• Announcement,  Life

    Anniversaries are an Annual Thing – That’s Sort of the Point

    by I don’t think I posted about it last year, but we had our 25th wedding anniversary during COVID. I know we’re far from the only ones to have much-muted milestones during the pandemic, but even then we figured it would be a while before we came out the other side. Well, here it is our 26th anniversary, and we’re not out to that other side yet. It might still be a while in coming, but that’s a subject for another time. For now, it’s worth noting that 26 years ago today, in seven hours or so, our wedding ceremony started. Lots of stuff since then and lots more to…

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    Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    The Launching of Ancient Runes

    by So I’ve decided to have some fun and actually have a my own version of a book launch for Ancient Runes, which will be available on May 7th at $2.99 US (modified by exchange rates into other currencies which I unfortunately have no control over). That price will last for exactly 30 days, at which point it will move to $4.99, which is what I’m calling my “normal” price in the current version of the market for a novel that comes in under 85k words. Ancient Runes is only a few hundred words under that threshold. There won’t be a tour of any kind, but I do want to…

  • 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…