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"
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 […]Read more "August Happenings"
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 […]Read more "Hail and well met."