News | 2018

2018 Reading List

Last year was my first doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and while it was cool, I did feel a bit burned out. I pledged 52 books (one per week) but (for various reasons) found it hard to make that total. So for this year, I tried a much more reasonable-sounding number--26 (or one book every other week). Apparently, 26 wasn't that good a predication either as I ended the year with 40 published books read. I also discovered I could backfill my Goodreads reading list, so this year I entered all of the books I've read since mid-2005 in their system, and consequently, I think I've now got a better handle on what I can typically read in a year. We'll see next December how close I was.

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All Hallows Story Night

All Hallows Story Night

On Tuesday, October 23, I'll be in Port Coquitlam at Western Sky Books for their All Hallows Story Night. If you're nearby (or within driving distance), I invite you to come out and listen to some adult-orientated spooky stories from Gisela Woldenga, Rob Tozer, KT Wagner, WL Hawkin, Madeline Ewanyshyn, Debra Purdy Kong, and Anton Von Stefan. Oh yeah, and me, too--but be warned, I won't be reading literary fiction, I've got a new grimdark story I'll be debuting that night.

Story Origins

On Monday, October 15, I'll be giving a presentation on Story Origins to the North Shore Writer's Association, and if you're in North Vancouver, I invite you to join us. Along with reading from my story collection, Rage, I'll also be talking about how to take that initial, surface inspiration and develop it into a deeper, more complex story that will capture and hold your reader’s attention.

Story Origins

All NSWA monthly meetings are held from 7 – 8:45 pm in the 3rd Floor Program Room of the North Vancouver City Library, 120 14th Street West, North Vancouver.

NSWA Members: free. Non-members by donation.

Newsletting Infrequently

A Sacred Trust

My Very Infrequent Newsletter for Fall 2018 went out today, and this edition includes an exclusive copy of my new short story "A Sacred Trust" (not available anywhere else). Would you like to read the story but you don't subscribe to my newsletter yet? It's easy to fix that--just follow the link to my contact page tell me your email address, and click "sign me up." Be assured I take privacy very seriously and I never share contact information without permission. Ever.

Also, I feel it only fair to warn you: "A Sacred Trust" is not literary fiction--it's my first foray into the grimdark side of fantasy, so expect something magical, a little twisted, and morally questionable.

Procrastinator's Paradise

I was interviewed by the wonderful people at The Creative Academy the other day--on topics ranging from writing to life, including what to say to someone who tells you you're not really a writer (I've kept the swearing to a minimum, but do offer suggestions on appropriate hand gestures), as well as how readers can help the authors they like. If you'd like to read the interview (and I hope you will because I also share the best writing advice I've ever received along with some tips on revision), it's now live on their website, in their Procrastinator's Paradise section.

The Creative Academy

Just Joshing

I met writer/podcaster Joshua Pantalleresco at this year's Creative Ink Festival, and, after striking up a quick friendship, he asked to interview me for his podcast. I thought it might be a fun idea (it was) and the results of that interview are now live. If you'd like to listen to us discuss Rage, dealing with anger, rejection, writing, teaching, and much, much more, I invite you to check out episode 169 of his podcast, Just Joshing.

Just Joshing Podcast

Illuminating Worlds

On Friday, June 22, I'm very happy to be joining Chelene Knight, Arleen Paré, and Timothy Taylor for the Whistler Writers Festival Spring Reading Event: Illuminating Worlds. Moderated by Rebecca Wood Barrett, the evening will feature readings and discussion in four genres--memoir, short fiction, poetry, and long fiction--all at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. So, if you find yourself in Whistler (or near Whistler, or even within driving distance of Whistler) on June 22, I'd love to see you there. Tickets are available at

Illuminating Worlds


There it is, my first ever hashtag. To be honest with you, it took me a while to figure out what hashtags were--I always thought their brevity was exclusionarily opaque and I've consequently felt both alienated and a little dumb in my inability to decipher them (and I'm not on Twitter, which is where I always thought they belonged). However--after some admonitory encouragement (I'll explain shortly)--I figured I should try out a hashtag to promote something I'm both excited about and grateful for and which is the exact opposite of exclusionary: #CIF2018, the Creative Ink Festival. Creative Ink Festival

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Festival Reading Event

Several fesitval authors will give 10-minute readings from 7 - 10 p.m. (I'm on at 9 p.m.) at the Creative Ink Festival Friday Night Group Reading on May 18, 2018. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please and I encourage you to come out and listen to your favourite authors as well as stay to meet some new ones as well. Here's the complete roster:
Brenda Carre, Jo-Ann Carson, Dwayne Clayden, Chloe Cocking, Michele Fogal, Manny Frishberg, Tyner Gillies, Chadwick Ginther, C.C. Humphreys, Jim Jackson, JM Landels, Tod McCoy, John Mavin, Sylvia Taylor, KT Wagner, Krista Wallace, Brie Wells, and S.G Wong
Creative Ink Festival

Creative Ink Festival

I'm very much looking forward to participating in this year's Creative Ink Festival (May 18 - 20 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre). When I attended this festival in the past I was both inspired and impressed by the breadth of content offered as well as its focus on speculative and genre writing. This year, not only will I be in a Red Pencil session (where I'll be providing feedback to signed-up festival writers), but I'll also be giving a presentation as well as joining in two panel discussions (each with awesome writers whom I'm also very much looking forward to meeting). Creative Ink Festival

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Strangers on a Train

On Tuesday, February 27, the Langara English Department Reading Series Strangers on a Train continues with Kim Minkus, Matt Hogan, Mary Zhu and I all taking the stage at the Kino Cafe (3456 Cambie St, Vancouver) and if you're reading this, I invite you to join us. This series both encourages discussion and promotes collaboration between writers who wouldn't typically interact with one another, so Kim, Matt, and Mary--I look forward to meeting you and hearing your work.

Langara College's Strangers on a Train Reading Series

TWS Reading Series

If you find yourself in Vancouver on January 4th, I invite you to the first TWS Reading Series of 2018 to listen as writers Kathryn Lee, D.N. Simmers, Tara McGuire, Graham McGarva, Judy LeBlanc, Natasha Sanders-Kay, Sonja Larsen, and I share our work--all on the same stage (but not at the same time). A long time ago I hosted this reading series and I'm very much looking forward to participating again. The time? 8 p.m. The place? Cottage Bistro (4470 Main Street at East 29th). Hope to see you there.

The Writer's Studio Reading Series