From the pitfalls of being your own boss and having to meet the FedEx guy in your pyjamas, to trying to get editors to answer your emails, to what it’s like having five courses of duck in one say, Stephanie Dickison’s story of working from home full-time is a laugh-out-loud peek into the life of the self-proclaimed “luckiest girl in the world.”
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING (from the cover):
“This is for anyone who’s ever wondered what we freelance writers do all day. Stephanie Dickison airs all our dirty laundry – from the crazy hours to the procrastination temptation to the seemingly impossible juggle of assignments, finances, and personal life. Reading this hilarious book is like picking the brain of a cherished writing mentor – one who makes you snort your latte out of your nose.”
- Michelle Goodman, author of My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-to-5-Guide
“I loved reading The 30-Second Commute immensely. This book is timeless and has monstrous personality. Stephanie’s confidence and commitment to her art quickly walks off the pages and directly into your heart. As a songwriter I relate to her, as a musician, I’ve learned from her, and as a woman I appreciate her. It’s fun and feisty, yet charismatic and classy.”
- Jully Black, Juno Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter
“You’ll find yourself falling in love with Stephanie and the life she’s leading – and you’ll learn what full-time freelancing is all about. The 30-Second Commute is a delight to read.”
- Jeff Reich, Editor of The Writer magazine
“Stephanie Dickison is a smart, funny writer with a keen eye for detail. The secret pleasure of this book is that it’s not just about working from home, but so much more: family, writing, music, the Internet, celebrities, wine, and good food. Though she may only have a 30-second commute, Stephanie’s lively intelligence ranges far and wide.”
- Geoff Schmidt, author of Write Your Heart Out: Advice from the Moon Winx Motel
“A delightful snapshot of the life of a writer. Stephanie draws the reader into the day-to-day life of a modern, soon-to-be-famous scribe, and along the way captures, in refreshing detail, her love for, and fascination with, the music business, the restaurant business, and the vibrant streets of Toronto. The 30-Second Commute is an opportunity to step into someone else’s shoes for awhile and enjoy a life being lived, in the company of its witty and engaging narrator.”
- Steve Prentice, author of Cool Time: A Hands-On Plan for Managing Work and Balancing Time
“Honest, insightful and a lot of fun. Stephanie has that rare ability to make reading The 30-Second Commute feel like having a great lunch with a good friend.”
- John McFetridge, author of Dirty Sweet and Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
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“Relentless job-chasing. Playing cat and mouse with editors. A mountain of items of every kind waiting to be reviewed. Lost interviews due to recording devices that fail to record. Multiple hours spent researching. Being required to maintain extraordinary motivation. Paid upon publication. This is the storied life of Toronto-based journalist Stephanie Dickison, who, despite an unpredictable, always hectic schedule, considers herself to be the luckiest girl in the world. Three years ago Dickison left the security of an office job to take on freelance writing full-time. Her journey thus far is chronicled in her candid first book, The 30-Second Commute: A Non-Fiction About Writing and Working From Home. The result is part awe-inspiring, part cautionary tale of what comprises a day in the life of a committed writer. Those who fantasize romantically about fleeing the rat race to spend their days writing, thinking and being creative would do well to read Dickison’s words of wit and wisdom. “[This] ain’t no way to live,” she writes. “Just look at what it did to Spalding Gray, Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath.” Many chapters are devoted to Dickison’s two main passions: food and music, and her adventures in the extensive reviewing of these subjects (complete with diversion into wine reviewing). She offers no easy answers or do-it-yourself tips but rather unabashedly states what works for her and what doesn’t. Good-natured incredulousness about her career choice is balanced with ample reassurances that there is nothing else she would rather be doing. Readers are likely to find this book to be as rewarding as Dickison clearly considers her job to be. Delightfully impossible to put down.” – Amie Ronald-Morgan
Green Lifestyle Magazine:
“What I thought would be a commentary about the trials, tribulations, or triumphs of working from home instead revealed itself to be a smart and funny look into the everyday life of Stephanie Dickison, journalist, essayist, and restaurant reviewer.
