New Year, New(ish) Plans

Well, 2020 is upon us, and I’m told there is a joke to be made about hindsight. But here at Brad OH Inc., looking back is not the modus operandi—I only look forward. I look forward to what’s to come, new projects, new approaches, and more than anything, I look forward to rocking your socks with a whole new year of words, witticisms, and more than likely a few wastes of time.

This year, I’m changing things up, and doing this blog a little bit differently.  As suggested in the final post from last year, I’ll be moving away from the weekly post format in favor of priority-based posting. What that means—to be clear—is that I’ll be posting when I have something I’m certain is worth sharing. I don’t want to create for creation’s sake. After all, that’s the approach of an egotistical and dogmatic God, and to claim such a role would be far from the humility I strive for.

I’ll post when the inspiration strikes, which I certainly hope will be often enough. In the meantime, have no fear, for there is no shortage of projects in the works, and I’ll keep you all updated on all of them. Just this month, I have three different short stories I’m working on finishing up and submitting to various contests and publications.

On top of that, work continues on two separate novels, as well as the previously mentioned Gentleman Juggalo podcast.

So far, it’s shaping up to be a pretty exciting year, and there are some other plans I hope to share with you all soon. As always, if there’s anything you’d like covered here on Bad OH Inc., or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach me in the comments, or to contact me directly by clicking here.

Your Friends,

Brad OH Inc.

‘Tis the Season…

I heard a quote recently, ‘We’re all just walking each other home.’

The original quote is by Ram Dass, but that’s irrelevant to this writing. The quote might be as well, except to say that it’s suddenly among my favourites.

The holiday season is upon us once again, and that means something different to everyone reading this. Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukah, or myriad others. Family, joy, connection, isolation, pain. Maybe nothing at all.

There’s a good deal of variety to the season, and that’s to say nothing of the New Year.

Once upon a time, I used to write an essay every New Year. It seemed like a great way to reflect on what I’d accomplished, what I’d loved, what I’d lost, and what I’d yet to learn. I think I hoped that by putting it all down on paper, some great revelation might come down to me from on high and steer me towards some bold new course.

That never happened.

Still, I remain rather fond of the year’s end…or beginning—however you choose to see things. I’d say it’s a sort of glass half-empty or glass half-full kind of thing, but I don’t really think it’s that complicated. Neither is the whole glass idea for that matter. Only if you treat it as such.

What matters, of course, is what’s in the glass. This season, I hope you all have something to fill your cups and warm your guts.

I think the more important thing is the quote above…which is—like any worthwhile idea—about life and death. The terrible truth is that none of us are getting out of this alive. Life isn’t about surviving, it’s just about getting back to the void from whence we came in the most entertaining and enjoyable way possible, and I think that a big part of that comes down to who we’re walking with.

So, as you go along your holiday season, pay attention to those beside you. They’re the only reason for it to matter, after all.

It’s been a while since I’ve written like this. It’s been nice. I have a whiskey beside me, and the pounding of the keyboard is driving out the third playthrough of the album I’ve had on repeat since I first started this dance a couple of hours and several projects ago.

I’ve found a groove.

Writing is about speaking truth, and if you can’t do that, then you have no business writing in the first place. Sure, it requires patience, practice, and just a touch of pugnacity, but without some essential truth to tell, none of that is worth jack shit. Writing is about capturing what you can’t avoid saying, not about forcing yourself to say anything. It’s revelation, not repetition.

That’s it. That’s all I have to say. Now, I’m going away to walk beside those whose company I cherish, if they’ll have me.

I’ll be gone for a bit, and with any luck return to you my dear readers around January 12th. That said, I may be re-visiting the weekly format in favour of publishing whenever the hell I choose. It seems more proper at any rate.

I’m writing another book, and that takes up a good deal of my time and attention.

I don’t make resolutions anymore, so I won’t leave you with any. No false promises, no hollow claims, no empty braggadocio. I’ll be back when I can. Look out for me, especially at unlikely times.

Wait till you see what’s next…

Happy Holidays you filthy animals,

-Brad OH Inc.

Edgar’s Worst Sunday- Back In Stock!

Today, we’re happy to finally address a problem which only our most astute readers likely noticed. Lately, my novel ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ has been listed as ‘Sold Out’ on the Chapters/ Indigo website, among others.

While it’s true the first printing sold out, we’re happy to assure you all that ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ is once again available at Chapters/ Indigo for online purchase or to order at any kiosk.

-Click Here to Buy-

It’s also available for order through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

If you prefer to buy in person, ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ is also available at these most excellent bookstores:

So, if you haven’t grabbed your copy of ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ yet, fortune shines on you today!

If you have, or if you’re planning to soon, please remember to leave a review at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and/ or Goodreads if at all possible—there’s no better way to support an author. If you have any questions about that process, please contact me through the comments, or by clicking here for e-mail.

Endless Thanks,

-Brad OH Inc.

Thanks to Everyone Who Made it Out to ‘Words in the Park 2019’

I had a fantastic time at Saturday’s ‘Words in the Park 2019’! I’m sure it’s impossible to say enough, but the love and support from everyone that turns out means the world to me, and each of you have my eternal thanks.

Writing is what I adore most, and having an opportunity to share my words with the world is a blessing I will never take for granted.

Thanks goes also to the Writer’s Foundation of Strathcona County for hosting another wonderful event this year—it was my absolute pleasure to participate.

If you weren’t able to make it, don’t you worry. I’ll be back in action selling and signing copies soon enough. Stay tuned right here for more information!

