As I have a (dis)”like” relationship with social media and I’m no longer sending email newsletters, this page is where I’ll periodically post updates on my writing, as well as some random thoughts.
2018: A Year in Review
Highlights: I temporarily return to sitting in a cubicle. I learn what cosplay is. I find out I’m full of stones. I play in a gigantic jungle gym. I get an undercut. I regret getting an undercut. I publish my third book and first short story. I leave Toronto. Again. I miss coffee dates with friends and long walks in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. I stop sending email newsletters because of “The Bots.” I delete Facebook – for real this time.
Favorite Fiction Book of the Year: I am David by Anne Holm. I re-read this book from my youth. It was one of my favorites. I’m happy to report it still is.
Favorite Non-Fiction Book of the Year: Worry-Free Money by Shannon Lee Simmons. I like reading personal finance books for fun. Seriously. This book has useful tips that I implemented to manage my spending and savings.
Favorite Movie of the Year: Hmm . . . nothing really stands out. But I did enjoy Avengers: Infinity War. I was on a Marvel and DC films kick for a while in 2018. Wakanda forever! I also liked The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society because #writer.
Favorite Documentary of the Year: The Vietnam War series on Netflix. How little do I know of this world in which I live.
Favorite TV Series of the Year: The Crown. I love all things British (well, except . . .), and this TV series in particular. Also, I “met” The Queen once. She sparkled.
December 5, 2018
My short story, “Exposing Esther,” has been published in the current issue (#148, Fall 2018) of The New Quarterly (TNQ). This is the first time one of my short stories has been selected by a literary journal, so it’s very exciting. The fact that the journal is based out of my hometown makes it extra special.
I also provided a write-up of my (former) workspace for the TNQ website.
October 18, 2018
House of Bettencourt, the third and (most likely) final book in the Bettencourt Series is now available!
It’s a little bittersweet to be moving on from this series, especially as there are still so many untold stories that could be written in the Bettencourt universe – and not just from Erin’s point of view. But it’s time to work on something else for now.