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New year, new resolve

It’s hard to sum up my feelings about this new year. Normally, I feel energized by the start of a new calendar, and a little daunted by all the ideas for new projects, or finishing older ones. It’s silly on one level. Any day can be the start of a new year. I feel similarly […]

Fill your e-reader

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Happy holidays

It’s the time of year to share hopes for peace, health and happiness for all. And as the new year approaches, I wish you all health and success in every venture you pursue.  (And if it’s a new book, contact me with any questions. I’ll do what I can to help.) And before I forget, […]

The joys of the greyest month

By Scott Bury We’ve entered what my neighbour called “the ugliest month.” It’s easy to see what she means: grey skies, naked trees, the bite of the wind. Hallowe’en is over, the full-on insanity of the holiday shopping season and its excessive decoration and celebration have not started yet. The upcoming observance of Remembrance, Armistice […]

The Vampire Machine

Here’s a little treat for your Haunting Season enjoyment, reprised from a few years back. The power went out with drawn-out squeaks from every electronic device in the house. Rodney noticed the full moon shining through the window. “Glad I didn’t close the blinds earlier,” he muttered. Then he swore as the soapy plate slipped […]

Get to know an author: Barry Finlay

The series on independent authors continues with this fellow Ottawa author. I met him some years ago at a book fair in Ottawa, and now we are both members of the Ottawa Independent Writers group. Born and raised in Manitoba, he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for his fundraising efforts to help […]

Why I write

This is a question that writers get a lot, right up there with “Where do you get your ideas from?”  Both questions have the same answer: I write because I think of new stories all the time. The ideas just come to me. What’s going on in the world around me sparks many stories, but […]