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Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program. Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, The Song of the Mockingjay, explored the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words. Erin is an editor for Engen Books on a work-for-hire basis and is currently accepting proposals from more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write erinvance@engenbooks.com and allow up to four weeks for a response.

Gold Nail Polish, New Friends, and a Couple Good Foot Stomps

 I just took off my gold nail polish, which means that SciFi on the Rock is offically over for me. Am I recovered from three full days of meeting and greeting, selling and yelling yet? No, of course not. Does one ever recover from a brand new experience? Not really; I think what happens instead is you just adapt to this new aspect of your life. And, just like it took me a long time to adapt to the experience of driving across the country and back, I think it’s going to take me a while to adapt to SciFi on the Rock 10.

In all honesty, I feel somewhat disoriented. I went from SciFi on the Rock – nearly twelve hours a day for three days – and then was expected to return to the routine of life. Rather like Dorothy must have marveled at the thought of returning to Kansas after experiencing Oz, or Frodo wondered at how Hobbiton could feel like home, I am looking around my world and thinking that it doesn’t quite fit anymore.

(Of course, that could be the exhaustion speaking. I am already remembering my place in this routine I have established over the last few weeks.)

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Erin’s Epic Journey

This past fall, Engen editor embarked on an epic journey across our great nation of Canada! Read the entire epic saga here! 🙂

Part One: Can Something be both an introduction and a warning?
Part Two: I always forget how beautiful Newfoundland is.
Part Three: We may have style, but we have no sense of direction.
Part Four: Where’s the Red?
Part Five: Problems of being Monolingual.
Part Six: Stupid Squirrels!
Part Seven: There’s something about Ontario..
Part Eight: Welcome to the Flatlands
Part Nine: Get in losers, we’re going shopping!
Part Ten: Three Days in One
Part Eleven: The Highs, the Lows, & the Midway Point Between
Part Twelve: There’s a Theme to these Songs
Part Thirteen: It’s a Pancake Printer!
Part Fourteen: Barrie and Besties
Part Fifteen: O Canada
Part Sixteen: There’s no Place like Home

Erin Vance, Editor
Erin Vance, Editor

Erin Vance is an editor and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program.

Erin wrote her Honors thesis paper, The Song of the Mockingjay, explored the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. She is creative, spiritual, and loves reading, writing, and anything to do with words.

Erin is an editor for Engen Books on a work-for-hire basis and is currently accepting proposals from more editing work in both copy and content from authors of all backgrounds and skill sets, subject to right-to-refusal and prices to be negotiated based on the amount of time each project is estimated to take. Potential authors wishing to work with Erin should write erinvance@engenbooks.com and allow up to four weeks for a response.


Current Works, Editor

Smoke And MirrorsSmoke And Mirrors by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Black Womb, #2

The Pitch: The approaching execution of Adam Genblade brings closure to the men and women of Coral Beach… until people start showing up dead in the same manner they did when he was at large. Now his victims are forced to keep him alive in order to get their answers… or accept that it may not have been him to begin with.

Note: Erin edited the 2015 international edition of Smoke and Mirrors only.

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Cinders (Xander Drew, #1)Cinders by Matthew LeDrew
Series: Xander Drew, #1

The Pitch: Thomas Horton is a good cop. Focused and unyielding, he has one of the highest solved-case rates in Los Angeles, a city with the highest unsolved murder rate in the whole of the United States. Despite his record, his resolve is questioned by the appearance of a young man named Xander Drew: a man equally as focused and determined, but who refuses to operate within the confines of the rigid California legal system.

When the egos and obsessions of both men collide, Horton enters a violent and dangerous world he didn’t know existed beneath the veneer of order and structure that he has based his entire deductive method around, forcing both men to question everything they knew… until they are both threatened to be dragged down to a place where everything burns, until all that are left, are Cinders.

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There’s No Place Like Home

Let us recap from where we left off, dear readers. My brother and I were in Ottawa, exploring our country’s capital. Right.

Well, after that, Michael and I drove for about ten hours, and went through another time zone in order to reach Fredericton. This meant we went through about two hours worth of Ontario, the southern part of Quebec, and a little more than half of New Brunswick. It was an honestly exhausting trip, mostly because Michael and I really just wanted to get home. Ontario was fairly brown and barren between Ottawa and Quebec, and Quebec was rather quiet when you don’t enter its cities. Same with New Brunswick. It isn’t until you reach the city centres that you understand how many people there actually are. It just proves how limited everyone’s circle of travel really is; most tend to stay just within their own city limits.

