It’s Time to Put Your Worst Foot Forward

Hiding behind what we think others want us to be prevents healing. It continues this script saying x y and z about me is bad, should be hidden, is unforgivable. When we try only to put our best foot forward, we're essentially constantly judging ourselves. Constantly...

What To Do When She Thinks You’re Creepy

Understanding what's really happening when a woman feels 'creeped out' will help you understand what you can --- and can't --- do to remedy the situation. Lots of articles talk about basic social skills intended to help guys avoid being ‘creepy’. Feel free to check...

A Wholistic Guide to Feeling Like Shit

Are you ready to feel happy all the time, no matter what?! Too bad! Because that's impossible. But that's OK. So is feeling like shit. And so are you. Here's how to handle the awful feelings, turn them into tools for growth, and truly heal. So you feel like shit....

Gendered Items are Cruel and Unusual — Sassy Advice

The Hot Lady Rose is the worst atrocity since the Granny Smith Apple. When will the madness stop? As I'm sure you've heard by now, Bloomex Canada, a flower supplier, featured a beautiful rose on its website for Valentine's Day with the nefarious and terrifying name...

Overcome the Fear & Follow your Purpose

Our culture tells us that following our hearts is a dangerous waste of time and energy. That we have to earn our happiness, by doing things we don't really want to do, by suffering. What if that's wrong? Destiny. Mission. Purpose. Karma.   Many different names for...

If You Think Dating’s a Game, You’ve Already Lost

When we see potential mates as opponents, targets and obstacles instead of beautiful people worthy of our love and trust, everyone loses. There are some people who view dating as a game. We all know they're out there. You may even be one of them. And that's fine. You...

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Pain Right Now

  Having chronic pain can feel hopeless. Here are 10 things that help me get through the day. I hope they can help you, too! Chronic pain sucks. Your life and activities are limited. You have far less energy. You might be irritable, forgetful, and easily...

Why Nice Guys Stay Single—Advice for Men

Being Nice won’t get you a relationship. That’s because 'Nice' isn't what women need. This is.   "I figured if I was nice, I would impress girls. If I was nice enough, I would get a girlfriend."   I've heard this so many times. And for the record, I think...

The Virgin’s Guide to Dating Women—Advice for Men

  7 steps to clear shame, acknowledge your power, and be truly present with the women you care about. It's going to happen. I know it hasn't yet. I know it feels like it's happened for everyone else, even the known weirdos and self-professed sexist perverts....

Sassy Advice – How To Marry a Movie Star

For Sara - #1 Fan. It has come to my attention that movie stars are beautiful and wealthy. Granted, this is partly Hollywood style deception; makeup and whatnot. Ryan Gosling for example is actually a 68 year old woman of Portuguese descent.      ...

All Hail the Beauty Queen

You have probably been wondering why I am not a contestant in numerous beauty pageants. I base this statement on the likelihood that you have seen me in a bikini, or streaking in a public place. You haven't? Seriously? Where have you BEEN? Anyways, I am of course...

Sassy Advice – Real Love for Real People

Presence and honesty build real intimacy. So how should this reader let a guy know that she likes him?                       "Dear Kathryn,                   What is the best way to make sure the guy I like knows I'm                   crazy about him, how badly I want...

Your Guide to a Great Book Cover

Cary Caffrey, best selling indie author of The Girls From Alcyone, which you will remember I loved, gives us some great tips for selling books with a professional book cover! An entrepreneur with experience in the self-promotion industry, Carey has some awesome tips...

The Future is Now

We spend our lives planning for the future and hoping for the best. But what if what's best is what is already happening? Let's say you are looking to acquire some cash moneys. Now let's say that you are on the gravy-train of intention and maybe have a boxed set of...

Time for a Change

Today we're going to talk about something serious. Life-changingly serious. The kind of serious that is so serious that you have to practice your facial expression in the mirror before-hand, to ensure that you look serious enough to convey the serious that you feel....

