Weekend Updates

After the cheeky little gnome comment last week, a friend of mine sent me this bottle of beer in the mail. Considering that I wrapped up my submission to the CBC Short Story competition, perhaps a celebration is in order. It doesn’t hurt that Leonard Cohen has a new album out this weekend, Douglas Coupland has […]

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Short Story Season

The arrival of autumn finds Calgary shifting into a different literary gear. Wordfest,  which saw over 90 authors and artists this year, wraps up this weekend, and National Novel Writing Month is right around the corner.  For me, fall is mostly about digging into short stories. My regular writing routine focuses mainly on manuscripts through […]

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Summer Reading: Middlesex

My wife has been recommending that I read Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex for years – often citing it as one of her top ten favourite books of all time (because winning a Pulitzer isn’t enough for me, apparently). I’d read Eugenides’ Marriage Plot, which shocked my wife (insofar as she couldn’t believe that was the book I’d chosen to […]

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August Happenings

When Words Collide, Calgary’s annual conference for writers, started up last night. Like last year, the weekend event is sold out. If you haven’t bought a pass, or want to think about attending next year, check them out. Best of luck to Axel Howerton, who put out last year’s Tall Tales of the Weird West […]

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Hail and well met.

Sorry for the radio silence. Last fall I simultaneously joined the Ancient and Illustrious Order of the Wayward Writers of Calgary and enrolled in the Humber School of Writers Creative Writing course, and these two things have pretty much sucked up all my writing time ever since. However, there has been lots to catch up […]

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There and Back Again

     I was lucky to have spent much of the past month visiting family in and around Venice, steeping myself in the stories that run deep and dark like the murky waters of the Venetian Lagoon. I’m collecting the tales of my extended family for a project I hope to do one day, perhaps […]

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