Hello everyone! I hope you all had a nice rest of August! For me, it was very hot here in Toronto, so I spent a lot of time indoors in the air conditioning. I did, however recently get to see a Toronto Blue Jays game for the first time, so that was a nice way to cap off the month! It was a lot of fun to experience the atmosphere of a live game, and they even won, which was really exciting to witness in person.
Now, onto the updates!
I’m taking part in a couple group promos this month on Bookfunnel. If you’re looking for free non-fiction or poetry reads, this is your chance to pick up a few new books! You don’t need to make an account or anything, just click the title that interests you, input your email, and you’ll get it sent to you right away!
I’m so happy to share that a short film I composed music for, “Will O’Wisps” will appear at the FIN tlantic International Film Festival 2021! It will be shown in the Atlantic Shorts 1 program at 3:30 PM on Sept. 17 at the Cineplex Cinemas in Halifax; and will be available on FIN Stream Online from Sept. 16th-23rd. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1 (Geo-Blocked to Atlantic Canada).
As you might recall from my previous newsletter, this short is also appearing in the Flight/Mostra internazionale del cinema di Genova, a film festival based in Genoa, Italy. I’m so excited to see our work will be shown in two international festivals in the coming months!
And that’s about it! A shorter update than the mid-month one, but still very exciting! Hopefully I have even more to share next time. Until then, take care!
Hello everyone! Welcome to a special edition of my newsletter! I’ve had a lot of things going on in both my music and writing life that I can finally share with all of you!
On a personal note, it was my birthday this past week! If you would like to celebrate with me, why not purchase one of my books? All of them are available on Amazon, and some are even on my Ko-Fi shop as pay what you want! Check it out!
I was fortunate to be interviewed twice this month! Twice! That so rarely happens, so it was very exciting!
My first interview was with the Virtual Indie Book Fest talking about my 2nd novel We Go Together. Paola asked me so many intriguing questions about my writing process and I had a lot of fun answering them! Thank you Paola for shining a light on so many talented indie writers. I feel honoured to be in such good company!
The second interview I did was over on fellow poet and composer Leon Steven’s website! It was a lot of fun to answer his questions. There, you will find both serious and whimsical queries that were very amusing to think about.
I’m taking part in another poetry promo with BookFunnel. Midnight is available for free through this, as well as four other poetry books and samples. I’m certainly excited to pick up a couple new free reads from this list!
Two short films I had the privilege of composing music for have been accepted into Flight/Mostra internazionale del cinema di Genova, a film festival based in Genoa, Italy! I’m so excited to see my work will be heard by international audiences in a country
Below are the words of Peter de Niverville, the director of both films (and also… my dad! Hi Dad!)
Vanitas Vivace, my latest short animation will make its World Premiere at Flight/ Mostra internazionale del cinema di Genova. (Genoa, Italy) Based on the original painting Vanitas Chicory, by the artist Barbara Safran de Niverville with newly composed music by Abigail de Niverville; it is a poetic and whimsical exploration of the interaction between wild plants and discarded objects found in a vacant lot. Also, my short animation, Will O’Wisps will be included in the programme. Will O’Wisps premiered at the Silver Wave Film Festival in Nov. 2020 in Fredericton and was recently shown at the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival in June 2021. Flight/Mostra runs from Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021 in Genoa.
We Go Together Turns One
We Go Together has officially been out in the world for an entire year as of August 10th! I’m so proud of this book, even though releasing it during a global pandemic was less than ideal.
If you’ve had a chance to read We Go Together, please consider leaving a short review on Amazon. It helps me out a ton!
As you may recall, I was in the middle of producing an audiobook for my first novel I Knew Him. I’m happy to report the narrator has finished reading the book, and I’m currently in the process of reviewing it. It sounds great so far! It really gives the words new life!
As soon as the audiobook is available to purchase, I will send out an update!
And that’s all for now, folks! I can’t believe all this happened and it’s not even the end of the month yet. I think… I might need to go lie down.
Thank you so much for your continued interest in my work. Have a great rest of the month! I’ll see you in September!
I hope everyone has had a pleasant July! It’s hard to believe we’re in August already!