We Should All Buy Some Art Right Now

Holy F, Internet. Whilst looking for cover art for an upcoming novel, I came across the work of one Dominique, whose last name is unknown. The link is her tumblr. Also check her out at deviantart. This girl is insaaaaaanely talented. According to her profile, she is...

Time to Take Care of Business

Finances. They are frightening. Why? Because we're told that finances are the only thing separating us from All The Bad Things. All the bad things our ancestors had to worry about were saber toothed tigers and occasional starvation. But these days we have to worry...

Interview with Indie Author John A. Heldt

Dear and Intelligent Readers, Today we have a special treat! John A. Heldt, author of recently reviewed The Mine (which you will remember I loved), is stopping by our internet today for an interview! This sweet and sassy time travel romance author is a veteran of the...

Idle No More

Time for a story. Once there was this crazy ass group of people who decided that they ought to own everything and be in charge of everyone. They took on all sorts of crazy beliefs, some of which persist to this day, to justify the murders and rapes and tortures and...

Sassy Advice – Don’t Bet The Farm on LovePanky

Let's say you're looking for some advice about love. For some absurd reason, you don't check this blog first. Maybe you do a google search and click on a likely looking link and then...   It's called lovepanky.com and it is full of bizarre advice written by...

Interview with Indie Author David Beers

Good Looking and Intelligent Readers, I have a treat for you today. The author of Dead Religion, which I had the privilege of reading (it was actually more of an unstoppable compulsion that, as the name suggests, I could not stop) and reeeaaaallllyyyy enjoyed, David...

Well, I AM Self Published.

I just realized that my book promotion consists mostly of doing random things on the internet and hoping for the best. Example: I was just on twitter. Despite the advice of my very good looking butcher, my twitter 'presence' is often more of an 'absence' (I sat...

Alberta Red Necks – A Call to Arms

Dear Alberta Red Necks, I know you're out there. You vote conservative in landslide numbers. You pen irate and irrational letters to the editor about 'those environmentalist wing nuts' and 'the damn national government'. You go 80 km/h through the 30 zone in front of...

Update on Ultimate Life Success

Hello Internet! You'll be happy to know that the first promotional photos for Ultimate Life Success are ready, and will be in my hot little hands either tomorrow or the next day. These photos are for the cover and the About the Author section and are SO FUNNY IT IS...

Maybe I Can Help.

I just read the heartbreaking story of Amanda Todd. First of all, the man that distributed photos of her, an underaged girl, should be summarily shot. Second of all... I feel like there must be something I can do to prevent a similar tragedy happening again. Having...

Presidential Debate

Good evening. Thank you, thank you. I would like to thank the various news-agency professionals who are watching this program. Also the one or two dedicated non-media citizens and members of countries with a vested interest in the outcome of the election. Thanks for...

Eating Right for Morons

Eating right can be hard. But, unlike other hard things (like math) that you can simply choose to avoid for the rest of your life, the consequences of not eating right involve death, or if you're REALLY unlucky, ugliness. To avoid death and / or ugliness, let's take a...

Be a Part of History!

If you would like to be part of history, please send me your email address. You'll get historic email updates about the historically significant launch of Ultimate Life Success, a book that promises to revolutionize Life, in a pretty Ultimate and Successful sort of...

Oy

"The bacterium Bacillus thuriengensis (B.T.) generates a sharp crystalline protein, which punctures the gut of feeding caterpillars. This leads to the death of any caterpillars that ingest this bacterium. Because of this unique property, B.T. is widely used as a...

…Or not

More from the same course, on the history of agriculture: [Once people started to plant their own food and tend it in villages instead of foraging for it all over the place, and once food storage became reliable] "...people were no longer required to devote a large...

Back to School

From one of the courses I'm taking: "...horticulture unites art and science. In its finest sense, a true horticulturist can combine an aesthetic appreciation for the inherent beauty in plants with a scientific appreciation for the basic functioning of these living...

Prepping As a Lifestyle Choice – Apocalypse Optional

earth…had better things to offer — crops without cultivation, fruit on the bough, honey in the hollow oak. no one tore the ground with ploughshares or parcelled out the land or swept the sea with dipping oars – the shore was the world’s end. clever human nature,...