I hope to see you all soon!

-Brad OH Inc.

Reminder: See Brad Oates at ‘Words in the Park 2019’ on September 28th

This Thursday, September 28th, remember to come out and catch me at ‘Words in the Park 2019’!

‘Words in the Park’ is an annual book fair and sale held by the Writer’s Foundation of Strathcona County.

The event will be on Saturday, September 28th, from 10:00am-4:00pm, in the Agora of the Community Center in Sherwood Park, AB.

Come by, say his, and pick up any books you haven’t had a chance to get yet.

You’ll be able to grab:

Edgar’s Worst Sunday’:

In life, Edgar Vincent always maintained one great passion—himself. A semi-successful composer, his rock star lifestyle suited him well, and his narcissistic outlook ensured he was a man with few concerns. Callous comments, thoughtless promiscuity, binge drinking, and excess sufficient to shame Caligula were standard Saturday night fare.

Sundays for Edgar had always been a painful haze of sickness and regret.

So when Edgar finds himself in the cloudy planes of the afterlife on one particularly bleak Sunday morning, he determines that in order to find peace, he must put aside his ever-present hangover and try to figure out how he got to this point…and where he’s meant to be going now. But as Edgar makes his way through this surreal spiritual realm, he realizes that facing his death is hardly as difficult as facing himself.

Heaven, however, presents Edgar with an unending smorgasbord of hedonistic delights, so he’s in no particular hurry to change his self-serving ways. After all, considering he’s already dead, what more could he possibly stand to lose?

-Click here to buy ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ from Chapters.ca, or Here to buy from Amazon.ca.

Edmonton: Unbound’:

Through fourteen short stories, these writers take us to places as wildly different as the writers themselves. Further, all profits from ‘Edmonton: Unbound’ will be donated to support the Edmonton Public Library (EPL), who have been gracious enough to house our humble group for over a decade and a half.

-Click here to buy ‘Edmonton: Unbound’ from Amazon.ca.-

And ‘Between the Shelves’:

‘Between the Shelves: A Tribute to Libraries by Edmonton Writers’ is a collection of stories by writers from the ‘Edmonton Writer’s Group’, including one by Brad OH Inc.

The theme of this collection is our shared appreciation of libraries and all they offer to readers in Edmonton and beyond.

-Click here to buy ‘Between the Shelves’ from Amazon.ca.-

So, come on by to the Agora of the Community Center in Sherwood Park, AB. on Saturday, September 28th, anytime between 10:00am-4:00pm to say hi, grab some books, and take in the work of many talented local authors.

I hope to see you there!

-Brad OH

See Brad Oates at ‘Words in the Park 2019’

Today, I’m happy to share with you all that you can catch me at the upcoming ‘Words in the Park 2019’!

‘Words in the Park’ is an annual book fair and sale held by the Writer’s Foundation of Strathcona County.

The event will be on Saturday, September 28th, from 10:00am-4:00pm, in the Agora of the Community Center in Sherwood Park, AB.

Come by, say his, and pick up any books you haven’t had a chance to get yet.

You’ll be able to pick up:

Edgar’s Worst Sunday’:

In life, Edgar Vincent always maintained one great passion—himself. A semi-successful composer, his rock star lifestyle suited him well, and his narcissistic outlook ensured he was a man with few concerns. Callous comments, thoughtless promiscuity, binge drinking, and excess sufficient to shame Caligula were standard Saturday night fare.

Sundays for Edgar had always been a painful haze of sickness and regret.

So when Edgar finds himself in the cloudy planes of the afterlife on one particularly bleak Sunday morning, he determines that in order to find peace, he must put aside his ever-present hangover and try to figure out how he got to this point…and where he’s meant to be going now. But as Edgar makes his way through this surreal spiritual realm, he realizes that facing his death is hardly as difficult as facing himself.

Heaven, however, presents Edgar with an unending smorgasbord of hedonistic delights, so he’s in no particular hurry to change his self-serving ways. After all, considering he’s already dead, what more could he possibly stand to lose?

-Click here to buy ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday’ from Chapters.ca, or Here to buy from Amazon.ca.

Edmonton: Unbound’:

Through fourteen short stories, these writers take us to places as wildly different as the writers themselves. Further, all profits from ‘Edmonton: Unbound’ will be donated to support the Edmonton Public Library (EPL), who have been gracious enough to house our humble group for over a decade and a half.

-Click here to buy ‘Edmonton: Unbound’ from Amazon.ca.-

And ‘Between the Shelves’:

‘Between the Shelves: A Tribute to Libraries by Edmonton Writers’ is a collection of stories by writers from the ‘Edmonton Writer’s Group’, including one by Brad OH Inc.

The theme of this collection is our shared appreciation of libraries and all they offer to readers in Edmonton and beyond.

-Click here to buy ‘Between the Shelves’ from Amazon.ca.-

So, come on by to the Agora of the Community Center in Sherwood Park, AB. on Saturday, September 28th, anytime between 10:00am-4:00pm to say hi, grab some books, and take in the work of many talented local authors.

I hope to see you there!

-Brad OH

Thanks to Everyone Who Made it Out!

I had a fantastic time at Thursday’s signing event for Edgar’s Worst Sunday! Thanks to everyone that made it out!

If you weren’t able to make it, have no fear. I’ll be back in action selling and signing copies soon enough. Stay tuned right here for more information!

I hope to see you all soon!

-Brad OH Inc.