News | 2012

2012 Reading List

Only sixty published books in 2012. Even though that works out to be more than a book a week, I feel like I didn't read that much. On an completely unrelated note, I did discover that coding new Neverwinter Nights material and playing Skyrim can be quite addictive. Oh well, there's always hope for next year--hopefully I'll be able to do more reading and writing with less gaming, but I'm making no promises.

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Zebra

Between the Lines:  A Journal of Hockey Literature

My little hockey poem about referees makes another appearance in the inaugural issue of Between the Lines: A Journal of Hockey Literature from the University of Saskatchewan. I'm happy to report I don't have to recite this poem as often as I used to--seems like hockey parents are catching on, especially as we get into the older age divisions where most of them are rather cool people who really enjoy the sport and aren't the boorish aggressors we've been lead to expect in arenas everywhere.

I Bought Some New Books Last Night

Last night at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, I went to an awesomely-cool triple book launch for Annabel Lyon's The Sweet Girl, Linda Svendsen's Sussex Drive, and Rhea Tregebov's All Souls'. There was wine to drink, snacks to nibble on, friends to greet, books to buy, and each of the authors read from their latest work, giving everyone something good to listen to.

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The House is Open

Capilano University is holding a Continuing Education Open House on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. There will be door prizes and give aways, refreshments and entertainment, and as part of the lineup, I'll be giving a 20 minute creative writing mini-lesson at 10:40 a.m. in the Library building. So if you've got the time, stop by, meet a few instructors, ask questions, and see if there's something you'd really like to take. Oh yeah, there's free parking, too!

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A New Class

First off, I apologize -- I realize it's way too early to be thinking back-to-school, but I've got some scholastic-related news I'd really like to share. However, if you'd prefer to wait until September to read this, that's completely cool with me. I understand.

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Five Question Friday

Flashquake

Andrea Beltran, the Social Media Guru at Flashquake, asked me some questions for Flashquake's Five Question Friday feature. Andrea's questions, which cover both my story "Giving Head to Kyle Leung" as well as my writing process, are now posted on Flashquake's website (now defunct).

 

Pilot Pocket Book 9

Pilot Pocket Book 9

If you find yourself in Toronto on Sunday, April 22, I invite you to come to the Victory Café at 581 Markham Street around 5:30 p.m. for the launch party of Pilot Pocket Book 9. There will be an art show. There will be readings. And judging from the contents of the book I just got in the mail, I think you can be guaranteed of seeing and hearing some really cool and thought-provoking stuff.

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Flashquake

Flashquake

I teach a Story Structure course at Capilano University, and I've got to admit, I'm rather fond of assigning homework. I believe one of the best ways for people to learn is by doing, so I ask my students to write between classes. However, I also believe in being fair, so every time I ask my students to complete an assignment, I do it, too (which I find is a great writing motivator for me). One of the assignments I like most involves crafting a complete story in 200 words or less -- something that has a beginning, a middle, and an end, has conflict, some complications, and a moment of choice for the main character (after which their life has irrevocably changed). Jamming all that into 200 words isn't necessarily easy, and so when a writer pulls it off, I make sure the rest of us are very generous with our applause.

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Tesseracts Eleven on Kindle

Tesseracts Eleven: Amazing Canadian Speculative Fiction

A while back (like 2007), a little science fiction/horror mash-up of mine was published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing in their anthology Tesseracts Eleven: Amazing Canadian Speculative Fiction. The story was "Recursion," and it tells the tale of a ghost coming to terms with the circumstances of her death.

 

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Southbank Writers' Program in Surrey

Southbank Writers' Program in Surrey

Many writers need inspiration, motivation, and structure to produce great work. With this in mind, Simon Fraser University has designed the new part-time Southbank Writers' Program especially for writers who want to pursue their passion during the summer. Focusing on fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry, SFU will bring out the story inside you through creative writing courses, workshops, mentoring, and opportunities to read your work in public.

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