Category: Book Review

Category: Book Review John Bilsland Literary Award finalist

I just discovered I’m short listed for the John Bilsland Literary Award for my short story Lunch Bucket Road, an ode of sorts to the factory workers who trudged to work each day in my Welland, Ontario hometown.  The John Bilsland Literary Award page can be found on by clicking on here.  I am one of five finalists in the

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Category: Book Review No More School Readings or Chapters/Indigo

No more school readings or Chapters Indigo signings. After several school readings of my young reader stories, I have decided that teachers, although eager to bring in a writer, ultimately do not appreciate it. I take time to prepare, try to make my presentation entertaining, and do not charge any fee.  The teacher buys one copy (photocopies it) and shares

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Category: Book Review Arthur Ellis Crime Award entry

The Arthur Ellis Crime Awards are for Canadian crime authors and have a few categories for entries. I spoke with a small Calgary publisher over a year ago who said she’d take all my juvenile stories, but I think she got busy and forgot all about me as she has her own series that she does crazy marketing on, so

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Category: Book Review Voodoo Bully rave reviews

Voodoo Bull rave reviews are trickling in at the reader/reviewer site bookkus.com.  Four and five stars and some very good comments.   It was a fun book to write as I manipulated the characters in a lot of ways.   You can go to the children’s book tab on this site to read the synopsis.

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Category: Book Review 10 Rules on Self-Editing – Basic First Draft Editing – Final 5

Of course there are more than 10 rules to self-editing however my list has easy first steps.  Anyone can do basic first 1st draft editing.  These are the last 5 of my 10.  Please, please, please do not submit your first drafts anywhere or show them to anyone.  It’s like showing a crude chunk of marble to someone and saying

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Category: Book Review Writing Update

Anyhow, I’ve just returned from Roatan and am working hard on Gerry’s War getting it formatted for eBook upload.  Also did some rewriting grammar for Will’s website – 2 units.  Also finished reading THE ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC.  This is a good novel about social unrest in a time of recession and corporations squeezing everyone and everything.  It raises some interesting

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