Monday, September 29, 2014

Overheard at the Stop-Watch Gang Meeting - 28 September 2014

"Jeez--did you bring her a shot of tequila to go with that critique?"

"I either don't believe her, or I hate her. It's one of those two..."

1: "We still love you."
2: "Yeah, I don't have anything to say."

A: "I find it funny THIS is the part of the story we're arguing about."
B: "She started it!"

"I get that Melcolm loved Annie (which is a little too close to Anakin Skywalker for my taste)..."

Her: "Okay. So..."
Him: "Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it."

"Yeah, it's clap magic. Actually, that doesn't sound right."

"It felt like watching Return of the King. 'Is it over? No. Is it--no. Finally, its--NO.'"

Thing 1: "It lacks tension. Despite the fact that they torture Boner...Bohner."
Thing 2: "Boner does lack tension."

X: "Steve's solution is actually very good."
Y: "Why do you say it like that?"
Z: "It's so rare."

"I didn't agree with Mike about the ending. But once Suzanne explained it--better than Mike--I actually do agree."

"Well, go put that in and let people reject it for that reason!"


Friday, August 01, 2014

Two SWG Members on the Final Ballot for the 2014 Aurora Awards

This year, two of the members of the Stop-Watch Gang have short stories on the final ballot for the Aurora Awards.

If you pay the small fee to join CSFFA, you'll have access to the voters' package which includes free samples of all of the nominated works.

Voting closes at 11:59PM ET, Saturday, September 6, 2014.

"A Bunny Hug for Karl" by Mike Rimar was published in Masked Mosaic, Canadian Super Stories (Tyche Books).

"Living Bargains" by Suzanne Church was published in When the Hero Comes Home 2 (Dragon Moon Press).

Read "Living Bargains" on Suzanne's blog.

Click here for a full list of all the 2014 Aurora Award nominated works.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ad Astra Stop-Watch Gang Reading

Ad Astra Convention is April 4th to 6th.

Several members of the Stop-Watch Gang will be attending the convention.

Our big SWG Reading is:

Saturday, Apr 5 4:00-5:00 PM READING – Stop-Watch Gang, Ian Donald Keeling, Mike Rimar, Pippa Wysong, Stephen Kotowych, Suzanne Church (Oakridges)

Suzanne Church's Complete Schedule

Saturday, Apr 5 10:00-11:00 AM The Writing Life, Ada Hoffman, Julie Czerneda, Karina Sumner-Smith, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Suzanne Church (Newmarket)

Saturday, Apr 5 12:00-1:00 PM READING – Writing in the 'Loo, Marcy Italiano, Sarah Tolmie, Suzanne Church (Markham A)

Saturday, Apr 5 2:00-4:00 PM GoH + Many Other Authors Signing A mass autograph session. Bring your copies of ELEMENTS (available at the Bakka Phoenix Books table in the Dealers’ Room) to be signed (Richmond A)

Saturday, Apr 5 4:00-5:00 PM READING – Stop-Watch Gang, Ian Donald Keeling, Mike Rimar, Pippa Wysong, Stephen Kotowych, Suzanne Church (Oakridges)

The big party and launch for...

ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction


The Milkman

Suzanne and Michael would love it if you would RSVP via the Facebook Events page. Come for the cake, stay for the fun!

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's time to nominate for the Aurora Awards

The Prix Aurora Awards celebrate speculative fiction in Canada.

Click on the link for A Full List of Eligible Works

All nominations must be made by 11:59PM, Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stop-Watch Gang members have the following stories available for nomination.


Suzanne Church

Living Bargains,
When the Hero Comes Home 2, edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood, Dragon Moon Press, 2013.

Costi Gurgu

Secret Recipes,
Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast, edited by Colleen Anderson and Steve Vernon, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2013.

Mike Rimar

A Bunny Hug for Karl,
Masked Mosaic: Canadian Super Stories, edited by Claude Lalumiere and Camille Alexa, Tyche Books, 2013.

Interview with Steve Vernon

As part of Suzanne Church's "Content Month" on her blog, she's posted an interview with Steve Vernon.

Happy reading.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

March is Content Month

Over at Suzanne Church's website, she's adding content all through the month of March, leading up to the big release of ELEMENTS on April 1st (in Canada).

So far, insights and fun facts have been added for stories:


The Wind and the Sky

March of the Forgotten

Storm Child

Check it out!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Table of Contents for "Elements"

Over on her blog, Suzanne posted the Table of Contents for her short-fiction collection Elements. Over the next few weeks, she'll post content on the background, development, and/or characters from each story.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Suzanne's Writing Resolutions for 2014

I know I'm six days late, but Happy New Year!

Over at my personal blog, I posted my writing resolutions for 2014.

Like last year, I will likely Tweet more than I blog.

Watch this space for all of the Stop-Watch Gang's writing news in 2014.

On the topic of coolness, my upcoming book: Elements a Collection of Speculative Fiction is now available for pre-order at!