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Hal-Con 2011

Alrighty guys! So I’m back in St. John’s after a wonderful weekend at Hal-Con 2011, and let me tell you, it’s hard getting back into the swing of things!

First off, a re-cap of the weekend.

Friday we landed, Matt jetted off to the convention centre and I jetted off to bed. The day had taken a lot out of me before we even left Newfoundland; getting all the last minute details ready, almost being killed by a crazy lady who decided it would be cool beans to cross over three lanes of traffic when she got off the off-ramp and send us peeling out of her way into what would have been oncoming traffic on any other day. Yeesh. Anyway, where were we?

Right, Friday night. I slept, woke up bright and early to Hal-Con Day One! Let me just say, the sheer amount of people at 9 am when doors opened was impressive. Lots of love there.

Matt and I did our staple panel on writing, but thanks to the packed room, it quickly turned into question and answer, which is fine by me seeing as people commented that it was more helpful. At the end of the day, being helpful is my job ;).

Anyway, moving along. Around 5 pm Matt and I jotted out to get ready for the Stargazer Soirée. After a long day of running around and sitting pretty (read: awesome, exciting times!), the bacon wrapped scallops and lamb chops being carted around for our nom-ing pleasure were much appreciated, as was the company and city view from the top of the WTCC. Seriously a stunning little venue.

Day two saw more fun, but unfortunately in an effort to get me home bright and early I had to leave all too soon. I still managed to pack lots in before my flight (read: most hellish experience of my drama queen life). There was lots of fun to be had with Jay and Heidi of Ink’d Well Comics for the What the Wild Things Read launch (one of the highlights of the weekend being able to give back through charity! Kudos to them for getting the ball rolling and putting out such a lovely finished piece!). As well, Hal-Con 2011 marked Engen Books re-launch of Compendium to the international market as well as the launch of Black Womb Book 8: Inner Child.

After all that fun, I still managed to find time to get whisked away for gelato (Italy, if all goes well, I’d like to be back by 2016, fingers crossed!). Seriously the best gelato this side of the pond. Had a scoop of lemon-lime, a scoop of passion-berry and a scoop of rose hip flavoured gelato. The rose hip flavoured gelato was by far the most heavenly thing I have ever tasted. It is damn good I only manage to get by Halifax once a year because I would be so freaking fat living off the stuff.

From gelato, I only got a few more hours at the con, being whisked off for my “early” flight home. I should have gotten home 11:30 NL time. Should have.

It was my first time flying alone, and waiting for my flight left me a jittery mess. I’ve flown plenty of times before, just never without someone else, so naturally I was freaking out like a crazy. By the time we boarded and took off however, I had managed to calm down. Then came mechanical failure.

Seriously folks, when you’re in a swifty little plane directly over the Atlantic, you do not want to hear “we are experiencing mechanical failure and will be turning around at this time”. You panic more than a little.

By the time we were back on solid ground (after a very bumpy landing and some turbulence) I was ready to swim back home rather than get on a plane, especially when we could watch through the window as they yanked all the parts out of the plane one by one. After more than an hour of watching them do this, with no idea of what was going on, the flight crew finally clued us all in that we’d be taking another plane around 11:30, about half an hour after we should have arrived home initially.

Let’s just say, the delay in posting has had a lot to do with catching up on some severely missed sleep, but that it was all worth it, because as usual Hal-Con 2011 was a blast. So, before Matt attempts to kill me for keeping him up any longer, I better sign off. More to come though in the coming days. Look forward to posts about rubber ducks 😉

-Ellen

Compendium goes international

Compendium (Ellen Curtis)Engen Books continues it’s winning streak with it’s international titles by re-releasing it’s most international collection, Compendium.

First released in 2009 at the first West Coast Con, Ellen Curtis’ breakout title Compendium broke Engen sales records for both Chapters and in-person sales in it’s first week, records that remained in place until the release of Ellen’s debut novel, Infinity.

Compendium features three stories by Curtis: The Tourniquet Revival, At Midnight the Dawn and Falling into Fire, and features Engen’s most international cast, with characters from Europe, America, and beyond.

The usage of descriptions [in Compendium] really pulled me into the settings. I think atmospheric would be an appropriate adjective. All well written stories trigger the senses, but sometimes it takes a few pages or even chapters before the brain is able to create a world based around the information provided… In Compendium I found after a few paragraphs I had been whisked away to [other] worlds. – Jay Paulin

Reedited and redesigned, Compendium is ready for it’s upcoming re-release. It will be available on Amazon in early November, but entertains it’s official launch at Hal Con 2, November 13 and 14, 2011.

Compendium Goes International

This post first appeared on http://engenbooks.wordpress.com/ on October 3, 2011. 

Engen Books continues it’s winning streak with it’s international titles by re-releasing it’s most international collection,Compendium.

First released in 2009 at the first West Coast Con, Ellen Curtis’ breakout titleCompendium broke Engen sales records for both Chapters and in-person sales in it’s first week, records that remained in place until the release of Ellen’s debut novel, Infinity.

