Okay, Kindle-owners (and app-users)... My urban fantasy eNovel is now free! Go get it! If you read it and don't like it, I will give you your money back, but only if you get it this weekend! Where else will you find a history-bending adventure in which the hero has MS, hangs out with a whistling pixie, and can compare Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler and make sense? This is NOT satire. It's a story of the battle for our souls, with plenty of fighting, some humour, and warning about all those security cameras you see around you.
If the US, China, and Russia are the bullies, the Brits are the -self-appointed upper crust, the Aussie's are the friend out back with the dirty mags and Dad's beer, then Canada is the Boy Scout. Not dumb, not smart, just plodding along, trying to be prepared while the rest of the world ignores us or yells at us or makes fun of our funny uniforms.
Seen on the ground next to a bus bench: two used pregnancy test kits and an empty pack of smokes. The conversation that went with them? Maybe this is how it went..."Can I bum a smoke?""Sure, but not if you're pregnant.""I'm not.""Prove it.""Okay." Pees on tester. "See. Not pregnant.""Maybe. But you got that from the... Continue Reading →
Walking to work when a small Yorkshire Terrier raced across 50' of quiet road, barking like mad and favouring one rear paw. It was cold and a bit snowy out. He was wearing tags so I called him over to pick him up but the barked and ran away a few feet, waiting for me to follow.
I have a classical education many around the world would envy... and it was mostly a waste of my time.
Now, before the fantasists get their jodhpurs in a knot, I want to put forth a theory to explain technological advancements, and why some civilizations don't have them, especially in fantasy literature.
Does Frosh Week still have value?Currently two Canadian universities are making headlines because of inappropriate behaviour encouraged during their Frosh/Orientation Weeks.The article I link to at the end of my rant asks if Frosh Week still has value. This is my answer:If Frosh Week (the week of orientation mostly for students living in residence) hasn't... Continue Reading →
Story rejections happen for a number of reasons. Here are a few, in no particular order. ~The story really does suck. (This was not a problem with "Why Pete?" because the judges at WOTF are very picky.) ~The story is of a type which doesn't appeal to the editor. (He/she hates space operas, or whatever.) ~The story is not a good fit for the publication. (The story is science fiction, the publication is Homes & Gardens.) ~The publisher has recently purchased and/or published a similar story. (Just bad timing.)
It looks kind cool and haunting here, but I wanted the final piece to look like it was hand sketched in black ink, like a band member had done it on the road, lounging in the bus between gigs. I used the sketch filter of Photoshop to find just the right brush length and contrast. Once I found that balance I signed it, textured the signature, and was done.
Men don't get discounts at most bars on Ladies' Nights, so the reason they go is to meet women. But the bar has been encouraging the women to drink more and maybe get a little (or a lot) drunk, which means that men go to bars on Ladies Nights to meet drunk women.