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Communicating in real time

Wednesday’s failed coup attempt raises troubling possibilities about the state of the world’s most self-congratulatory democracy. It also highlighted the impossibility of providing accurate context when events unfold quickly. Bill Mahr has described the whole administration of the 45th President as a “slow moving coup.” On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, it accelerated. Politicians and pundits […]

Winter inspiration

True winter has finally arrived at Bury Manor in Ottawa. This is good news, because I always find fresh, white snow inspires me to write. Hence this blog post? No—as you saw on my last post, I have resolved to post regularly,. That’s right, you can expect to see more of this on this page, […]

I hereby resolve to …

exercise regularly eat healthy spend less time on social media Yah. Let’s go with that. New Year’s Day is such a cliché as a starting point for new projects so that the short lifespan of new year’s resolutions is a cliché in itself. Even so, I cannot resist the inspiration of resolve and hope that […]

Happy Yule!

It’s the shortest day of the year, and I find myself expectant. I am looking out the window of my study. I should be writing, or editing, but I feel more like I am waiting. Like the whole world is waiting. For what? Waiting for Christmas, of course. Or other holidays. As we all well […]

A good day to be a legionnaire

A free sample from The Children of the Seventh Son, Dark Age Book 2, Interlude 1  “Boys, our scouts have found the barbarian camp just over that ridge,” the Centurion said. Tullus Ionicus tightened his grip on the reins and tried to control his breathing. His horse, Albus, stirred under his hips. Tullus could hear […]

Aannd ... it's away!

The wait is over! Eight years after Book 1, Book 2 of the Dark Age trilogy, The Children of the Seventh Son, is now out and available in e-book form on all the major e-tailers. And if you act really quickly, you can still take advantage of the pre-launch price at the e-tail platforms, before […]

A Hallowe'en treat: Teri and the River

The water was surprisingly warm, swirling and dancing in the setting sun, dark where it was deep, orange where it flowed over rocks, white were it leapt and spun and rolled in joy. Teri let herself drift. She closed her eyes to let her spirit see freely. She felt the river’s joy, its happiness in […]

The Serpent

A Sunday sample from The Children of the Seventh Son The new Dark Age novel Coming Friday, the 13th of November Javor’s left hand found a place to grasp in the soft, crumbling sandstone. His boot slipped once, then caught on the cliff face and he pulled himself up, over a lip of stone onto […]