A fierce farewell but not goodbye

by Kimberly on May 21, 2013

The signs of a dying blog are often pretty clear. A decline in posts leads to sporadic posts and eventually radio silence. After months of never finding the time to post here, I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that East Coast By Choice has seen its final days.

Not quite a year ago, I started my own company: Fierce Ink Press, a publisher of Young Adult books by East Coast Canadians. Our goal is to produce top notch fiction and non-fiction and bring it to an international audience. Needless to say, it’s kept me quite busy.

Since then, we won the PEI Startup Challenge (my business partner is on the Island).

In September we started a charitable digital imprint called Fierce Shorts where successful authors from the region share their real-life stories from adolescence in support of youth charities of their choice.

At the same time Fierce Ink Press also published its first full-length novel, The Night Has Teeth (The Magdeburg Trilogy, Book One). Before even being published that title won the 34th Atlantic Writing Competition. The success of these title is just starting to show: translation rights for the entire trilogy were sold to Cbj Verlag/Random House Germany. U.S. rights for the first book have also sold to Month9Books. The Night Has Teeth was also recently listed in the Spring Edition of the Best Books for Kids & Teens 2013 (Canadian Children’s Book Centre).

For those of you who know me, you’ll know why this series is near and dear to my heart.

The next novel for Fierce Ink is Membrane by Carol Moreira (publication date: July 23, 2013). We’re crowdfunding in order to raise money for publication. If you pre-order the book now, you’ll get some pretty cool limited edition swag that’s only available during these types of campaigns. You have until June 1 to donate and even if you can’t do so, sharing would help immensely.

As you can see it’s been a busy year. One that has unfortunately taken me away from blogging about all the East Coast has to offer. That said, I’m happy to be able to support local talent through Fierce Ink Press now and would appreciate your continued support in whatever way you can provide it whether it’s buying the books, writing reviews, sharing links or just dropping me a line.

For more details on Fierce Ink Press visit the website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or the Shoppe.

Thanks to all the wonderful guest bloggers and faithful readers of this blog. Like the title of this post says, this may be farewell but it’s certainly not goodbye.

Fierce reading!

Kimberly (@AliasGrace)

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Bingo!

by Kimberly on October 26, 2012

Since moving here in the summer of 1999, Neptune Theatre has produced a wide array of performances some years better than others. This year in particular has delivered some really fine performances and we’re only into the second show of the season on the main stage! Last week I was invited to the opening night performance of Bingo!

Bingo!

Here’s the blurb:

On the eve of their thirtieth high school reunion five classmates come together in a Cape Breton hotel to celebrate the past.  Some are happy to be back home while others see it as an obligation. A few have never left. As tears and liquor flow, decades of dirty laundry is aired and life is re-examined.   Don’t miss this funny, thought-provoking story of friendship, growing up, and the nice guy finally getting the girl. This presentation is a remount of the sold out Mulgrave Road Theatre production by renowned writer, director, actor and Sydney native Daniel MacIvor.

Cokebaby and I had a blast at this performance. Really, I couldn’t find fault in any bit of it. The set was simple yet perfect. Who hasn’t been to a hotel room that looks exactly like that? Or a small town bar emblazoned with the Mooseheads logo on the wall?

Above all else, the casting was absolutely brilliant. Each actor embraced their role and were true to life in so many ways. From the jock who really hasn’t changed, the best friend who’s the brunt of his aggression, to the ones who moved away and the ones who stayed behind. I have to give major props to Heather Rankin who really stole the show with her performance though. She was charming, sweet, funny, and a memorable character.

Overall, Bingo! is a hilarious yet touching play that is very relatable no matter if you’re from a small town or big city. So far, so good in the 50th anniversary at the Neptune Theatre. We’re really looking forward to the rest of the season.

Bingo! runs until November 4.

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Big Day Downtown: The Press Gang

October 23, 2012

Tweet For the third year in a row I was invited to participate in the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s Big Day Downtown. The idea behind the campaign is to give local bloggers $100 in spending money to do with as they please in Halifax then write about the experience. A new twist this year paired […]

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Coffee Q&A: Christopher Mercer

September 26, 2012

Tweet Recently I met with Christopher Mercer at Steve-O-Reno’s on Spring Garden Road in Halifax. I’ve been following him on Twitter (@mercerch) for a few years now but this was our first opportunity to chat at length in person. Kimberly: My first question always is how do you take your coffee? Christopher: I could say strong and rich […]

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Sweeney Todd

September 19, 2012

Tweet Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd! Those are the first lines of an unforgettable performance that Cokebaby and I attended during Neptune Theatre‘s Word of Mouth night last week. If you’ve never heard of the play or the movie, here’s the blurb from their site: This celebrated musical masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary […]

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Best Camping Spots Near Halifax

August 17, 2012

Tweet We’ve had a lovely summer here in Nova Scotia but it’s not over yet. This week, special guest Taylor Anderson writes about some of the great camping spots around the city of Halifax. In the beautiful province of Nova Scotia, home to plenty of cultural treasures all year, there are equally enthralling camping opportunities. […]

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TELUS World Skins Tournament contest

July 22, 2012

Tweet The TELUS World Skins Tournament will take place at Glen Arbour July 29-31. I’m pleased to announce a contest for two grounds passes to see the professionals play on July 30 & 31 and one swag bag to accompany the passes.  The bag (pictured) includes: Enviro Bag Travel mug Critter Sunglasses Chocolates Pen Smartphone/Tablet/laptop screen wipes Tissues Luggage […]

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Coffee Q&A: Jeff White

June 30, 2012

Tweet For your Canada Day long weekend reading pleasure, I bring you an interview with another local entrepreneur. Some of you may know Jeff White as @brightwhite on Twitter. He’s one of the two principals at Kula Partners in Halifax where I sat down to chat over coffee. Incidentally, I was treated to some excellent beverages served fresh from […]

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Fierce Ink Press

June 8, 2012

Tweet Big news, friends! I’m launching a new business venture with a colleague in PEI and it’s all about — you guessed it — books. Visit Fierce Ink Press for full details. We’re already finalists for The Solution Agency Start Up Challenge (winners will be announced tonight) and will be one of the businesses featured at […]

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Coffee Q&A: Lisa Roberts

May 23, 2012

Tweet Today we’ve got a brand new Coffee Q&A with someone I met while working at the CBC. Lisa Roberts is a freelance journalist and formerly a staffer at CBC Radio’s Information Morning. You can find her at lisaroberts.ca or follow her on Twitter @lisa_robe. Kimberly: How do you take your coffee? Lisa: I take it with […]

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