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I just start David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks. I’m not very far into it at all, so have no opinion on the story yet, but I noticed that there’s a clock on the header of each page. The clock starts at midnight. Or noon. Or vertical, whatever you prefer. It rotates through the hours on each turn of the page.

I don’t normally do this, but I skipped to the end. Not to read the last sentence. Nope. Learned my lesson there long ago. But I wanted to see if the clock ended at midnight on the last page.

And it does.

Small loving details in book design.

Reading at Talisman Books & Gallery

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If you’re on Pender Island this weekend, I’ll be doing a reading at Talisman Books & Gallery on Saturday, November 22 at 1PM. Talisman Books are my local independent bookstore (when I’m local to Pender Island, which is quite a lot, since I split my time between Pender and Vancouver). The Christmas Craft Fair is on at the same time, so I’m sure there will be plenty of goodies besides books to choose from. I’m also sharing the event with an art show opening for “birds and bridges” by Susan Taylor and Frank Ducote of Blood Star Gallery. If you want to get your culture on, this is the place to be. :-)

If you need a map or want to export the details to your calendar, you can find everything you need on my handy-dandy event listing.

Come on out! Bring your friends! Taken in some artwork. Listen to me read from Untalented.

More Goodreads Goodies

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It was my birthday recently, and with holiday season fast approaching, I’m feeling in the giving mood.

I’m running another giveaway on Goodreads. This time, I’ve got two copies of Untalented available, and anyone in Canada, the UK or the USA is eligible. The giveaway states it’s for the U.S. edition, but if you’re in Canada or the UK, I’ll ship you a Commonwealth edition.

Oh, and while you’re at it, the Goodreads Choice awards are running right now. I’ve got a couple of friends (good luck Marko!) with books nominated in the SF category, but you can also submit write-in votes in any category (hmm, there’s a YA fantasy I’m particularly partial to…). Go vote!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Untalented by Katrina Archer

Untalented

by Katrina Archer

Giveaway ends November 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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A Favour To Ask, A Vote to Cast

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I was very excited when Untalented was shortlisted for the Creation of Stories Awards (fingers crossed for next month!). That also makes it eligible for the People’s Choice Award. It seems voting is now open (complete with excerpts for your reading pleasure), and you could do me a solid by checking out the link, scrolling down a bit and voting for Untalented in the Young Adult category. As an even bigger solid, I’d love it if you spread the word far and wide and told all your friends.

Thanks a bunch, and good luck to all the finalists!

I’ll be busy making cupcakes for everyone.

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Goodreads Canadian Thanksgiving Giveaway

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Even though it’s been up in the sidebar for a week, I totally forgot to blog about this:

It’s coming up on the time of year when Canadians get together to be thankful, and I’ve decided to thank Canadians for supporting Untalented.

So I’m giving away another trade paperback edition of Untalented on Goodreads. This one’s only for Canadians, and only running for a couple of weeks, so the odds of winning should be higher.

If you like Untalented, I would be very thankful if you gave it a review on Goodreads or Amazon.

Giveaway ends Oct 13, 2014.

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Untalented by Katrina Archer

Untalented

by Katrina Archer

Giveaway ends October 13, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Shortlisted!

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I’ve splashed this all over my social feeds already, so I apologize if you’re already sick of me by this point, but:

Untalented has been shortlisted for The Creation of Stories: Canada’s Self-Publishing Awards, in the Young Adult Audience category. The award is sponsored by Blurb, and will be presented at Inspire! The Toronto International Book Fair by The Association for Art and Social Change.

I’m over the moon. A big congratulations and shout out to all the other finalists. It looks like I have some pretty stiff competition.

I should probably be dignified about this, but right now it feels a little like Christmas around here.

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VCon Special!

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To celebrate my first con as a guest, I’m offering Untalented free on Kindle all weekend long. If you can’t attend the con, what could possibly be better than curling up with some free SFF?

So if you were thinking of picking it up, and haven’t, you no longer have an excuse! If you like it, please consider leaving a review.

Have a great weekend. I know I’ll be enjoying mine.

My VCon Schedule

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I’ve attended VCon a few times as a fan, so I’m really excited to announce that this year, I’ll be doing so as a guest. VCon runs October 3-5 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC.

I’ve got a couple of panels and a reading, plus I’ll be at VCon’s Book Launch on Friday night (this last is open to the general public, not just VCon attendees, so bring all your friends). In between appearances, I’ll be hanging around the hotel trying to look authorial (whatever that means), unless I fail miserably at that, in which case I’ll be fangirling everyone else.

Come on down and say hello!

Full schedule

Panel: The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received — Friday Oct 3, 12 PM-1 PM, Tynehead Ballroom 3

Book Launch Reception — Friday Oct 3, 7 PM  Tynehead Ballroom 3 (Open to the public)

Panel: Perspectives on Self-Publishing and Hybrid Publishing — Saturday Oct 4, 2 PM-3 PM, Green Timber 2

[UPDATED] Reading: Untalented plus bonus material, time permitting — Sunday Oct 5, 1 PM – 1:3o PM, Green Timber 4

I’ve got more details and venue information on my event calendar, where you can also download event information to your own calendar, or on the VCon online schedule (which is pretty spiffy, and which you can link to FB, etc.).

BC Ferries Has Completely Jumped The Shark

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This article doesn’t surprise me.

I own property on one of BC’s Gulf Islands, and, for weekend travel, it now costs $170 for a round-trip fare for two people and a car. For a 42 km trip! In September, 2010, the same trip cost $135: a 25% increase in 4 years. The total consumer price index rise in that time period is 5.45%. In 2007, when we bought our place, a Fri-Sun trip for two people cost me $113, for a 50% increase in fare price since 2007 (inflation = 10.2%). BC Ferries fares have gone up almost 5 times faster than inflation. IN LESS THAN 10 YEARS. There’s plenty wrong with this picture. I’ve been complaining for years that fares are getting unreasonable, but I wind up sounding like a privileged whiner because after all, I *did* choose to buy on an island.

That said, it’s very obvious to this casual observer that ridership is down, even without a study. Since 2007, every summer, once the May long weekend rolled around, if I didn’t book my long weekend reservations 3 to 4 weeks ahead of time (or sometimes longer), I’d be SOL, as the sailings would sell out early. This year, I booked as late as 14 to 10 days ahead of time, and ALWAYS got my preferred sailing. On regular weekends this summer, I noticed that the boat would not be completely full, whereas in prior years, a weekend sailing was invariably full.

BC Ferries fares are hurting their business. They are hurting the island businesses who depend on summer tourism dollars to get them through the winter, because fewer people are visiting. And who can blame a tourist who looks at the costs of a single tank of gas to Whistler, and compares that to $170 for 2 people, plus the hassle of planning for reservations and loading waits, and chooses the inland B&B? There is simply no justification for these exorbitant increases, especially when you compare our ferry system to Washington State’s, whose fares are much more reasonable and whose management salaries are also not insane.

BC Ferries is now cannibalizing its own ridership. Surely that will cause someone to wake up and smell the price gouging.