Guess what? I’m back in school. I’ve recently started a course in Book, Magazine, and Electronic Publishing at a Centennial College here in Toronto. One of my first assignments was a short personal essay on just why I chose to be there and what I hoped to get out of it. It was only supposed […]Read More Why Get into Writing and Publishing?
I was recently approached by Rhys Keller and asked to do an author interview for his blog. You can find the whole thing here. Thanks Rhys I also have an Urban Fantasy short story due to be released in about a month’s time, and another Notes post will be up in the interim. Stay tuned.Read More Author Interview
So here I am, another reading period long done and just back from my vacation, and I remember it’s been a couple months since I posted anything for you lovely people. Forgive me. The sad truth is that as much as I enjoy reading for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, nothing really grabbed me this […]Read More For SF&F Writers: The Endless Parade of Knock-Offs
So the new submission period for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores is about to begin, and a substantial slush pile no doubt awaits. In my temporary role as Editorial Assistant, I no longer just read through stories and offer basic feedback to senior Editors on every aspect that pops into my head. Mainly, I send […]Read More For SF&F Writers: Building a Sense of Wonder
I’d like to open this post by apologizing to loyal readers (if any) for my long absence. I’ve had a death in the family, and it robbed me of my motivation to do much of anything these past few months. But I’ve bounced back, and I’m happy to say that I’ll be posting more regularly […]Read More For SF&F Writers: Writing Non-Human Characters
So submissions for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores reopened recently, and I’ve already spotted a trend in the Slush Pile irritating enough to make me jump back into the blog, despite still being on holiday. Unconvincing and poorly written characters and settings can ruin any story. I covered various ways to avoid this in my […]Read More For SF&F Writers: Being Selective with Speculative Elements
Lets talk bad guys. Most stories have one. Well crafted or otherwise, speculative fiction is full of them. Not that any one actual character is essential as the obstacle the protagonist has to overcome. Sometimes its simply the environment they’re in, other times its a whole alien species in the vein of Starship Troopers or […]Read More For SF&F Writers. Building Believable Worlds Part 4: Antagonists and Enemies