My latest book, Creep Con, about anime, comics, manga, and superhero cartoons and the fans who love them is now out. I am seriously in love with this book and I think you will like it too. I got to write about all my favourite things. You can check out more info about it at my page CREEP CON and even order a copy for yourself.
So you may have noticed that the story from the Scrawl-A-Thon was still posted. I've decided to keep that up for now. Firstly, because I am just too darn busy to actually take it down and two because I was running a great program called DramAntics. (I'll post pictures soon).
I experienced a wonderful week with some amazing kids writing and producing a play of their own design. It's a ton of work. I weave their words into a working script in just one night - usually ending at three in the morning. I make cast shirts, the poster and playbill, and I help with set and costume if things are running behind. It's all worth it though. The kids get so much self esteem and happiness from this program, I don't mind all the effort I have to put in to make it happen. My cohort, MJ Uszy, feels the same way, and has about the same amount of sleepless nights.
Right now, I'm gearing up for the book launch of Stupid. Or, I guess, my Stupid book launch. I really should have rethought that title. Some things are still up in the air but the date and time are finally nailed down - below are the details. I hope to see some of you there.
Until next time. . .
YOU are all invited to my book launch event for my newest book, Stupid!
Monday, April 28 from 6-8 pm at Breathe Parkour (#8 - 401 33rd Street NE. about a 10 min walk from the Marlborough C-Train station)
Details are still up in the air but this was the plan originally:
1. Bethan McBreen - poem & video - "Century Gardens"
2. Steve Nagy / Matt Turner / Frankie Skripal / Riley Hilton - reading / story / film - Parkour in North Korea - Breathe Parkour Magazine Issue 3 "Parkour Without Borders"
3. Kim Firmston - Reading & Performance - "Stupid"
PK Magazine will be for sale.
Stupid will be for sale for $10.00 (as well as the rest of my books).
And if you want to parkour before or after the show, it's just $15.00 plus tax to go and play in the gym (I think there may be a DJ afterwards too).
Boiled Cat is launched. I’ve managed to get another book proposal in to my publisher for a little novel I call Stupid. Now it is that time of the year when I start prepping my classes.
I work all summer. I teach at various summer camps such as WordsWorth, DramAntics, and RIO. And what do I teach? Writing of course. But not just any writing. I like to use play to teach. So in my classes we play writing.
That probably sounds strange. I mean how do you play and write at the same time. Well, it’s pretty easy. I think of the lesson I would like to get across, be it incorporating more senses into one’s work, or learning to pump more tension in to an action scene. Then I think of a way to get bums out of seats and up and moving. Bringing the lesson to life.
For senses I’ve done blindfolded hiking and tasting/smelling/touching/hearing crazy stuff. For tension I’m thinking of firing live water guns at my students while they run around trying to write in a notebook. Not everything I do works. But I do try everything. And even if it doesn’t work 100 percent, we have fun and writing comes off as a positive experience. Which is success in my book.
So Boiled Cat is launched! What a fun night. MJ Diva and Thrashadactyl rocked it out. I read. Books were signed. And I got to connect with people I haven't seen in a long, long time. (That's what happens when you lock yourself away to write)!
Now I'm on to new adventures. I'm doing art for the Boiled Cat book trailer. The STICK IT TO THEM Boiled Cat sticker contest is launched - go to the Boiled Cat website for info on that (www.boiledcat.com). Stickers are free so contact me to get some. I'm putting together classes for the THREE camps I'm teaching at this summer. I've also been invited to be a panelist for the When Words Collide conference in August. In November I'll be the Writer in Residence for Open Book Toronto. And during all this I've pitched a new book to Lorimer SideStreets called Stupid. If that makes it through all the hoops, I'll be working on a new book soon. I also plan on getting How To Be A Super Villain sold as soon as possible and finding an agent for February. The amount of work I have to do is endless, however I look forward to all of it. I hope you'll all stick with me on my adventures. Who knows where this road will take me but it looks like fun!
Oh, yeah, one more thing - there's new pictures on the corkboard and, as usual, they all link somewhere. Have fun with them!
The Boiled Cat book launch is only a week away! I'm so excited. I've already received some great feed back on the novel. Not only for Boiled Cat, but also Touch, my SideStreets novel that came out in the same month. Both will be on sale at the launch. It's going to be so much fun. I really am looking forward to it. If you're in the Calgary Area drop on down and party with me!
Here's the details:
Boiled Cat Book Launch, April 25, Doors at 6:00, Start time 7:00, New
Black Centre 919 9 Ave SE Calgary, doors at the back. All ages.
Time sure flies when you're working your butt off. The Boiled Cat book is out. Touch, my new book from Lorimer SideStreets is also out (both in the same month) and now it's time to party. The Boiled Cat book launch will be held on April 25, 7:00 PM at the New Black Centre in Calgary, Alberta (Doors at 6:00 and entrance at the back of the building). MJDiva (rock and blues) and Thrashadactyl (thrash metal) will be performing. Boiled Cat books (and all my SideStreets books)will be available for purchase and I will be there reading and signing. It will be a fun night - so head on down. I will also be announcing a really fun Boiled Cat contest. You could win your own Boiled Cat t-shirt from the Boiled Cat shop. So stay tuned for that announcement.
Writer, Teacher, Mutant. What more could you want?