Spooning with Spoonies at Can-Con 2017

I’m still not up to blogging about the awesomeness that was Can*Con, but happily, fellow SpAN network author Jamieson Wolf was up to the task for at least one part of it…

Two Steps at a Time

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On Saturday, I had the pleasure of appearing on a panel at CAN-CON: Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts & Literature.

The panel was titled Spooning with Spoonies. Its subject matter dealt with sexuality and disability and how both are represented in fiction.

As a writer, I’ve recently begun to include people with visible or invisible disabilities into my work. I once thought that writing a blog would suffice, that my baring my soul here would be enough. A friend asked me a few years ago if I would ever consider putting a character with Multiple Sclerosis into one of my novels.

My reply was that this blog was enough. However, the more I read, the less I’m convinced that’s true. I have only read one book that featured a character with Multiple Sclerosis. That book was Journey of a Thousand Steps by Madona Skaff-Koren, a truly wonderful book…

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Where I’ll be at @CanConSF this weekend!


This is what I look like. Say hi.

Hey Ottawa people! So, starting this evening and through the weekend is the awesome Can*Con 2017 event at the Sheraton Ottawa, and though I’m sure you’re sick of me saying so by now, a reminder: I’ll be there.

So will some exciting people, so don’t let my presence put you off (ba-dum-tish!).

Registration opens at 5:00p today, and there are awesome panels, discussions, events, and readings to see.

Importantly? The Dealers Room is open to the public throughout the event, so if you see a name on a signing, or you want to check out some awesome books and products in support of the publishers and artists of Can*Con, you totally have access. Also, if you want, there are day-passes available as well as pricing at the door for the whole she-bang.

If you are looking to see yours truly, however? Allow me to make it easier for you.

Friday, October 13th, 2017.

I’m not on any panels or readings this evening, however, I totally think you should check out my husband taking part in “No, You Can’t Actually Do That With a Computer” at 9:00p, Salon D, because he’s cute and he knows his stuff when it comes to computer security; or for the horror fans, “Homophobia and Monster Stories” (which includes fellow BSBer Christian Baines), 9:00p, Salon F.

Also, I’ll be carrying two d20s so we can duel with our official Can*Con RPG characters.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Okay, deep breath…


Romance! Second Chances! Time-Travel! Tropes aplenty…

At 10:00a, I’ll be talking “Romance Tropes We Love,” alongside Jessica Ripley, Angela S. Stone, and Jennifer Carole Lewis, in Salon C.

At 11:00a, I’ll be taking off my romance hat and putting on my queer hat for “Finding a Home for your Queer Stories,” alongside Caro Frechette, fellow BSBer Stephen Graham King, Kelsi Morris, and Derek Newman-Stille, in Salon F.

Then, at 12:00p, I’ll be taking off the queer hat and putting on my bookstore manager hat for “How to Interact with a Bookstore,” alongside Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, Benoit Chartier, and Linda Poitevin, in Salon D.

At 1:00p, I will likely be running out the door to find something to eat. I’m totally available for nearby food inhalation.

At 3:00p, Leah Bobet and I will have the open-to-the-public Dealer Room signing real estate for half an hour, so drop on by, say hi, and maybe I can scribble my name on something for you.

Finally, w-a-a-a-y in the evening at 9:00p, I’ll be propping myself up beside fellow spoonies Caro Frechette, Cait Gordon, Talia Johnson, Jamieson Wolf, and Derek Newman-Stille, and attempting to be coherent about “Spooning with Spoonies,” in Salon E.

Sunday, October 15th, 2017.

I am foot-loose and fancy free all Sunday, so if you see me, corner me and say hello. Also, much like Friday, I shall ensure I always have two d20s with me so we can duel with our official Can*Con 2017 RPG characters. (I think I’m going to be a wizard).

Hope to see you all there!

Friday Flash Fiction—Focus & Clarity

I joined a wee writing prompt group. No promises on showing up every single week, but the notion is 500 words inspired by a photo. So, here’s my first go, inspired by this lovely photo (which I tried to track down an attribution for, but no luck with reverse image searches, etc. I’ll update if I can find it).

Flash Friday

“You know how you said I should be careful with magic?”

Bailey considered counting to ten, but instead eyed Marco, who’d run into her store three minutes before closing.

“What did you do?”


Bailey raised one eyebrow.

“Nothing on purpose,” Marco said. She noticed he was wearing pajama bottoms and a t-shirt. His usual style involved bow ties and skinny jeans.

“It didn’t work right.”

Bailey flipped the sign to ‘Closed.’

“Okay,” she said. “What stone?”

Marco’s gift matched hers. Bailey inspired crystals, which affected people wearing them. She used it to grant people courage (Tiger Eye), boost confidence (Carnelian), or even to surrender to impulse (Hematite). It helped people connect.

Bluntly? Bailey meddled in love lives.

“Moonstone. For visualization.”

For years she’d only met occasional gifted people, but lately they’d started popping up in the Village. Marco—sweet, energetic, a bit puppy-like—had started humming to her like he was one of her crystals.

“And what did you visualize?”

Marco had a baby-face, but when he bit his lip he looked even younger.

“Marco?” she said.

“So… There’s this guy.”

Of course. “And?”

