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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Cover Reveal of MAHIMATA, sequel to MARKSWOMAN

I’ve been waiting to share the gorgeous cover of MAHIMATA, the sequel to  MARKSWOMAN! Just look at it – isn’t it beautiful? I honestly thought I could never love a cover as much as I did Markswoman’s, but then my editor sent me this one, and I just swooned. I have a little write-up about the cover and how I feel up at the Harper Voyager blog today – you can check it out here.

The inverted blade encircled by a ring of fire is the symbol of the Order of Kali – but on this cover, it is so much more. The world will go up in flames, it seems to be saying…

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Camping in the not-so-wild

Remind me again why I go camping. Yes, I know it’s a very Canadian thing to do, back-to-nature and all that. But really, from my point of view, nature is best enjoyed from the civilized shelter of a train, trundling sedately through the forest, giving the occasional glimpse of blue lake and black bear. For example, take the Budd car between Sudbury and White River. Just gorgeous and highly recommended! Seriously. Go travel on it before they shut it down like they’re shutting down all the trains in Canada. Continue reading

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