Compendium features three stories by Curtis: The Tourniquet Revival, At Midnight the Dawn and Falling into Fire, and features Engen’s most international cast, with characters from Europe, America, and beyond.

The usage of descriptions [in Compendium] really pulled me into the settings. I think atmospheric would be an appropriate adjective. All well written stories trigger the senses, but sometimes it takes a few pages or even chapters before the brain is able to create a world based around the information provided… In Compendium I found after a few paragraphs I had been whisked away to [other] worlds.” – Jay Paulin

Reedited and redesigned, Compendium is ready for it’s upcoming re-release. It will be available on Amazon in early November, but entertains it’s official launch at Hal Con 2, November 13 and 14, 2011.

Locked out

Ellen Curtis
Ellen Curtis

So, I’ve been stressing lately.

Yesterday was jam packed with school, with cleaning, with filming new Engen Bytes. Today I got up early for a doctors appointment to get some things checked out. A clean bill of health (minus having “mediocre” iron levels and waiting on some routine tests) and I was good to go. Even my blood pressure, which was super high a few weeks ago (153/98 with a pulse of 111), is now down to an awesome 128/80. So, that still has to be monitored, but I seem to be in the clear. I even got in another box of un-packing and an episode of Glee before school. And wouldn’t you know it, but by the time all that was done, and I’d fed Matt, it was time to go. Like, really time to go.

I have this thing, about time. I can be super OCD about it. I call it being punctual, Matt calls it compulsive. To each there own. Anyway, I usually leave a half hour early for anything, just so I have time if I need it. Today, I found myself only heading out the door 20 minutes before class. And that just made me go yipes.

So, in a mad dash, I’m prodding Matt in the butt to get him to drive me and scrambling around for what I’ll need. A glance toward my book bag, gotta fill it with my laptop. A glance toward my purse, I should be saving money, so today I’ll do without a coffee. Left behind.

And here’s where it gets fun, because of all things to leave behind, my purse contains almost everything I need in my day to day. It has my make-up, my laptop charger, deodorant, wallet, ID, and oh ya, my keys.

And I didn’t realize until I was on the way home. Still on campus, but Matt is already headed to class, and for some reason he won’t answer his texts. Lovely, right? So now I’m stuck in the UC, smells of delicious food wafting my way, no money on me to get anything, no where else I can really go, no way of knowing where Matt is, and no way of getting my butt back in the house. And that pretty well sucks, because I have my day job at 6, and Matt won’t be out of class until 5. And we have already discussed how much I hate being rushed. Not to mention St. John’s rush hour traffic. You may as well just bring me out to pasture and shoot me now, because apparently I’m barely legal, but very useless.

Ps. Waisting my time watching Glee was pretty worth it, all things aside. Brittany is adorable. What a doll.

Latest Writing Update

So, I mentioned a while ago that we’d be getting some Engen Bytes up soon, and I’d be dropping some more details on upcoming projects soon. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, we had to postpone filming and have not gotten a chance to set up time since. Busy-busy as always over here.

Anyway, I figured I should give you all a teaser of my upcoming contribution to the Engen Universe Anthology of Short Stories in lieu of Engen Bytes. The working title is “Oliver”.

Pretty fuzzy, but just a representation of where the word count was earlier. It’s much further along now 😉

Cake-day!

Ellen Curtis
Ellen Curtis

Yesterday was Morgan’s birthday party, so after work I was whisked off by Liz and Hedley to Melane’s for pizza. As usual, Matt’s side of the family was out in full force for his sister’s party. I have to say, it was nice seeing everyone, as work has forced me to be absent for the last few family gatherings. It’s hard to believe how far all of us have come since this time last year. Georgia and Brandon had a beautiful little baby, it was last year this time Matt decided to go back to school, Matt and I are settling into shared living arrangements, and for once, everyone is in relatively good health.

All in all, it was a nice day. Morgan loved her presents, and I lucked into picking up things for her that she liked and needed. I even got some nummy gluten-free pizza. And I heard a funny story about Matt, but really it would be cruel to post. My sweet boy probably wouldn’t be too pleased.

Anyway, after a long day of work, with school in the morning, a girl needs her rest! Hope your days are just as fun 😉

Back to the Books

Ellen Curtis
Ellen Curtis

This week at Engen Books saw myself and Matthew back to school for the fall semester. Now don’t get me wrong, I love school, but there are things I’d rather be doing. Say, working on the tentative international re-release of Compendium for November. Or the upcoming Engen Universe book of short stories. Or the TR project.

What you can definitely expect in the coming weeks will be some brand new Engen Bytes, which we will be filming next Wednesday. As always, we’re trying to keep people informed about some of the new things we’re working toward.

Basically, I’m just going to be brief today. The early rise for school and the late nights of sick-Matthew (apparently the boss isn’t impervious to the common cold) mumbling and coughing are catching up to me, and quite frankly I need some time to relax! So, until next time, and until we get some Engen Bytes online, I’ll take off!

Happy reading!