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June 25, 2017.
"Just Pervs" chapbook released with Desert Pets Press. "Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love" out in This Magazine. Trip to Bali. Many adventures. Working away.
Well, I think I've already violated my two promises to you -- that these posts would be more frequent and shorter. This is gonna be a long one, crammed with stuff, and I apologize in advance.
2017 so far has been a wonderful year for me, full of changes and growth. Unlike other years, there haven't been any big leaps or big upsets or major successes, just slowly everything is coming together closer to a life I want to live.
One big thing that has happened this past month was the release of my new chapbook, "Just Pervs". On June 8th, I released the chapbook with Desert Pets Press along with Jessie Jones and Jessica Bebenek. The books looked great -- as you can see above, mine is covered in boobs and butts -- tits 'n' ass! -- but also severed arms and legs. Why? You'll have to read it to find out! The chapbook contains a single story told in fragments and multiple voices and is the title story for the collection, Just Pervs, which I've been working on for a couple years. You can buy the chapbook now on the Desert Pets Press website or in their Etsy store.
It's great to see part of this collection start to go out into the world. This Magazine also recently published one of the short stories called "Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love." It's about two sex addicts who fall in love. Andrew Battershill is their new fiction editor and bringing out some really great stuff.
At the end of May, I went on a trip to Bali, Indonesia. I don't really have a lot of experience travelling, but I had the time and the means to do it for the first time in my life, other than a few small trips. I went for only 10 days, but I had a great time. For the first 8 days, I mostly just relaxed in the south around Ungasan and Jimbaran, wrote, saw some sights, and read Anna Karenina for the first time. By the time I went to Ubud for two days, I was ready to be around people again and make some friends, so I reached out to a group on Facebook and set up some coffee and dinner hangouts with people who lived in Bali. I also went to a writer's meetup, which involved talking about writing for an hour and then silent writing. Everyone except for me lived in Bali but were expats. It was really interesting hearing people's stories and how they came to Bali. I also did something called Trash Heroes, which is a group of people who are dedicated to improving the trash situation in Bali. I participated with the Ubud chapter and picked up trash for about an hour. Everyone I met in Bali were so welcoming. I realized that back home, it's so hard to trust anyone; we're always expecting to be hurt. But in other places it's not always like that. There is a different sense of trust in your fellow people and a true sense of community. But perhaps I just had good experiences.
I've been trying to bring this attitude of exploration to my life here in Toronto as well. I'm trying lots of new things, and there are so many beautiful places to go around Ontario as well. One of the pictures above (the last one with the dock) is from a trip to a cottage on Georgian Bay that I visit yearly with Michelle and Vincent Colistro (Michelle publishes as Michelle Brown) and The Joe (publishes as Joe Thomson). Although we got bitten to hell this past year, it was nice to go somewhere and be surrounded by nature, especially so soon after my big trip, to remind myself that there is beauty close by.
Anyway, that's about all for me! I'm still working on my two books, but it's looking more realistic to have them done by the end of the summer. Finally.
Thanks for reading!