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."
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 […]Read more "There and Back Again"
Wow! It’s been almost two months since we published Tall Tales of the Weird West and never did I think that it would still be riding an Amazon Bestseller list! I want to thank everyone who picked up a copy, and if you haven’t yet, make sure to check it out. In fact, Tall Tales […]Read more "Next Steps"
I’d like to thank everyone who came out to support the launch of Tall Tales of the Weird West. It was a great night at Owl’s Nest Books and I hope they have a fantastic year as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary. I’d especially like to thank everyone who picked […]Read more "Audio Excerpt From “Dinner in Carcosa”"
What a surprise it was last week to go on down to the Rumble House to host the Art Auction and discover it was the one hundredth battle/rumble/auction since we started in July 2012. While I hosted the majority of Gorilla House battles, this was only my third time behind the mic at the Rumble House, and […]Read more "100th Art Rumble at the Rumble House!"
It was great to be back at the Rumble House to host the weekly Wednesday night Live Art Rumble and Auction. If you’ve never been down to either the old Gorilla House Gallery or Rumble House, the action starts at 7:00 PM with the random selection of the Three Items of Inspiration. Visiting artists are […]Read more "Back in Action at the Rumble House, April 8"