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Blood of Midnight: Broken Prophecy now Available

Montreal fantasy novelist Ethan A. Kincaid’s debut novel Blood of Midnight: Broken Prophecy is now available in e-Book format. The first of three planned works, Kincaid brings his reader into a world where magic is real, souls have twins, and an ancient force known as the White Asp is carving a path of destruction across the known world. What role does a princeling with dark blood have to play in all this and who are the mysterious, bird-like Ducal people?Fans of Jordan will find a kindred spirit in Kincaid’s world.

The Amazon Kindle Edition and Kobo Edition are now available.

I had the honour and privilege of working with Ethan on this project over the past few months, finalizing the editing and getting his manuscript prepped for formatting and publication. If you are a fantasy afficionado, or simply looking to support a local author going the self-publishing route, give Kincaid a read; it’s only a fraction of the cost a  of paperback!

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Instant Coffee

Something happened to me earlier this year, something that would cause the average coffee snob to turn their head and sneer at its very mention.

I realized that I like instant coffee.

(Now I’m, just waiting for that slap! to hit me in the side of the side.)

Now now, let’s all be rational here. Yes, I drink a lot of coffee. Yes, I need coffee every morning (2 cups if you would be so kind). Yes, I’m a writer. But, do all of those things translate into coffee afficionado? In my case, no.

I love coffee, but let’s not fool anyone: I’m no savant when it comes to blends, grinds, mixes, roasts, what have you. and I only found out the difference between Arabica and Robusta earlier this week when I somehow found myself stumbling across it’s Wikipedia entry (we’ve all been there).

I’m just a guy who really likes hot beverages, and likes it even more when it’s coffee. I’m Canadian and what do Canadians know about coffee? Tim Horton’s is our number one destination, after all; we wear our ignorance on our sleeve and are proud of it.

I don’t even like Starbucks. I prefer my Maxwell house. Poor me.

I suppose things wouldn’t be so bad if I only liked it. Liking something is fine. People like things that aren’t even good. I like bad movies. I like bad wine. I like bad coffee. The problem is, I actually really enjoy the bad coffee; enjoy it to the point that I might be addicted to that wood-flavoured powder mess.

I’ve gone out of my way to buy it, catching the bus down to the other end of the city because I suspect the Walmart at that end of town most likely has shelves of that shit stashed away somewhere. I’ve got there and left contented, I’ve gone there and left dejected. I’ve even found myself prowling the aisles of the Dollarama, hunting for dehydrated dollar grinds. I’ve found them too, they come in little glass jars with red lids and ugly graphics. They also taste like dollar coffee. For some reason, I don’t mind.

Maybe that’s all that matters. Just me and my instant coffee against the world.

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Fall Project Update

Time flies as always. Projects come, and projects go. Time for another quick project update.

What have I been up to this fall? A few of the highlights include:

Content writing and basic theme management for the English side of an e-commerce website. The site is still technically under development, but it’s good to know that the bulk of the work is behind me. A couple hours of data entry is sure to follow, but I can tackle that once the time comes.

Completing the final editing and formatting touches a novel for one of my clients. I’m happy to report that I managed to not only did I finish that project two weeks before the deadline, but I picked up the pace and cut my original estimate short by close to 20 hours. You can expect to see a full post on the subject when the novel is published, which should be as an E-Book over Amazon and Smashwords by the end of the month.

Clerical work for a local Montreal production studio continues. Wrapping up the document editing for a series package that will be presented to the networks in the early spring. Again, this one’s under NDA so no more info until it becomes unwrapped.

Screen writing with White Skull Studios (independent horror filmmakers). Draft for a 3 minute short has been completed and most of the details sorted out. Shooting should take place mid-way through December.

And lastly: NaNoWriMo. Okay, this one’s a little bit of a disappointment. I waited 11 months to start only to come up with a pretty heavy month of November. So much for tossing 50, 000 words into a “just for the hell of it” creative project. I barely sunk more than 5000 into it. Though, it’s not as if I didn’t write 50k + words this month for other projects.