Category: Personal

Mandy’s Upcoming Appearances for 2012

So, I’ve been waiting to hear back from a couple conventions regarding possible readings or appearances. I’m really not good with waiting, so there’s been a whole lot of checking my email over and over and over and… well you get the picture.

Some of the wait is finally over. I heard back from two places so far. 🙂

I’ll be doing readings at both conventions. I’m hoping to have something different to read both weekends, just to shake it up a little.

August 31st to September 2nd 2012 – Horrorfind Weekend at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Saturday September 1 – 4:00 to 5:00pm

September 20th to 23rd 2012 – Killercon 4 at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Sunday September 23 – 11:40am

These are my first official appearances, so f you happen to be in the area, stop by and say hi. Or have a seat in the audience as I stumble through my first live readings  😉

I’ll have chap books for sale and they will include the infamous short story “She Makes Me Smile” and a brand new story called “This Only Happens In The Movies”. The new one is really a novelette but I’ve  taken to calling it a novelita (my word for a 10 000 word short story).

The chapbook price will be in the 5$ range.

I have to say I’m pretty stoked about this. I’ll probably stumble through my reading as I stand in front of everyone shaking like a leaf, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Hope to see you there!

MDG

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Posts From A Treadmill – The 20 minute blog post.

I haven’t blogged from the treadmill lately since I decided to move my workouts outside. However, today I’m back in the gym/fitness room because I started a running program in the last few days and it’s easier for me to follow the interval training on a treadmill. Supposedly, this 8 week, 3 days a week program will allow me to run 5km at the end of it. That’s not bad specially for someone like me who doesn’t run at all right now. (Unless of course something is chasing me).

I figure running serves a few purposes:

1- Cardio is super important for both for my health in the present but also when the impending zombie apocalypse comes in the near future.
2- Weight loss 🙂 I have to do cardio anyways so I might as well run.
3- It’s something I can’t do and I hate not being able to do something. I figure learning to run is something new and I like newness. I hope at the end of my program to take part in a 5km run and actually finish it. It’s not a lot, but for me who runs not at all right now, it’s a good thing. (I can run, but not well and not for very long. I’m really down and out on my aerobic lung capability… Even with quitting smoking… Oh and I look HORRIBLE when I run right now, but this is why I’m  working on that. I’ll get better.)

Also, the treadmill here is not working right, but I’m dealing with it…

Besides running or learning to do so, I’ve been focusing on my other business Idle Hands.ca. (Shameless plug. Haha plug, how fitting…) IdleHands is my home business where I sell masturbation toys / pleasure objects through online shopping and in home parties. It’s a pretty awesome job in itself as I get to make people happy. I’m expanding my product line and will be doing home parties n the Ottawa area in the fall. I think it’s going to be an interesting business year to say the least.

Writing wise, I’m still plugging away at Maple. She’s a great character and I think her first appearance in a story will not be her last one.  I’m sitting at 3700 right now and I’m pretty happy at my first attempt at a story genre other than horror. I’m hoping to have it done and submitted by the end of the month, I started it for an anthology and Maple just happened.  I’ll be doing more with her in the future so keep an eye out for more Maple.

What else…? Oh stand-up. No, not you, don’t get up from your seat… “You should be a stand up comedian”  is one is the most commonly mentioned phrases to me and yes, I want to do stand up. I’ve been jotting down the stories I think I would want to use for an upcoming open mic night somewhere, some future time. Who knows, I might be alright at it.  It they don’t laugh I prob will.  So I’m gonna do it… Or at least try to.

~ Do or do not… There is no try. ~  Yoda

…and that would be a twenty minute blog post.

MDG

When publishing goes wrong…Starring Undead Press

You all know I’ve been ranting about my first ever publication coming out for the last little while… “She makes me smile” was picked up by Undead Press (Anthony Giangregorio) to be published in their anthology called Cavalcade of Terror and the book was released May 1st 2012.

I waited… and waited… I was SO excited to see my story and name in print.

One of my friends even went as far as to pay 40$ to Expresspost me a copy of Cavalcade, I waited around two days for the delivery. (Apparently I’m dealing with a buzzer issue here at the house.)

