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Some Frequent Questions

Amusing or annoying questions asked to authors in bookfairs



Merry Christmas!


Leaves and deadlines falling along…

Leaves and deadlines fallling


New engagements and events conspired to keep me from adding new pages on this blog. This fall had deadlines falling along with the leaves.

More to come, for I will be signing my new science fiction novel at the Montréal Bookfair.

My pet peeve

I hate the caps lock key



The flu season is upon us!


Common cold and flu are the bane of the self-employed. And I really seem to catch those rhino-bugs (rhino- and influenza  viruses) at the same time, despite my best efforts to avoid them!

While waiting for the seasonal vaccine, wash your hands frequently!

My Cute Little Economic Life

.My cute little economic life!


Two sites: Take back the economy, and how to reframe the usual narrative: The austerity story

Coping with Disappointment


Coping with disapointments


Disappointments are unavoidable in life. Better to prepare for it.

The first step of the professional disappointment ladder is classic, impersonal: like a negative response to a grant application.

The second disappointment degree is more intense as you suspect (rightly or wrongly) dishonesty or malice under the final choice.

The third degree is when your proposal is refused by people or artists you know and respect, and who also know you. That hurts!

The fourth level is when you learn through the media that the super-high-profile project organized by colleagues who never returned your calls /emails, will go forward … without you. Here, the long silence prepares the final shock.

The 4th degree, as described, has happened early in my budding career. Its impact was devastating. Doubt entered my life as an artist. I never found the same confidence in my art, my abilities since then. I became invisible in my peers’ eye.

It took decades and a new generation of artists/creators to get rid of my impostor syndrome. Drawing this comic, baring my soul was most difficult.


My suggestions to manage your professional disappointment:

DO NOT respond or react before 24 hours have passed.

DO NOT name the organisation or express anger in public, nor share your bad experience and victim status on socia media. Accusing the agency of discrimination adds new problems: those feelling targeted will deny it anyway (not to mention the high trollin potential as soon as you mention the thing). And if the choice has been fair and perfectly innocent, you harm the organisation.

DO: all romping in private that feels good. Physical exercise, running, gardening, climbing up the curtains … help to evacuate the excess of energy. Afterwards, relax, read a good novel, savor chocolate or ice cream.

AND : work on the next project!

I found a constructive way to manage my disappointment this week: scripting this comic. The next day, instead of moping, I wrote two new complete science fiction short-stories (quite short). One was written in 20 minutes, edited, then sent as a submission in the next half hour.

Opening myself for a  potential disappointment…





This is what usually happens to my inspiration when I take too long getting ready…

But don’t let this stop you from creating!

Fun at the Signing Table – Hyperboles, again!

Hyperboles and physics! Art and writing by Michèle Laframboise

Meddling with physics is still big fun for a SF writer!

Thanks to my hyperboles suppliers Pascal Colpron (eternity), Robin Dumont (hair) and André Lavoie (minus a thousand). The ET visitor comes from a Le Bob original creation.

Matter falling in a black hole get heated up, so much that it emits a stream of X rays. In the panel with the car in space, a Cygnus X1 like binary system is illustrated, a star with a companion black hole.

The mean universe temperature is about 3 Kelvin.  The fossil microwave picture is a courtesy of NASA.

The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking was an inspiration for the universe 4-dimensional models. The Hawking radiation is the name given to a black body radiation when a black hole evaporates.

As for the Big Crunch, well, there’s still some time before, if it happens!

Fun at the Signing Table – But You’ll get Exposure!

But you'll get so much exposure! Why should we pay you for the favor?

But you’ll get so much exposure! Why should we pay you for the favor?
Should you work for free? This chart by Jessica Hische might help you!