Of Blood and Text Messaging

Detective Arnie Chalmers dropped his finished cigarette to the asphalt, ground it with his heel, and waited for his partner to catch up. “Ready, Steve?”

Too Far from Home

Melanie closed one eye and focused on the board. After the last pitcher, her vision wasn’t much to be trusted. Come on’, Mel. Three darts and we finish this....

Cut and Run

Amy hung sloppily off the arm of Scott. To everyone at the party, it appeared that she couldn’t hold her liquor as well as she’d thought. Billie, of course, ...

Snowflake Method?

I love writing scenes and flash pieces from writing prompts. In fact, I’ve written hundreds of them. Pantsing out 750 words at a time is downright exhilarati...

Frannie Takes the Train

The rattle and rumble of the train on its tracks persisted in their pursuit of my sleep. I fought the fatigue despite being awake for the last thirty hours. ...

Blind Dining

“Eyes up, soldier,” she said and I did. The corner of her mouth was turned up in a smirk, eyes sparkling.

The Dark Pool of Lamia

Lamina wrapped the mottled scarf around her light frame, enjoying the silky sensation as the soft cool hide hugged her contours. She didn’t have need of mirr...

The Sentinel

My name is Gracie and I am the Sentinel. I sit on the back of the Alpha’s throne and keep watch. His territory is vast and I must be vigilant. The rear court...

A Return to Longhand?

I spend a lot of time reflecting on my process: what works, what doesn’t. That kind of thing. Such naval-gazing is a wonderful alternative to actual writing....

One Last Letter

Ricky checked his mailbox everyday at just before noon, rain or shine. He’d done this for as long as he could remember. Clip the leash on Duke, Number Four i...

How Do You Create Your Characters?

Over the holidays, I was asked about the many characters in my stories and how I come up with them. I wasn’t able to provide a very good answer because I ten...

Barbecue

Okay, Nicholas. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? When did you begin to have these dark thoughts?

How Not to Be a Jerk Online

It goes without saying that being active on the Internet requires a thick skin. With social media tools like Facebook, we now all create content whether we r...

The Bonded

Not every Fayre could be trusted. I learned that lesson early on. But for every million of the flittering little freaks that infested the planet, there was o...

Lemony Rain

I constructed my lair from the choicest rock candy, not dollar store seconds. The emerald green ribbon glowed deep within the rot of my heart. Shielded from ...

How Do You Respond to a Writing Challenge?

It’s easy to burn yourself out creatively when meeting writing deadlines or undertaking insanity projects like NaNoWriMo. Sometimes, it’s just mood and the c...

Full Circle

“A strange thing happened on the way to the bus stop,” I said, taking a plate from the rack and wiping it. Well-worn, these wedding gift dishes stood the tes...

Black Ice Heart

Her icy stare made me shiver Even if she made me quiver

Writing Motivation

I don’t want to write this post. I don’t feel like it. Actually, I don’t feel like writing a cotton-pickin’ thing. Surely, there is something on TV? Nope. Da...

Last Glimpse

I found the perfect spot, for us to share a final gaze Of cosmic wonder, before the end of days

The Perfect Trick

All eyes were either on Scott’s hands or Amy’s outfit. That was part of the hook. He’d fumble through the basic show tricks ably enough despite only picking ...

Villain

Vanquishing the mighty hero Inciting mayhem and chaos Legions of henchmen Lair of deceit Aggressor Intrigue rules with an iron fist No mercy says the wicked

Lost in the Rain

rain in late summer the boy walks along the street following a boat

Fear of Failure or Rejection?

What keeps you from writing the story that’s been tumbling in your head forever? What keeps you from posting here? What keeps you from pressing that dreaded ...

A Very Brief Update

Here it is, late August 2014, and it’s a busy time as always. I work at a community college. Faculty came back this week and students return the next. When I...

Haley Burning

I knew I was playing with fire, but since when had that stopped me? I couldn’t turn it off even if I wanted to.

On Heroes and Villains

When I was in Grade Ten, I performed in a one act play. I can’t, for the life of me, remember what it was called. Checks Google. It was called ‘He Done Her W...

Nightfall in the Glade

Legato and Mezzo flew as if their wings were aflame, knocking baskets of gathered berries to the forest floor far below. The twins corkscrewed their way up a...

Alpha Dreams

Dawn’s dim light glows in the porch windows. I sidle up to my girl and nuzzle her neck. She wakes and looks at me, her whiskers twitching. She smells it too....

Plot, Premise and Story

We’ve all been there: staring at the screen or notebook wondering how to write the middle of your story. You’ve built a wonderful world and crafted some deep...

The Hike

My life will never be the same. I spent the day climbing the rocky hillside. I needed to reach the summit and the cliff-side. I passed many other outcropping...

