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Greetings, adventurers!

It’s been awhile. How are you doing? During this strange time, it’s my hope that this letter finds you in good health. 

Before I get too far into it, I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to our household and the reason I’ve been silent for so long. Meet Baby Olivia, AKA "Snorlax"--secondborn of the Escapist household children. She arrived in early March and has been growing like an out-of-control little weed ever since. We’re all doing great--her delivery was quick and easy--and we’re all in love! It’s definitely coupled with our global pandemic to make things chaotic, though. You can read more about that in my most recent blog post.


I have another small update for you. When last we checked in, I had been given the date of early April for Mushroom and Anchovy’s production kickoff. However, as we all have seen, a lot can change in the span of a few months, and now we’re deep into global pandemic territory. I reached out to the lovely folks at Inkshares and confirmed with them that production had been suspended for the time being--a decision I fully support. They are now hoping we can kick off production in July. I’m hoping to release another chapter soon--something I wasn’t originally planning to do, but seems pertinent in times like these.

I’ve told you before that I’ve been streaming this past year and a half. I did take a break for a time following my daughter’s birth, but I’m slowly getting back to it. Right now, I’m streaming Monday nights at 9:30 PM AT (8:30 PM ET) with low-key chatting and kitchen-cleaning streams. I’ll be coming back to a partial cooking stream schedule in about a month or so.

I hope to be moving this newsletter to my website in the near-ish future. I’d love it if you’d sign up there! I plan on having monthly letters--nothing spammy, I promise--featuring a clip-of-the-month, updates, previews, stream events, and more. You can sign up on my website by navigating to the bottom of the page. I will still be updating with book-related information and news here, but everything else will move. If you’d like to keep up with non-Mushroom and Anchovy work, please do sign up on my website! A starting point for the newsletter will be gauged by level of interest.

Before I go, I want to take a moment to express my appreciation to everyone for your continued support while I take a step back. I have been really enjoying this time with my family and it’s been nice not to worry too much about having to produce. Being productive is in my nature, however, so do plan to see things from me outside of blog posts in the next two months or so. I plan on trickling various content back in bit by bit, with an end goal of having all of my main ventures back by September. 

I hope to have more updates for you in the months to come. I’m not sure when the next update will be for Mushroom and Anchovy, but until then, may staying home be fraught with calm and as little peril as possible, for the time being.

Yours in adventure,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

Happy Mushroom and Anchovy Monday!… on Wednesday. I had every intent to get this out on Monday, but I’m finally starting to recover from a nasty sinus infection and, let’s face it, life is kind of chaos. So, without any further ado...

I’m so sorry for the silence over the past few months. Between moving, the pregnancy, the holidays, birthdays, illness, and now being on leave, everything has been really chaotic. Our due date for our newest family member is approaching swiftly—less than a month away, in fact—so now we’re getting everything ready. It’s going to continue to be a very busy time!

The good news is that I have a bit of an update for you. After reaching out to the lovely folks at Inkshares in the new year, I have been informed that they are only a few months away from Mushroom and Anchovy’s production kickoff. This is very exciting news. I hope to have a true update for you in a few months, but for now, at least we have this!

We moved to our new home back in November and have been settling ever since. The cats are very fond of this place and have been happily bonding. I won’t go into too much detail, but if you’re curious for some shots of our updated kitchen and other points of interest in our home, please head over to my Instagram or you can watch live from my Twitch channel, where I do cooking and baking 3x a week (for the time being)—in fact, we’re having an on-stream baby shower this coming Sunday the 8th, and we’d love to see you there! I also would like to add that I participated in Vlogmas this year--that and more content can be found over on my YouTube. I’ve also recently partnered with the amazing folks over at Wild Cherry Spoon Co., who make beautiful artisan kitchenware. Very exciting times!

I have been pushing myself to produce 2 blog posts a month—one recipe, one prose—over on my website www.thepracticalescapist.ca. Hope to see you there!

I won’t update again until production has kicked off, now that I have some news. I hope you’re looking forward to an exciting 2020 with me!

