(I wrote this feature during my recent short-lived stint as an editor for Fine Lifestyles
magazines. It was supposed to be the cover story for Fine Lifestyles Yorkton, but I can't see any sign Fine Lifestyles Yorkton made it off the ground. It did run in Business Saskatoon.)
By Edward Willett
Dave Rodney has twice stood atop Mt. Everest, the first Canadian to do so more than once. International keynote speaker, documentary producer, author, adventure guide, educator and humanitarian, he was recently re-elected for a third term as MLA for the constituency of Calgary-Lougheed, and named Associate Minister of Health for the province of Alberta.
And it all started in Yorkton.
Born in ...
Careers in Outer Space is woefully out of date now, having come out ten years ago, but it's notable in that it's the first of several books I did for Rosen Publishers
(I haven't done one for a while, but I hope to do more in the future). Also, of course, it was on a topic near and dear to my science-fictiony heart: space travel.
Another interesting side note: the reason I ended up doing this book was because I had read that Josepha Sherman was editing at Rosen. I contacted her because I kind of knew her: she had been editing at Walker & Co. back in ...
I missed a couple of Saturdays of posting bits from my vaults, and I may even be running a bit short on material, but here's something that might be of interest. This play was written a long, long time ago, in the 1980s, when I was working at the Weyburn Review. Someone (the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, maybe?) held a playwriting contest. I entered this, and I was one of the finalists...honorable mention, maybe? I remember an awards ceremony of some sort in the old theatre department at the University of Regina, in what is now the movie soundstage. It's never been produced. (I'm open to offers!)
I haven't touched it ...
For two or three years, several years ago now, Globe Theatre ran something called "On the Line: A Freefall Through New Work." Authors submitted scripts, which were given a staged reading. Below is the first script I ever submitted. It was a blast seeing it given life by the actors!
Oh: the following contains scenes of coarse language. Reader discretion is advised.
THREE WRITERS IN SEARCH OF A CHARACTER
By Edward Willett
(A MAN, FILTHY, DRESSED IN RAGS, LIES IN THE GUTTER OF AN URBAN STREET, ALIVE OR DEAD, WE CAN'T TELL.)...
I've done quite a bit of writing for various historical sites around the province. Here's something I wrote for Cumberland House a few years ago. I've never been there to see how it was use!
Oh, and in case anyone is wondering...yes, the science column will return. It's been on hiatus while I experimented with being an editor for Fine Lifestyles magazines again (it didn't work out—I couldn't support their editorial policies) and wrapped up my term as writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library (it ended last Wednesday). My main focus now is on writing Masks, my next novel (coming out under the pseudonym E.C. Blake) but I'm definitely going to resume the column: look for it to be back Monday.
My 2007 book Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw, published by Red Deer Press, is just what it says: a collection of 10 walking tours (eight in Regina, two in Moose Jaw) that take you past a number of homes and commercial buildings of historical or architectural interest, with a brief description of each.
It wouldn't have been possible if not for the work of Heritage Regina, which created and researched the Regina walking tours long before I came on the scene. I adapted their tours and added additional information from various sources. I also walked all of the tours and took a photo ...
I know, I know, I call these things "Saturday Specials" and here it is Monday. But I have a good excuse: I spent the weekend in Saskatoon at Dance Power
, the dance competition in which my daughter and her studiomates from Class Act Performing Arts Studio
were competing (they did extremely well!).
The competition was at the Remai Arts Centre, home to Persephone Theatre
, a theatre I have fond memories of because I was in the very first production to grace its stage, Beauty and the Beast, in 2007, just before it officially opened (and before it was quite finished, actually, but that's another story). While ...
I've posted the openings to my Enslow biographies of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix--guess it's time to give Johnny Cash his due.
I enjoyed writing about Johnny Cash because a) he was a really interesting guy and b) I grew up listening to him. My folks liked country music, and Cash was one of their favorites.
My only regret was that I didn't find a place in the book to mention that Cash liked to fish in northern Saskatchewan. Normally, I never pass up an opportunity to sneak a little Saskatchewan into a book.
Herewith the introduction and first chapter of Johnny Cash: The Man in Black.
And, of course, a ...
For this week's Saturday Special, another opening to another biography written for Enslow Publishers, this one about artist Andy Warhol. Like my biographies of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, it was for the series American Rebels. I actually studied a bit of art history and minored in art at university, and we make a point of visiting art galleries wherever we go, so this one was fun. Even more so since a Warhol exhibit passed through Regina while I was in the early stages of working on it.
Herewith, the introduction and first chapter to Andy Warhol: Everyone Will Be Famous for 15 Minutes.
But first: a link where ...
This is another really early story; in fact, I'd completely forgotten about it until I found the file on my hard drive. I must have written it when I was 21 or 22. I was pleasantly surprised it holds up as well as it does.
It was never published, though I think I submitted it a few times.
By Edward Willett
Dream-images of warriors with bright swords and glittering armor shattered around him, and he was left with only his narrow cot, his patched wool blanket, and the aftertaste of the bitter disappointment he had taken to bed with him.
Today had been the day of the great fair and market in ...