Category Archive: Canadian

Sep 18

Urban Green Man Online Book Launch, Can-Con Readings and NaNoWriMo Panel

I will be reading a published story “Wild Caving” and my poem “Fallow God” from the Urban Green Man Anthology at Can-Con (Spec Fic Convention) in Ottawa, Canada on Oct 5-6. If you plan to attend, I will also be involved in the NaNoWriMo panel. I hope to see you there! EDGE is holding an online book launch …

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Feb 16

Lena Coakley’s Witchlanders & WCDR Contest update

Witchlanders I attended the WCDR breakfast meeting this morning. Speaker Lena Coakley was excellent, laying out the seven things she wished she had known about story, before she published her first novel. Lena is the author of Witchlanders, a high fantasy YA novel. Some of her tips were: Learn about plot from screenwriters Know what …

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Feb 03

My poem, “Fallow God,” is being published!

My latest poem, “Fallow God,” is being published by Edge in their Urban Green Man Anthology. The book will be launched at When Words Collide in Calgary this August. I feel very lucky to be included. Happy Reading!

Oct 11

My first full-length article on DigitalJournal

Do you think cell phone users make dangerous drivers or should the police let us make our own decisions behind the wheel? Decide for yourself, and support my new foray into journalism… I appreciate it. Ontario Bans Cell Phones Behind the Wheel But Is It Enough? Posted using ShareThis

Dec 06

Ditch by Hal Niedzviecki

Last week I finished reading Ditch, by Hal Niedzviecki. There is an excellent review of it (“The harrowing of Hal,” by Kevin Bolger, The Globe and Mail, September 8, 2001) on Niedzviecki’s own home page: Smell I have to agree with much that is said here. The matieral (Debs a porn queen and her …

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Nov 11

Lest We Forget

Last week my students did an excellent series of tableaux to the tune of A Pittance of Time by Canadian singer Terry Kelly. It’s a touching video based on a true story which you can easily find on YouTube. Here’s a link: A Pittance of Time. I continue to be impressed by the maturity and …

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Oct 17

Giller Prize Short List

The Giller prize short list is out. There are ballots in Canadian public libraries so your can enter their annual “Guess the Giller” contest. Lotus gives you the rundown better than I could. Writing Group Tomorrow night I’m off to a new writers’ critique circle. The group is over a year old and comes highly …

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Oct 14

lullibies for little criminals

Lullabies for Little Criminals is unique. For days I’ve been trying to decide how to approach this review. If I outlined the plot, you would think it’s depressing. It isn’t. It’s a charming, hopeful tale about a motherless thirteen-year-old with an immature, heroin-addicted dad. It’s also about childhood’s irrepressible happiness. I’ve never read a story about …

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Oct 02

Word on the Street – Favorite Book Clips

This year the weather was perfect for Word on the Street. The crowds were thronging, children were laughing, musicians were playing… My only complaint is I couldn’t do it all. I bought magazines and books, met lots of nice people who publish literary journals and even wrote an impromptu poem. I also went book-buying bananas! …

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Sep 11

It’s not why we read but…

The results are in from Test the Nation and there’s good news for bookworms. The highest scorers were those who read fiction and literature, followed closely by readers of SF and Fantasy! People who played word games daily or a few times a week did much better in general than people who never play them. …

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