I was tagged by the very talented but somewhat smelly Natasha Deen, to answer some questions about my next book. Natasha’s True Grime series is an awesome blend of fantasy-YA, mystery, and sci-fi that is a great read with very relevant and important topics a lot of youth can relate to. What’s the working title of your book? Connecting Will. Where did you first get the idea for your book? After reading Michael Flynn’s fantastic novel “Eifelheim”, I was enamoured with the idea of blending historical fiction with…

So it’s been a little while since the movie came out, and by far I’m not the first person to say it, and I won’t be the last. The latest Batman movie was awful. I am a huge Batman fan, yet was frothing at the mouth in the theatre. The reasons I mention below have not been discussed yet, as far as I could see. 1. Social commentary at the expense of story. I’ll try to forget for a few minutes the terrible social commentary and associations that…

Owning Harpies is a disease

My friends, if ever you are to visit Earth, I would advise you to study human medical textbooks cover to cover before attempting anything out of the ordinary, or even anything that might seem ordinary to us. Whilst hiding amidst the displays in the space and science centre, I worked up the courage to speak to a local science enthusiast calling herself Uhura, who refreshed my heart with her open mind and willingness to discuss which star cluster is more mathematically beautiful : M45, the Seven Sisters cluster,…

I just made the effort of doing some market research and submitting a plethora of stories to separate magazines. It’s hard sometimes to get the energy to believe in your work after rejections seem to knock you down, but it feels good to stand up and say, “You know what? I’ll get another opinion.”

Before I landed in the middle of Circle-Square, I thought that geometrical contradictions were physically impossible. I held my breath as I gazed at the chaos around me, and worried what atmosphere would enter my lungs if I inhaled. Eventually I was forced to gasp and remembered that the Earth’s air wouldn’t kill me. That was little relief, however, because there were a plethora of dangers around me that could certainly do the job. The circle to which the name referred barely fit the definition, with so many…

I packed my “Folds of Ice” in a cooler and sent it for consideration in the Canadian-water-conflict-focused Blood and Water anthology. Like I did for my Tesseracts submission, I bought an accompanying lottery ticket. This time, however, I will follow the tried and true ways of Lady Luck: I will only scratch it when I hear news. Note to self: it might be worth checking when the ticket expires. The intricacies of the writing business are strange and numerous, but I’m slowly catching on. These leaps forward in…

Recently a Seattle woman married a building to protest its demolition. I thought it might have been because of the building’s stamina to remain erect, but evidently it’s a lesbian so that’s a moot point. Although I didn’t intend the scene to be interpreted this way, someone pointed out that my encounter between a hybrid biomechanical building and Kendra in “A Song for Mona” is romantic, almost sexual in nature. I’d like to say, for the record, that I hadn’t heard of any of this building honeymooning until…

I just sent my story trundling through the tubes to EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. I also bought a Tetris Lottery ticket and am about to scratch it. Wish me luck.

Debbie’s sketches capture the humour of words brilliantly 😀 This is a quote from “A Song for Mona,” a story I intend to submit to Tesseracts 16.

Today started off with me on the verge of using toothpaste as shaving cream. It’s funny how much daydreaming about your stories can affect how you function. Despite the fact that writing sometimes feels like a pet you have to take care of that turns you into a literary crazy-cat-lady, I got a bit of a material reward today. It came in the form of my first cheque from the Public Lending Rights Commission. It’s payment for my work that is available in libraries in Canada. There’s something…