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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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How to Survive at Sea – The Sex is Like College

Welcome to part eight 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 Sex is Like College Remember when you were in college, and life was an endless rotating panorama of wild drunken […]

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The Shadow Lantern Dance

When the shadow lanterns’ shadows dance, wise men stay abed. When dark dreams slip their masters’ leash, children hide their heads. Someone has lit the shadow lamps. He can see them, scattered through the forest. Their white paper glows against dark black bark, and the figures printed on their skin are stark and clear. On […]

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