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Jason R. Koivu

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Adventures in the New England woods of his youth provided a backdrop for an imagination sparked by a love of LotR and D&D in Koivu that fostered his desire to create stories of his own. One writing degree and a myriad of disparate jobs later, he finally embarked upon his dream of becoming an author.

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("This is Sir Ian Sir Ian. He's helping me write my latest. Thus far, he hasn't done a hell of a lot of writing and I haven't had a single turn on that pillow.")

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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ YO! All that sweet talk is gonna make me blush! ;) It was super fun to meet you too, and don't be a stranger. <------I mean it. *nods emphatically*


Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* LOL, unfortunately, that is indeed a process of aging..... or so I'm learning.

That and having less tolerance for youngins ;)


Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* Just dropping by to say, your new profile picture is awesome!!

Hope all is well :)


message 111: by Jason

Jason Koivu Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "

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Awwww, thanks, Shelby!


message 109: by Jason

Jason Koivu Miriam wrote: "You avatar with the yellow strands reminds me of an art installation I saw a couple years back."

Bingo! This was at the Modern Art museum in LA, probably a couple years back. I call this piece "Spaghetti con Koivu".


message 108: by Mir

Mir You avatar with the yellow strands reminds me of an art installation I saw a couple years back.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* You should know by now how easily I am confused. I saw your new avatar and was like who is that dude?

Evil Wiener that's who!


Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* Why thank you for the friendvite, Jason :)

I have been review stalking you for awhile now, nice to make it mutual :D


message 104: by Dan

Dan Schwent Jason wrote: "Dan wrote: "http://youtu.be/pPyuZ6ZTqmo"

I was going to act all like "what?!", but let's be honest, this sums up our relationship to a tee."


Those were my thoughts.


message 103: by Jason

Jason Koivu Dan wrote: "http://youtu.be/pPyuZ6ZTqmo"

I was going to act all like "what?!", but let's be honest, this sums up our relationship to a tee.


message 101: by Dan

Dan Schwent Jason wrote: "I just noticed that you called me a homeless man on Shelf Inflicted. I'll have you know that I prefer the term "hobo," thank you very much!"

I had to make it politically correct! Can I meet you halfway and call you a transient?


Nefariousbig I look forward to reading about your Oaxacan adventure!
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message 99: by Melki

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for the book, muchacho!


message 98: by Nicole~

Nicole~ Thank you for the friend-vite, Jason. Your GR page is the most entertaining I've come across on GR.


message 97: by Melki

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Dice shaming.


message 96: by Aimen

Aimen Jason wrote: "Aimen wrote: "How are the parmesan fries in relation to cheese fries?"

The "cheese fries" that I've had usually come smothered in a blanket of something like Cheddar or American, whereas the Parme..."


Sounds amazing, definitely will want to try soon. And yes, I tried truffle fries- I still prefer curly or cheese. But any potato related food will satisfy my cravings:)


message 95: by Aimen

Aimen How are the parmesan fries in relation to cheese fries?


 Linda (Miss Greedybooks) Thanks for the friend request! I love The Tao of Pooh, I hope you do too. I have already added to my TBR, thank you. I look forward to stalking your shelves.


message 93: by Glenn

Glenn Russell Thanks for accepting my friend request, Jason. I did a review of EL's Rum Punch you might want to check out.


message 92: by Jason

Jason Koivu Melki wrote: "#BabyEyebrows

http://laughingsquid.com/babyeyebrows..."


Babies are evil.


Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies There have been many great Khans throughout history, I'm the only one with an H at the end of her name though.


message 89: by Dan

Dan Schwent This sloth mug is great for drinking. And you can even drink things besides coffee out of it!


Nefariousbig James Franco is wearing his Spritzerville cape!!
Ohio!


message 87: by Melki

Melki I also have Steve Lowe's address. Since he lives in Indiana, I'll probably stop and stalk him for a while on the way to your place, but don't worry, I'll get to you eventually.

Keep checking those bushes!


message 86: by Melki

Melki Spritzerville,…Ohio? is here!

Thanks for your address, Jason. It makes stalking that much easier.


message 85: by Brian

Brian Thanks for the friend request - i've been following your reviews for so long I thought that had already happened.

