Christmas Stories at The ACT, Maple Ridge

Christmas at The ACT

Next Tuesday, December 20th, Ronda Payne and I will be hosting Golden Ears Writers’ fourth annual Holiday Readings by Local Writers evening. There will be a cash bar and the event is open to the public. Last year, I penned a short story for the 3rd annual reading, and it’s now published on-line at Red […]

Setting Goals for 2017 and Beyond

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

Over the last couple of days, I’ve devoted some time to sketching out 2017 writing goals and roughing in a plan to achieve them.  (I’m enrolled in a seven day Plot Your Success in 2017 workshop at Savvy Authors.) Earlier today, out of curiosity, I clicked on a Facebook newsfeed link. Maybe there was a […]

The Writer’s Studio 2015

Lynn Easton, KT Wagner and Annette LeBox (TWS 2015)

I spent 2015 as a student at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio, in the Speculative Fiction cohort with Hiromi Goto as my mentor. The mix of lectures and workshops, along with the strong sense of community,  worked well for me, and I highly recommend the program to serious, committed writers. The commute from Maple […]

Short Story: The Hemlock Solution

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I have a story in the fifth edition of Tigershark Magazine, The Mystery Issue. To read The Hemlock Solution, click here and then open the pdf (the link doesn’t work in the preview – click on the headline for the full post)

Writing: Mining for Story Ideas

Science fiction asks the question, “What if?” For thought-provoking articles and snippets, one of my favourite websites is io9 We Come from the Future. The human capacity for rationalizing self-serving behaviour, even when it profoundly hurts others, is highlighted by this disturbing modern psychology experiment: An experiment showed that hospital staff were ready to kill […]

“The Giving Season” inspiration

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The fictional town of Ridge Falls (in my Christmas short story The Giving Season) is inspired by my home town, Maple Ridge. Three years ago, the blue lights appeared… Fred Armstrong, communications manager with the District of Maple Ridge, has put together a lovely Youtube video showcasing our downtown during a recent snowfall. Maple Ridge […]

Zombie Short Story for Christmas

The Giving Season - cover

I’m testing the waters of Amazon’s Kindle publishing with a holiday zombie short story titled, The Giving Season. It’s been a learning experience, from editing to commissioning a cover, and I’m happy with the result. I’d love to hear what you think! Description: In Ridge Falls, no good deed goes unpunished. The holidays are not […]

7 Things About Me

Back in September, my friend, and writing-workshop instructor extraordinaire, Devon Ellington tagged me in her blog. The tag was a challenge to post “7 Thing About Me” here and nominate seven people to carry it on. I’ve been slow in responding, but here it is: 7 Things About Me 1. In 1976 my family lived […]

Catching up!

St. James Cemetary

I’ve spent a good part of the last two months traveling and attending writing-related conferences and conventions.  In truth, it began back in mid-August when I attended the Cape Cod Writers Conference and met Devon Ellington and Faith Dincolo.  Devon taught our year-long, novel-writing intensive, and Faith was a fellow student as well as, apparently, […]

Death Sparkles – A Short Story Anthology

It’s a year since I last posted to this blog.  Where has the time gone? Let me tell you: September 1st, 2011, I began a one-year novel writing intensive workshop led by Devon Ellington and hosted by Savvy Authors.  I’d taken several of Devon’s shorter writing workshops during the previous year and learned a lot; […]