Monday, 1 August 2016

August update

I'm working on a new book, thanks largely to the hammering intensity of my novel-workshopping colleagues Corinna Chong and Alix Hawley. If a first draft's finished by the end of summer I'll put up a flashy, celebratory post; if not my face is still pressed to the keyboard.

My first work for comic books! Though not writing a comic. A raucous text story will appear in the next volume of Ed Brisson's The Violent.

Most important right here right now: The Spoke Literary Festival. Start writing wheels rolling or get a leg up on current work, through four intensive workshops over the August 20/21 weekend in Vernon BC. Any reason not to write dispelled over two unforgettable days! The July 31 deadline is extended until the final seats have bums in them.

(Top: Tsawwassen BC, July 2017.)

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Spring 2016 update

On Saturday, April 30, I'll be at Otter Books, in Nelson BC, from 9:30 to 11:30 am in support of international Authors for Indies Day. I will dance for you, sing for you, advise which books to buy from Otter Books' lively selection. Plus just now I took a bath and tidied my beard, and though the event's two days away and their effect may wear off that's better than nothing.

May through July will bring straight-up writing, followed by Vernon BC's wildly-rumoured Spokes Festival over the third weekend in August. Life is solid & awesome.

Jaw-Dropping Recommendation #1: The Memento by Christy Ann Conlin of the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. I was fortunate enough to go to school with Christy Ann twenty years ago and I flat-out pity anyway who has not met her; cracking her stellar second novel will be a good start at including Ms. Conlin in your life.

(Washington DC, February 2016. Mike Schroeder photo. I was out east signing books! That's not my truck.)