Short Story: The Hemlock Solution

Tigershark #5 promo

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


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; […]

Persuasive Writing Workshop: References and Links

Last night, I taught a persuasive writing workshop for Golden Ears Writers, as part of their Lobby Night series at The ACT. Thanks to everyone who came out. As promised, here is the reference list.   Books: The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric Sister Miriam Joseph, Paul Dry Books (in particular, […]

A setting I love to write (my characters may not agree)

UBC Forest Trail

Paths intrigue me. Who, or what, made them and why? In particular, paths in forest settings hide as much as they reveal. What destinations await the courageous traveler? What dangers lurk along the way? A mysterious setting reflects the emotion and heart of a Gothic story. Little is revealed when wandering down a forested path. […]

A few of my indispensable fiction writing sites

  For today’s rolling blog tour, we are sharing our favourite sites for writers. The internet offers thousands of excellent writer resources. Here are several sites I find particularly helpful: Fiction Writing Plot Development Story Boards –  story board template and worksheets. Role playing game (RPG) development sites can be useful for speculative fiction writers. […]