HAVEN: A 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Mini-Mystery (TEXT ONLY)
I'm an oldschool text adventure fan. ZORK 4 LIFE. Thanks to a client's prompting, and the power (and ease) of TWINE, I whipped up this wee mystery/thriller 'prologue'. Zero frills. More of a proof-of-concept than anything else. But as a fan of Twin Peaks and The Prisoner, you KNOW that weirdness awaits...
The 10 Must-See Films of 2017
I'm back on the annual horse for another crack at a 'Best Films' list, which will hopefully get more eyeballs on deserving stories that slipped under the radar in 2017. FYI — I guarantee moments of smug agreement, eye-rolling opposition, and (for at least one contentious choice) even some vocal protest. Trailers aplenty, too. Get clicking!
FABLES: DEFINING A GENRE
The fine folks at WATTPAD — the Canadian-made 'social storytelling' network where fledgling writers and established authors can share story excerpts and complete works with a hungry (and massive) through a slick and simple interface — recently got in touch with an intriguing request...
TWIN PEAKS: The Return—Finale Rant + Series THEORY
I just woke up on the other side of the world. Didn't feed the cat or even have a cup of coffee. Instead, I watched the TWIN PEAKS: The Return finale. And now that it's over? I need to get some (admittedly surreal) shit off my chest—embedded audio AND updated *theory* attached!!
TWIN PEAKS: SEASON 3 SCOOPS!
It's time for a quick roundup of what went down at yesterday's big TWIN PEAKS announcement, with any and all wide-eyed speculation from yours truly to be taken with girthy licks of salt...even if it's based on very real set reports and caffeinated insider rumblings.
A B.B. 'BLACK FRIDAY' BONANZA!
The whole 'Black Friday' thing creeps me out something fierce, and is right at the top of my list when it comes to proof of the imminent collapse of civilization. But I USED to be a certifiably crazy collector. A completist. So this post is for you, my fellow 'hunters' — for friends and fans who need to catch 'em all...
INTERVIEW w/ VOYA MAGAZINE
When VOYA Magazine — the Voice of Youth Arts publication that serves schools and libraries throughout North America — awarded my debut novel with a Top Shelf honour, I was over the proverbial moon. I've been pinging back and forth with the editors since, and we finally connected for this fun (and surprisingly revealing!) interview...
WRITING Q&A: 'World's Best Story'
Last year, I was a judge for the World's Best Story competition. My mission, since I chose to accept it, was to review a slew of early drafts from aspiring writers, and assign weighted scores to various aspects of their work. The founder chose to interview me right in the thick of a prolonged strength of sticky creative subjectivity...
Of (Book) Covers and Cleverness
Transformation and evolution are inherently INTERNAL processes. This makes them feel mysterious, invisible, and unquantifiable. But as soon as those first sparks of metamorphosis start to fly—and whether you're conscious of it or not—the Change spills OUTSIDE. Touching everything. Especially the things you create...
THE CAT'S MAW
My prose fiction debut 'for brave young readers and cat lovers of all ages' was released during the 2014 holiday season to a flood of reader raves and critical acclaim. I was especially pleased when random folks described the story and style as 'Narnia meets Stephen King...with CATS!'