This month, I finally returned home to New Brunswick to see my family after a year and a half of separation. I hadn’t been able to return home until I had both my vaccinations, so it had been the longest I’d gone without visiting my parents ever. Normally, I would visit at least once a year at Christmas, and often in the summer as well.
It’s been a lovely month home, and my visit isn’t quite over yet! I still have about a week before I head back to Toronto. I really enjoyed seeing friends and family, as well as visiting some tourist attractions I’d never seen, or hadn’t seen for many years. Here are a few pictures from my trip!
If you want to see more photos from my somewhat-regular life, you can follow me on Instagram! I’ve also begun to share those photos on my Facebook page.
On the writing front, things have been slow going. But a break was much-needed! This past week, I’ve started working on making some final touches on a manuscript I finished in October 2020. I have plans to submit it a few places and see what happens. For the most part, I’ve been taking it easy and enjoying my time home. I’m looking forward to my last week of vacation, seeing a few more friends, and eating a few more East Coast treats.
I hope you all have a pleasant August! Expect to hear from me with a special update this month. Enjoy your summers and stay healthy!
I hope everyone had a pleasant June! This past month for me was mostly a month of recuperation. I had dental surgery as well as my second vaccine, so needless to say, I spent most of the month lying down. I did, however, get a few things done! Read on to find out!
Midnight is released!
First of all, my second poetry collection, Midnight, was released right at the beginning of the month! Nearly all the poems were written in the early lockdown. If you haven’t had a chance to snag a copy yet, now is the time!
This past month, I also had the chance to compose some music for a short animation. It was a challenge to pull together my vision, but I’m really happy with the end result. I recorded myself playing the piano (which I still get nervous about, to be honest), and then manipulated the recording to create ambient noise. Overall, I had a lot of fun working on it, even if I got a little stressed towards the end. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish it before my deadline, but I pulled through in the end.
This coming month is Camp NaNoWriMo, an online writing event where authors set goals for themselves and try to achieve them by the end of the month. I’m keeping my goal fairly small, since writing at this moment is not the quickest process. My main wish is to finish a short horror story I’d like to submit for a call. If I manage that in July, I will also begin to work on a young adult short story that takes place during the summer in Toronto. If I can accomplish both, I’ll be very happy!
I hope you all have a pleasant July, and that you’re able to stay safe and beat the heat if you live in a particularly warm area. I’m looking forward to spending some time with family (finally) and enjoying the weather as much as I can. Talk to you next time!
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And now! Onto the newsletter!
I hope everyone had a good April without too many showers. Now, it’s onto May and some flowers. I certainly plan on getting my porch garden set up soon. I’m really looking forward to buying flowers and seeds. It’s always so exciting to go to a garden centre and see all the plants just waiting to be picked up!
Now, it’s time for some writing updates! I have a very exciting release announcement this month, so keep reading to find out all about it!
Release Announcement: Midnight
I’m very excited to announce I’m releasing another poetry collection on June 8th! It’s currently available to pre-order digitally everywhere and in print from select retailers.
This collection was mostly written during the first few weeks of the Toronto lockdown in March 2020. Back then, I was in a very creative, positive space. I found working from home quite energizing compared to taking transit every day to the office. It left me with a lot of time after work to dedicate to my hobbies and my writing. I worked on sewing projects, wrote poems, reviewed some of my music compositions.
And then, the lockdown was extended. And extended. And extended. Needless to say, my mood is quite different now than it was back then. My creative well is not nearly as full, either. But I decided to dust off those poems and make them into something. I also included some older poems I never found a home for. And here we are!
I’ve decided to offer newsletter subscribers a free e-copy of Midnight as a thank-you for your support. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy, sign up here. If you enjoy the collection, it would mean so much if you left a review on Amazon or your preferred book retailer. Reviews help authors so much!
As mentioned in a previous newsletter, the ebook for my second novel We Go Together is currently on sale on Amazon for $2.99 USD! Grab it today!
I’m working on releasing a new track to my Bandcamp in May! If you’re interested in being notified when that drops, you can follow me there. I’m also working away on some short stories, which has been a lot of fun and has allowed me to stretch my creative skills further.
I hope you all have a lovely, peaceful May. Plant those flowers and enjoy the sunshine when it’s out. I’ll see you next month!