Mostly about Beta Readers

I had hoped for a big weekend of writing but decided that naps were important, too. I managed to clear the 70,000-word hurdle, with 5 days left to reach 80,000, though. Yah. No problemo. One of the harder parts of writing the first draft of a mystery novel is fighting the temptation to go back... Continue Reading →

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Stop Believing in Soul Mates

In the News this week: A boy murdered a girl because she broke up with him. Then he died from a gunshot wound. While we're pointing fingers at his father for owning the gun, or the mental health industry for not seeing whatever they didn't see, or the gun lobby for being the gun lobby,... Continue Reading →

T’is the Season

Christmas isn't always an easy time of year for many people. I have been spoiled. For eight years THIS place was my home. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (at the time, Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts).  Christmas was spent with hundreds of friends, surrounded by more a thousand or more guests, in the land of a... Continue Reading →

When Words Collide & A Novel is Launched

(Long post warning. Get comfortable.) Here in Calgary every August is a weekend event which I take two weeks off of work for When Words Collide Readers & Writers Festival at the Calgary Delta South Hotel. Although it officially starts at noon on the Friday and ends at midnight-ish on Sunday, when you combine pre- and post-festival workshops (which... Continue Reading →

The Presence of Past Presents

Disclaimer: This is not a plea for sympathy or invites or company. It is just how it is for me this Christmas and what I'm doing about it. **************** Christmas has always been big for me, and Christmas 2015 is the first one in thirteen years in which I will be alone in the house... Continue Reading →

Easter Quicky

Being Christian, I have a problem with the phrase, "Happy Easter". I find that the bunnies, spring, and chocolate part are fun and more universal, but I find that from the Crucifixion to the Resurrection, there's nothing to be HAPPY about during the weekend. For me it's a time of reflection about what I can... Continue Reading →

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