Hangovers – A Fun-Filled, Step-by-Step Guide

Hangovers. They are a ubiquitous cultural phenomenon that both teases and entices. But how do you get one? Easy! Step 1. Plan on having a fun-filled evening in which you will drink more than one drink. Unless you have told yourself that you will only have one drink or...

Sassy Advice – Send the Robot Back Where It Came From

I have this theory. It's extremely inflammatory, which I hope will garner some national media attention. It's also very possibly TRUE, which I hope will garner some national HUMAN attention. This is serious, guys. I'm pretty sure that Stephen Harper is a robot. I...

Heroes is Becoming an Overnight Bestseller!

Great news, loyal fan (s)! My new ebook, Heroes, is selling so well in the first 2 days of it's life as an ebook that it is officially in the top 100 books of its genre! (glass-shattering applause) Thank you to everyone who has bought the book so far, and has made...

Heroes is Live!

It's official! I am a multi-published author! Heroes is a really cool novella that I'm quite proud of. It follows two very different people living very different lives; Jack is Olive's past, her ancestor. Olive is Jack's future, his great-great-great-grandchild, and...

Heroes

Great news! I'm publishing a new ebook. It is a novella called Heroes. This is the cover art I'm tentatively going to use:

How To Appear Wildly Successful As A New Author

Hello, internet. Today's topic is how to inspire great admiration in legions of fans simply by appearing awesome. Specifically, the gender of awesomeness towards which you will be aspiring in this exercise is: Publishing Success, aka Author Awesomeness. These days,...

Brilliant Book Marketing Strategies

Here's the deal. I'm working on building an arsenal of free-or-cheap marketing tools for my novel. I've been reading guerrilla marketing and guerrilla marketing for authors and a few other books on the subject, as well as brainstorming. Those of you who know me well...

How to Build a Patio: The Zen of Patio Construction

Step 1. The Zen of Patio Construction, or, The Patio is Building You I am building a patio. It all started when I developed an all-consuming love for gardening and everything related to gardening. I'm even taking courses, this winter, to get two separate certificates...

Pardon Me, Kathryn; Your Nerdiness is Showing

I like computer games. You heard me. I loved them when I was a kid, though I never got into WoW or Diablo, anything particularly involved like that because violence makes me sick and the story-lines are often scary. Then puberty hit, and it became clear to me that...

Seriously, Wired Magazine?

This morning I had the dubious privilege of reading Apocaplypse Not: Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry About End Times, by Matt Ridley, on wired.com. For the record, I'm not pro-apocalypse. I think that having an apocalypse is probably a bad idea for everyone. Whether by...

Sassy Advice – The Book!

Great news, internet! Thanks to overwhelming interest in my Sassy Advice feature here on this blog, I am writing a full-length, self-help, how-to Sassy Advice BOOK. If you are interested in great relationships, a happy career, and avoiding death, this is definitely...

Robot Porn. You heard me.

I wrote a sassy advice column yesterday about the internet possibly developing sentience and, according to science fiction, either becoming totally scary and murderous or totally sexy. Clearly, we are hoping for the latter...

Price Set By Publisher

The incredibly popular indie writer Amanda Hocking has officially gone traditional. Her self-published books, competitively priced to make her into an indie favorite, got her a HUGE book deal with MacMillon... Who is soon releasing her newest book, Wake, for over $12....

Hilarious Spam Comments

I would like to share a sample of the hilarious spam comments that people (or possibly robots) attempt to post to this blog. This is my favorite one so far, ever: "kathrynhehn.ca is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic. You know so much its...

Everything Grows With Love

Hello Internet Fan(s)! As it is spring, I have been spending the majority of my waking minutes installing my garden. It is about 1/5 of an acre, and the plan took me literally months to come up with. I ended up devouring many books about permaculture design, and have...

Wild Land’s Evil Villains Set to Become Reality

It seems that humanities obsession with itself is pretty much just as bad as I imagined when I wrote Wild Land. This article explains recent advances in making robotic imitations of actual people. The idea seems to be that your robot self would be able to... I don't...

