Radiator Blues


Not a very comfortable position to relax in—she’ll feel that in the morning.

Drawn with FireAlpaca.

A new author interview with yours truly went up today at Corey Redekop’s website, this time about monsters and the upcoming anthology Those Who Make Us.

Children of Mythago Wood

There are two books I read over the summer/autumn that I meant to write about at some length on this blog, but never actually did. With winter very close and the days shortening at an alarming rate, it seems as good time as any to get my thoughts about both of them out in one go.


As an aside, I really love the design of this cover.

Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay (2016)

I should have enjoyed Kay’s latest more than I did, since it once again happens to enter an area of personal historical interest: the eastern Mediterranean in the late fifteenth century. I did enjoy it, for the most part, and the thematic echoes of his earlier Sarantine Mosaic are clear. There, Crispin travelled to Sarantium to create a mosaic commissioned by the Sarantine emperor. Here, Pero travels to then-Sarantium now-Asharias to paint a portrait of the grand khalif of the Osmanli Empire. Seemingly insignificant people put in positions where their decisions have grand historical consequences abound, as is usual for Kay, with a similar sense of crushing weight to history in its uncaring inevitability. That weight is most evident in the Osmanli (Ottoman) attempts to besiege Alternate-Vienna; foiled not by the actions of the brave Senjani soldiers we follow who trek to defend the Jaddite faith, but something as simple and fickle as the weather. The historical content is great, as usual, especially the depictions of a parallel Venetian court as well as in-fighting among the Ottoman sultan’s sons, and unlike Under Heaven or River of Stars, Kay feels free to move aside from “how things really happened” and explore his own scenarios, what-ifs and characters. Of those characters, Danica of Senjan, a female mercenary who wants revenge on the Osmanlis for destroying her family and who is literally haunted by the ghost of her grandfather, is the most compelling. Continue Reading »


Two bits of news today, my first full day of being 28 years old (ooh, just a couple of years left where I can mark “new generation writer” on my short story submissions…):

  1. The Book Smugglers’ Quarterly Almanac Vol. 2 is now available for purchase, which includes a reprint of my short story “Mrs. Yaga” along with various other goodies. Details of where to get it and a free giveaway here.
  2. You can pre-order Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth and Monster Stories and oggle at the cover art. I’m proud to have a story in here, and the lineup of other authors looks amazing. I can’t wait for it to come out on November 1st.

…about my story “Strange Things Done” in Clockwork Canada.

Part One.

Part Two.

Part Three.

Back to Sketching


My current mental state

I haven’t posted a sketch on this blog since 2011. That’s…a long time.

Meanwhile, the space between articles is growing ever larger. Truth is, I haven’t been writing much of anything lately, fiction or otherwise. What I have been doing, is drawing. That’s the exact opposite of the situation coming out of my undergrad, where I was devoting a lot of time to writing but didn’t spend much time at all on art. I have no concrete reason why the flip happened. Somewhere, drawing became relaxing again in a way writing isn’t; even typing these words now is proving inexplicably difficult.

Earlier this year I said I didn’t know if I’d be sharing any of my output. Well, I’ve bought a Wacom tablet since then, which makes uploading the results that much easier. I’m slowly getting a handle on digital illustration and painting, but what’s most revealing is the change of subject and style that came with switching from physical media. My sketchbooks are almost entirely drawn from references; on screen, I’ve been drawing entirely from my imagination. Continue Reading »


The Giver by Lois Lowry is the one book on elementary/high school reading lists that Canadians our age remember fondly. Why is this, and why is the cover so darn memorable?

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