Author Archives: CheffoJeffo

Cultural Appropriation and Newtonian Physics

This week saw a bunch of Canadian writers rant and rail on Twitter against the “mobbing” of Hal Niedzviecki for his editorial on cultural appropriation (perhaps more appropriately described as his lack of understanding of cultural appropriation). The folks in question are — unsurprisingly — white and privileged. Hell, one of the douchebags is an […]

Short Stories You Can Listen To

  This week I am reading Damien Angelica Walters‘ PAPER TIGERS. I’ve read some of her short work before and the opening chapters of PT reminded me that I loveLoveLOVE her voice. I found myself craving at times when reading wasn’t convenient: while walking Harvey the Wonderhound, cooking, driving. An audio fix seemed in order, especially […]

2016 Black SFF Writer Survey Report

Despite recognizing the importance of diversity in publishing, trying to balance my own reading habits and supporting markets that promote diversity, I am a cis white male neophyte writer and sometimes stumble in discussing it. So, I will leave that to the good folks at FIYAH: Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction: Public conversations about and around diversity […]

#amwriting Update: Ides of March Edition

OK, today is PI Day, but the Ides of March is tomorrow and a better thematic fit. Besides, I’m a recovering mathematician. I started 2017 with an ambitious BigPlan(tm) for writing in 2017. So, how am I doing? Item Target Actual #YearOfReadingShorts 74 78 Write 500 Words Per Day 37,000 16,200 Blog Posts 11 6 In […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]