I'm so glad to be connected to another Patrick O'Brian fan. I want to reread the Aubrey/Maturin series again one day soon.

To books!


message 84: by Jason

Jason Koivu Tatuu wrote: "When did these changes to your page happen?"

When I hit puberty. :) About a week ago.


message 83: by Tatuu

Tatuu When did these changes to your page happen?


message 82: by Jason

Jason Koivu Shelby wrote: "Checking in on you to see if your head has grown any since you are now an author. Nope looks the same to me. Where's my dang author spam from you?"

My head stopped swelling when I got into college and realized I didn't know jack sh!t. Before that though, I had cauliflower ear issues from scraping them on door frames every time I'd walk into a room.

Putting out a book, for me, has been a humbling experience thus far. Sending your work off for others to judge would take the pride and arrogance out of the most Mr. Darciest of authors! But having people actually like your work, to praise it, take it seriously and want to read more, that makes me weak in the knees so much so that I doubt I could stand on any self-made pedestal even if I wanted to.

As for spam…I'll still fry it up and eat it now and then, but I don't like to foist it upon others. Perhaps at some point it'll become necessary, but I won't do it willingly. I'd love to rid the world of junk mail, telemarketers and salesmen of all sorts. I really don't want to add to it.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Checking in on you to see if your head has grown any since you are now an author. Nope looks the same to me. Where's my dang author spam from you?


message 80: by Jason

Jason He's unique all right.


message 79: by Jason

Jason Koivu Only diamonds are forever. Vacca is a diamond in the rough.


message 78: by Jason

Jason "Forever" in Vacca terms means a coupla weeks or so.


message 77: by Anthony

Anthony Vacca I swore off this site forever back in November, and then two days ago I decided to come back and start all over again.


message 76: by Jason

Jason Koivu Richard wrote: "...By the way, my skull will one day look like yours, only I won't have to shave it to get it that way...

Richard, I saw where things were headed and I just decided to beat mother nature to the punch.


message 75: by Jason

Jason Koivu Dan wrote: "You must appease your alien clam overlords!"

If other examples are anything to go by, the proper sacrifice would be quality - I need to pump out at least a half dozen "books" per year…which dear moneyed reader are available for purchase on *da-dah-da-DAAHHH!* -->> AMAZON!!!


message 74: by Richard

Richard Dan wrote: "You must appease your alien clam overlords!"

Scientology? I'm getting a very clammy feeling. Keep your skull smooth and hairless, Jason; then when the aliens try to invade your mind, their messages will just bounce off. By the way, my skull will one day look like yours, only I won't have to shave it to get it that way...


message 73: by Dan

Dan Schwent You must appease your alien clam overlords!


message 72: by Jason

Jason Koivu Dan wrote: "Since your a Goodreads author now, don't forget to spam the shit out of people."

Oh man, when you turn to the darkside it becomes all about the spamming. Immediately they're like "Start a blog!", "Do an event!", "Promote! Promote! Promote!". It's the kind of pressure probably felt by new recruits to Scientology.


message 71: by Dan

Dan Schwent Since your a Goodreads author now, don't forget to spam the shit out of people.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jason wrote: "Thanks for the Christmas wishes, Shelby! Sorry I removed it from my page, but gifs slow down page loading and overheat my comp's processor. But I do appreciate the thought!"

Not a problem buddy :)


message 69: by Dolors

Dolors Hello Jason, thank you very much for your friend request, I am most delighted to accept after having followed with great interest your comments here and there in common GR friends' reviews.


Nefariousbig I forgot to say how much I LOVE THE DRAWINGS! No shit, dude, this must be made!


Nefariousbig It definitely will! According to my math, you're already 12/2 way there! I'll keep my eye on it and make sure I get the word out to peeps who still think I'm a decent person! (i.e., the bums on my street corner!)


Nefariousbig Jason, I LOVE THIS!! I just made my pledge to support you and your project until death do you part or until you pull all your hair out...wait...oh, scratch that last part.

Good Luck and all that.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2...


message 65: by Traveller (last edited Oct 11, 2013 01:12PM)

Traveller Hi Jason! Glad we're 'really' GR friends now. :) Thanks for adding me to the club.


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