Dog Days

My life will never be the same. All it took was one moment of lazy exasperation. Supper steamed on the table, taunting me with its awesomeness. I was hungry....

Alone on Tazin Lake

The Cessna’s wings clipped the tops off several jack pine as it thundered through the brush on its way down. When it finally slammed to a stop, Gus unbuckled...

In the Eye of the Sandstorm

A gust of wind stirred up the dust of the deserted street. It stung the stranger’s face as he led his burro into town. He brought his free arm across his fac...

10 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Better

Part of the whole writing gig is, well, writing. It’s pretty much a given that authors build a platform to market and promote their word-babies to the masses...

Riding the Train

Riding the hover train this time of night always made me sleepy. The route passed through seedier parts of the city, so I took to people-watching to stay ale...

A Quick Tour of Social Media for Writers

Part of the writing game is marketing (talking about your work) and publicity (getting others to talk about your work). And that generally means using social...

Shardik

Shardik woke to the high-pitched laughter of the woman and growled quietly to himself. He took to sleeping in the heat of the summer afternoons more often as...

Jake

Jake hobbled in to the kitchen and half-sat on his haunches. The old dog’s hips didn’t quite have the elasticity for a proper sit. He more or less squatted a...

Piscans Interruptus

Captain Nestor breathed a sigh of relief as his yacht left the hanger bay of the Vindictus. Finally, some alone time. It’d been too long since he’d taken hol...

May Reflections - Part Three

So here we are at the end of another month– a busy one at that. I turned 42 and supposedly have the answer. I’m here to tell you that the question still elud...

Smoke

Peter wanted a smoke. It wasn’t so much a physical need as an emotional imperative. After all, he was three years old. Fucking gypsies.

Romance Versus Erotica

Oh, this is going to be fun! A couple of months ago I wrote ‘The (Not So) Definitive Guide to Romance Novels’ for Reader’s Carnival . It got me to thinking (...

May Reflections – Part Two

In Part One of my May Reflection series, I played philosopher around positivity, intention and the Golden Rule. Really, paying yourself by ‘paying-it-forward...

May Reflections – Part One

I attended the annual PD Summit in downtown Halifax this week with a slew of IT, business and marketing peeps. It’s always great to connect and reconnect wit...

Writing Software and Tools

Writers, like many artisans, love to talk about the tools and techniques of their trade. Honing and tweaking their systems becomes a near-obsession in itself.

Scrambled

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Panic

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Words to Kill

Part of the self-editing process (you do self-edit, right?) is to clean-up passive voice, needless adverbs and filler words. This is typically done in a pass...

Burnout

Photo by soul-imagery Eric thought his day would never end. Mr. Farnsworth kept him late working on that miserable laundromat account. How, in God’s Green...

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The Picnic

Photo by flurrynight If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise.If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go in disguise. ‘Ca...

Lies

Planning

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Snow Day

Ellen loved her brother, of that there was no doubt. He worked hard to provide for his kids despite the long hours threatening to destroy his marriage to Kat...

Haley Meets Jimmy

I should have trusted my instincts. The girl, calling herself Haley, possessed a wild look about her. Despite the frame of a teenage girl, Haley put out the ...

A Promise Kept

“Damn,” Marnie said as she pulled over onto the icy soft-shoulder and got out, leaving the car running but the door ajar. The beep-beeping cut through me lik...

Jonas

Jonas leaped over the barricade and wormed his way through an opening in the quarantine fence without being noticed, his stolen prize held tightly in his jaw...

Patching Annie

Walking by my daughter’s room with an armload of laundry, I pause to listen at the door. It’s always closed these days with Becky’s preteen need for privacy ...

Manhunt

Leaves crunched noisily under foot despite their practiced woodsman experience. Autumn air froze everything brittle. Rifles slung, hunters like these knew ca...

The Apprentice

She wakes up groggy, and I watch from behind her eyes as she senses my invasion. I drink from her panic, revelling in its energy, so vibrant and alive.

Hallows Morn

Jackie pulled the collar of her housecoat tight around her neck and opened the door to let her cat inside after his morning romp. She clutched the coffee cup...

The Standoff

Missy’s moon shadow cast long, tail twitching in anticipation; the taste of freshly killed squirrel electrified her whiskers. She named her quarry Nemesis.

Thoughtful Magic

The life of a super-villainess was burdensome to Amy and when her fembot henchman, Stacey, suggested a vacation in her winter-lair on the Caribbean, she jump...

Flying Home

I watched the sun set and the moon rise,As we flew, high in the skies.The clouds below, so milky white,Hills and valleys, an epic sight.

The Craftsman

“You see, Detective, I have a little problem with knives. I collect them, large and small. Not swords, mind you, or anything garish like that. Just a simple ...