Sorry, NY Publishers. You’re just not making the cut.

I was reading a rant on amazon today about self-published work. The author of said rant believed that all self-published books are self-published because the big houses rejected them. Specifically, this funny person wrote that "every publisher, every agent, and every...

First Review of Wild Land!

Something amazing has happened!!! After sending out requests for reviews for weeks now, I have gotten my very first - unsolicited! - review of Wild Land. I opened the email, clicked the link, and my heart almost stopped beating while I waited for it to load. Would...

Update!

I apologize for the tardiness of this post. After the book launch - the eventual topic of this post, I promise - I had to work, then went straight from a 24 hour shift to the airport and to Ontario to visit the soon-to-be-inlaws. Which was fun! Then I got home and...

Wild Land is ready for launch. T minus 5 days. Over.

After a daring and terrifying struggle with pdf (as a thing, not any particular pdf) and 'embedding fonts', it looked like Wild Land wasn't going to be present at its own book launch. DUN DUN DUN The files were being processed, but too slowly. Problems popped up like...

Wild Land is Ready!!!

Hello, internet! No time for jokes today, my interwebby friend. I'm writing to tell you that Wild Land is officially for sale! So far, it is only for sale on the Kindle, but the rest is 'being processed' and will be ready soon. Yippee! You can check it out right here:...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Wild Land!

It's finally happening. The edits are almost finished. The title page is beautiful, and I've almost figured out how to format it properly. By the end of this week, Wild Land will be finished, uploaded to the Kindle store and to the printers. Wow!!! This is super...

Sassy Advice – Learning from the masters

Good day, internet. I have always enjoyed reading advice columns. They’re fun, interesting, and sometimes helpful. By sometimes, I mean never. The truth is that if you are writing some newspaper person for advice you have already lost. Which is why I am now offering...

A Public Service Announcement

Scene: A Pretty Hot Dude is dousing himself suggestively with cologne while practicing his smile in the mirror. Movie Announcer Voice: Tom has got a Hot Date. Cut to: Dreamy memory from earlier that day. Tom sees an Attractive Woman (we know that she is attractive...

Kathryn on “Dragon’s Den”

STRANGELY CALM BRITISH MAN: "These are the Dragons. The multimillionaire investors on their way to the den. There tonight they will make or break the dreams of dozens of budding entrepreneurs and inventors" (Several people in snappy suits walk down an oddly dark and...

Harlequin and Romance. Grrrrr.

Today we're going to talk about Romance Novels. (GASP!) Don't get upset, dear and loyal internet reader(s) (hi mom!). I love reading romance. And, thankfully, there are a number of wonderful exceptions to the above rule, one of my favorites among them being Sandra...

Dear Fan(s),

Dear Fan(s), (I may as well just say, "Hi mom!" Not that I'm sour about it. Oh no, quite the contrary. I plan on soon becoming wildly successful, at which point I will say something like "Hey sup, Mom") First let me say that last night, I played the FUNNEST game of...

I want to shower my editor with unending gifts.

Hello, internet! Long time no see! Just kidding, of course. It's likely, dear internet, that you know everything about me including my present and past whereabouts, favorite colours, and sassy secret thoughts. Well! Me-ow to you too, internet! It's time for an update...

The Saga of Self-Publication

Writing books is fun. I'm sure there are people out there that would rather gouge their own eyes out than write a book, or that would only consider writing a book to be fun after unscrupulous electroshock therapy, but I digress. For me, it's great. So far, publishing...

Wild Land – An Inside Look

Wild Land is my debut novel. It is also the first novel that I've ever published. Needless to say, I'm learning a heck of a lot about the whole 'novel creation' process. Perhaps, dear internet friends, you don't want to know all of the nitty gritty of novel creation....

Dear Internet,

My dear internet. I'm writing to tell you all the latest news about me. Maybe you've heard that Wild Land, my debut novel, is going to be released this Canadian Thanksgiving! That's October 7th, if you don't have a calendar handy. But what am I thinking? You're the...