds of eight extremely creative and talented individuals. We’ve included their bios and a few words from each of them so you can get to know the people who have created such imaginative stories to take us far, far away, if only for a little while.

So pack your bags, or don’t because you won’t be needing them for this journey. Instead, sit back, relax, and turn the page to find distant galaxies, alien cultures, mysterious magical islands, unknown planets, the value of colour, the fragility of time, and the fickle nature of fate.”

Far, Far Away comes out on June 17th, 2021!

The anthology is now available for pre-order on Mirror World’s website!

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!

book launch

Adventure Worlds Press will be hosting an online day-long celebration of the three books they’ve released this year – including A Place That Used to Be!

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Image from Adventure Worlds Press

After a couple of date changes, we’ve settled on FRIDAY, AUGUST 21st, 2020 as the day for the book launch. The launch will be held online through Facebook, with posts throughout the day, readings, and a giveaway! I’m also planning a FB Live Q and A around 7 pm. For more updates, follow my Facebook page.

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Thank you so much to everyone who has contacted me about buying a copy of A Place That Used to Be! Your support has absolutely blown me away. Signed copies will be available on August 21, 2020 as part of the Adventure Worlds Press book launch celebration.

Copies are currently available at Juniper Books and Biblioasis if you’re in the Windsor-Detroit area!

If you have any questions about the book, or publishing, or whatever, let me know in the comments and I’ll answer it during the book launch! Hope to see you there!

Sequel Update #6

Hi everyone!

There are many ways to support Black Lives Matter and the anti-racism protests currently happening worldwide. If you haven’t already, consider how you can support with the resources and energy you have available. Racism is alive and well in Canada, and it’s up to all of us to actively speak out against discrimination, hatred, and the system that continues to oppress Black people and silence their voices. Their voices deserve to be heard and celebrated!

Here’s a starting list of resources (Note: I did not create any of these resources):

Anti-racism resources: A living library

Black Organizations And Anti-Racist Groups Canadians Can Support Now

Detroit Justice Center

Ways You Can Help

Dear White People, This is What We Want You To Do

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Goodreads List of 2019 Fantasy and Science Fiction Books by Black Authors

Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality (Video Game Content through Itch.io)

 

Fall Book Crawl 2019

Coming up this Saturday: the Fall Book Crawl at Tecumseh Library! Local author Tim Gabrielle has arranged for a stellar group of Windsor writers to be involved, so make sure you come and meet them and check out all of the amazing books (of many genres) that were made and/or written right here in Windsor. It’s a free event, and is a drop-in format. No formal readings, just come and browse and visit with the authors. Also, books make great Christmas gifts. Just saying 🙂

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It’s been a while since I’ve taken The Patch Project out among people, and I’m really grateful to be part of a community where these kinds of events happen. I’ll have character pins available as well. There’s also going to be a draw you can enter!

Hope to see you there!

 

*Photos from the Fall Book Crawl Facebook page

projects end, projects begin

After six months of researching, interviewing, writing a first draft, and editing, along with compiling time logs and budget charts, my Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund final report has been submitted. I feel a lot of things: relief, contentment, a sense of clearness. I feel okay about putting the manuscript* to the side for now as November and new projects are about to begin.

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This’ll be my 9th time participating in National Novel Writing Month, an international event that’s all about word counts! And having fun while writing! And writing garbage if you want to, or writing that story you always wanted to write! Writing whatever you feel like with the editing switch off and the creative doors and windows thrown open! I find NaNo super helpful in that it gets me to sit down and set aside time to write. I’ve never hit the 50 000 mark, but I’m going to really try to make it this year. To aid me in my quest, I’ve printed off a calendar from NaNo’s blog page and written down how many words I want to write on each day up the 15th. I tend to lag mid-month, so I may have to respec my daily word count at that point. Should be fun!

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Speaking of fun, there’s a reading tomorrow (October 30th) at Biblioasis featuring Windsor authors Christian Laforet and Ben Van Dongen, who I know and who are stellar writers, and David Nickle, who I do not know but am sure is stellar also. Hope to see you there!

 

*This novel project was possible thanks to the support of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund and the City of Windsor.

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first draft complete

After four months of research, interviews, writing, and editing, I am happy to announce that the first draft of my novel project is complete!