Daveys Boat

There was only one bus in town and I missed the last run, its taillights taunting me with the faint spray from the wet wheels. As I stood hunched over, ass a...

Rocktober! Show me your horns!

I’m home sick today, cold sweats, eyes stinging, bones aching and head pounding. To be honest I feel like a reanimated corpse who’d rather be just left alone...

Chimera

Betty haunted what passed for downtown Dorchester. It was two in the afternoon on a griddle-hot summer day. She had the whole crumbling sidewalk to herself. ...

Intention

Larry sat in the jail cell and tried to make himself invisible. The smell of piss, sweat and stale booze made him light-headed. An acrid mouthful of pre-vomi...

Newsworthy

David Pemberton leaned into the mirror and fussed over the crow’s feet starting to creep into his face. He liked the look he was cultivating. While Janice su...

Its Groundhogs All The Way Down

September has rolled around again. Our youngest has been delivered to university to continue his journey into Awesomehood. My bride and I are alone without c...

A Hole in the Plan

The blade of the shovel rang loudly as it hit rock again. Dale winced. Sound carried far in the night. There was too much noise for one evening already. He s...

The Gift

It took a lot of effort to get the fingerprints just right. Even a little too much would ruin them. Too little and they’d never find them at all. It was Chri...

Grace Under Fire

Grace raced to the emergency pull station on the other side of the room. There wasn’t much room for debate and doubt on this one. They fucked up. The quarant...

The Gypsy Tent

I wandered through the county fair, With plenty of coin and time to spare.Carnies barking to and fro,‘Spin the wheel’ and ‘enjoy the show.’

Falling Star

Martha woke from her terrible dream with the chills. She was having the same dream that she’d been having ever since the confirmed diagnosis two years ago. S...

Herbs Bad Week

Herb was delusional. He fancied himself a ladies man and a friend to all his peers in the office. He was his boss’s trusted lieutenant and the only one who w...

Tommy Collects

Tommy Andolini was a brute. That simple fact, coupled with an adversarial disposition, made him well-suited to his profession. In truth, he loved his job. Wo...

2013 Mid-way to Madness

Happy Canada Day! May bacon and coffee keep and protect you in these troubled times.

Deus Ex Machina

“Where’s my son?” Luthur Pinderton slammed  his large hand against the cinder-block that framed the window of the interrogation room. Inside, Detective Goran...

Free-Fall

Josie pulled the visor down on her heads-up display as she entered the airlock. Her pulse was racing. She felt a trickle of sweat bead down the small of her ...

Let the Chips Fall

Candy emptied the tobacco can in the sink, put it back under the leaking window and sat down. The chair squeaked its complaint, but bore the man’s girth stea...

Shack Wacky May

So, it’s a Saturday morning and I have the house to myself. It’s June 1st. That means it must be time for my monthly reflective post. It’s been a busy month ...

Emerald Fire

I had just parked my car and pressed the lock button when I noticed her. The old woman on the street pushed her shopping cart, stuffed to the brim with her l...

The Doorway

I climbed the back staircase of my grandparent’s old house. The layers upon layers of white paint adorned the railing and casings. They were only slightly du...

Timmy Calls Wish Fulfillement

“Hello. Wish Fulfillment Department, a division of Hopes and Dreams Incorporated. Welcome to our Customer Care Centre. Please listen carefully to the followi...

A Bargain

Saturday mornings were never complete without the obligatory yard sale run. We’d hop in the family beater and dash from trailer to trailer all over the park ...

Martin Makes His Stand

Martin slipped his battered old pickup into neutral and turned the engine off. Ol’ Trusty coasted behind the bluff and crunched on the gravel shoulder. He wi...

May Day Mayday

It’s May Day! Pagans unite for a celebration of Spring and Rebirth!

Masks

Every day of the week he wears masks, trading one mask for another. His true self always guarded and held apart from the world of men.

Descent

JOHN’S RUN

April 2013 – One Year Later

So this morning, I weigh 231 pounds. That’s up one pound from last month. March sucked in many ways, and strict adherence to my plan was among them. But, hey...

Dannys Redemption

A sharp breeze stirred up the gutter dirt as Danny crossed the otherwise motionless street. It stung his face, both the sandy debris and the cold air. He pul...

Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night. Sure, it’s cliché but that how I remember how it all started. How I was forced in to making this decision. How I ended up alo...

This Week: Hyper-Super-Mega-Public Doug

A few people have asked me lately to detail exactly what I eat if I’ve been eschewing all grains for months. My god! Think about the toaster! Won’t someone p...

Gobsmacked

I have to admit, I was kinda down about this month’s results on the scale – a big ol’ goose-egg. It seems like I’ll never get to the 100 pound loss mark let ...