May your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

Sorry for the lack of #MushAnch Monday this month--and sorry in advance for the lack thereof for next month, as well. There is a reason for this. Things have gotten very busy around here in the past few weeks, and that’s about to ramp up, because after a year of trying, we’re finally moving! 

I don’t have any updates for you on the book front as I continue to wait patiently for news, myself. It’s my hope that this beautiful time of year finds you well, and I hope to be back and updating regularly again in December.

Thanks for your patience!

May your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

Happy #MushAnch Monday!

I have to take a moment to apologize! I was on vacation and was all over the place last month, and I made a personal decision not to bring my laptop with me when visiting family, so, when 2 weeks went by and I realized I hadn’t updated you, I thought that waiting until September instead would be a better idea. I’ve also been experiencing some extreme exhaustion, meaning that several things fell to the wayside during August. Unfortunately, this update was one of those things.

The last two months were really hectic and, in a lot of ways, not really great months. The good news is, though, that I’ve come out the other side with an exciting announcement: my husband and I are looking forward to welcoming our newest addition to the family in March 2020. We’re all very excited, and our daughter is thrilled about being a big sister. You may have heard this news already if you follow me on YouTube or Twitch, but if not, well, surprise! Here’s a little video of the reveal, by the way—I was very excited to announce in this way!

I don’t have any book news for you at the moment—which likely isn’t a huge surprise, as I wasn’t too concerned about accidentally skipping last month’s update. I do have a few other projects that I’ve been silently working on in the background, including plans for a new novel. I’m continuing to post up my weekly webcomic, Retail Hell, and my online cooking show on Twitch has been going exceedingly well. Cooking videos were something else I took a break from in August but I’m hoping to get back to them soon.

Thanks for your patience while I get myself re-oriented!

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,
K. M. Cooper
Greetings, adventurers!

Happy #MushAnch Monday!

How was your June? Mine was filed with very extreme highs and very extreme lows. In some ways, it was a good month, but in others, I’m very glad to be leaving it behind. 
I’m starting work on my next novel as we speak—slowly getting the general plans fleshed and hashed out and gathering ideas. I seem to have been hit with a sudden bombardment of ideas and I’m trying to gather them all in different piles—as it stands, I have 4 stories I want to write, and… no overarching plots for any of them. Sigh.

Twitch continues to go well for me—in fact, just today I was made the Streamer of the Week by my stream team, Bone-In! I’m putting up monthly recipes on my YouTube channel as well. There are no updates on the book at the moment, but there’s definitely a lot going on creatively for me, and a lot of free content you can enjoy, too! 

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting, 
K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers! 

Oops... I did it again. Mushroom and Anchovy Monday is a Tuesday again this month. I apologize! 

I have no updates today, so I’m going to keep it exceedingly brief! Check out my YouTube June Roundup (and maybe hit the "like" and "subscribe" buttons while you’re there) for all the stuff I’m doing this month! And, you can join me tonight on Twitch for some culinary shenanigans! 8:30 PM ADT! Hope to see you there! 

Until next time, may your travels be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting, K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers! 

 I made... a small error. You see, I’m supposed to do #MushAnchMonday on Monday. This is Tuesday. Oops. Sorry, everyone! Honestly, it completely slipped my mind. 

I have no new updates on the book, but I did, however, get the opportunity to read from it last week at an event at Cafe Cognito here in Moncton. I read excerpts from both chapters 1 and 4 of Mushroom and Anchovy, as well as a touch of my poetry. The reading went well--it was nice and intimate, with a small cafe that was filled with attentive people. If you were there, thank you so much for showing up! I hope to be able to do more events like this in the future. 

 As always, I have been extremely busy with my Twitch channel, on which I will be streaming 3 times a week for the next month. Tonight is one of those days, by the way--I’m making vegan marshmallows and yogurt tonight at 8:30 PM ADT and I’d absolutely love for you to join me! I’ve become an editor and regular contributor to a Twitch cooking newsletter called Cookery Nation, which has made for a fun combination of my writing and editing and cooking skills! 

 I have a full monthly roundup over on YouTube, by the way, if you’re curious about my many monthly projects and happenings. I have a convention appearance coming up and will be sharing the promotional materials on my Facebook page once they’ve arrived.

