Oh, for the love of …. short story!

In 2008, I graduated from UBC’s Optional Residency Creative Writing program in the company of wickedly talented writers, several of whom were published very soon after that walk across the convocation stage. In quick succession, Sarah Selecky, Amy Jones and Matthew Trafford’s collections of short fiction hit the ground running. As a group, they declared … Continue reading Oh, for the love of …. short story!

Short Fiction: Be Still and Listen to the Heart Beat

Two quotes from Alice Munro in Robert Thacker’s book, Alice Munro Writing Her Lives have lodged in my mind during the time I’ve been reading this wonderful book:“There is always a starting point in reality.”“How can you get your finger on it, feel your life beating.” Oh, to feel the heartbeat in a short story  when it … Continue reading Short Fiction: Be Still and Listen to the Heart Beat

Hanging out in an anthology with some of Canada’s finest authors of books for young people

The anthology Dark Times was published in 2005 by Ronsdale Press: http://ronsdalepress.com/books/dark-times/ I was working on Running Toward Home, and struggling mightily with sustaining the perspective of a teenaged boy throughout a book length story. When I saw the call for submissions for an anthology for young people dealing with loss and grief, one of my … Continue reading Hanging out in an anthology with some of Canada’s finest authors of books for young people

An Author’s Lament; With Promise of an Upbeat Sequel

Someone on the Writers’ Union forum posted a link to this interesting piece into a journalist’s journey into self-publishing yesterday. http://nyti.ms/1w2v6Gg — from “I Was a Digital Bestseller!  by Tony Horwitz from the NY Times, June 19 2014. Not a lot of resonance for me in the piece because journalism, actually making a living from writing is … Continue reading An Author’s Lament; With Promise of an Upbeat Sequel