It finally came in and believe me, I didn’t waste any time ripping into the package…

FLIP, FLIP, FLIP… Find the Table of Contents.
Scan down…

…and my heart sank.

Wtf? 😦 There’s a spelling mistake in the title of my story. *(Not from my submission however… They changed it to wrong.)

“She Make’s Me Smile” by Mandy J. De Geit

Well that made me sad, but okay the Mandy part is kinda cool. Let’s see the story itself…

ARGH!!! Same mistake on the title page. Fack, She Make is Me Smile… Really? Oh well… Read on.

… … …
..Wait… What?
Read read read… WTF? WHO THE HELL? (Run to computer and load up the submitted file with great difficulty, cause your breathing is laboured from a really tight chest, your hands are shaking to the point you can hardly type and you can hardly see the screen cause you’re about to lose your shit waterworks wise… and you NEVER do that…)

Fucking Bastards! They changed my story without telling me.

Let’s see: They turned a non-gendered character into a boy, they named the best friend, they created a memory for the main character about animal abuse. They added a suggestion of rape at the end… I feel like they ruined the suspense in the story. I don’t know what else, I haven’t even read the whole thing through yet because it makes me SOO FREAKING ANGRY!!! *(I’m angry now… just talking about it riles me up. EFFIN GRRRRRR! I could totally kill someone with a paperback, I wonder if that’s been done…) Grrr… I hate anger.

… anyways…
THEY SHOULD’VE ASKED!!!
(I’d have said NO, give me my story back, because you can’t spell and your story makes no sense, but that’s neither here nor there.)

The story didn’t pay anything, not even a contributor’s copy, but still I signed the contract (which said “EDIT” not “revamp”) and let them publish my story. I was rushing on the fact that I was actually going to be a published author.

Let’s not forget the fact that I stayed in contact with the owner of Undead Press throughout the entire time since I was ordering a large quantity of books to sell to my family and friends here in Canada. Never once did he tell me anything about the story being changed. I called friends to make sure that he can do that to the story and found out that he can’t.

I sent him an concise email covering the following points:

1- Why there was a mistake in the title
2- Why my bio was shortened? There were much longer ones (like his own) so it wasn’t for space issues.
3- Why the story was changed?

I told him it wasn’t acceptable and that he should pull the story because it was different from the one I submitted and this was his response. (I haven’t changed anything from the email, I simply cut and pasted and italicized for easier comprehension.)

“wow, i truly cant believe that e,mail. you go girl. this one one hell of a story about dealing with unstable writers

lets see.
on the contract, it clearly says publisher has the right to EDIT work. you signed it. are you saying you are a dishonest and immoral person and will now try to deny you signed the contract? well i have a copy right here
and as for the story. the editor had a hard time with it, it was very rough and he did alot to make it readable. despite what you think, your writing has a long way to go before its worthy of being printed professionally.
we did what we had to do to make the story printable. you should be thankful, not complaining. ah, the ungrateful writer, gotta love it
the contract also says any disagreements you have about the contract must be filed legally in Massachusetts and when you lose, you must pay all court costs.
so, we are done here. any more correspondences from you must be from your lawyer. i will then send any of those letters to my lawyer and they can hash it out as i dont waste my time arguing with writers over legalities. thats what lawyers are for.
you are so funny. thanks for this email, it truly made my day.”

Wait one fucking dickfaced minute… If my writing has a long way to go before being published professionally… Then you aren’t a professional publisher? Thought so. As for the “publisher has the right to EDIT work”, I know what EDIT means, do you?

———–

Here’s a paragraph copied directly from She Make’s Me Smile in the book.

“Something strange happened then. I recalled a moment when I was a boy. I was playing in my backyard when the dog in my neighbor’s yard escaped through an open gate. My neighbor, an elderly man who lived alone and spoke in a thick accent (I later discovered that is was German), managed to corral the dog back into his yard. I watched, fascinated as the man ripped his long black belt from the loops at his waist and brought it down with a hellish fury upon the dog’s back. The dog slunk down and rested it’s head upon its paws, resigned to its fate. Why didn’t it fight back? Why didn’t it bite the hand of the master?

With the only friend I ever truly had writhing between my legs, I became aroused.”

———-

This was what was in my story.

“”

NOTHING OF THAT IS IN MY ORIGINAL STORY!!! A-D-D-E-D! THIS IS ADD NOT EDIT!!!