Burpees!

Healthy living and productivity can be an interesting challenge with a lot of complimentary skills — mad ninja skills. Too bad I’m not a ninja. Yet. 

Time to Let Go and Play

So, first the update. Currently, I weigh 239.2 pounds and a wear a size 38 pants. That’s down 67 pounds and 10 pant sizes since April. 92 pounds gone over al...

A Personal Experiment for September

Another month down, another 10 pounds shed. At 246, I’m a full 60 lbs down since April when I opted to eschew grains and refined sugars and a whopping 85 lbs...

Cheerios Are Evil

So my grandson was visiting with us on the weekend. He’s a great kid. Having him around is an inspiration to get healthy.

30 Day Challenge Aprils Done Mays Begun

Last month, I committed to a 30 day challenge to remove flour and added-sugar from my diet. It evolved to be a lot closer to the Primal Blueprint (definitely...

My 30 Day Challenge

April is a nice square looking month this year — starts on a Sunday and all that. April Fools Day makes as great a New Year as anything for resolutions.

Remembering Wilson Verge

I met Wilson in the summer of 1998. I was doing some very hands-on IT consulting for the NSCC Metro campuses. In conversation, I made the mistake of letting ...

Momentum

On the way home yesterday, crawling through late afternoon traffic along the Bedford highway, I was listening to CBC Mainstreet NS. An item washed over me th...

My iPad Experience

Everyone and their cat, it seems, has done an iPad review. I got my hands on a few of these through work as my teams needed to get a handle on what was alrea...

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"What CO2? No CO2 here!"

One week later and I still can’t let this one go.

I have a theory...

The Vatican is so besieged by pedophilia and corruption scandals that the Holy See has commissioned secret work, in an unprecedented alliance with the Illumi...

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"Your intestines will be my jump rope…. Your skull – my urinal"

Taken from: Why I’d rather be punched in the testicles than call customer service – The Oatmeal

The Woodbridge Dog Disaster

There was an old woman in Woodbridge there wasSo proper and tidy and all of them thingsShe would wander all day with her duster in handShe was one of those w...

I love homemade pea soup!

Rhonda makes a mean split green pea soup. It’s very tasty and always reminds me of a couple of jokes. The first one makes me giggle:

Im A Man Of Many Handles Pardner

“There’s some that call me Jimmy, and some that call me Timmy; some that call me Handy and some that call me Dandy. They can call me Loser, or they can call ...

Tired of the rain?

A curious fellow died one day and found himself waiting in the long line of judgment. As he stood there he noticed that some souls were allowed to march righ...

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"I will show you fear in a handful of dust."

I will show you something different from eitherYour shadow at morning striding behind youOr your shadow at evening rising to meet you;I will show you fear in...

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"I am a rock in a sea of chaos."

“I will not be bullied or broken.”

Maternity

There once was a Square, such a square little Square,And he loved a trim Triangle;But she was a flirt and around her skirtVainly she made him dangle.Oh he wa...

Missed Opportunity

Meeko would lobby to have Extreme Sleeping as an exhibition sport for the next Olympics, but she just can’t seem to get motivated.

She laughed until she cried...

So, I had an hour between coming home from work and taking Adam to guitar lessons. I decided to haul up some the old tile in the kitchen as part of the disco...

A few shots of Seattle

Perhaps not surprisingly, Seattle and area resembles parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia both — except randomized a bit.

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"This is the way the world ends"

This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.

Schrodingers Duplex

Go ahead and vote this one up for the lulz: http://mine.icanhascheezburger.com/view.aspx?ciid=3991655

Down the rabbit-hole at Easter

I firmly believe in the golden rule, which is a common thread with all religions — it’s unfortunate the opposing biological imperative still reigns.

Coffee Week – Friday

Pretty late in the day and far under quota for coffee consumption — lowered my standards to convenience store brew.

Coffee Week – Wednesday

To be honest, I’ll ingest coffee in any form by the middle of the week. Sometimes, I’ve been tempted to take a jar of instant and eat it dry with a spoon. Go...

Coffee Week – Tuesday

While attending university in Antigonish, I stayed with my grandparents. My grandmother had founded a little restaurant across the street called the Cottage ...

Random Thoughts on Simplifying Productivity

I get a kick out of the anti-productivity backlash out there. There’s a lot of good dialog on the subject but it seeds doubt and uncertainty. I’m not sure if...

I Dont Get Twitter

I tried to understand it. I really did. For almost a month, I tooled around with it trying to find a reason to use it. Apparently, a cat has more cause to tw...

Cats, Rabbits and Random Thoughts

So, I was in a meeting yesterday. We were embroiled in heated discourse over project planning and scenario discovery around a frankenbuilt technology solutio...