Welcome to my waystation on the blog hop

In the summer of 2014 Kristina Stanley, a fellow finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada’s Unhanged Arthur award, added me to the writers who are participating in a fun blog hop. In this version of the hop, we answer four questions about our writing. So here goes:...

Today’s Review: The Last of the Blacksmiths, by Claire Gebben

The Last of the Blacksmiths is a historical novel, inspired by a story of one of the author’s ancestors. It transports you to 19th century Germany and America, as you follow Michael Harm, a farmer’s son who is cursed, or blessed, with wanderlust, and longs for more...

Today’s Review: The Art of Character, by David Corbett

Like most writers, I have several books in my bookshelves on craft. In truth, more than several books – at last count the number was north of fifty. David Corbett’s recent book, The Art of Character, is hanging out, not on the shelves with the others, but on my desk,...

About the writer’s fear of public speaking…

Let me tell you about Newt, a shy young man in Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. Newt adores Lorena, one of the saloon women. The narrator says Newt “was painfully aware that if the chance for personal speech ever did arise he would have no idea what to say. On the rare...

Celebrating Literary Citizens

I’ve been thinking about literary citizenship the last while. Probably because I recently spent ten days on Whidbey Island, hobnobbing with writer buddies, sitting in on the afternoon Profession of Writing sessions that are so popular during the NILA residency,...

Who really believes that change is as good as a rest?

I don’t. Recent changes in my life have not been restful at all. You’d think that relocating your writing space would be a simple thing. Just pick up your desk and computer and shift them eastward. The undertaking becomes a bit more complex when you shift them a few...