Category: Miscellaneous

What’s happening in Mandywritingworld

With my comments in yesterday’s post about being a procrastinator, I’m consistently looking for ways to keep me motivated and working. When I first started the novel I’m working on, I was posting daily updates on Facebook which informed my friends of where I was at word count wise. I seemed to maintain a steady 1000 words a day. Since I have my blog, I thought maybe if I told everyone what I was up to, there’d be some expectation on my part to keep you guys posted on where I’m at. If there’s no advancement in my stories, I will not be happy about posting about that, so I’m hoping it’ll drive me to get more done.

What’s on the desktop? *(This is where all my Work-In-Progress ends up. I like to have a visual of what’s going on in my imagination. Some maybe working titles, some might stay the same. I never know until I’m done the story.)

Short stories: Terrible Things (Horror), Home Renovations (Horror), Obama & Maple (Action/Comedy), This Only Happens In The Movies (Horror).

These are all probably going to end up as short stories, (except maybe #HR). I’m trying to pull away from the flash length for now. (Flash stories are usually under 1000 words and predominantly what I’ve been submitting lately.)

Novels: The zombie novel (Horror)  I’ve been calling it a zombie novel but it isn’t really a zombie novel, I just don’t want to give anything away about it. Call me paranoid, whatever. I’m saying nothing about it until it’s done. It’s sitting around 43000 words, but the intro needs an entire rewrite for sure. It’s my first novel, so who knows, it might never even make it to print.

Where the hell is Mandy now?

I’m part gypsy, which keeps me gone from home a lot. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve seriously entertained the idea of putting my furnishings in storage and buying a motorhome. It’s still in the back of my mind, all I have to do is avoid the snow. 😀

Until I get my motorhome, here’s are my plans for the next few months, well at least the locations that have to do with writers and/or books.


Horrible Saturday: Held at the York Emporium (Best bookstore in the world!!!) July 14th, York, Pennsylvania.


As for conventions, it looks like I’ll be attending Horrorfind 14 (Gettysburg, Aug/Sept 2012),  Killercon 4 (Las Vegas, Sept 2012) and Anthocon 2012 (Portsmouth, November 2012).

I am working on having chapbooks of She Makes Me Smile available for the conventions. (You can also still pick up SMMS on Amazon for 0.99.) As of right now, I’m not sure if I’ll be reading or on any panels at the conventions, but you never know… I’ll keep you updated as soon as I find out.

If you see me at any of the upcoming events, don’t be shy, come say hello and have a drink with me.
I’m not hard to miss. Just look for the curls, colourful tattoos, and the Canadian accent.  EH!


Commitment Issues.

Hi, my name is Mandy, and I have commitment issues.

Now, I’m not talking about commitment in relationships, which is what I’m sure most of you thought I was referring to. (Now, if I look at my life now and still being single at 34-35, okay, fine, maybe I do have some problems in that area, but I’m not even gonna touch on that at the moment… I’ll leave that for another time.)

I’m referring more to the little things. Like the fact that I just put up my magnetic knife holder today. It’s one of those wall-mount ones and even though there’s only one place in my entire kitchen that I would put it, and I’ve had it for almost a month, it still took me up til now to get it done.

I say that as I look over at an unused pile bulletin and white boards in the corner of my office area. (There are three in total, one big bulletin, one big white and one small white). They need a place on the wall, somewhere… It’s not like in the kitchen. There’s a lot of different options out here in the living/office/dining/entrance room, UGH, too many options. *(I’ve even been contemplating moving stuff around, so I don’t put holes in wall for nothing, just in case I get a dining room table or something… I sound like a french verb tense, the planning for the future just in case it happens one. I’m sure they have one close to that, there’s one for everything else.) I haven’t moved “rooms” yet, nor have I done anything with the boards, I’m just waiting. For what, I don’t know. I’m stationary stockpiling…

Maybe in my deep brain I figure there are fairies that show up and hang stuff for me.
Maybe I don’t like holes in the walls…

I think I just can’t decide where to put them. *(I glance into the living room where there are two paintings that need hanging and I know that in the bedroom there’s a poster or two that need framing and a spot on the wall.) I want to hang things but then there’s all these holes in the walls, if and when I decide to move things. Putting things up just makes them so permanent.

There’s my fear of commitment.

