What to do at Writing Conventions

December 2nd, 2013

I’ve read so many articles on how to prepare for a literary convention…especially if you’re a writer looking to break into the market.  Look at lists of agents.  Try to set up appointments with editors (hahahaha!  You’re a nobody!).  Blah, blah, blah.  Waste o’ time.

My method involves acting like a 17-year old at 3am in the hotel hallways. Yup.  That’s what success is all about.

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Crossbows and Bureaucracy

December 2nd, 2013

Opening Chapter of Curse of the Black Swan

We lay entwined, naked in the candlelight of her apartment. Rain thrummed on the baked-clay roof, muting the sounds of Havencastle at night. Amber ran her finger along the straight pink-and-white scar under my left nipple. “How’d you get this one?” she asked.

“Hugo the Hellion stuck his knife in me.”

“I heard Hugo was dead.”

“Guess he shouldn’t have stuck his knife in me.”

She looked at me with a tightened expression. “I was there when Hugo and his attack dogs plundered the Fjords near Oldbank. His sword was so great it took two slaves to carry. You’re telling me that you brought down the Scourge of the Succession?”

“A man has to defend his honour.”

She giggled but must’ve seen my disdainful look and she cut it short. “It’s just…I didn’t know you had honour.”

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SFContario

November 27th, 2013

SFC-logo-2013-banner3I’m off to SFContario this weekend. SFContario: Toronto’s Autumn Science Fiction Convention. I’ve had some good times at this convention in the past. Last year I skipped because the World Fantasy Convention was held the weekend before in Toronto.

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Open the Puzzle Box

March 21st, 2013

Puzzlebox-5.5x8.5-300dpi-C08I’m excited to announce the followup to the 2009 Aurora award winning Women of the Apocalypse. The Puzzle Box is to be released at the When Words Collide convention in August 2013.  It is a collection of four novellas (plus one framing story written by me and Eileen Bell).

An intriguing anthology where reality is transient and the puzzle box holds the key to the meaning of life.

Archeology Professor Albert Mallory understands reality. He knows the way the world works. When he steals an ancient puzzle box to pay off gambling debts, he thinks the only mysterious thing about the artifact is how to get it open. But when a stranger appears at Albert’s door demanding to see the box, Albert is plunged into mysteries he never dreamt possible.

 

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Blood & Water launch: Bakka Phoenix Books

September 24th, 2012

B&W

Huh – all I can say is that I’m wearing the same shirt as when I won the Aurora – do I only have one shirt?

A quick trip down the 401 brought me to Bakka Phoenix books where I was helping to launch Blood and Water (edited by Hayden Trenholm and published through Bundoran Press. Also in attendance are Julie Czerneda and Stephanie Bedwell-Grime.

It includes my story A Rash of Flowers.

About Blood & Water: Conflicts over resources are as old as human history.

Climate change, along with continued population expansion and changes to the world economic order, adds a significant new factor to the equation. We can live without diamonds and gold, we can even find alternatives to oil, but water, food, land, and air are irreplaceable.

Blood & Water presents an impressive collection of writers representing every region of the country whose stories are set from coast to coast to coast.

Mostly science fiction, with a sprinkling of the fantastic, Blood and Water presents a bleak future – but also offers hope and even joy.

Perhaps that is the ‘uniquely Canadian perspective’- every conflict has a resolution, every problem has an answer.