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 »
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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?
Download the Podcast (archive.org page)
Episode 26: Get Urras back to Anarres (Discussion of The Dispossessed)
Source of our theme song
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Kevan Manwaring is trying to define a new movement in fantasy he’s calling “Goldendark”. I can quibble about the name, which honestly ain’t great, but we’re well past due for another paradigm shift in fantasy literature, and Manwaring constructs an attractive and concrete thematic goal authors can aim for.
Mind you, Manwaring is participating in the “against grimdark” conversation that has been going on for years now; that is, a backlash against the perceived uptick of fantasy novels and stories with morally relativistic or amoral characters and settings, that emphasize violence and political machinations over other elements. The discussion around grimdark to this point has largely been dialectical: “old” vs. “new” fantasy, and as a result the periodic conversations tend to bog down in repeated arguments before fizzling out. People are still linking to my own stab at the subject from five years ago, much to my own bafflement. Continue Reading »
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Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction was released today and received a fantastic review on Tor.com from Haralambi Markov, with some attention given to my story “Strange Things Done.” Get the anthology from Exile Editions, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, and Chapters-Indigo.
I’m also appearing in another Exile Editions anthology later this year, Those Who Make Us: Canadian Monsters, Creatures and Myths. You can view the table of contents here. “A New Bestiary” transplants medieval ideas on monstrosity into a cyberpunk-infused Montreal, and probably contains the most in-jokes out of anything I’ve ever written.
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