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My 2018 Reading List

My 2018 Reading List
January 19, 2019 No Comments »

One of the things I wanted to do more of in 2018 was reading. In 2017, I only read about 25 books, so I wanted to improve that. I succeeded, with some help from suggested reading lists from io9 and ... Read More »

Why I do #NaNoWriMo every year

Why I do #NaNoWriMo every year
December 2, 2015 Comments Off on Why I do #NaNoWriMo every year

I just finished NaNoWriMo 2015, marking my twelfth year participating in this event. Of those 12 attempts, 6 of them were “winners“, in that I crossed the 50,000 word mark before the end of the month.  However, I only ever completed one ... Read More »

10 years of NaNoWriMo

10 years of NaNoWriMo
December 2, 2013 Comments Off on 10 years of NaNoWriMo

So this was my 10th year of doing NaNoWriMo, and my 5th win.  Also, my 3rd year of being Municipal Liaison for Saskatchewan outside of the cities. This year, we added a second ML to the south of the province, ... Read More »


July 7, 2013 Comments Off on Morsels

I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties for other pursuits, but I thought I’d toss up some mini-reviews of movies I’ve seen this spring and books I’ve read for your edification and pleasure. Or something. Movies The Last Stand A rousing ... Read More »

Book Review: REAMDE by Neil Stephenson

March 4, 2013 Comments Off on Book Review: REAMDE by Neil Stephenson

Neal Stephenson’s latest tome is his most accessible story yet. Featuring real-world places and technologies, this one doesn’t require particular leaps of imagination in order to picture it coming true.  For all that, it is over 1000 pages, so a ... Read More »

Mini-review: WWW trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer

Mini-review: WWW trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer
April 2, 2011 Comments Off on Mini-review: WWW trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer

Thursday evening, a friend from school and I drove down to Saskatoon to see Robert J. Sawyer launch his latest book at the McNally Robinson bookstore on 8th St.  The book in question was Wonder, the capstone to the WWW ... Read More »


November 7, 2010 Comments Off on NaaaaaNoWriMo

In my head, that sounds like “Oklahoma” from the musical of the same name… anyways. Once more into the breach, dear friends. This year, as in 2006, I started with a first line and a character draft. The big difference ... Read More »

Mini Book Review: Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

August 6, 2010 Comments Off on Mini Book Review: Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

After having Patrick Ness‘ books recommended to me by the fine folks at io9, I went to the library and picked up a copy of The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book of the Chaos Walking trilogy.  And, ... Read More »

The Lost Cymbal

September 24, 2009 Comments Off on The Lost Cymbal

So I’m presently reading Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol”, and I thought how cool it would be if Dan Brown’s next book was a kid’s story about a musical hippopotamus named Jerome who plays percussion in the school band, but ... Read More »

Book review: Terra Insegura by Edward Willett

May 13, 2009 1 Comment »

Terra Insegura is Edward Willett’s sequel to Marseguro, the novel which introduced us to Richard Hansen and Emily Wood, protagonists of this story.  As a sequel, the book definitely jumps into the middle of the action – while Willett does ... Read More »

3 laws safe?

November 23, 2008 2 Comments »

Those of you who are not nerds will have to bear with me for a minute.  I’ve been thinking about the philosophical and social implications of Asimov’s three laws of robotics.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, they are: ... Read More »

Assignment thoughts

August 29, 2008 3 Comments »

So, one of the assignments I have at the beginning of my Communications Production Technology class is to ask the students to imagine a world with no higher tech communications (no internet, phones, TV, GPS, etc.).  Many students confuse the ... Read More »