Saturday, June 1, 2024

June 2024 Update

I had the opportunity to be the featured poet in the May 2024 print edition of Scifaikuest, from Hiraeth Publishing. Being the featured poet involved having 20 poems published, and a Q&A about my writing, poets who have inspired me, and other topics. Some of the poems included in the selection inspired by reading Minimalism: A Handbook of Minimalist Genre Poetic Forms, edited by Teri Santitoro.

Another May highlight: my flash fiction story “The Queen’s Request” appeared in Havok on May 6th as part of the Remember When: May theme. The challenge of trying to write stories inspired by Havok’s monthly themes has resulted in some stories I might not otherwise have written, as well as sharpening my ability to write short fiction. 

Recent Publications
Poetry:
“The Mural,” Handmade Horror Stories, Second Edition, edited by M.M. MacLeod, https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/handmade-horror-stories-second-edition (“The Mural” was first published in Polar Starlight Issue 12.)
 
“Remember,” “Climate Change Cha-Cha,”[goat yoga in space],” and 17 other poems were included in Scifaikuest, May 2024, print, along with an interview as the Featured Poet for that edition, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/new-releases
 
Reviews:
Phasers on Stun! How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World, by Ryan Britt, published on the NewMyths.com site May 15, 2024, https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmyths-com-home/home-page
 
Reservations: The Pleasures and Perils of Travel, by Steve Burgess, The Miramichi Reader, posted May 17, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/05/reservations-by-steve-burgess/
 
The Road to Appledore, or How I Went Back to the Land Without Ever Having Lived There in the First Place, by Tom Wayman, The Miramichi Reader, posted May 6, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/05/the-road-to-appledore-by-tom-wayman/
 
Signs of Life: Field Notes From the Frontlines of Extinction, by Sarah Cox, The Miramichi Reader, posted May 13, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/05/signs-of-life-spirits-us-by-sarah-cox/
 
Window Shopping for God, A Comedian’s Search for Meaning, by Deborah Kimmett, The Miramichi Reader, posted May 26, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/05/window-shopping-for-god-by-deborah-kimmett/

Short Stories:
“The Queen’s Request,” Havok, Remember When: May, published May 6, 2024.
 
What I’m Working On
Through May, I’ve been focussing on writing more non-fiction.
 
Coming Soon
My flash fiction story “In the Eye of the Beholder” is scheduled to run on Havok June 19, 2024. It will be free to view at the Havok site on the day of publication.

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

May 2024 update

My poem “Leaving Home” is included in the just-released anthology Savor: Poems For the Tongue. This anthology, from Friendly City Books, is available for ordering at https://www.friendlycitybooks.com/savor

In April, I once again tackled the poem-a-day challenge. Thanks to the prompts provided, I was able to generate a number of poems, exceeding the target of 30. As a bonus, a couple of poems have already been accepted for publication!
 
Recent Publications

Poetry:
“A Regular Guy,” Star*Line Issue 47.2, April 2024.

“Mother Nature’s Farewell Tour,” Utopia Science Fiction, April/May 2024, https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/product-page/april-may-2024

“With Neither a Bang Nor a Whimper,” Polar Starlight, Issue 14, April 2024, https://polarborealis.ca/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/POLAR-STARLIGHT-14-April-2024.pdf

Reviews:
anOther Mythology, Maxwell I. Gold, The Future Fire, April 9, 2024, http://reviews.futurefire.net/2024/04/gold-another-mythology.html
 
Cosmic Wonder: Our Place in the Epic Story of the Universe, written and illustrated by Nathan Hellner-Mestelman, The Miramichi Reader, April 18, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/04/cosmic-wonder-by-nathan-hellner-mestelman/
 
Every Living Thing, by Jason Roberts, The Miramichi Reader, April 7, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/04/every-living-thing-by-jason-roberts/
 
The Poetry Game (Frog Pond Review Issue 4), edited by Misha Solomon, The Miramichi Reader, April 13, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/04/the-poetry-gafrog-pond-review-edited-by-misha-solomon/
 
The Ritual Effect, by Michael Norton, The Miramichi Reader, April 16, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/04/michael-nortons-the-ritual-effect/
 
Season One: Iris and the Crew Tear Through Space, by Cait Gordon, Interstellar Flight Press, April 12, 2024, https://magazine.interstellarflightpress.com/an-inclusive-future-for-space-opera-25ef33fc5bcd
 
Shelf Life, by F. J. Bergmann, Star*Line Issue 47.2, April 2024.
 
