Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In the Spirit of Zombie-Luv

I've been seeing some amazing flash pop up for Mari Blaser's Zombie-Luv contest.  Rules and details here. While I do love writing zombies, and I love "luv", I've been forced to crack the whip on myself, and eschew anything other than what I'm working on (and through) at the moment.  So - in the spirit of the contest, I provide some assistance to the love-lorn ghouls out there by way of resurrecting this little piece from the crypts of MicroHorror. (Note - I'm going to let Mari know about this posting, but am not using the "official" pic and description here, out of fairness to those that are giving it their all with new material.

Personal Ads After the Zombie Apocalypse

Women Seeking Men

Back-to-earth party girl just “staggered” into town last week, and is
looking for a guy who knows his way around. Show me farmhouses, shopping
mall, bomb shelters etc. I want to be “where the action is!” If this sounds
like you, respond to

Hey big boy.
Petite blonde looking for my Teddy Bear! I love a man with lots of meat on
his bones! Facts up front – missing one arm, (my ex kept it!!) But you’ll
never notice once we meet! Respond to

Nothing gonna stop me now!

Except a giant case of the “lonelies!” Are you my soul mate? Looking for
love that, like me, can outlast gunfire, stabbing, drowning and being set on
fire. Must love cats. Respond to

Men Seeking Women

Are you “The Smart Girl”????????????

Then I want to talk to you! Looking for a girl with a BIG BRAIN for walks
on the beach, long talks and maybe more. Short hair a plus. Respond to

My heart is yours.
Literally. Willing to send it ahead of our first date. It’s actually falling out a bit
already. Looks not important. Respond to g


No smokers.

Respond to

Missed Connections


You – a pretty redhead, early 30’s, wearing a green striped blouse and
carrying a burgundy handbag.

Me – ate your spleen and your right hand. Please contact me when you’re up
and around. I think we could have some fun. Respond to

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

An update - Book Club

Just a quick update.  Finally, after much waiting, some of the anthologies I've got stories in are starting to see print.  First up is "Haunted" from Pill Hill Press (PHP).  My story, "The Cabin Sleeps" was part of the "Shootout" competition that PHP is just finishing up against Library of the Living Dead Press - I was on the Living Dead team.

"Elements of Horror" has also been released, featuring "Air in the Line", "Love and Arson", "Earthworks" and "Down for the Third Time" by yours truly.

With the recent happenings at Lame Goat Press (looks like LGP's back in business now ...), and the subsequent takeover of their anthologies by Static Movement, I've got a couple of stories coming out in "Flash!" and "Yarns for our Youth".  The third LGP title that is being done at Aurorawolf, is "Novus Creatura".

Finally, as part of the NaNoWriMo back in November 2009, I got a deal over at Createspace, so I'm putting together a collection of short stories.  I haven't decided whether I'll be releasing it or not, but it'll be good to have a bound copy of the stories, including some previously unpublished ones.

This summer, I'll be working on Bridgetown almost exclusively, but "At the Normal Cafe" will get finished as well.  Hoping to get a bunch of writing done this weekend and next week when I go to the cottage.

And that's more than enough self-promotion for now.

Thanks for reading.


Friday, June 11, 2010


So, I've been taking stock of life and writing, especially writing.

I've been at this "seriously" since, oh, call it Summer 2008.  I was off on parental leave with my first son, and started to write a novel that I'd been kicking around.  (The oft referenced, not-to-be-completed-any-time-soon "Big Top")  That lead to entering the Toronto Star (one of Canada's big newspapers) Short story contest.  It also lead to joining a writer's group, which kept me going.

Once the gears were set in motion, it's been pretty steady ever since.  MicroHorror published my first story in Feb, 2009, and my second.  I found out in April of that year that my Toronto Star story got first prize in the contest, which was a huge validation that I haven't been just committing onanism by keyboard. 

After that, came a small series of flash successes, and the sheer act of continuous writing produced some really neat longer pieces that I'm proud of. 

November was my first NaNoWriMo - and I made it to the end.  However, I've since discovered that the work produced at that pace, with an eye to sheer word count can lead to innumerable problems trying to make something of the result.

Since January, as part of the "newspaper prize", I've been working with a professional author in a post-grad college course, and have, I think, learned more in six months than I've learned in a lifetime of scribbling, and the biggest thing I've learned? Be like a two year old.  When you're reading your stuff, ask "why" until you want to scream.  You'll find stuff out.

And now? I'm a fair clip into the book I should've been writing since January, and enjoying it, but have realized that even with the stories you love to write, there is going to be a lot of work involved down the road. Normal Café is coming to a close, and I've got some neat plans for the finished work.

Personally, my family's great, my kids are the best, my house is a nightmare, but all in all, life's not letting me down. And now I'm 35.  I'll take it.

Thanks for reading this momentary exploration of the navel (speaking of verbal onanism ...) 

May all your white spaces fill with genius.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

At the Normal Cafe - Part 6 - Witnesses

The novel's coming along, and well, but having brought "The Normal Café" along this far, the instalments have been insisting themselves now and then.  This was the case with "Witnesses".  

I'm coming up to the end of the tale, but I realized I'd given myself two other "extra" characters I needed to do something with.  It was the goal early on to capture the story of everyone involved.  After all, their stories ARE the story. 

It's up now at Thrillers, Killers n' Chillers. All six instalments are linked on their own tab at the top of this page.

Thanks for reading,