The next day, we traveled for about six hours to North Sydney, NS in order to catch the ferry home. We were very bouncy for the first half, and I made a wrong turn (apologies, little brother), and we ended up taking county roads for the last couple of hours. These were not half as exciting as the county roads in Ontario, mostly because they were very, very bumpy. Not very fun. However, upon reaching the east end of Nova Scotia, we began to recognize our roots. The shores of Nova Scotia are very similar to some part of Newfoundland, and I think both of us just breathed a huge sigh of relief.

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O Canada

My fellow Canadians, please be aware that our capital city is actually fairly nice. It’s not crowded like Vancouver or Montreal, nor is it sprawling like Calgary. It’s… well, when it’s not raining or misting like it did for our second day, it’s really rather nice. And Parliament Hill is especially cool. I admittedly completely enjoyed our free tour of the centre of our government.

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There’s a whole bunch of history involved with it – for instance, did anyone know that the building burned down in 1916, and they had to rebuild it in the middle of WWI? No? Me neither! Or that they keep having to add shields of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut as we joined later on (sorry for the extra work, Ottawa). In fact, there was even a plaque at some point that mentioned Newfoundland by name and as separate from Canada, which pleased me muchly, I must admit.

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Barrie and Besties

My brother was kind enough to indulge me on a side trip to Barrie so I could visit one of my best friends. Thankfully, the Lord has given me very good friends, and they like my family; so Erica was pretty cool about Michael hanging out with us. She was a lovely host, and showed us around her little piece of Barrie – and by little piece, I mean what you can walk to within the hour. Although a lovely host, she’s only lived there for three months, and is in a very demanding program, and so her knowledge of Barrie is understandably limited.

She took us downtown, where we had tea at English and Miller – and felt super fancy about it; I’d like to go again and have tea – and wandered around the waterfront. Barrie, for those of you who didn’t know (which included me until recently), shares its borders with Lake Simcoe. This is not one of the Great Lakes, but it’s still pretty good (Erica wrote that). This meant that Monday, we wandered about in the fog; it reminded us of home, which was fitting as I had a couple of pieces of home with me.

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“It’s a Pancake Printer!”

20151111_104707_HDRPhew. Okay. So now that I’ve had a chance to catch my breath: Hello, dear readers! How are you all today? You may wonder why I haven’t been updating this blog very much recently, even though we are all aware that all I’ve been doing is driving across this lovely, massive country. The answer is quite obvious: I have been too tired to write.

Driving – especially highway driving, and a lot of it – takes a certain amount of endurance. While this means that Michael and I are pretty good once we get our momentum, and as long as we don’t stop for very long, as soon as we do stop for the day, we tend to crash very, very hard. Especially when you stop in darkness and begin the next day in the same darkness, wondering if you’ve even slept at all. This makes it very difficult to get enough energy to do much of anything after.

On that note, Michael and I have been – in my mother’s words – “hurtling it” across this country. We drove from Calgary to Winnipeg (thirteen hours plus a time zone change), Winnipeg to White River (twelve hours plus a time zone change), and from White River to Barrie (nine and a half hours). I think we’re both rather bloodshot and brain-dead and road zombies, but! We are less than a week away from home, so it’s all worth it. (That’s what we keep telling ourselves, at any rate.) This means that we’ve done thirty-five hours of driving in three days. We have another four days of driving ahead of us – five hours plus nine and a half plus six and a half plus nine. Which, already, looks much much better.

What can I say about Canada? Well, I wish I had taken pictures, but I was, unfortunately, brain-dead, and didn’t think of it until we got about four hours away from Barrie… I apologize. But let’s see what I can remember…

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“There’s a Theme to These Songs”

When I first saw Victoria two years ago, I told people that it was a mix of Kelowna and Newfoundland. I stand by that description. Although, I also see a fair bit of Vancouver in it too, now that I’ve been there.

I don’t think Vancouver or Victoria were built for the amount of people they currently have. Vancouver especially is far busier than the roads are prepared for. It’s like they’re spilling out over the edges. It’s why there are geographical locations called ‘Greater Vancouver’ and ‘Greater Victoria’. Vancouver, I think, could be pretty if it wasn’t November and crowded. As it was, it was busy and cramped. With the occasional amazing view.

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