OMG, I just need to get those hanger-things that I can hook more weight onto, that aren’t permanent…
I’m off to find those. 😀
Alright, I suppose that was easy.

Hmmmmm. Too bad they don’t make a sticky-fix like that for my love life.



How often do you post a blog? I try to post once a day, but is that overkill?

*(I’m noticing that the font changed on my blog… I don’t know why, I’ll figure it out later…)

At times I have nothing to say, but I try to come up with something to rant about just to have a post. Is quantity or quality better here? You don’t want people to lose interest but you don’t want to shove redundant things in their face everyday either. I think there’s a fine line and I’m working on finding out where mine is. (I apologize if I annoy people, apparently your line is much closer than mine is.)

My blog has been more about my writing (or lack there of) these days, so I try to just post when something writing-like happens. Lately I’ve been struggling with the writing things, mostly because I’m at the editing part. I like to do an entire rewrite instead, which is not always the better idea. I just can’t control myself sometimes. CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE…

So I don’t save and I walk away, this time I ended up here, blogging. 😀

Well I’ll figure out when I’m supposed to blog and about what, I guess if the piece of bloggery interests someone then it really doesn’t matter what the topic is about, but more about the time the other spent reading it and hopefully enjoying it. I spent the time to write it, one for a venting area… GRRRR OVEREDITING! Two, in hopes that someone kills time or gets a laugh out of something I wrote. 😀

So yeah, I did the one, I vented. I also found a blogtopic. So yay, two in one.
I’m off to enjoy the sun now.
Have a good weekend.


Mandventuring – Down The Right Path.

I left the house yesterday. No wait, it’s not that I don’t ever leave the house, but I left the house just to peruse the neighbourhood, rather than run errands or whatnot. I’ve been meaning to do it since I moved into the neighbourhood in February.

I made an observation to myself yesterday (while running an errand) that when I go out, I only go out one way. I go down the elevator and out a door and head left. It’s the way to the stores and the bus route, my friends live to the left, the bars are to the left… I have no reason to go right, well not until yesterday that is.

It wasn’t really a reason as more than me just being bored. When I look out off my balcony, I see a school, another apartment building and this field that leads to this path, which in turn runs along the river. I just wanted to explore and see what’s shaking in the neighbourhood (things like this are good to know incase of zombie infestation or apocalyptic situations arising…) Also, I was tired of staying in, so I left… and went right. (Right would be more like behind my building rather than in front… Directions just seemed easier to explain.)

I finally got to the path… I suppose I could’ve cut through the schoolyard, but that’s really only okay when school’s not in. School was in, I didn’t wanna be the playground creeper and opted to avoid the schoolyard entirely. I went around the big building and followed my GPS thing on my phone to the pathway. *(The pathway is the Ottawa River Parkway, so said the signs once I got to it.) I didn’t really need the phone, but it’s fun to play with…

The path is pretty straightforward, it goes on for awhile, I only walked for 30 minutes one way then turned around and came back. (I had dinner plans so I was dealing with time constraints.)

Now while on this walking tour I decided to take photos, most of them are normal, like this one…









Then I found this… A random greenhouse thing in the middle of suburbia. Well it was between houses and the path I was on…






I’m not sure who or what it is, there was no sign that I could see from the path. It’s weird, the doors that are on the sides are bricked in, like a super solid fixture. I wanted to go check it out, but I was concerned about the enhanced Canadian security that was around this building… I trusted the sign.








I’m not sure what it was, but my imagination totally started making stuff up…






Government grow-op… Zombie housing… GERMS… So many things were running through my head, I should have taken notes for writing later. I’ll remember to do that next time. I’m definitely going to check it out again, hopefully find out what it is. I’m thinking probably tomorrow when I assume there’ll be no cars parked outside… There’s probably isn’t a sign, but you never know. 😀

I’ll keep you all posted…
Oh! If I’m never heard from again, come save me from the greenhouse place…


Skydiving. Why? Because.

I was sitting here trying to think of what I could write about, that’s the issue with wanting to post something everyday. I may not necessarily have an interesting topic to write/rant/talk about. However, in a few days, I’m going to jump out of a plane… (it was supposed to be April 30th, but plans have changed now, the skydiving place is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.) So yeah, in the near future, I’ll be attached to someone else *(who thankfully knows how to use a parachute, cause I sure as hell don’t) and jumping out of a plane at 12 500 feet. I’m not sure what that is in jump height, I’ve never done this before, so it’s high. 

