the comparative value of write-ins
Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in a “write-in” as part of the New West Festival of Words 2018. Having never taken part in a write-in before, I admit I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would it just be three hours of writing time? Would it just journalling?
As it turns out, it was an elaborate challenge to my writing process. Continue reading “Rifling through your Wordhoard”
when do you just have to let it go?
Everyone knows nothing’s perfect after the first draft.
But how many drafts are you supposed to write? Where is that fine line between honing a work and polishing a turd? When do you accept something as a failure–nay, a learning experience?
I think the answer is when it is holding you back.
Perhaps you’re too focused on that one piece that you’re neglecting to think of others. What you imagined was your opus is now your albatross. Something a colleague once said to me in the editing room, “You just have to let it go, man.”
Let it go.*
Sounds easy, sure. But, wow. It’s not.
Continue reading “Reworking a Draft”
My flash fiction piece “Nineties Kid” appears today at Every Day Fiction.
Happy New Year everyone and it’s an honour to be the last story of 2017, despite how dreadful this year has been. Raise a glass to 2018; live long, prosper… all of that!
The above quote comes from the marvellous Deadwood, out of the mouth of the marvellous Calamity Jane.
And I’m really feeling it right now.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted much of anything. Life is like that. Peaks and valleys. Hills and troughs. I feel like this is a lesson I’ve figured out before. Subsequently forgotten. And then had to learn all over again.
I was remembering how elated I was a year ago, nine months ago, six months ago. I was in a huge writing groove. I was feeling especially prolific. I thought I’d finally figured it out.
Continue reading ““Every day takes figuring out all over again how to f***ing live.””
I am extremely thrilled and humbled to share that Quarter Castle Chronicles, Volume One, is now available in print and e-book!
Quarter Castle Chronicles ~ Volume One showcases 13 short stories by 12 Canadian authors. They take place in settings across the country, both in the present and the past. From the rugged coast of Newfoundland to the streets of Vancouver, we are flung to far off places like Romania and Swaffham Prior. The authors spin tales of life, survival, death and the realm beyond.
The Chronicles include the winners and honourable mentions of the 2014 Quarter Castle Short Story contest. My piece, Working Title, was the winning story, which humbles me so greatly I’m sitting on the ground as I write.*
Please, check it out and be still my pride.
*That’s a lie. It’s an office chair. But I’m on the setting closest to the ground. You’ll just have to trust me on that.
A short story of mine – a slightly awkward New Journalism-inspired piece – is up online at Crab Fat Literary Magazine.
Unmasked! is an expose of the long-since retired superhero as he at long last reveals his true identity to the world.
I’m quite pleased with this piece, but I’ve been sitting on it for a while. It’s such an odd little number that it’s been hard to place with a publication. (Naturally, a magazine called Crab Fat seemed the logical solution.)