Can-Con 2018 — Where I’ll Be and the last day for the @BoldStrokeBooks table!

Everyone ready for the last day of Can-Con? What's Can-Con? Well, if you've not been around the last couple of days, it's the Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature (see why we call it "Can-Con"?), and it's fabulous. Also, not only am I taking part in Can-Con, but also myself, Christian Baines, and Stephen … Continue reading Can-Con 2018 — Where I’ll Be and the last day for the @BoldStrokeBooks table!

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Can-Con 2018 — Where I’ll Be, and don’t forget the @BoldStrokeBooks Table!

It's time for day two of Can-Con! What's Can-Con? It's the Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature (see how "Can-Con" rolls off the tongue easier?), and it's fantastic. Also, bonus, as I mentioned yesterday, not only am I taking part in Can-Con, myself, Christian Baines, and Stephen Graham King are manning a table … Continue reading Can-Con 2018 — Where I’ll Be, and don’t forget the @BoldStrokeBooks Table!

Can-Con 2018—Where I’ll Be, and the @BoldStrokeBooks Table

It's that time of year again, when I pack up my bag and head downtown Ottawa for Can-Con! What's Can-Con? It's the Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature (yeah, it's a mouthful), and it's pretty much magic. This year, I'm not only taking part in Can-Con, I've hooked arms with two other … Continue reading Can-Con 2018—Where I’ll Be, and the @BoldStrokeBooks Table

Circling the important stuff

This speaks so readily to me. The stories never quite flow right if I haven’t really gotten theme locked in. And it absolutely was an evolution in my writing life (alongside a brilliant course I got to take on theme with Jess Wells.)

Brey Willows

psychology-1957264_640.jpgA writer and teacher I greatly admire once said during a lecture that many writers find themselves revolving around themes. At first it’s a subconscious thing, and then with each book (or story), if you can step back and look at your work, you’ll find you dance around particular issues that mean something to you. Knowing this can deepen your work and make it more meaningful.

I’ve just finished editing a printed draft of my book Spinning Tales, which is out around February. It’s already with my editor, but I always go over it again myself, with old fashioned pen and paper, to see if I can spot areas I’d change/make better. Toward the end of this process, I started thinking about my next book, which I’ll be starting on shortly.

A quick side-step:

Robyn and I are both dealing with family matters right now, and we’re both worried about…

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It’s in Me to Give — A Flash Fiction Draw Challenge

Here’s my entry for the October Flash Fiction Draw Challenge (the post for the original October draw is here). In case you didn’t know about this challenge, there’s a video here explaining (and showing the monthly draw), but the quick version is this: I use three suits from a deck of cards to randomly put together a genre … Continue reading It’s in Me to Give — A Flash Fiction Draw Challenge