Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Summer of Pirates and Gods

So, we saw Pirates of the Caribbean and Thor this week. Eep. The former had potential to be terrific, but wasn’t. The latter could have easily been wretched, but was ok in a silly way and largely forgettable. Pirates lost its humour and … Continue reading

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Sales Ahoy! “Chasing Paper Dragons” soon to appear at EVERY DAY FICTION!

Well, the second week here at the new and improved Ridlerville seems to be pretty rocking. The good folks at EVERY DAY FICTION have offered to buy my flash fiction story “Chasing Paper Dragons.” Huzzah! THE ORIGIN STORY I wrote … Continue reading

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Fave Comedians These Days: Aries Spears, Kyle Kinane, and Maria Bamford

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a comedian. Shocking, I know, what with my rugged good looks and brooding intensity. Punk rock, though, kept that dream in my head instead of onstage, and I never regret focusing on … Continue reading

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Death of A Hero: Dr. Cecil Law, Canada’s Two-Fisted Soldier-Scientist (1922-2011)

obituary.asp?oid=491322 This past April, I lost a friend. Cecil Law, one of Canada’s great soldier-scientists, passed away at the age of eighty-eight. I came to know Cec because in the 1950s he worked at the Defence Research Board under Dr. … Continue reading

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On Haruki Murakami and Short Stories as Stars!

I’m pretty sure Justin Howe introduced me to the fiction of Haruki Murakami. If you haven’t read him, do so. Strange and wonderful stories unlike anything you’ll get in most western genre fiction, but with clear links to the work … Continue reading

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So it Begins (Yes, I’m Quoting From the Intro to Babylon Five!)

Today marks the first day of writing fresh words on the next novel. I’d spent a few weeks after finishing the last project to do brainstorming/plot talks/character stuff/outlining: all the pre-writing prep I’ve done and that has seemed to work … Continue reading

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Arcades: The Mos Eisley for 80s Youths

I just finished a draft of a story for the Homeless Moon Chapbook IV. I can’t reveal the cosmic top secret theme of this year’s collection, but mine was created by a couple of wildly different points of inspiration. One … Continue reading

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