Monday, April 1, 2024

April 2024 Update

I was happy to have one of my poems, “First Contact,” included in The Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Stephen Kotowych. He’s targeting to put out a Volume 2 (planned cover shown to the left), based on work published in 2023. There's a Kickstarter campaign ongoing for Volume 2. Those interested in supporting this project can find out more at the link below:
Recent Publications

“Dawn, on Dorva,” Spaceports and Spidersilk, February 2024.

“Matryoshka,” Third Wednesday web site, posted March 14, 2024,

“Why Do I Dream?,” NewMyths Volume 18, Issue 66, March 2024,

The Astronaut Always Rings Twice, edited by Shannon Allen and JR Campbell, published in Cosmic Crime, March 2024, Hiraeth Publishing.
Dialed In: Do Your Best When It Matters Most, by Dr. Dana Sinclair, The Miramichi Reader, posted March 12, 2024.
Hazard, Home, by Christine Lowther, The Miramichi Reader, posted March 7, 2024,

Writing the Future, edited by Dan Coxton and Richard V. Hirst, Shoreline of Infinity, Volume 37, Spring 2024.

“Curve Ball,” Havok, Remember When: March, posted March 20, 2024.
“Hidden Talents,” Cosmic Crime, March 2024, Hiraeth Publishing.
“The Last Hurrah,” Havok, Remember When: March, posted March 5, 2024.
“The Secret Lives of Gargoyles,” Humour Me Magazine, Issue 19,
“How Fruit Gets Bruised,” Little Old Lady Comedy, March 5, 2024,
What I’m Working On
In April, I’ll be attempting the poem-a-day challenge.

Friday, March 1, 2024

March 2024 update

Recent Publications
“AI Talents of the Future,” Polar Starlight #13, February 24, 2024,

“[VR sim],” “The Sting of Realization,” Scifaikuest online, Hiraeth Publishing, February 2024,
Against the Machine: Evolution, by Brian Van Norman, published on The Miramichi Reader site, February 24, 2024,
Not Hockey: Critical Essays on Canada’s Other Sport Literature, edited by Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp, posted on the Sport Literature Association’s book review page February 3, 2024,
The Uber Cat and Dragon Owner Manual, by Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo, Illumen, January 2024.
What I’m Working On
As noted in the January update, I’ve been focusing more heavily on more nonfiction pieces, as well as some cartoons, while still writing some poems and short stories. This will likely continue in March.
Coming Soon
Two flash fiction pieces are scheduled to appear in Havok Publishing, and should be available for viewing free of charge the day of their publication, which is March 5th for a story titled “The Last Hurrah” and March 20th for “Curve Ball.” The Havok site can be found at

Thursday, February 1, 2024

February 2024 Update

Chicken Soup for the Soul now offers logos for writers who have been published by them, so you’ll see mine displayed to the left. I’ve been fortunate to have my work included in six Chicken Soup for the South anthologies, with the bulk of that being in various books related to dogs. This is thanks to my quirky border collie Sneeks, who provided plenty of material to work with!

January 2024 was a reasonably productive month from a writing viewpoint. I give some of the credit to one of the books I recently reviewed for The Miramichi Reader. The book is titled The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM), by Hal Elrod. The Miracle Morning is an updated version of a book first published in 2012, but that was okay by me since I’d never seen the first version. I found that some of Elrod’s comments about goal-setting resonated with me: specifically, about what are you willing to commit to doing? Thinking that through has helped me focus my energy better, and I’m hoping to be able to sustain this through the year.

Another factor was a free workshop offered by Amber Petty, called the “Perfectionist’s Half-Assed Challenge.” I’ll confess to perfectionist tendencies, and the information from this workshop provided some food for thought to overcome the negative aspects of perfectionism.

Recent Publications

“Continuation” and “How to Duel on New Tombstone,” Star*Line 47.1, Winter 2024.

