(Holiday) Customers From Hell… And How To Handle Them

Another piece from my archives for Throwback Thursday this week! After I defended my PhD, I took a job at Chapters (best job for aspiring authors ever). Most of my customers were fabulous, but one was truly possessed by a demon – and with typically impeccable evil timing, attacked just two weeks after my mom passed and I was least capable of handling her with grace. She inspired this piece. May it give those in the service industry a shield against fire and brimstone, especially during this challenging time of year! Customers From Hell You’ve landed your first job, but it’s not always...

The Lizards in the Luggage (And Bonus Holiday Freebie!)

Have a junior science lover on your holiday shopping list? Here’s how to give them a special treat: Buy a copy of Fox Talk or Fuzzy Forensics from your favourite bookseller Email a copy of the receipt to shop@foxtalk.ca Include your mailing address and personalization instructions in your message For every copy purchased, I will mail you a FREE, personalized, autographed book plate! Want a taste of the awesome that’s inside Fuzzy Forensics? Read on, my friends! Have you ever watched Border Security? I’ve seen the Canadian and Australian editions and there may be more. They’re reality TV shows that...

The Hobbit Blu-Rays – Theatrical or Extended?

On Cyber Monday, Amazon informed me that The Hobbit Extended Edition trilogy was deeply discounted on Blu-Ray. I nearly bought it… and then I had second thoughts. I have The Lord of the Rings Extended Trilogy on Blu-Ray, and when it comes to purchasing a series, I’m in favour of consistency*. But I’m honestly torn on whether extending The Hobbit trilogy was a good idea. For LOTR, there’s no doubt in my mind that extended is better. There was so much in the books that wouldn’t fit into the theatrical cut of the films, and consequently, the extended editions offer more...