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Shadowpaw Press Crowdfundr succeeds!

It takes money to publish books, and most of that money flows out the door before the book is released and sales begin, so my publishing company, Shadowpaw Press, turned to Crowdfundr to help ensure that the wonderful books we’ll (“we” meaning me and the cat) currently plan to publish in Spring/Summer 2024 list come …

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FUNDED! Kickstarter for Shapers of Worlds Volume V succeeds

This year’s Kickstarter to fund Shapers of Worlds Volume V, the fifth in the series of anthologies featuring science fiction and fantasy by authors who were guests on my Aurora Award-winning podcast, The Worldshapers, succeeded, reaching 118% of the $12,000 goal–$14.266. That means this year’s anthology, featuring stories by Brad C. Anderson, Edo van Belkom, J. …

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Cold Feet: A Seven-Sentence Short Story

Well, I did it again: led the Seven-Sentence Short Story workshop (created by science fiction and fantasy author James van Pelt) at a writing conference, this time, Wordbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta. Here’s the story I wrote this morning. I had not the slightest idea what I would write until I began it, so this is …

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Available now: Shapers of Worlds Volume IV

Shapers of Worlds Volume IV, the fourth anthology featuring authors who were guests on my podcast, The Worldshapers, is now available everywhere, including directly from Shadowpaw Press. Here’s a handy universal URL with links to multiple sources. When it launched on January 23, it was, for a while, the #1 release on Amazon in Science …

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New books from Shadowpaw Press

My publishing company, Shadowpaw Press, has three great titles coming out in the first two months of 2024, all of them science fiction or fantasy. The first two, The Good Soldier by Nir Yaniv and Shapers of Worlds Volume IV, release on January 23, with The Headmasters by Mark Morton releasing two weeks later, on …

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The Dragon Toy of the Seven: A Seven-Sentence Short Story

Here’s another seven-sentence short story! I ran the workshop again at Ganbatte, an anime convention in Saskatoon. It went well, and here’s the one I created, again with the instructions, created by noted SF short-story writer James van Pelt. The illustration above is AI-generated by Bing. Introduce what the main character wants and the first …

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The Cat of Enlightenment: A Seven-Sentence Short Story

Another When Words Collide, another Seven-Sentence Short Story workshop, as I once again led a group of writers through this plotting exercise devised by noted science fiction short-story writer James Van Pelt. As always, I created a story myself. I usually call this a plotting exercise, but since I was also on a panel called …

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Soulworm, my debut novel, now available again in a new edition

Soulworm, my first published novel (originally released by Royal Fireworks Press in 1997), is now available in a brand-new, lightly revised edition from Shadowpaw Press Reprise. You can purchase it at one of these links or directly from Shadowpaw Press. Soulworm was shortlisted for Best First Book at the Saskatchewan Book Awards the year it …

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SHAPERS OF WORLDS VOLUME IV fully funded: new supplementary Crowdfundr campaign for illustrations now running!

The Kickstarter campaign for Shapers of Worlds Volume IV for the fourth annual anthology featuring some of the top writers of science fiction and fantasy working today, all of whom were guests on my Aurora Award-winning podcast, The Worldshapers, succeeded, topping out at $15,504 (the goal was $12,000). That means the book is a go! Shapers …

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Star Song shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Award

Yesterday, the shortlist for this year’s Saskatchewan Book Awards was announced, and I’m pleased to say that my young adult science fiction novel Star Song, previously shortlisted for the Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel, is a finalist in the Young Adult Literature Award. This is my eleventh book to be nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award; …

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Featured in Regina Lyric Musical Theatre 45th Anniversary video

Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, which I’ve involved with since 1989, recently marked its 45th anniversary with a gala celebration and concert that I was part of. This video was produced in conjunction with that by Global Regina, and I’m featured rather a lot in it. Check it out!

The Space-Time Continuum: Neologisms

Here’s my latest Space-Time Continuum column from the January 2023 issue of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s magazine, Freelance. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass Humpty Dumpty, noted wall-sitter and …

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