 The weather here has been bright and sunny for the past three days. The grass is getting greener and flowers are everywhere. Happy May, all, and I’ll talk to you in June.

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting, 

K. M. Cooper

Greetings, adventurers!

 Happy #MushAnch Monday!

Well, it seems as though March went by as quickly as it could. Even March wanted to get itself over with. And now we’re here in April and I’m kind of reeling from the speed of it all. How about you? How’s the weather over on your end? Here, it’s been almost shockingly nice. We’ve been in the single-to-double-digits in temperature for the past couple of weeks, and we didn’t even have a Saint Patrick’s Day snowstorm! No complaints from me. The flowers are starting to come up, too. It seems spring is actually here, on time, for once!

I’m not going to do the predictable thing and play an April Fool’s joke on you telling you that I have news. I am, unfortunately, coming empty handed. I will, however, tell you that I did a fun April Fool’s Day video over on my YouTube page. Please enjoy!

Other than being busy on YouTube, I’ve been plugging away at various blog posts and streaming my cooking live on Twitch and just, generally, having a blast. It’s been a great distraction, honestly, while I await news about Mushroom and Anchovy. But more than a distraction, it’s become something I feel really passionate about. I hope that, eventually, some of you will come join me on Twitch, as well! There’s now a nice little community set up for our growing channel and I am just loving the kind of interaction that Twitch provides.

That’s it for now, from me. I hope your April showers bring fast May flowers and that all of you are well. Please feel free to message me any time with any questions or concerns you may have. 

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting
,K. M. Cooper
Greetings, adventurers!

 Happy #MushAnch Monday!

February passed in a whirlwind of illness and extremely cold weather. I’m not sure about all of you, but I’m really craving spring. As the snow falls outside in a twisting flurry, accompanied by a winter storm warning, I can tell that it’s still a bit distant—but it will be here soon, and we’ll all wake up as the earth does. 

At least, that’s the case over here in the frozen north! 

I have no updates on the Mushroom and Anchovy front this month, folks, but a whole lot of fun stuff is happening in my creative life right now. As I’ve been mentioning, I have been livestreaming from my kitchen twice a week now, and we’ve managed to do some truly neat stuff during that time. Most recently, we did a cupcake drive and raised some money for the SPCA with the help of my husband (Frosting Overseer) and daughter (Chief Sprinkle Technician), as well as everyone who ordered cupcakes and people on stream who donated, too. I baked ten dozen, and the three of us decorated them for 8 hours on stream and ended up raising over $500. WHEW. What a day it was! For more fun like that, please do join me over on Twitch!

As always, I’m producing YouTube videos, recipes, and chipping away at various blog posts. I was really sick from mid-January until around the third week of February, so the bare minimum was about all I could produce, but I’m feeling much better now, and I’m hoping to tackle more projects. In fact, check out my March roundup for what I’ll be up to in the month to come!

Until April 1st, folks, may your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,
K. M. Cooper
Greetings, adventurers!

 Happy #MushAnch Monday!

I have no updates today—well, not really. I’ve been asked by a few people about the status of the book, so I took a few minutes to check in with the lovely folks over at Inkshares. They confirmed my suspicions—that they are backed up pretty far and that they still have a backlog before they even get to mine. Though I know this may not be comforting to you, please rest assured that the process is still underway and that Mushroom and Anchovy will come your way as soon as it’s able! The good folks over at Inkshares are working hard to produce some beautiful books. 

Other projects are coming along nicely. I’ve been streaming regularly on Twitch and I’ve released one video, so far, on my YouTube channel. Keep an eye next week for a special Valentine’s Day video. And, as always, take a look at my website for lots of free content. I have two new blog posts since the last time I updated, and more on the way!

That’s all from me this month, folks! I leave you now with a picture of all three cats in one spot. From left to right, we have Rusty the ginger cat, Pansy the tabby, and Mystery the smoky grey tuxie. 
 
 

May your adventures be fraught with wonder and just enough peril to keep them interesting,

K. M. Cooper

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