A busy summer saw this particular project come to a close on its first draft after several years. I wasn’t particularly satisfied with it, so put it away for a bit. Might look at it over the Christmas holidays and see about starting the second draft. Over the Labour Day weekend, I finally participated in […]
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August started with every ambition of continuing July’s espresso-fueled summer of writing and reading. A trip to The Roasterie here in Kensington furnished me with some delicious coffee beans and visions of spending hours outside with a few books that have languished on my shelves for far too long (most notably The English Patient and The Luminaries). […]
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Summer started with a lot of good intentions. The Summer of Proust initiative continued with The Captive, while a flurry of activity found me deep into preliminary work on a new writing project, powered by Ritual Coffee’s Teenage Riot Espresso, found here in town at Luke’s Drug Mart, with a mind to have a first […]
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This winter, I spent some time out near Golden, British Columbia, enjoying the quiet. I had a delightful time staying at Il Nido, a bed & breakfast nestled between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains. Apparently, I read a lot of British literature and also drank some wonderful locally roasted coffee. I wish I’d brought another […]
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In this age of algorithms, websites pump out recommendations like air. Last month, after finishing The Night Circus, Goodreads suggested that I read Nights at the Circus. Not surprising, given how similar the titles and subject matter are, though I’d never heard of the book so promptly ignored the suggestion. Or so I thought. Enough […]
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Exploring Calvin & Hobbes is the selection of my book club for next month. It features an interview with series creator Bill Watterson and highlights from the ten year run of the strip. For many, it’s a chance to relive childhood memories. I was not much older than Calvin when it debuted and read it […]
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Once I really did leave home to join the carnival – and became a king. Truly, I still have the old name tag. One of my long-term goals is to do literary justice to those amazing colleagues of mine at the Stampede. The Night Circus and The Master and Margarita (from last month) are all […]
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I was first introduced to Albert Camus in high school, by my French teacher. We were studying his play, Les Justes, but I became captivated by Camus’ themes. At the time, I was working at the Stampede as a parking lot attendant. Each night, I would spend hours in my quiet parking booth, reading. The […]
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Deville coffee and memories of Europe. I’ve always got a couple of projects on the go, but a recent trip to France and Belgium saw me dust off a draft of an old manuscript from a few year’s back. It’s about two brothers backpacking through Europe. As you can tell from all the ink, this […]
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