The Uber Cat and Dragon Owner Manual, by Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo, The Fifth Dimension, April 2024.

Short Stories:
“The Price of Fame,” The Lorelei Signal, April 2024. https://www.loreleisignal.com/the-price-of-fame
 
Humour artwork:
“Par for the Course,” Little Old Lady Comedy, posted April 11, 2024, https://littleoldladycomedy.com/2024/04/11/par-for-the-course/
 
What I’m Working On
In May, I plan to focus primarily on creative non-fiction.
 
Coming Soon
A flash fiction story titled “The Queen’s Request” will be appearing in Havok May 6th (free to view for that one day). It’s set in “Fairyland,” a world I’ve had some fun with a couple of other pieces, and features two of the Three Little Pigs trying to solve a mystery.

 

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:
 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kotowych/years-best-canadian-fantasy-and-science-fiction-volume-two?ref=4uvkzr
 
Recent Publications

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

“Matryoshka,” Third Wednesday web site, posted March 14, 2024, https://thirdwednesdaymagazine.org/2024/03/14/matryoshka-lisa-timpf/

“Why Do I Dream?,” NewMyths Volume 18, Issue 66, March 2024, https://sites.google.com/newmyths.com/newmyths-com-issue-66/issue-66-stories/why-do-i-dream

Reviews:
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. https://miramichireader.ca/2024/03/sinclairs-dialed-in-is-chock-full-of-good-advice/
 
Hazard, Home, by Christine Lowther, The Miramichi Reader, posted March 7, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/03/hazard-home/

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

Fiction:
“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, https://humourmemag.co.uk/latest-issues/issue-19/
 
Artwork:
“How Fruit Gets Bruised,” Little Old Lady Comedy, March 5, 2024, https://littleoldladycomedy.com/2024/03/05/how-fruit-gets-bruised/
 
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
Poetry:
“AI Talents of the Future,” Polar Starlight #13, February 24, 2024, https://polarborealis.ca/currentback-issues/

“[VR sim],” “The Sting of Realization,” Scifaikuest online, Hiraeth Publishing, February 2024, https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online
 
Reviews:
Against the Machine: Evolution, by Brian Van Norman, published on The Miramichi Reader site, February 24, 2024, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/02/against-the-machine-evolution-a-fitting-cap-to-van-normans-trilogy/
 
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, https://sportliteratureassociation.wordpress.com/2024/02/03/not-hockey-critical-essays-on-canadas-other-sport-literature-edited-by-angie-abdou-and-jamie-dopp/
 
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 https://gohavok.com/.
 

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

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

 Reviews:
Invisible No More: A Historical Novel, by Scott Pitoniak and Rick Burton, posted January 19, 2024 at the Sport Literature Association web site, https://sportliteratureassociation.wordpress.com/2024/01/19/invisible-no-more-a-historical-novel-by-scott-pitoniak-and-rick-burton/

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, https://miramichireader.ca/2024/01/elrods-the-miracle-morning-provides-tips-for-better-living/

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:

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ebook/year-s-best-canadian-fantasy-and-science-fiction-volume-one

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Years-Canadian-Fantasy-Science-Fiction-ebook/dp/B0CP88Q46M/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Years-Canadian-Fantasy-Science-Fiction-ebook/dp/B0CP88Q46M/

Recent Publications

Poetry:
“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.

Reviews:
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, https://miramichireader.ca/2023/12/decolonizing-sport-by-janice-forsyth-and-others/ 

A Dugout to Peace, by Gary Morgenstein, published on the Sports Literature Association web site, November 28, 2023, https://sportliteratureassociation.wordpress.com/2023/11/28/a-dugout-to-peace-by-gary-morgenstein/

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:
 
https://houseofzolo.com/hozs-journal-of-speculative-literature-v4/