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Finishing a draft is kind of arbitrary. I mean, I could’ve kept working on the manuscript for weeks, months, years, and still not have declared it complete. Luckily, I had deadlines to meet, and an editor friend who was waiting for the manuscript.

The manuscript is 45 000 words – a little shorter than I would’ve liked, but I’m okay with it – and has been sent away for feedback. While I’m waiting, I want to spend time with people and catch up on all the things I’ve been missing. So if I’ve promised to meet you for coffee once this book is done, please remind me. My brain is still readjusting to an existence where I have free time.

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Even though the first draft is done, there is still work to do. I am so grateful for the support of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund as I worked on this project. Since this is a grant-funded work, I’ll be putting together a report on the process of creating it, from idea to interviews to holding the manuscript in my hands. Reflecting on writing this book will be a useful and happy exercise.

But for now, it’s time to enjoy the summer before it’s over!

 

*This project is possible thanks to the support of the City of Windsor and the Arts Culture and Heritage Fund

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novel update

First of all, open a new tab and watch today’s Google Doodle illustrating the events of the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago. It blows my mind that humanity has set foot on the moon. Also comforting to know that there’s hot coffee in space.

If you’ve been wondering where I am of late, it’s because I’ve been working on a first draft of my novel* and declared a social blackout for most of July. Also for July, a couple of friends and I made a writer’s pact to wake up every day at 6 am and write for an hour. Although I don’t always make it out of bed in time, having the intentional mindset for writing at the start of the day has been helping a lot.

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In terms of the novel (a speculative fiction book about body and gender), I’m in the final stretch. I hope to finish the first draft by Monday, put it through a quick edit of my own, and then send it off to  a professional editor. Working with this deadline (of my own making) has been oppressive at times, but with a few days still to go, and plenty of time on the weekend, I think I’ll make my word count goal – through-the-door-right-as-it’s-closing kind of make it, but make it nonetheless!

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Thanks again to everyone who sat down with me at the start of this project, and for everyone who’s offered encouragement, or allowed me out of my usual schedule to work on this. See you in August!

P.S. Speaking of August, I have a book signing with the marvelous Elizabeth J.M. Walker and Alexander Zelenyj coming up!

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*This novel project is possible thanks to the support of the City of Windsor and the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund.

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a good secret

So I’ve been keeping a secret from you all, which is why I’ve not been posting here very much over the past little while. It’s a good secret, which made it even more difficult to keep.

But now that the period of silence is at its end, I can happily announce that I am one of the recipients of the Windsor Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund!

The ACHF is a grant given to local artists in all kinds of mediums working on all kinds of amazing projects. (You can find a full list of the recipients on their website.) I never thought I would actually receive funding – applying for it was kind of a long shot. I’m super grateful for this opportunity to work on a novel with the support of this grant.

If you’re a writer, artist, creator, or community builder, you should check out the next round of applications (in August/September, I believe). Once applications open, you can apply online, which I found super convenient.

I’ll write more about my project next week. For now, I’ll just say that I’m excited to be starting a new novel!

Also, I have to remember to add this to all posts related to this project:

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Windsor’s a pretty cool place. Just saying.

 

runaway projects

Some of you may remember the stage play that I wrote a while back called Runaway. Produced as part of The Windsor Writers Series in 2017, the play is a surreal family drama that reached people in a way I didn’t anticipate. I still get asked about it by friends and audience members. Is the play going on tour? Is there another performance planned?

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I am excited to say that although there aren’t any plans to put on a stage production of Runaway, there are plans in motion to make the play into a feature film.

It’s in its very early stages – I haven’t even finished adapting the script into a screenplay yet – but I’ll keep you updated on the project. For now, I’ll just say that adapting the story to fit the medium of film has been really interesting so far.

I’m also going to be working on a new novel starting next month. I also can’t say too much about this one, but it’s going to be something entirely different from The Patch Project. More to come on that as well!

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Something I can tell you about is the return of the Windsor Small Press Book Fair! It’s on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at UCC (upstairs from The Green Bean Cafe). Local publishers and authors will be hawking their wares, and will also be available to chat with you about writing! It’s a great opportunity to meet some local creators, ask questions about the industry, and discover new books! Hope to see you there!