• Writing Resources

    Pure Speculation 2010

    The event scheduling for Edmonton’s Pure Speculation convention is now available. I’ll be talking from 11:00 – 12:00 on Sunday October the 24th about my experiences with the Writers of the Future Contest. I’m looking forward to this, hopefully if you are in the Edmonton region you can make it there. There’s some great programming and Tanya Huff is one of the guests of honor… you can find the full list of guests on the Pure Speculation site. Also noticed that my former co-worker at BioWare, Mark Barrazuol, is giving a session on ‘how to get into the videogames industry’. For those of you aspiring to a career in videogames…

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    ‘Touch the Dead’ sells to On Spec Magazine

    Just signed and sent the contract to On Spec. This is the sale that I mentioned a couple weeks ago on Twitter and is my third to On Spec. I am super excited for a variety of reasons. As most readers know I’m a huge fan of On Spec and was eagerly waiting their response to this story. A couple years ago they saw a previous version of this story but declined. I took their feedback and the advice of my readers and rewrote the story. ‘Touch the Dead’ I think has been drastically improved by this feedback and I’m very happy with it. Some History This was actually the…

  • My Life

    Wake up!

    Back from a relaxing vacation to Jasper. Had a good time but tomorrow it will be back to work. I managed to do a little writing in between moving the children from one interesting sight to another but not enough. I’m about a chapter behind so this will be a busy week catching up. If you messaged me while I was away I’ll get back to you tonight…

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    Novel Progress and General Update

    The novel is going well, I am nearing the halfway mark. I had hoped to reach that milestone by this weekend but instead will be visiting some family and (mostly) relaxing. Which is not a bad thing. This time around I have planned the novel out, unlike the last novel which I ‘invented’ as I wrote. With this project I’m more comfortable that the overall story makes sense and though I had feared I wouldn’t enjoy writing this novel (because I already figured out everything that would happen) I am, actually, enjoying the writing process still and still stumbling across the occasional surprise. I’m hoping the planning process will make…

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    Science in Seconds

    Science in Seconds is an interesting video blog, worth checking out. I first saw a mention of it in my University of Alberta alumni magazine. One of the contributors, Brittany Trogen is also a science fiction writer and has had stories appear in On Spec and Campus Chills.

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    Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years

    Finished reading the Writers of the Future: The First 25 Years Kevin J. Anderson, editor). If you are curious about the Contest and what the past winners of the Contest have achieved I definitely recommend this book. The layout and design makes for a nice read, a good balance between photos and commentary from judges and past winners. I enjoyed going through old photos of writers I’ve long admired from back when they were starting out. And of course I’m pretty excited to be part of the history of the contest now! Plan to have lots to say when the 50th Anniversary book is prepared.

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    Writers of the Future Book Signing

    While down at the Writers of the Future event we got to go to the Borders bookstore in Pasadena and sign some copies of Writers of the Future 26 and the Writers of the Future 25th Anniversary book that Kevin J. Anderson put together. Anyways there’s some pictures of the event on the Book Signings and Events blog. If you dig you can find a couple of pictures of me.

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    Gravesend by Jason Fischer

    My Writers of the Future roommate Jason Fischer gave me a copy of his novella Gravesend (from Black House Comics) and I finished reading it this morning. I really enjoyed this character driven zombie tale. I pretty much read it all in one sitting. If you are not a big fan of zombie fiction I think you might still be interested; the characters are well developed and the writing is sharp. Also, though I haven’t had time to read it yet but will shortly, Steven Savile (with Steve Lockley) has put up a short story “Of Time and Dust” on Amazon. Check it out!

  • Website

    Catchy Title?

    So because I was woken early by a train I’m sitting here wondering: Does my blog need a fancy title? Many blogs have titles, usually a witty phrase, a snippet of wordage that cleverly defines the blogger or their life experience. Any thoughts or suggestions? Feel free to post those while I go search for a cup of coffee.