Entries Tagged as 'News'

NaNoWriMo we go…

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

Well, I’m a bit behind on this, as expected. No, I did not expect to write a novel during November. However, I did use the National Novel Writing Month period to try to get as many words down as possible while I was working on Cold Hillside. I never managed more than about 10,000 – […]

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Tags: Books · News · Writing

California Dreaming

November 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Not very original, but hey, I’ve been sick.  We spent 10 days in California and returned to fever, weird dreams about Escher bodies, architecture and Hillary Clinton. First stop: San Francisco.  We went to a distillery in a old airplane hangar, to Alcatraz, to a free museum full of arcade games, to the Japanese Tea […]

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Tags: News · Travel

Work that brain!

September 9th, 2016 · No Comments

To keep my writing muscles working while I’m suspended in “I’ve written everything that I know happens and now must actually develop a world and a plot” mode, I’m doing writing exercises. I’ve just started on the ones featured in Ursula K. LeGuin’s wonderful book Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the […]

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Upcoming Event – July 23/24

July 11th, 2016 · No Comments

I’ll be in Kingston at the Limestone Genre Expo the weekend of July 23, 2016.  This is the second year of this event and there’s a great line-up of writers and some fascinating panels.  It’s a small, friendly convention in a beautiful town. I’ll be taking part in three panels (Where is Fantasy taking the […]

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And everything changes…

June 20th, 2016 · No Comments

I’ve been working full-time since I was twenty-two (that’s 35 years, for anyone who’s counting).  I started doing data entry at a sleazy mail order company whose principals eventually were arrested in the U.S. for mail fraud, moved to the magazine business in the circulation department, worked in magazine consulting,  and then ended up in […]

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Tags: Books · Gardening · News · Uncategorized · Writing

“Borrowing” from the best

March 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Where do writers get our ideas, you ask?  Sometimes, we get them from other writers. There were many inspirations for my first novel, The Night Inside, but one of them was definitely a story by another writer.   I read Suzy McKee Charnas’ wonderful collection The Vampire Tapestry, which features a vampire quite unlike most of the others I had encountered to that point. There’s nothing supernatural about Weyland and […]

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Tags: Books · Influences · News

New E-Book Releases and Upcoming Reading

February 11th, 2014 · No Comments

  At last, some real news can be revealed. In the first big news, the talented team at ChiZine Publications is bringing out my first three novels as e-books, complete with stunning new covers.  A special thanks to Gillian Holmes for The Night Inside and Blood and Chrysanthemums.  They’ll be released in a few weeks. Secondly, […]

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Deciding what to read

May 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Today’s job is to figure out what to read for the Lost at Sea event this Thursday.  (You are all coming, right?   Augusta House, Toronto, 7:30.  Readings, music, art, cake, cocktails, swag, merchandise – it’ll be fabulous.) I’m always envious of people who can manage to read the first chapter of their novel and have […]

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Speculating Canada Interview up now

December 5th, 2012 · No Comments

My interview on Speculating Canada is up now. Many thanks to Derek for his thoughtful questions. Check out the other interviews on the site as well, especially the recent one with Helen Marshall, whose “Hair Side, Flesh Side” collection is currently in my “to read’ pile.

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Welcome 2012!

June 15th, 2012 · No Comments

Welcome to my new blog-friendly site! After procrastinating for far too long, I’ve finally had my site updated into a format I can actually use. Thanks to Deane Hughes and Gillian Holmes for the design and execution. So what’s new? – Both Discovering Japan and Chrysanthemum Shadows are now available in e-book format (see Where […]

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