Author Archives: CheffoJeffo

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Shit People Say To You When You’re White

Last night a group of Canadians were murdered while they prayed. Today I feel hollowed out. Maybe I should be angry. Indignant. Outraged. But if I hold on to those, I’ll get caught up in the intoxication those emotions bring. I’ll lose my way. They are feelings best left to those more qualified to wield them. Canadians […]

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Would you ask a vampire for a cup of sugar?

Kellie Leitch has been getting her ass kicked around the media in Toronto lately and deservedly so. The Witch-Queen-of-Creemore talked to Toronto Life about how the 6ix isn’t like the place she grew up. She “would never go next door and ask my neighbour for a cup of sugar.” I had grown up in a place […]

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TBR pile o’ Shorts: Part One – The Used

When I decided to do a #YearOfReadingShorts I noted that I have a huge backlog of short stories to read. There are a number of different sources for that lofty TBR pile. Today I’ll talk about the danger of the UsedBook (genus libristritisinsumptuosus). I love used book stores. Real used book stores. You know what […]

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The American Health Care Conversation

Preface: Like many, I resolved to post more in the new year. Once a week in fact. I had not planned for any of those posts to be political. We’ve all had enough of that lately. That said, my social media feeds are overflowing with conversations about the ACA and I have something to say. Here it […]

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#amwriting plans for 2017

2016 was a disappointing year on so many fronts for so many people. I got through it better than most, although I need to remember to leave outrage and justifiable anger to folks who are better qualified to wield them, no matter how good it feels to be part of the crowd … erm mob. […]

Yay! Contributor’s Copies

I have my UPS account set up to alert me when I have packages arriving and was a little surprised to find out that they would be dropping off a package for me today. The only orders that Mrs. Cheffo and I were expecting haven’t shipped yet. We puzzled our puzzlers into a tizzy trying […]

Gamut is over $40,000! Huge new add-on today.

Originally posted on – What Does Not Kill Me –:
We’re over $40,000! Wow. Thank you all for spreading the word, pledging, and upgrading, it’s been so exciting to watch us get closer and closer to our goal. Only five days left to get to $52,000. I know we can do it. Here’s one way…

#amreading: New LitMag on the Horizon: GAMUT from Richard Thomas

Yesterday saw the launch of the KickStarter campagin for GAMUT, a new literary magazine from Richard Thomas. I backed it as soon as it went live. You should back it too. We are already over the first $1,000 and have been selected as a PROJECT WE LOVE by Kickstarter staff. Great start! https://t.co/pXOlfuaTXu — Richard […]

#amwriting: What about Point of View?

We’ve all heard the standard “There’s First Person, Third Person Omniscient, but most genre fiction is written in Limited Third Person. Don’t mix them and — whatever you do — don’t write in Second Person.” Allow me to let my freak flag fly: I LOVE (lovelovelovelove) reading (well-written) Second Person. Stuff like BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY or […]

#amwriting : Christie Yant’s Tools For Writers

As seen on Twitter, here is a link to writer and editor (think Lightspeed’s WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION!) Christie Yant‘s Tools For Writers spreadsheet, free and updated for 2016. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b9kMUG1hJClQ2Vx3CRyqioEb80rXYnkd6JbvCDs9-Pc … h/t to @christieyant #amwriting

#amreading : Two free stories from Sèphera Girón

Available today, two free short stories from the mind of  horror writer and editor Sèphera Girón: On Amazon.ca On Amazon.com You’re welcome. #amreading

#ShouldBeWriting: The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society (NSFW)

It’s a new year. You probably made a writing-related resolution that you should be following through on. Instead, you are here, so allow me to introduce you to The Outdoot Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society: We’re a group of friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends, and complete strangers, who […]