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The end is near

I wrote that I will never again say “things can’t get worse.” Because they did, and continue to. COVID-19 cases are increasing again in China, Japan, the U.K. and elsewhere.  And the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine grinds on.  I find this particularly affecting, as I am married to a Ukrainian-Canadian, and I wrote […]

crowd on protest against war on ukraine

Last month, I wrote that things couldn’t get much worse after I developed shingles and my father passed away from COVID-19. They did. February brought savage weather and the crybaby convoy that shut down my city for three weeks.  Then things got even worse, again. As the last of the detritus of the crybaby convoy […]

photo of person holding black smartphone

Thank you for all the messages, comments and emails of condolence and sympathy. I didn’t expect this response. I shared the story of my father’s passing as a warning, an object lesson about the real dangers of the pandemic and of the wilful ignorance of those who argue against getting vaccinated, and thereby endanger others. […]

Word watch: “Freedom”

Protesters against vaccines in Ottawa are walking on Parliament Hill, screaming “freedom” in a pathetic imitation of Mel Gibson’s overdone portrayal of William Wallace. What does “freedom” mean? It means responsibility. You can do the things you want to do, go where you want, say what you want. It also means you have to take […]

Cold outside, hot inside

Giveaway for Romance Month With Valentine’s Day smack in the middle of the month, February is typically “romance month” for a lot of writers and publishers.  I’m joining that train again with a promotion for my hot-n-steamy romantic parody, One Shade of Red. I’m giving away two free e-copies AND a signed paperback, too. Just […]

Javor meets the dragon

A Sunday sample from The Children of the Seventh Son He spun back and saw the dragon, more hideous than any he had seen before, and larger than any but one. It stood on four legs, its neck arched like an angry snake. Its back was higher than the second-storey balcony on Javor’s house in […]

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 […]

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