Tuesday, 30 October 2012

It's Time For Gary to Face the "Backlash"

Greetings from my current desk here in Toronto.

As I write this blog post, I am currently in the midst of preparing for this year's National Novel Writing Month. This November, I'm planning on penning the third adventure featuring the trio of Gary, Jessica, and Karen; set during the upcoming festivities of the Canadian Football Championship taking place here in Toronto in a few weeks. Admittedly, I'm concerned about how it will turn out, but we shall see as the month progresses.

Also, as I look on my calendar, today is the official release of the second installment of the "Gary Celdom Case Journals" series entitled, Barbadian Backlash. The novel takes place almost two months after Scarlet Siege where Gary and Jessica are in the midst of investigating a string of break-and-enters, when Detective Celdom's old writing buddy, Doug "Highlander" Bennett, comes calling, and asks if he could interview Gary as research for his upcoming novel writing project. The interview leads to Gary reminiscing about a case he was assigned to four years ago into the murder of his former partner with the Toronto P.D. We see Gary travel to Barbados on the trail of his colleague's killer, but during the investigation, he meets and catches the eye of a bar waitress; her name, Elaine Abraham.

So, as the story progresses, we see Gary conflicted about his history with Elaine, and how he hasn't been completely up front about it with Jessica. All the while, Karen is needling him about the mistake he made by entering a relationship with the Barbadian. To complicate matters, the investigation into the current break-and-enters leads to the officers of the Special Investigations Unit injecting themselves, and Gary finds himself in a bind that could cost him his career.

Does Gary still have his job? How does Jessica take the news of what really transpired in Barbados, and is she and Gary still together? Find out in Barbadian Backlash. You can pick up your copy in your desired format by clicking on the appropriate link on the right.

Now, time for me to do some more pre-plotting before Thursday.

-- DJM

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Flash Friday: Thoughts of a Steeltown Icon

I don't live here, I am a resident of a rival city. However, I have integrated myself into the culture and lore of this grand ole field. Its' heritage, its' legacy, its' heroes; all have been instilled into my thoughts, as if I have been living amongst the nearby smokestacks of my life.

I have visited here along with the rivals a few times before, seeing it as dangerous territory. The action mere metres from where I have sat. Fate would change my stature a mere half-a-decade ago, and now I feel like an ally, rather than the enemy. In that short time, I have walked within its hallowed gallows, and I revel in the greats who have stepped onto its marked surface. From adverse conditions, to last-second glory, to hometown heroics that included hoisting the prized chalice. Memories that will last forever, but the building's existence will not.

Within a fortnight, they will demolish this palace, the Bastion on Balsam. They will resurrect it with a new cathedral, in hopes new milestones will be created and remembered. However, they will never take away from the history of this neighbourhood. I don't know if I will be amongst those will return full-time when this phoenix rises from its ashes, but the lore will never leave me. For I will never forget the place they've called Ivor Wynne.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Time To Get Your Write On: NaNoWriMo 2012

At the risk of sounding more eccentric than I already am, "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." Yes, as of this posting, it is three-and-a-half weeks until the commencement of one of my most favourite points on the calendar. It is a time where myself, and thousands of others around the globe, embark on a journey that will take them to the inner sanctums of their own creative psyches in a bid to do something that most people would think is ludicrous. It is almost time for the 2012 edition of NaNoWriMo.

What the heck is NaNoWriMo?

Allow me to break it down for you. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It is a literary journey where people around the world, with the gumption to do so, set out to do what seems impossible. Their task at hand is to write a novel. Not just any novel; a novel that is a work of fiction that contains at least 50,000 words. However, there is a catch to the task. Those 50,000+ words must be written within a specific time frame: from one second after the stroke of midnight the writer's local time on November 1st until one tick of the clock before the end of November 30th.

50,000 words in 30 days? Are you insane?

Naturally, it would be easy to draw that conclusion; however, like I said before, there are others from around the globe who are embarking on this challenge, as well. Some of which are in your own neck of the woods. So, in essence, you're not really alone in the endeavour. What's more, it enables one to establish a new social circle where you can gather at different events to work on your respective novels-to-be. They can be at a local library, an area coffee shop, or even someplace off-the-wall -- like in my current hometown of Toronto, Canada; where they arrange for a group of people to write while riding on the subway. What's more, in some regions, they will even organize a special weekend where you all gather in a disclosed location, and type or scribble away all through the night. It's like a sleepover, but you're all working towards your respective 50,000 word goals. In short, you could create a novel, and have some awesome fun in the process.

This sounds interesting. Where can I find out more information about this?

It sounds like I've piqued your curiosity. If you'd like to probe even further, you can surf on over to the NaNoWriMo website at http://www.nanowrimo.org , and what's more, sign-up is absolutely FREE! However, it is a non-profit organization, so while it's not mandatory, if you're able to scrape up a couple of dollars and donate it to them directly, or through your region at one of the write-in or social events, they would greatly appreciate it. Doing so will help them continue to carry on such a wonderful event year in and year out.

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to go over right now and register.

That's great. If you do, I hope you are successful in reaching the 50,000 word goal. Trust me, it is possible. *pets his copy of Scarlet Siege as proof.*