As November was all about writing goals, December has been about trying to catch up on some reading ones and setting new goals for next year. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a bit behind on my reading, roughly six books off the pace I set for myself (though I did write a lot more […]Read more "Reading Goals"
For Leonard With Leonard gone, Whose songs to compare With the morning sun, Not that I did compare, But I do, Now that he is gone.Read more "Leonard Cohen"
With National Novel Writing Month well under way, I’m wishing everyone the best of luck with their endeavors. Having recently finished a piece for the CBC Short Story Competition and still doing a bit of research for my next big project, I am ill-prepared to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. However, I do love the […]Read more "NaNoWriMo"
Background reading for a new project…Read more "Research "
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 […]Read more "Weekend Updates"
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 […]Read more "Short Story Season"
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 […]Read more "Summer Reading: Middlesex"