*(It’s also shitty writing and I don’t like it in my story… It hurt my face having to retype it here on the blog.)

Shortly after that douchey email from Tony G. I received another one. (I hadn’t even responded to the first one yet.)

“hey
here’s something else i am gonna give you cause youre not happy. it should “make you smile” get it?
though the contract says the story is exclusive for 365 days, i am gonna wave that with this email and the story is now NON exclusive.
that means as of now, you are free to resell that story to any market you wish and get it out there again.
cheers”

His email DID NOT make me smile…

*Fast Forward to Next Day*

I find out that the box of books has been here in Ottawa, Ontario Canada for the last 4 days. Because I don’t have a tracking number, I have no way of knowing this. Only cause Tony FINALLY sent me this…

——-

“Re:update on your books

i double checked the address, too, the one you sent me is the address i made the books out to. see, this is why i dislike international mail.

2012-05-11 06:19 AM Address Correction Required via OTTAWA, ON depot
2012-05-10 06:32 AM Address Correction Required via OTTAWA, ON depot
2012-05-09 01:45 PM Address Correction Required via OTTAWA, ON depot
2012-05-09 06:27 AM Address Correction Required via OTTAWA, ON depot
2012-05-08 04:49 PM Address Correction Required via OTTAWA, ON depot
2012-05-08 12:30 PM Address Correction Required via OTTAWA, ON depot
2012-05-08 07:58 AM On vehicle for delivery via OTTAWA, ON depot
2012-05-08 05:00 AM Shipment In Transit via OTTAWA, ON depot
2012-05-07 09:43 PM Left via TORONTO SORT CTR/CTR TRIE, ON depot
2012-05-07 09:33 PM Shipment In Transit via TORONTO SORT CTR/CTR TRIE, ON depot
2012-05-07 09:32 PM Picked up by Purolator via TORONTO SORT CTR/CTR TRIE, ON depot
2012-05-07 11:24 AM Left via DETROIT, MI depot

——–

(If he had that information, that means there’s a tracking number… FML!)

So he has one, but I don’t… I took a chance anyway and went to fight with Purolator.

Approximately two hours after getting my book… I received this email from Tony G. (I emailed him earlier in the day for the tracking numbers, again… but never mind that, it’s the end part that gets me.)

“here ya go. there are 2 tracking #s. sorry i haven’t gotten back to ya, been busy all morning, not all email at all till right now.

you should take pride in the story you wrote, its still your story, the editor just enhanced it some more so everyone who
reads it likes it. hell, i hope people say yours was the best one in the book. and if they dont, you can blame the editor, LOL, so its win win for you either way. good luck, hope you sell them all :) happy

 

So that’s my story. I have a bunch of books that have stories in it that really aren’t mine. I don’t care what he says. I don’t like it more. I’m offering a copy of the REAL story I submitted to Undead Press to anyone that purchases a copy of Cavalcade of Terror. (I’m eating the cost of ink and paper, because I think that my story is the better one. If I’m wrong, by all means tell me, but if I’m right, tell him.) Get in touch with me and we’ll figure it out.

 

I end with this note.

 

“If my story wasn’t good enough to publish, then you shouldn’t have accepted it. I’d rather have a rejection letter compared to what happened here. Wordr*pe is a good term, which would makes you (and your editor) storyr*pists. Ideamolestation? (Maybe if you drive a van with no windows…) It has to be something invasive sounding like those words to explain what you do to submitted work. This is not plagiarism, I’m going to call this storyslaughter. You accept the story under false pretences, “edit” (Cough,massacre,cough) the story and then leave my name hovering over the lot to cover the mess. I wish there were Literary Police for people like you. I SCREAM STORY SLAUGHTER*!”

 

*(Edited from the original word, I never meant to offend anyone, I just felt extremely violated at the time. It was the only word I could think of to explain how I felt.)

 

~MDG~

 

~INSERT BLOG EXPLOSION HERE~

 

Updates:

While all this was going on, Vincenzo posted an apology and explanation, I had just agreed to do the interview with Books of the Dead and I thought it would be a good opportunity for Vincenzo Bilof to state his side of the story. Please take a moment to check out the interviews.