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Listen to The Grasslands

I find it very strange to hear words I’ve written read back to me by someone else… especially someone who actually makes them sound good. It’s doubly odd to get as invested in a story that I wrote… as if I didn’t write it. The experience of having a tale told to you is completely […]

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The Gift of Stripes

The date was October 23rd and our house on Lake Louise Boulevard in Waterloo, Ontario was empty, the only sign of our life there a forgotten black Umbra over-the-door hanger that a real estate agent would find later. The oversized Atlas Van Lines truck had set off mid-afternoon, likely a relief for our neighbours. Three […]

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The Age of Endings

This point is neither original nor controversial, but I’ll make it anyway: we’re living through an age of brilliant storytelling on television. The rise of premium cable channels and streaming services has ushered in a host of high-quality dramas, whose writers are delivering novel-quality fiction with lavish style. I sometimes wonder at the economics of […]

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The Real Colette

At this point, my obsessive relationship with HMCS Sackville is reasonably well documented. It began when I based a Defense Command corvette on her, then escalated in 2013, when I spent Battle of the Atlantic week with her in Halifax. After that, Sackville turned up in Champions, swimming through Newfoundland’s coastal waters with Alex in […]

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Nancy Wake

In 1994, Nancy Wake auctioned off her war medals for profit. Some said this was to pay for booze, others suggested it was part of a feud with the Museum of Australia, but one friend and neighbor offered an explanation which I choose to believe is most accurate: she did it because someone told her […]

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Editing Fray

When you’re bashing your head against the keyboard and hoping your first draft will come out okay, the last thing you may want to hear is a lecture about how editing is the most important part of the writing process. Writing, on its own, seems difficult enough. But editing and rewrites are vital to the […]

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The Year Was 2017…

I don’t get embarrassed about baby pictures. I don’t understand why anyone would –– there’s no shame in looking like a child when you happen to be one. I do, however, get very embarrassed about my earliest writing. No matter how old you are when you start, it’s a safe bet that your first stories won’t be […]

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