The Next, Next Hard Part

One of the people from Red River shared a Thorton Wilder quote. He said, "If you write to impress it will always be bad, but if you write to express it will be good." I wrote two of the most difficult pieces of writing that's not fiction or a blog post. The first was my …

A ‘Stranger’ At the Library

When a book gets adapted, I look the title up at the Winnipeg Public Library site to see if it's available or its current status. If the book title involves Richard Armitage, double or triple that curiosity. I took a peek at Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer, a sliding-doors-esque novel with 37 copies and …

Book Talk: Wanderers By Chuck Wendig

Around page 534 of Wanderers, I made a rare status update while updating my Goodreads books. Holy Crap this book, I wrote making me begin another novel, something fun to overlap it and be the next read.  I continued reading the book, and when I turned the last page, I felt something rarely felt after …

Music Monday: Cruel, Crazy, Beautiful World byJohnny Clegg & Savuka

Johnny Clegg passed away from Pancreatic Cancer today. I bought the cassette single, yes that was a thing, for the track. I played it on repeat nearly 24 years ago, the day my nephew was born. Clegg wrote this song for one of his children, one of many international hits with Jalukka and Savuka.

I suggest reading this National Public Radio Article (https://www.npr.org/2019/07/16/738065415/johnny-clegg-a-uniting-voice-against-apartheid-dies-at-66) for an overview of his life and music.

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It’s Time to Read: All Systems Red — Readers’ Salon (Repost)

Dear Readers, would you believe I’m worried? I’m worried about whether or not I can sell you all on a sci-fi novella in which the main protagonist is called Murderbot. Oh, and did I mention the cover looks straight out of the video game Halo? Not that I’m against sci-fi, novella’s, or things named Murderbot …

The End (Of The Academic Year) Is Nigh

This academic year, I learned a new word applying a series of changes happening around me at work: change saturation. It means so much change has happened, in short bursts without room to absorb, you can't do it anymore. I put my vacation request as soon as the call went out to start thinking about …

(Audio)Book Talk: Joy Ellis’ Intrigue on the Fens

I came for Richard Armitage's performance reading Joy Ellis' Their Lost Daughters. Mysteries are not normally my thing compared to other people. Winnipeg has a bookstore called Whodunit, richly deserving of its recent expansion, for anyone's mystery needs. McNally Robinson has a pretty good section, and readers love their UK writers. I remember during my …