Invisible No More: A Historical Novel, by Scott Pitoniak and Rick Burton, posted January 19, 2024 at the Sport Literature Association web site,

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM), by Hal Elrod, posted January 29, 2024, on The Miramichi Reader web site,

The Owl Kingdom and Other Poems, by Rebecca Korvo, Star*Line 47.1, Winter 2024.

Short Stories:
“Star Crossed,” Shelter of Daylight, January 2024, Hiraeth Publishing.

What I’m Working On
I’ve been working on some non-fiction, including book reviews, personal essays, and humour, as well as submitting some art, mainly cartoons and short comic strips.


Monday, January 1, 2024

January 2024 Update

Happy New Year to all. Here's hoping 2024 is a good one for you.

My poem “First Contact” was included in the Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One which launched in December 2023. “First Contact” first appeared in Eye to the Telescope Issue 44: Notional Ekphrastic. The poem was inspired by the topic for that issue, which was edited by F. J. Bergmann, so thanks to F.J. for coming up with that theme!.

Ordering links for Year’s Best Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction: Volume One are as follows:


Amazon Canada:

Amazon US:

Recent Publications

“Concert in the Park,” “On Our Backyard Rink,” Paddler Press Volume 10, Outside/Inside: New Poems for Children, released December 2023. 

“Cupid Visits the Archery Club,” “The Human Ambassador’s Addresses the People of Alpha Centauri,” “Just Another Night at the Bar,” and “Were We There?”, Illumen, Summer 2023, Hiraeth Publishing.

“The Nannybot’s Musings,” House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature Volume 4: The Artificial Intelligence Edition,” December 21, 2023.

Becoming Jade, by Tyree Campbell, published in The Fifth Dimension, December 2023, Hiraeth Publishing. 

Decolonizing Sport, edited by Janice Forsyth, Christine O’Bonsawin, Russell Field, and Murray G. Phillips, published on The Miramichi Reader site, December 31, 2023, 

A Dugout to Peace, by Gary Morgenstein, published on the Sports Literature Association web site, November 28, 2023,

Short Stories:
“Down Memory Lane,” Bicyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy, Microcosm Press, released December 2023.

What I’m Working On
During December, I spent some time preparing a short story collection for submission. For 2024, I’m planning to write more non-fiction pieces (book reviews, personal essays, etc.), while still producing a some short stories and poems.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

House of Zolo Launches Volume 4, The Artificial Intelligence Edition

Today (December 21, 2023) House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature is launching Volume 4 (the Artificial Intelligence edition). I’m happy have my poem “The Nannybot’s Musings” included in this volume.
I’ve had a fascination with artificial intelligence since my exposure to Lost in Space, followed by the various iterations of Star Trek as well as Isacc Asimov’s short story collection I, Robot. So, it was only natural that I wanted to come up with a poem for this edition.
As part of the launch, House of Zolo is offering a discounted price for the first 7 days after release (Dec. 21 to Dec. 27). During the Launch Week Sale, the EPUB will be $2.99 CAD. After that, the price of EPUBS will go up to $5.99. Print copies will have a similar sale - $15 during the Launch Week Sale and $22 afterwards.
Information is available at House of Zolo’s web site:

Friday, December 1, 2023

Poetry in VR Exhibit, and December 2023 update

I was thrilled and honoured to have my poem, “For Laika,” included in the VR forward exhibit as part of The Wrong Biennale. The exhibits are located in a VR space called “Second Life.” Being part of this exhibit challenged me to learn about how to navigate in the Second Life world, and expanded my skill set.
The “For Laika” exhibit includes a video of me reading the poem, and an exhibit of stamps created by various countries in Laika’s memory. Part of my motivation in writing the poem was to help Laika’s memory live on, and I think the exhibit does that. 

There are even little animated Laikas at the exhibit, and available for visitors to take around Second Life with them. I’ve included a couple of photos of the exhibit to give some of the flavour. Though the official launch took place in November 2023, the exhibits are available to visit until March 1, 2024. More details are provided further below, for those interested.
Recent Publications
“The Mural,” “Pegasus Seeks a Change of Scenery,” and “The Sand Dogs of Mars,” Polar Starlight #12, November 2023,
“Oops!”, Spaceports and Spidersilk, Hiraeth Publishing, October 2023.

Sapphire and the Hollow Bone: Poems by Diana Hayes, by Diana Hayes, posted on The Miramichi Reader web site, November 27, 2023,
Seeking Social Democracy: Seven Decades in the Fight for Equality, posted on The Miramichi Reader web site, November 6, 2023,
The Winter Knight, by Jes Battis, posted on The Miramichi Reader, November 5, 2023,
Short Stories:
“Cerby’s First Day,” Havok, “Wacky Wednesday: Legendary,” November 1, 2023.
More about the VR Forward exhibit
VR Forward explores poetry, art, and the poetics of space by bringing the work of Canadian artists into virtual reality spaces. The VR Forward Project developed an exhibit in the online world of
Second Life featuring the work of four Canadian poets and two Canadian media artists. This event is also a part of The Wrong Biennale, an independent, multicultural, decentralised and collaborative international art biennial.

The project is the result of a collaboration between the BBMC (a transdisciplinary artists collective), the House of Zolo (an independent Canadian publisher), and an array of Canadian artists, builders, and coders. The exhibit features documentation from the Virtual Reality projects that have been created throughout the year, and four installations that bring the work of Canadian poets to life with inventive and interesting installation environments.

The best way to visit the virtual space is to enter the virtual world via your computer. In the case of Second Life, avatar accounts and software are free and accessible to both PC and Mac computers. If you are not already a user, visit Second Life to create an avatar, download the client, and enter the virtual world. Once you are in-world you can access the exhibit by entering this SLURL in the chat window and clicking it to teleport to the gallery:

VR Forward is a project of the BBMC and was made possible thanks to the support of the Canada Council the for Arts’ Digital Now Program – bringing the work of Canadian artists into digital spaces.

What I’m Working On
In November, I worked on several short fiction and non-fiction pieces as part of NaNoWriMo. Now it’s time to polish these items up and send them out in the coming months.
Coming Soon
The Bicyclist's Guide to the Galaxy: Feminist, Fantastical Tales of Books and Bikes,
edited by Elly Blue, is due to launch December 5, 2023. This anthology includes my short story, “Down Memory Lane.”

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Cerby's First Day, and November 2023 Update

My first publication in Havok goes live today, and is available for free November 1, 2023 only. The story is titled “Cerby’s First Day,” and imagines Cerberus’ first day in the Underworld. You can find it at
Also of note: Samjoko Magazine did a nice review of my haibun poetry collection, In Days to Come. The link to the review can be found below:
Recent Publications

“Eclipsed,” Polar Borealis Issue 27, October 2023,

[lightspeed travel], Star*Line Issue 46.4, Fall 2023.

Does Coffee Cause Cancer? And 8 More Myths About the Food We Eat, by Dr. Christopher Labos, posted on The Miramichi Reader site October 8, 2023,
The Future, by Catherine Leroux, posted on The Miramichi Reader site, October 9, 2023.
How to Navigate Our Universe, by Mary Soon Lee, Star*Line Issue 46.4, Fall 2023.
What I’m Working On
Over the past month, I’ve been working on, and sending out, some flash fiction pieces as well as short stories. In November, I will once again attempt the NaNoWriMo challenge, targeting 30,000 instead of the standard 50,000 words. The plan is to work on short stories and non-fiction, with the attempt to write daily being front and centre.
Coming Soon
The Bicyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy, edited by Elly Blue, will be launching soon. This feminist fantastical volume includes my story, “Down Memory Lane.” More details at
An exhibit prepared by VR Forward, which features my poem “For Laika,” will be launching in Second Life shortly. More details to follow.