A quiet, wintry November morning enveloped me before I strolled into the Ramada Hotel lobby to scope out a location for setup. Eventually my girlfriend Debbie and my friend Glen LaValley joined me, Glen bringing his 10-foot tall beauty of a rock-em-sock-em balloon robot puppet. I’m not entirely sure what order those adjectives go in, but they definitely all belong there. I slipped right into my black morph suit, adopting the form of the robot’s shadow, and stood as Glen worked his magic to strap the lumbering form…

Also known as #LuchaLivre, this event brings together authors of all types for a single purpose: to destroy each other’s characters. From a glance, it might appear as though Luchadore masks have resurged and incurred a cult following, with garish colours rippling atop the mouths of sermonizing orators before an engaged audience. An MC wearing a chicken mask seems to be a mediator of some kind. When the brief readings are done, however, the gloves come off, and each of the two contestants articulates how and why their…

I’VE DONE A FEW BOOK EVENTS, and I always felt the spirit of the event should better capture the raucous enthusiasm some books engender. When I read a good book, I want to run outside and scream about it to the world. I’m not alone in this regard, so why then, do so many book events feel  stifled? Peru offered me the answer I was looking for: Lucha Libro, a twist on Lucha Libre, Mexico’s pro wrestling. Known as “literary wrestling”, writers don masks and are challenged to…

My race to space in the Axe Apollo Contest is finally over, after 167 days with the space suit. It will likely require fumigation at this point. The results aren’t in yet, but they’ll be announced on www.facebook.com/axecanada. There are way too many people to thank for their support, both in spirit and in practical matters like pie organization, but I’ll try here: Debbie Ha for relentless support throughout the entire campaign. She’s the person not shown in almost every single picture and video. My family for rooting…

For writers and non-writers alike, a collection of stories about time management, motivation, and how to find the happy ending in your story and your life. For those looking to break into the industry—or anyone looking to find the writer within—this collection put together by the Edmonton Writers Group is sure to have something for you. Description Dean Koontz once said, “Writing a novel is like making love, but it’s also like having a tooth pulled. Sometimes it’s like making love while having a tooth pulled.” Well said,…

“Don’t Chew on the Sharp End of the Pencil: Stories for the Writer in All of Us”, edited by Brad OH and me, will be launched as a FREE download on Smashwords on March 5. Don’t have an account already? Then head on over to Smashwords and sign up, so that you can be totally ready to enjoy this great collection of stories!