Top Ten Reads of 2018

No year for me is complete without an enjoyable look back at my favorite reads. I just checked goodreads, and apparently I have read 71 books out of my modest goal of 40 for the year. Not bad for a busy year in which I launched my debut novel and edited a much-longer sequel, heh. I liked most of the books I read, so picking the top ten is a deeply difficult task. I decided: no more than one per author, and a sprinkling from different genres, although my reading skewed heavily to fantasy this year. Next year, I will in all likelihood read more science fiction, to balance it out. Continue reading

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Just to say that the ARCs of MAHIMATA have arrived, and they’re gorgeous! I am usually terrible with taking pictures, but with this cover I just could not go wrong. This photo is taken just outside the building where I live. Yes, we still have flowers in November in Toronto. Aren’t they pretty? Not as pretty as my book, heh.
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In my Craft or Sullen Art

It’s been a while since I wrote a post on the art and craft of writing. In fact, I’m not certain I’ve ever written such a post, and it’s been on my mind lately, especially after Can-Con last month – which, by the way, was awesome. I recommend attending this well-run, literary-focused convention if you can make it to Ottawa in October of any year.

So. There are a gazillion books and articles out there offering writing advice. I’m just listing a few things that have worked for me. Some of it might be of use to others, and some of it won’t. Everyone is different! This is not meant to be prescriptive by any means. In fact, my first piece of advice is to run from any advice that claims to be the one true way to do things, to guarantee you success of any sort. Continue reading

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Can-Con 2018, Ottawa

Next weekend is Can-Con, Ottawa’s annual conference on Canadian science fiction and fantasy. I’ve heard great things about this literary-focused convention, but it’s the first time I’m actually going, so I’m pretty excited! I’m in three very cool panels with very cool people and will also do a reading on Saturday. Not sure what I’m going to read yet. Maybe an excerpt from Mahimata, sequel of Markswoman, which is due out next March. Or maybe something completely different! Continue reading

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My Thoughts on Labyrinth

I just saw the 1986 musical fantasy film Labyrinth for the first time, and I have so many thoughts and feelings about it, I decided to do a post. You are warned, this post contains multiple spoilers for the movie, if you haven’t seen it. And hey, it’s up on Netflix right now, so if you happen to like seductive fairy tales, do yourself a favor and go watch it. Bonus feels if you like David Bowie, may he RIP. Continue reading

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A Recipe for Success (Chola Masala)

Great news! The e-book of Markswoman is currently available for just USD 1.99 all over the United States at Amazon, BN, and Harper Collins! It is also one of BookBub’s Best Fantasy Books of 2018. Just look at the amazing company it is in! Heart-eyes…

To celebrate, I am sharing my recipe for chola, or chickpea curry. Why, you may ask. What has one to do with the other? And the answer is 1) just because I feel like it and 2) it’s certainly a dish Kyra has eaten at some point, in some form and 3) because I was on twitter yesterday, complaining that a batch of stubborn chickpeas refused to cook properly even after two days soaking and an hour in the pressure cooker. My mistake? Putting them in the fridge for a day or two before cooking, because I’d soaked too much for one batch. The poor things probably freeze-dried. Continue reading

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Whale Watching and Puffin Love in Newfoundland

I just returned from a week-long trip to Newfoundland. My favorite province! You know what that means, right? I am going to inflict you with pictures. But first, a bit of news. While there, I found out that my story Hackers’ Faire published by Cast of Wonders last year has been shortlisted for the Sunburst Award in the short fiction category. Such an honor! And such fantastic company to find myself in. The story is free to read or to listen on the Cast of Wonders site. Continue reading

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