“I visualized sleeping with him.” His baby-face turned pink. “Romantically! Not…sex. He’s gorgeous. Perfect hair, abs, and even his chest hair? It’s…” Marco’s hands flew while he talked. “Anyway. Much visualizing.”

“So, aiming for…confidence?” Bailey said.

“I guess?”

Now she counted. “Marco. Clarity? Focus?”

“I know. Look…can you just come?”

Bailey grabbed her keys. Marco lived in one of the apartments over the Furever petshop. Bailey wasn’t sure what to expect. An unconscious man lying more-or-less on Marco’s bedroom floor wasn’t it. His head was on the bed, at least. And he did have nice abs.

The man snored quietly.

Marco nudged him with one foot.


“He won’t wake up,” Marco said.

She maintained composure—for three seconds—then laughed until her sides ached and she was leaning against the wall, wiping tears. Marco glared.

His beau was still fast asleep.

“This is so not funny,” Marco said.

“Well,” Bailey said, hiccoughing. “You did visualize sleeping with him.”

“I don’t even know how he got in here!”

That set her off again. She sat on his bed.

The fellow slept on.


“Okay,” Bailey said, recovering. “Moonstone, now.”

Marco pointed to his pillow. The moment it was in her palm, she felt the stone’s energy spilling out. Zero control or clarity.

Bailey calmed it down. Then, winking, she said, “You know, you need practice thinking on your feet. Clarity. Focus.”


“You’ll come up with something.”

Marco opened his mouth, but Bailey nudged the moonstone and he yawned instead. The look of alarm on his face lasted a second before he wobbled, slid down to his knees, and toppled over onto his bedroom floor.

The two men snored in unison.

Bailey reminded the moonstone to wake them up in the morning, leaving it on Marco’s pillow.

They made a cute couple. She couldn’t wait to hear how it all played out in the morning.


Signing: Friday, October 6th, 11:30a at Prospero Books


Time for fall, vampires, fire magic, and mayhem.

It’s October, which means things are allowed to be all Samhain, all the time. Or at least, that’s my understanding. And among the joys of the Hallowe’en month are the things that go bump in the night.

To celebrate all things bump-in-the-night-ish, myself and the wonderful author Christian Baines (who writes super-creepy awesome things) will be at the Prospero at Bank and Slater here in Ottawa, Friday October 6th, at 11:30 a.m.

If you’ve not encountered Christian before, allow me to point out how much I loved The Beast Without and The Orchard of Flesh (the Arcadia Trust series), as well as Puppet Boy. He writes creepy, engrossing, dark urban fantasy as well as psychologically stirring and disturbing contemporary fiction. Basically, he’s a one-stop-shop for your Hallowe’en reading needs.

And, of course, I’ll be there with Triad Blood and Triad Soul especially, because vampires, demons, and wizards (oh my).

Hope to see you there!

ChristianChristian Baines

Australian Author Christian Baines has written on travel, theatre, and various aspects of gay life. Some of his stranger thoughts have spawned novels, including The Arcadia Trust series, and Puppet Boy, which was a finalist for the 2016 Saints and Sinners Emerging Writer Award. He is also a four-time finalist in the Sydney Mardi Gras Short Story Competition.

He now lives, writes, and shivers in Toronto.

Nathan 'Burgoine‘Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first novel, Light, is available from Bold Strokes Books and was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror, and the BOTYA 2013 Gay & Lesbian (Adult Fiction) ForeWord award. Triad Blood and Triad Soul followed. His first novella-length work, “In Memoriam,” is available through Lethe Press.

He lives in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.

SpAN Interview with ’Nathan Burgoine

I was up on The Spoonie Authors Network for my turn in the Q&A chair!

Spoonie Authors Network

Your humble SpAN Editor here. Over the next several weeks I have the privilege of interviewing the talented authors and contributors of the Spoonie Authors Network. Please read and share these posts to promote and encourage these amazing people. We spoonies need each other! Thank you for following us! You can find more interviews under Author Intervews.

This week I interviewed an author who I’ve really come to admire and respect. A tall man who mostly writes short fiction—’Nathan Burgoine.

Triad soul cover Click to see a list of ‘Nathan’s published works!

(Please note that responses to my questions are minimally edited to preserve the integrity of the author’s answers.)I first discovered who you were at Can-Con 2016, when I attended two excellent sessions that included you as a panelist. The first was about writing sex scenes, moderated by author Angela Stone, and the second was about representation of queer characters…

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Weekend Customer Appreciation Sale at Bold Strokes Books

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15% off!

Hey all! It turns out that this weekend, Bold Strokes Books is having a customer appreciation weekend sale (through to Sunday, midnight) on most of their titles. It includes everything I have published with them, so right now, all my writing with them is 15% off, in both e- and paper- format.

This means all my novels are on sale, Light, Triad Blood, and Triad Soul. And a tonne of short stories, from the anthologies listed below.

Short Fiction

Short Fiction Series

The Triad Stories 

  1. “Three,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Blood Sacraments, also available as an e-short here.
  2. “Intercession,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Wings: Subversive Gay Angel Erotica.
  3. “Possession,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Erotica Exotica: Tales of Tales of Sex, Magic.
  4. “Necessary Evils,” in the Bold Strokes Books anthology Raising Hell: Demonic Gay Erotica.


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