Part of me is excited, but part of me also wants to puke all over myself. People ask my why I’d jump out of a perfectly good airplane, I state to test out a perfectly good parachute. *Insert smile* Yet inside part of me is… Yeah, why are you paying 250$ (plus applicable taxes) to jump from a plane, which the only reason you are in is to jump out of…

Oh yeah, I suppose do it for the thrill. 😀 It’s on my bucket list, to skydive. When the opportunity came up, I didn’t hesitate. *(Maybe I should have, but whatever, it’s a good friend’s birthday/birthday present and I only live once.)

So if I don’t splatter/bounce/shatter, I’ll post about it in May. I’m pretty sure I’ll be safe and it’ll be awesome.

People skydive all the time, right?

Cavalcade of Terror = 1st publication.

Well I can finally say that I’m a published author. “She makes me smile” is due out May 1st. I’m super excited and I decided to celebrate the event by spending 6.39$ on YAY! I own one more little chunk of the interwebs. I spent the last day working on developing this site to the best of my abilities (which are lacking in computering skills). Yah there was a little bit of frustration, but I had a helpy-hand (Thanks Lincoln!) so I didn’t smash the computer or anything dramatic. 😀 The website is kinda up… I’ll be working on it as I go and as I get accepted to more things. I figured it’s just a good way for people to find out what’s going on with me.

*Insert trumpet fanfare here*


YES!!! There it is… The book.

So back to my first ever story being published… 😀 “SMMS” is in Cavalcade of Terror: A Horror Anthology. It’s supposed to be out May 2012, but it’s available on so order away. I’ll have copies with me for those looking for the ones with signatures and the like. The first 50 will have Wes Southard‘s autograph as well. He also has a story in the anthology, “A Promise Not Kept”. So be sure to check that out. He’s a good buddy of mine from the States, so it’s pretty cool to share the TOC with him. (He’s the one that first said that… and I was like. “Ummm, what’s that… what’s a TOC?” He laughed and explained it, but in my defence I went to french school, so I wouldn’t have ever heard that… Table des matieres maybe would’ve have rung a bell. 😛 Ha!)

I was also “friended” on FB by someone else who has a story in the book: Rocky Alexander, author of the story “How Artful Murder Can Be”. I’m a fan of new people and I think that’s pretty cool as it’s someone that I may have never met had it not been for this anthology. Can’t wait to read his story and perhaps down the line maybe meet him and get a fully autographed copy of the book 😀 Yay new people!

I will try to be more proactive with the blogging… and the writing for that matter. For those of you who read the last post about me on meds, well let’s just say that it was not a great idea. I think I lost two weeks of my life to feeling sketchy. Meaning, I’m not ADHD. Not sure what I am, but definitely don’t need those. Things are back to normal now, which is good, so I should be about as normal as I can get.

Check out the book… Let me know what you think. Review it places and tell your friends about it. I’m new at this whole authoring thing, but I’m learning. Hopefully you like the words, if not maybe you’ll like my next one. *(Hopefully sooner than my TBay friend Liz, who thinks I’m disturbed and can’t/won’t read my horror stories. I promised her that one day I’ll write something for her. :D)

On that note, I’m off to edit something for someone and find more coffee.


Mandywords on Medication.

I have a hard time being proactive with my blog. I seem to forget about it for a time, even though I always have lot to say. I suppose its just to get into the habit. I was writing first thing in the morning but when I moved into my own place I kinda fell off that schedule. I was writing in the morning because it was before the roommates woke up. I’m very easily distracted and normally as soon as someone else wakes up, I can’t focus on my writing. Now that I’m on my own I can write whenever… But I still struggle…


I suppose I may be afflicted with a little ADHD., maybe not. I asked my doctor about it, she suggested medication. I concurred and started taking them.

In the last three days, I haven’t made a lot of progress on the novel, but I’ve been working on other things, like planning. I seem to be able to sit and plan things out better, which I hope will in turn allow me to write the novel in a more fluid manner.

I’ve also started finishing up a lot of the intended stories I have floating around. Most of them seem to be erotiporn but there are enough of them to make up a book. 🙂 so we will see where that takes us. Once I can sit down and finish them.

No new rejections or acceptances yet and there are still two stories floating around in limbo land. Fingers crossed.

I have no end to this post so I’ll just end it on that note.