Monthly Archives: May 2015

Character Letter Writing

Back in the day, I used to listen to a writing podcast put out by Michael Stackpole called the Secrets. It was really good. The site is still up, but I don’t think any of the episodes remain available. There … Continue reading

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Mad Max: Fury Road

I’m still kind of bathing in the afterglow. For me, Mad Max: Fury Road was as much an experience as a movie. I was just so astounded and invested by what was happening up there on the screen, I really … Continue reading

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Fiction Friday: The Boltcutter – Alor

The Boltcutter: Alor The “Arrivals” area at that East African airport consisted of one small room. After each flight, bodies packed it. One of the four ceiling fans turned slowly, uncertainly, a fair wobble as it rotated. The other three showed … Continue reading

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Outlining and Inspiration

I’ve spoken about my writing process before and I am a planner. I need to outline my stories and novels or else they just keep drifting along, trying to find an ending, but instead always finding different ideas and conflicts … Continue reading

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Happy Victoria Day

To all my Canadian brethren, I hope you enjoying the first long weekend of the summer. When this goes live, I’ll be on my way back from Halifax after attending my wife’s convocation. Not a bad way to celebrate, if … Continue reading

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Storyteller Tools Review

I’ve been writing for more than half my life time. My first publication credit was in 1994. When I got started, in university, I read voraciously about the process of creative writing. I spoke with other writers. I belonged to … Continue reading

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

So, I finally saw X-Men: Days of Future Past thanks to it being on Netflix. I have to say, while I enjoyed the movie, I wasn’t that impressed with it. I had been thrilled with X-Men: First Class when it … Continue reading

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Vision for Fiction

Listening to Slate’s Money podcast, Carl Richards was speaking about one page financial planning, which in itself sounded fascinating (seriously, it sounds like something imminently sensible as a first step) and he was talking about vision. Why are you investing? … Continue reading

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Disney’s the Black Hole

Every weekend I’m watching a movie with my daughters, six and eight. Their mom isn’t exactly thrilled, especially when it’s a beautiful day out, but we spent the late morning and the hour after lunch cleaning up the yard and … Continue reading

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