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Extra Life Achieved!

October 28, 2013
Holy smokes! I just met my Extra-Life 2013 fundraising goal! Thank you everyone who has supported me in this effort. Please stay tuned for all the wacky posts and updates during this Saturday's 25-hour game-a-thon. Love you all!  [read more]

Extra Life 2013 Update!

October 24, 2013
We're now ten days away from the day wherein I'll attempt to game for 25 hours to straight in order to raise funds for Sick Kids Hospital. As of this morning, I'm at 49% of my fundraising goal, which means I still need a few more sponsors. Can you help tip me over? It's a crazy challenge and a darned good cause... need I say more? xoxoxo My Extra Life participant page can be found at:  [read more]
Each year I attempt to participate in at least one charity event. This year, for the first time, I've decided to take part in Extra Life (at the advice of a beloved gamer friend), and will be raising funds for the SickKids Foundation here in Toronto, who do some very good work saving young lives. On November 2nd, 2013, I'll be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds (from video games to board games and tabletop RPGs), and making an attempt to game for 25 STRAIGHT HOURS(!). On that day, I will be posting regular updates and photos to my social media accounts and Tumblr ( reporting on my progress, and on what I'm playing hour to hour. Also, in the spirit of fun and getting my sponsors more involved, I'm taking requests! Which means if you want me to play something in ...  [read more]
A couple months back I was interviewed about BLEEDER by Canadian 'zine and indie culture magazine BROKEN PENCIL (print edition, pictured below, on newsstands now) for an article about Canada's Underground YA Scene. You can read the whole piece online at: Over the Christmas holidays I'll be cutting together a book trailer for BLEEDER using Jerry's amazing chapter art.  I had the chance to hear the score written especially for it earlier this week for the first time and I can honestly say it is a thing of a beauty. I have no idea how/why I've been blessed with so many amazing contributors on this project, but yeah, wow... just wow. I can't wait to share it with all of you. In other news, I'll be revealing the cover art and teaser blurb for LETTERS FROM NEW YORK late next week. The novella's roughly a quarter written now and on track ...  [read more]
Writer's block is deadly, even more so when you are committed to penning a weekly serial as I currently am (Bleeder is ongoing at and on Wattpad at, if you want to check it out). This week the dastardly demon reared its ugly head and forced me into battle. Here are some the weapons I utilized in combat.   1. The Book's Soundtrack Yes, yes, I can hear you griping already, "But Monica, books don't have soundtracks." Well, mine do. I imagine the story as a movie and which tracks would play behind which scenes, and then I make that playlist. When I'm blocked, I listen to it - now handily transferred to my iPhone - on my walks with the dog, while grocery shopping, while cutting the lawn, doing dishes. It helps keep me immersed in the story and the characters, and visualizing scenes, and it usually gets me excited ...  [read more]

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