Ebola be damned, I headed to Dallas for IndieVengeance Day 2, 2014 edition. It’s a long way to go to sign a few books, but there is the added bonus of seeing my editor, Scott Morgan, and Amber Jerome~Norrgard, who have both become friend and family to me, and a host of other writers that I’ve fallen in love with.

My books. The blood on the banner looks real!

My books. The blood on the banner looks real!

This trip I learned that, when they drink, tiny Spanish women are just as loud as tiny Australian women. That Dallas knows how to make a kick-ass Mojito. That balloons give off a “Private Party” vibe and scare book buyers away. That Buckeyes are a nut! (I always thought the Buckeye State was named for a sports team, not a black and brown blob that looks like petrified poop). That writers looove Batman. That it’s fun riding in Stacey Roberts‘ Looove van. That I can make killer guacamole (and defend my queen of guacamole title) with a switchblade and a throwing knife. And that I believe in Jesus. When he’s my waiter and brings me fried chicken.

with Joe Parr

Me and Joe Parr

The first signing was at Café Brazil in Richardson. The café was hopping, but our room at the back just sort of bounced up and down a little. A tiny bit of traffic, and the chance to meet Joe B. Parr, fellow member of enovelauthorsatwork.com, resulted in the sale of just one book (to Joe, no less). I did give away several booklets of my short stories, lots of cards and bookmarks. And a bunch of chocolate – mostly to Ben Ditmars.

IVD 2014 authors

IVD 2014 authors

The second day was on the patio at Savour at Watters Creek. It should have been hopping too, but an early morning cancer run seemed to suck out all the attendance for the rest of the day. Five books sold, six given as tips for amazing service and support by Tori and Taylor, a few more traded with other authors for their awesome publications. Balloons were gifted to excited children in the green space (just a tad less creepy than ‘hey kid, you wanna piece of candy?’). Then off to Red Lobster for a delicious dinner (which, in the US really is delicious. Canadian Red Lobster – not so much).

With the signing over, it was time to play….

We hit the Hard Rock Café for lunch and cocktails before heading to Dealey Plaza. Lunch turned into a raucous great time when, to our surprise and delight, a drag show started up! Dead celebrities all over the stage! My favourite was the hilarious Lucille Ball Vitameatavegamin skit. Eartha Kitt purred across the stage, Amy Winehouse found her rhythm with the help of a little baggie full of – well you figure it out, though is smelled suspiciously of baby powder. Marilyn, Judy, Selena, Rosemary Clooney, and of course, Mama Cass. Heck, Cinta Garcia-Stone and I might have even sold them a few books!

queenofguacsmallWith the drag queens all diva-ed out, it was off to the JFK museum for a long, depressing, but informative and conspiracy-theory-provoking tour of the 6th floor museum at the Book Depository and a stroll to the grassy knoll. Which, in case folks missed it, was marked with a huge yellow sign that says, yup, “GRASSY KNOLL.”

The last day was spent at the Dallas zoo, followed by outlet malls in Allen where I officially turned Amber to the dark side…. Was that a girly squee I heard? The trip was made complete with amazing pizza and triple desserts (holy cannoli, Batman!), some great wine, and the awesome company of Amber and Scott.

As fun as it was, by Tuesday morning, I was happy to be Alberta bound. Until next year, Dallas!

Please go to the IndieVengeance website to check out all the lovely and talented independent authors who took part in 2014 (even those who, due to last minute emergencies, were unable to make it – we missed them!).



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Red Green Oranges

October 8, 2014

Stop! Collaborate and listen… Nope, Red Green Oranges is not about traffic lights. It’s another installment in the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction competition. Round 1, Challenge 2, Group 15, 48 hours to write a short story, 1000 word max (which I hit, on the very dot). Here are the prompts: Genre – drama Location – […]

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Sink Pinktober – reprise of a cancer rant

October 3, 2014

Originally posted in November 2013 under the title “Sink the pink – breast cancer ain’t pretty” – cancer details slightly updated. Rage intact. My systir has stage IV metastatic breast cancer. That’s not news. The original cancer was diagnosed in 2009 followed by mastectomy, lymph node removal, chemotherapy, radiation. in 2012 that same breast cancer […]

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Hot flash!

September 28, 2014

No, not the night sweat, strip in the middle of a board meeting kind. The hot flash fiction kind! This past Friday, we finally succeeded in breaking JD Mader‘s blog. For real – comments disappeared, then reappeared, then disappeared again! Tough to get a true read of the exact number of comments but I think […]

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Discovered! By IndieReader.com

September 20, 2014

A while back, I entered by Mazie Baby in the Indie Reader Discovery Awards (IRDA). Entered her in some other awards too. Then I went about my life and promptly forgot about it. Part of the IRDA (a part they have now stopped – cheers to good timing!) is that each entry gets a detailed […]

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Read and Review Program Success via Choosy Bookworm

September 13, 2014

As one of the authors of Enovelauthorsatwork, I was lucky to be part of a pilot Read and Review program through Choosy Bookworm. The premise, conjured up by Jackie Weger, founder of enovelauthors, and Jay Lee (aka Kevin), the guy behind Choosy Bookworm, is simple. And perhaps a touch of genius. It works like this: […]

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Adventures in Alzheimer’s – Chinese gunman edition

September 12, 2014

We had a freak September snow storm this week. Freak with a capital F. Tree limbs were snapping off left and right, the poor trees not accustomed to thick, wet, heavy snow weighing down still-green leaves that were in as much shock as we were. Cue the eerie knock at the door just after 6 […]

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Alzheimer’s to English Dictionary

September 7, 2014

OR: How to get through a conversation with Mother My mother has Alzheimer’s Disease. Or, as I like to call it, dementia on crack. It is a horrible thing to watch, the slow leeching of her memories, the ebb of her wit and wisdom. Everything is falling into Alzheimer’s holes. Some of it pops out […]

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Flash as a rat with a gold tooth

August 23, 2014

Yeah, that title has nothing to do with this post – except it’s more Flash Fiction, baby! Yesterday, like most every Friday (because it has become a habit, no a fun thing to do, nay – an obsession) to head on over to JD Mader’s blog and flex my two minute fiction muscles. And like […]

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Well shucks, corn man

August 20, 2014

I enjoyed the NYC Midnight 2014 Short Story Challenge so much – and did so well! – that I thought I’d take a shot at the flash fiction challenge. My first assignment was romantic comedy. O. M. F. G… Not that I don’t enjoy watching a good rom-com. But writing one? In 1000 words or […]

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Hop on board the blog hop!

July 30, 2014

My dear friend and awesome editor, Scott Morgan, invited me to a blog hop. I can’t say no to that guy! Have you met Scott? If not, you ought to. He’s an editor extraordinaire who has made me a better writer. I take every bit of his advice to heart, and edit the crap out […]

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