Creating the Story


Even though I’ve dropped out of Nanowrimo this year, I wanted to get some writing done.

Apparently it was only a matter of time before the index cards came out. I’m not sure but they seem comfortable. I put scenes, characters and things that points about on. Things that I can layout in front of myself and make connections with. It’s a neat exercise if nothing else.

Camp NaNoWriMo and Readings

So tomorrow I’m going to beginning Camp NaNoWriMo basically, it’s a summer edition of NaNoWriMo but they also allow for revisions and editing, which is what I’m going to be buckling down and doing for the month of July.

But I’m not going to be spending my entire weekend revising. I want to do some relaxing and reading. I managed to pick up these two books at a second hand store and I’m looking forward to jumping into them.

I’ve heard good things about both authors and I can’t wait to start reading!

Also, once I’m done reading Doomsman I feel that I need to read this novel as a contrast/comparison piece as it has similar themes. Intergalactic thieves and assassins!

My Late April Update

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Yes, I realise that it is almost the last day of May. But this is where I am at. There have been computer problems and comic conventions but now I am getting back to editing. I will try to update more regularly, at the very least there will be a June update and it will be waaaaay more interesting than this!

Late and Great Update

In January I was trying to get back into my work schedule after taking almost a month off in December. I was over-rested. I’ve got my production schedule set up for the year but I need to include this blog as part of all that.

I would love to say that I am almost ready to publish Who Would Destroy the Gods, but I’m hip deep in edits and I am going to do some drastic rewrites. Due to the fact that I don’t have a large audience at the moment (which makes sense as my dad only has the one book published at the moment). I’m going to have to rely on an editor instead of beta readers like I’d hoped.

I will be keeping you all up to date on everything, in addition to that I’m going to tweak this website so stay tuned for some neat surprises coming up this year.

Work in Progress


I am feeling like this as I work on editing “Who Would Destroy the Gods?”

It’s always challenging when you are just starting out on a career path. In this case it’s a bit weird for me because I technically have material to work with that I could tease you with, but on the other hand, I haven’t even really read all of the material. Heck, I haven’t even scratched the surface yet.

Maybe that’s my problem right now. I need to figure out which way to jump first. I also need to know what I should tell the Internet about my Dad, after all, that’s what this website is for. But do I want to talk about what my father was interested in? I could do that. I certainly can’t talk about his works in progress, although, I can talk about what I’m editing and for those of you who have signed up to the newsletter, I’ll be sending out special sneak peaks of “Who Would Destroy the Gods?”

One of the other things that I will be working on over the next month will be button designs for Railroad Rising, which subscribers will also get to see first and give me their opinion.

Whew! Time for me to get back to editing! I’ll talk to you all again very soon!

Long Weekend Book Adventure

It’s the long weekend. I’ve completed quite a few projects now so now I’m going to continue something that I should have done long ago, and that’s to finish cataloguing my library (focussing on my fiction collection).

With me, it’s going to be more exciting than a simple cataloguing session. It’s going to be an adventure!

So tune into the next couple of posts!

Update, News and Shameless Promotion

I am trying to balance projects right now. I have some unrelated things that I have to get done. In addition to that I will be doing more research for the novel, Ryn’s turn. I sometimes feel like all I’m doing is research, but I want to give a sense of realism to the book. So the next thing that I am researching is dirigibles, airships, and other flying machines, along with military strategy (I’ve also ordered more Lego to do this)

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I’ll be splitting duties between personal projects, Ryn’s Turn, and Who Would Destroy the Gods?

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In May I’ll be focussing on getting a vague first draft completed of Ryn’s Turn. I’ll be working on other projects as well, but this will be my main focus. There will also be pictures as I depict contraptions and armies.

Next month I’ll be heading out to Calgary for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, I’ll be at table K10 and peddling many wares including Railroad Rising! So if you want to, stop by and say hello!

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Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion is now available on all platforms for eBook! Join me from the 21st to the 25th as we celebrate this along with other authours from Edge Publications!

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Book Safari

This is me on the way to the book safari.

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It’s cold outside so I am dressing up warmly.

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Going to library, Macleod’s, Kingsway book store and some other random bookstore.

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Stopped in to fuel up before heading out. Just grabbing some coffee for now but after I finish at Macleod’s, I’ll grab some juice and more coffee. I’m doing a quick second hand bookstore search before I head out so that I have a rough plan of attack.

The two books that I’m hoping to get today are Dante and the Sword of Shanara. There will likely be a few more books purchased before the day is out.
One of the things to always remember when going used book shopping is to bring cash and bring a bag. Some used bookstores still operate on a cash only system and some bookstores either give you used bags or bags that can’t support the weight of your purchase. So it’s best to come prepared!

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I arrive at Macleod’s and head straight for the classics where I last saw a copy of Dante’s combined copy of inferno, purgatory and paradise. Unfortunately, when you wait for two or three years, you may not find that same book on the shelf. Alas Dante, the specific book I was looking for, was no where to be found. They were also sold out of Terry Brooks. However I was able to find this:

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I would like to leave Macleod’s with at least one book so here I go.

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I was referred to Albion books just up the street, so I figure that I’ll just pop in there quick before I go.
Going into Albion I am immediately confronted by two Sanskrit English Dictionaries and the only reason why I don’t buy them both right away is that I’m not sure if I already own them or not. After searching around and not finding the books I wanted, the bookstore owner, a patron and I gave a brief nod to the downfall of the used bookstore. The other patron and I reaffirmed to the owner how much his store, and stores like his means to us and why we can’t replace shopping in person for a good book.
The owner then regaled us with a tale of marginalisation, the act of writing in the margins of books. Where one of his customers was given a Lewis Carrol book for a special occasion by her boyfriend when they later broke up, she scrawled all sorts of things in the margin and then sold it to the bookstore owner who, not knowing what had happened, put it directly out on the shelves in the kids’ section. He found out that she had written about his inadequacies as a lover. The bookstore owner promptly removed the book.

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After we all share a laugh, I make an impulse purchase of an Alfred Hitchcock paperback. Then I head back out, grab myself a cup of tea and get into the car so I can drive out to Wayfarer Books.

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I head out to Wayfarer Books. I don’t normally head over to the North shore so I am a bit spellbound by Lionsgate Bridge and quickly enjoy the view as I leave Stanley Park and head over to North Vancouver.

I am using Google Maps to direct me because I have no direction sense. But even so, I soon realise that Wayfarer Books is no longer there.

Desperate to find another bookstore I plug in a general used bookstore search into Google Maps. I am rewarded. A mere three blocks away from my current location, there is another bookstore, Booklovers.

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I enter the bookstore and begin to look around. By this point I’ve given up on finding any of the books that I am looking for, but then the owner approaches.
She is friendly and leads me to the section where the authour that I am looking for is. I not only find the book that I am looking for, I find the. Whole series! (Plus a few extra books of course!)

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After getting all of the books I wanted….well what I could afford for the day, I headed home.

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Here is my haul from the book safari for January 2016.

Stay tuned to this blog for more of these jaunts throughout the year!

Nanowrimo – an Update

So things got a bit disrupted with Remembrance Day (you’ll find out why later).

But today I plan to get back into the swing of things. I just need to get the story in mostly one place so that I can have some semblance of continuity.

In the meantime, I’ve stole this picture from my Uncle, my father was a paratrooper in the military back in the 60’s. I present a young Jim Wagner: