Do you have a cat experience that is locked in your memory? Have you a tale of tails that makes you happy, sad, scared, surprised or warm? If you’ve ever come across a cat in your travels, chances are you have something interesting to say about them. I’d love to hear about it! The best part is that you can win a FREE book! Here’s how: 1. Share your cat experience as a comment to this post. 2. Leave an e-mail address where I can contact you. 3….

Thanks to everyone who tuned in or came to my seminar to show their support. My thesis defense went very well, with many questions that focused on a small aspect of the background material. I’m told that means that the examiners couldn’t find any other problems with the thesis, so it’s a good sign. It’s been a very long haul, as I’m sure any grad student will tell you, and I am so happy to be done. Again, thank you to those who encouraged me through the highs…

Tune in at 1:30 PM MDT for a live broadcast of my MSc Seminar. Watch live streaming video from halfriesen at livestream.com

The public version of my thesis presentation is a seminar on Monday, which I will be broadcasting LIVE on livestream.com/halfriesen. I’ll also have the video embedded on this site so you can watch it here as well. You can watch and type comments for those of you who can’t make it in person. For those of you who are in Edmonton, I can’t think of anything you’d rather be doing besides hearing about fusion research, so here are the time & place details. Hope to see you there!…

The fifth anthology in the Okal Rel Universe, containing my short story entitled “The Caddy”, is now available! Opus 5: An Okal Rel Legacy Anthology                             Published by Absolute XPress, this anthology contains “The Caddy”, the third story featuring Nestor Tark. A twisted gangster known as “The Caddy” has blackmailed Nestor into kidnapping a cat, a rarity in the Gelack Empire. It’s a Mission: Impossible style cat-smuggling story. “Sandra Fitzpatrick provided the idea for Opus…

After a last-minute decision based on “life is short” logic, I went to the First Annual “When Worlds Collide” Convention in Calgary. It was more of a writer-focused con than anything else, and it was fantastic. The organizers did a wonderful job of setting up panels and having a variety of activities throughout the weekend. There were two live-action slush sessions, where anonymous stories were read aloud until the panel of editors raised their hands to indicate where they would stop reading. Both were humbling experiences, but any…