If I Knew Then …

If you had a chance to go back to a key moment in your life and change things, would you? Do you have an idea of what moment you would choose to return to? I guess at my age this thought comes up a lot. It’s a tricky thought experiment. It basically asks if you […]

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Basil of Baker Street and the Mid-80s Mouse

The May long weekend in Canada (the weekend just past) culminates in Victoria Day. Which when you have kids means it’s a four-day weekend that no one usually has much in the way of plans for. Yesterday morning, I watched The Great Mouse Detective with my daughter who will soon be seven. I was roughly […]

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Word Salad – Rough Chop

Life has been a bit scattered the last while. I think I have officially entered into summer reading mode. Which means that writing is not getting as much attention as it usually does, which leads to the whole guilt thing, and round and round we go. Right now I am reading too many books at […]

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Spam Poetry

So, a little back story here. Way back in the day I used to work email customer service. And while we did have a system that sorted emails, it wasn’t very clever, and someone had to manually sort the buckets of ‘miscellaneous’ emails that just got shunted into the main folder. Among these were spam […]

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Stephen King and the Craft – A Review of On Writing

This review was originally posted under my pen name, but I loved this book so much that I decided to dust the post off, and give it a new home here. In the year or so since I read this book for the first time, I have found myself more and more inspired to take […]

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When Time Gets Slippery

What is your deal 2018? If it wasn’t weird enough for January to last for three months, all of the rest of the months since then have been slipping past us like wet bar soap coated in KY. I feel very certain that the first of May was just yesterday, and yet here we are […]

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Working Title WIP

Here it is, a little taste of my current work in progress. This bit has been heavily edited, but I think it still gets the general point across. Enjoy: Lights and sirens. That’s the first thing I can remember. People shouting. My hands are sticky and I smell that iron tang. The one that can […]

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Word Salad – Deeper Greens

Guess who is writing outside today! At 9:30 this morning, it was already 16° (for those who don’t speak Celsius, that’s 60°F), and beautifully sunny. So, I decided to dust off the old flip-flops and set up the patio table. Not too shabby. Nice and compact, more battery life than I will inevitably have time […]

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Music Heals

Music Heals is a Vancouver based charity that raises money for music therapy programs across Canada. It was started by a group of music enthusiasts, and is headed by a very good friend of mine. This is one of my favourite organizations, not just because I know the people involved, but because I love to […]

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For the Love of Letters

When was the last time you wrote a letter? To a person, I mean. I can remember way back when writing letters to people, real or historical or even imaginary, was a creative writing exercise. And I actually still do write a handful of letters a year. Thank you notes mostly, and a few family […]

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