• Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    Trollsign is Live on Amazon

    by Look at that. All this “extra” time, and I’m actually moving forward on a bunch of creative stuff. In this case, my second live ebook this week. Trollsign is serializing for free on Wattpad, where it’s about three-quarters complete. If you like it enough to have a copy of your very own, or if you want to know how it ends sooner than the ending will post, well, here’s your chance. I’ve posted links for both Amazon.ca and Amazon.com below. I have some covers to build, but I’m hoping to manage a short story (maybe two), a Novelette, and a Novel in the next couple of weeks. In and…

  • Announcement,  Life

    Day One

    by And along came COVID-19. Or, as a great poet once wrote, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.” Since the last post on 22 February, I have drafted, or least dictated and mostly edited, eight different blog posts. They will all probably still happen at some point but will likely need a little bit of updating or alteration first. The last couple of weeks have been fairly hectic, particularly the last seven or eight days as my company, a gaming company with typically large venues, joins the growing list of companies to “temporarily suspend operations”. The OLG, a crown corporation of the Government of Ontario…

  • Announcement,  Pets

    Introducing Princess Buttercup

    by Introducing, Princess Buttercup! Almost accidentally, we brought home a ball python on Boxing Day. I won’t go into the major details, but a young man going through some massive life changes at the moment has found himself in a position where he has to re-home many of the reptiles he’s been keeping the last few years. My son had been looking pretty hard at a pair of Green Ameiva in the same ad, and we had the trip planned. On arriving, we saw that there were a number of other animals potentially available, and we wound up taking home two of the snakes, one, a young, and still quite…

  • Announcement

    Exciting News, Everyone!

    by Now that stuff is signed and sent back, I think I’m free to say that I’ve accepted a part-time gig as a Publishing Assistant for Bards and Sages Publishing. Bards and Sages is a small publishing house doing both fiction and RPG materials in digital and paper formats, as well as hosting the annual EFestival of Words. Duties to include slush reading, copy editing, and whatever else the publisher decides they need me to do. Embarking on a new adventure is always fun, and I’m very much looking forward to this one. Now, it appears I already have assignments to read. Be well, everyone. by

  • Announcement,  Reading

    2016 Reading Goals – Do You Have Yours?

    by Similar category breakdowns to last year, but stretching things a little bit. I spent a lot of reading time last year on the comic book side of things, getting four years closer to the present in my X-men quest than I’d originally planned. Maybe I can balance a little better in 2016. This year’s categories: Award Winners: starting on a quest to read all of the novel-length winners for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Aurora awards. Starting with the first Hugo and working my way forward. # Books: 25 this year. Last Year’s English Language Awards: because I shouldn’t have to wait to catch up to the present,…

  • Announcement,  Writing

    2016 Writing Goals

    by In some respects, my writing took a huge nose dive this in 2015. While I completely destroyed my non-fiction writing goals, I didn’t do an awful lot of fiction at all. But 2015 is over now, and 2016 is a new year. Well, every day can be the first one of a new year, but I spent the last few weeks of 2015 planning and plotting, and I’m hitting the ground running, or at least staggering forward. There are daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and annual goals for 2016 in the creative field, but I’m going to stick with the broad strokes for this post and, once again,…

  • Announcement,  Life

    2016 Resolutions

    by I’m keeping last year’s resolutions in force, without feeling the need for new ones. I like the old ones, they still apply, and it’s hard being human sometimes, so I’ll continue to make mistakes. Resolution One: Get Better At The Husband And Father Thing This seems to get harder as the kids get older, as all of our lives get busier. We’re moving into the years where they’re slowly getting ready to leave home and lead completely independent lives. I have one in his last year of high school, one in her first, and one who turns thirteen in a short time. They’ve all got different needs and different things…

  • Announcement

    Legends and Lore Release Party

    by So, Legends and Lore officially releases on Wednesday, although the e-version is already available on Amazon. I’m excited about this anthology in a way I’m not sure I have been before, and I think it’s mainly due to the Release Party on Facebook. (Click the banner to go to the event page.) This happens on Wednesday, and while full details are on the FB page (games, prizes, questions and answers), I’d like to point out that it runs from 7-1130 pm Eastern Time, with each half hour belonging to a different author in the anthology. I’ve drawn the second half hour, which means my time is 730-8 Eastern, and fairly…

  • Announcement,  Fiction,  Writing

    Legends and Lore

    by We’ll call this announcement number two, but I think I’ve spoiled it long before now. Legends and Lore is an anthology coming out from Xychler Publishing (or on Facebook) on October 22nd. If it isn’t obvious, I have a story in it. Here’s the particularly awesome cover: Legends and Lore releases on October 22nd just in time for all that Halloween gift giving you’ve got in mind. No, it isn’t a horror anthology. Very much fantasy, and very much worth the read if you’re a fan of the genre. My story, “Natural Order”, could, I suppose, be classed as Urban, Modern, or Legendary Fantasy, or all three, if you…

  • Announcement

    2016: The Year of Star Trek

    by The 8th of September, 2016 will be the fiftieth anniversary of the first time Star Trek was broadcast on television. This makes 2016 a special year. Fifty years of Star Trek. Unfortunately, the only thing Paramount has announced so far is the third in the mediocre reboot movies. (Yes, mediocre. At best. Discussion for another day.) I hope for more, and I’m sure there will be a flurry of books, mostly with subjects we’ve seen before, but some new stuff mixed in. A little original fiction would be nice, too. But I feel like it’s unlikely to be enough to pay tribute to the show that started a revolution…