It’s Not Just a Degree… It’s Your Life

I have a classical education many around the world would envy... and it was mostly a waste of my time.

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Swords & Sorcery Writers Are Doing It Wrong.

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 University/College Frosh Week have any value?

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 →

“Why Pete?”: The Making of a Story

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.)

Simple Digital Art: A Specific How-To

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.

A Brief, Unpopular Opinion

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.

Way Down the Bucket List

As a Canadian writer of stories of a speculative nature, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror, it has been one of my goals/dreams to have a story appear in Tesseracts, the annual Canadian Spec Fic collection.

The Porn of Writing

We delve into our own souls and the world around us to find depth and meaning which will give our characters and tales life and spark the imaginations of our readers

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