Author: Handman

Verge

I dreamt of you last night. We were lying by a river (have we ever done such a thing in all our lives?) in the shade of a weeping willow. Your head was in my lap, and you wore a white dress that spread out across the grass like a bride’s train. The warmth was […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Submission Process

I was in an English class once and someone quoted an author who said something to the effect of: writing is a painful ordeal that one only undertakes if driven by demons. And I just thought… Honey, you’re doing it wrong. I love writing. When I go for too long without writing, I get grumpy […]

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Quarks

Last night I had them all. Words stacked like paper cups, each fitting perfectly into the one above. Puzzle pieces make a picture, but a stack of cups makes a good party, and I would have been witty and wise – just mysterious enough to keep you interested, just interesting enough to keep you by […]

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Remembering Stanley Handman

During World War II, my grandfather was one of thousands of Quebec men who enlisted to fight overseas, a position that was especially important to him as a proud Jewish man. His first assignment was with the Victoria Rifles, but he transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment so that he could ship overseas. Officially, he […]

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Tales of the Stop Interview

At the end of September, Silverstring Media released Tales of the Stop, an anthology of short stories set in the world of Azrael’s Stop. It features stories from ten different authors about the various people that visited the Stop during the course of Azrael’s Stop, and one of those stories was written by yours truly. Lucas Johnson, […]

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Can You Read Something For Me?

As a writer you often get asked by people, usually friends (but often acquaintances), if you’ll read their work. Usually when someone says “read,” what they actually mean is “critique.” They want feedback, guidance, or help. Often, they want to be told not to give up, that they can do this crazy hard frustrating beautiful […]

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Fantasy Casting Call – Command the Tides!

One of the best parts of writing a book is imagining all of the people who populate it: their piercing eyes, their mysterious smiles, the careful tilt of their heads when they’re slowly falling in love. And one of the best parts of dreaming about your book being turned into a movie or a television […]

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Misty Morning Ferry

The ferry leaves in the morning. My bag is packed, sitting by the front door. The curtains are drawn, but I don’t need to see out the window to know what’s there. On the horizon my islands disappear into misty mountains, sea and sky fading into beautiful deep grey between them. I haven’t decided if […]

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How to Survive at Sea – The Dangers

Welcome to the final part of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. The Dangers at Sea I leave you now with a warning about life at sea – there are many dangers […]

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How to Survive at Sea – The Rest is Prison

Welcome to part nine of my series, How to Survive at Sea: A Stage Crew’s Guide. Click here to see last week’s post, or click here to jump to the first in the series. The Rest is Like Prison Cruise ships run on a sort of weird pseudo-military/sleep-away camp mentality. The hierarchy is strict, the […]

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