Toronto Street Art

The other day, I was walking down Queen Street with my sister, who insisted on playing Pokémon Go the whole time. It was mildly annoying – I can’t abide games myself, and refuse to buy a smartphone (I know, I know, I’m a dinosaur). Anyway, the upside of this was that she kept ‘discovering’ the amazing murals that adorn the walls and shop fronts and alleys off Queen Street. Forced to slow down, and look, I too discovered them anew. And here are some pictures we took of that leisurely stroll. Thanks to all the artists who make our streets into walking art discoveries. And thanks to my lovely sis for making me slow down enough to appreciate them. Enjoy.
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Monsters and Adventures and Tropes, oh my (Part 3)

Okay, this is my final post on this topic. The third exciting project I am proud to be a part of is Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling published by Jason Sizemore of Apex Publications, due out this November, and edited by Monica Valentinelli. Each story in this collection examines a tired trope or common cliche and twists it into something new.

My story in this anthology is titled Real Women are Dangerous and is inspired by the 100 million Missing Women of Asia. The term ‘missing women’ refers to the number of extra women who SHOULD have been around in a particular country or region if the ratio of men to women was the same as it is in other parts of the world where girls and boys get the same level of care. Continue reading

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Monsters and Adventures and Tropes, oh my (Part 2)

Well, I warned you there’d be a second part. Here is my update on the second project I’m really excited to be a part of:

2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide
Dreaming Robot Press, run by Sean and Corie Weaver, publishes science fiction and fantasy novels for a Young Adult and Middle Grade audience. This is the third year of their Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide anthology – “24 amazing science fiction stories for middle grade readers”. One of them, ahem, by yours truly. I am in fantastic company, as you can see from the list of contributors. Really looking forward to reading this one! The kickstarter is currently 60% funded with 16 days still left to go. It has been selected as an SFWA Star Project. Continue reading

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Monsters and Adventures and Tropes, oh my (Part 1)

The last official weekend of summer! Already the light has changed. Couldn’t we have been eased into this, sort of? I’d like a long, sunny Autumn, please. I’d ask for a delayed and mild winter, but that would just be bad climate-changey wishing on my part, so I won’t. Now for an update on three exciting projects that I am very proud to be part of:

Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories
Edited by Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay, and published by Exile Editions, this anthology releases on November 1st, 2016, and is available for pre-order now. My story, titled ‘Vetala’, is about a stalker-ish spirit that follows the protagonist from India to Canada. And it’s about the Bhagavad Gita. And also about Canadian trains, because I love Canadian trains, and it’s absolutely horrifying to me, how they’re slowly disappearing. Continue reading

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Talking of School

August! Another couple of weeks and schools will open, and I shall (hopefully) get back to a more writerly routine. Hello, alarm clock. I have not missed you.

Talking of school, I came across an old photograph a few days ago – my fifth grade class picture. None of us are looking particularly happy. Mrs. Henderson, our squat and grumpy class teacher, sits in the middle, looking the least happy. I do not have fond memories of her. But I do have very strong memories of that time. I got to thinking how important school was in my childhood, how large a part it played, and how different it is for my kids these days. Continue reading

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Summer SF/F Reads, Reviews and Updates

My goodness, July is almost over! Nearly half the summer vacation gone, and what do I have to show for it? Several delicious reads, for one thing. Here is my recommended list:

strangerinolondriaA Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
Jevick, a pepper merchant’s son, heads to Olondria and adventure, little knowing the pitfalls that await him. Richly imagined secondary world fantasy, beautiful and lush – descriptive writing at its best. A gourmet meal of a book! Not hard to see why it won the 2014 World Fantasy Award. I am now reading it’s companion novel, The Winged Histories. Continue reading

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Biking (and writing) on the P’tit train du Nord

I have always bemoaned the slow, inexorable vanishing of Canadian trains. Steam-powered railways were integral to the building of Canada as a nation. Trains were the arteries connecting the heart of our country with its limbs, opening settlement in the west. But everyone drives now – there are highways and (if we’re lucky) buses, where once there were only trains. At the very least, I think, cities should have some link with the transportation of their past. St John’s, NL, for instance, has a lovely train museum where you can read about the history of the trains, and wish they still ran. The train route is now a hiking trail. Continue reading

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