New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year

What is January without a discussion of New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s mine for 2018.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

The holiday season was a cold one in Calgary, good for staying inside. I’ll be getting out soon to some writing events, starting with the January 11th launch of Loft 112′s Print(ed) Word Project. My short story “When a Warm Wind Blows off the Mountains” is privileged to be included in this creative and original collection.

Then, on Saturday, Jan 13th, 7:00 pm, I’ll participate in the first Loft Salon featuring artists and writers involved in the project. I’ll read from “Warm Wind” and my artist partner, Sylvia Arthur, will discuss how she turned my story into a work of art.

For more details, visit the Loft 112 Facebook page.

I wish you a happy and healthy 2018.

My apologies, South America

After my long holiday to Ontario and South America this fall, it was hard to meet the deadline for my regular Books We Love Author Blog Post.

Will poses with stone bust of poet Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra, Chile

Girl from Ipanema Bar and Restaurant, Rio de Janeiro

Today I blog about my embarrassing knowledge of South American writers.

Names

On today’s Books We Love Author Blog I discuss my process for naming story characters.

My Story With Illustrations

Today I guest post on the BWL Insider Blog about how my short story “When a Warm Wind Blows Over the Mountains” was turned into a book-as-art.  Here’s Sylvia’s description of how she decided to incorporate the words into her work:

  1. I contemplated for many hours on how to include the written words in my Print(ed) Word book. It wasn’t plausible to hand write the entire book, so I wrote only the lines that inspired the images. The words are written on delicate hand ripped Kinwashi rice paper. Although tricky to write on, I love the beautiful texture and how the words frame a ghost of the print that shows through from the next page.

Syvia's Work-in-Progress

A bargain!

My publisher, BWL, is always looking for new ways to promote our books. From now until December 17th, you can purchase an ebook of Ten Days in Summer through  Smashwords for $2.99 USD using the coupon code RX82T.

Fake News

No, Will and I aren’t reporting on local hikes or being interviewed about my books on Global News. We toured the studio during Doors Open YYC last Saturday. I found it fascinating to get an inside look at news broadcasting.  In another life, I could see myself pursuing this career.

Single Onion Reading This Week

Looking forward to this Reading with some of my favourite writers.

Bouchercon Here I Come!

Today’s my day to post on my publisher’s author Insider blog. This month I talk about my preparations for this October’s Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in Toronto.

WWC: productive & fun

Ruth, Susan, Pam & Sherry

What a busy and fun weekend at Calgary’s When Words Collide Festival  for Readers and Writers. A highlight was the Saturday evening banquet. My friends and I got into the mood, with our flapper costumes for the event’s Roaring Twenties theme.

Sherry kicked up her legs to dance the Charleston.

Pam posed provocatively.

Pam

Two ladies grabbed me for a photo of ‘three women in red. ‘

Women in Red

But WWC wasn’t all about frivolity.

I sat on a number of panels, spent a few hours guarding the Writers Guild of Alberta information table, learned things about writing and promotion, and sold a few books.

I’m already thinking of ideas for next year — after a needed return to normal.

Nancy Bell & Jude Pittman at the BWL table in the Merchants Corner

Panel on Fragility & Mental Illness Within Story

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