As a professional writer who can also claim a decade of experience with The 30 Second Commute, I commend Stephanie’s astute insight into the pitfalls and self-defeating patterns writers encounter when they face the blank page, tangle with unprofessional editors, face looming deadlines, and lose the electronic or technical battles that wipe out a finished story or an exceptional interview. Stephanie delivers such stories with charm and self-deprecating wit.
As a child Stephanie was sensitive and fearful, easily brought to tears or hysteria by sights and sounds that may have made the rest of us merely uncomfortable. As an adult, she tells us she has overcome her fears to a small degree. What she doesn’t seem to recognize is just how brave she has become. Her culinary courage far exceeds that of most of us mere mortals. As a restaurant reviewer (read food critic with a heart), she relishes the opportunity to savor new dishes, whether they are made from sweetmeats, thymus glands, pancreas, chicken feet, fish eyes, kangaroo, tongue, or horse. Trust me, Stephanie, you are a very brave woman.
The 30 Second Commute is a lovely read, bright, fun, and revealing. If you are a writer, you’ll face yourself. If you’re not a writer, the curtain will be pulled back and you’ll get a great peek at a writer’s real world and an insight into The 30 Second Commute.” – Michael & Mrs. Edwards
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APPEARANCES & INTERVIEWS
If you are interested in featuring my book in your publication (online or print), on your television or radio show, or you wish to interview me, please contact me.
You can also check my events at BookTour.com
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I will be speaking at “Careers in Publishing & Writing” at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Workshop: Writing for Beginners – Morningside Library – 2-3:30 pm – 4279 Lawrence Ave. East (416) 396-8881
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Featured at Helen Ginger’s Doing It Write
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Interview with David Petersen of CIUT’s Take 5 – Live at 8:45 a.m.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Reading from my book at Pape Library – 7 pm – 701 Pape Avenue, Toronto, ON – (416) 393-7727
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Appearing at Writer’s World to talk about my book and the writing life. Closed meeting to members of Writer’s World.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Book Signing! Come meet the author and get your book signed at Mike’s Broadview Espresso – 817 Broadview Ave – (416) 553-3833—12-3 pm.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Reading from my book at The Beaches Library – 7 pm – 2161 Queen St. East – (416)-393-7703.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Thursday Sept 17, 2009
Introduction to Food and Wine— Thursday, Sept17—7:00 PM – 8:15 PM at Morningside Library, 4279 Lawrence Ave. East. Stephanie Dickison is a food writer and restaurant critic and writes chef profiles for Dine.TO website. She is giving a talk about food and wine. Call 416-396-8881 to register.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Interview on CKLN Radio’s In Other Words, hosted by Jennifer LoveGrove – 2-2:30 pm
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Ravenous Reads: A Food and Wine Adventure Through Books Talk. Morningside Library 7-8 pm – 4279 Lawrence Ave. East (416) 396-8881
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Writing Workshop for Beginners 6:30-8:30 PM— Freelance writer Stephanie Dickison gives this workshop for beginning writers on how to get started with a writing career. Call 416-396-8881 to register
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Delizia! The Food of Italy. Journey to Italy’s regions with food writer and author Stephanie Dickison as she introduces you to the culture, cuisines and ingredients of this popular European destination. discuss the food of Italy’s regions at Deer Park Library – 2 pm - 40 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Register in person or call 416-393-7657. Program Room – 2nd Floor
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Come and celebrate Caribbean books and food at Morningside Library! Author and food writer Stephanie Dickison shows you what you’ll need to make wonderful and memorable Caribbean meals at home. Call 416-396-8881 and come out to Morningside – 4279 Lawrence Avenue East.
A book on my career as pop culture, book, music and restaurant critic is now available – The 30 Second Commute: A Non Fiction Comedy About Writing and Working From Home.
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