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Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Starting tomorrow, I'll be running a five day Kindle giveaway of "Grandmother Mælkevejen's Belly: A Novelette of the Lodhuven." So if you're interested in reading it, now is the time!

Should you take advantage of the promotion, I hope you'll consider leaving a review of the story on Amazon. Thanks very much, and happy reading!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"C is for Change"

"Three nights, maybe less," I told the man; a grandchild clinging to his neck, another clutching a trouser leg, and watched his mouth fall slack with fear. "And we can only make ten trips up the mountain a day, for people and supplies both, so the Qandunar warmaster wants you to run, if you can."

Three broken people; a monk bearing a terrible scar, a warrior facing a terrible sorrow, a woman hiding a terrible past face a relentless army so hard to defeat it might as well be invincible. Find out whether or not they survive in "C is for Change." Forthcoming in the B is for Broken anthology.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Friday evening's Puffin Awards Benefit went really well. Bill Conall, Mona Anderson and I read from our various work, Kate Oland and Bill Conall performed two of Kate's songs, and Gary Walsh was our emcee. The picture is from our improv story circle, which was hella fun (I love improv stuff). I wish the Puffin Awards every good thing and hope it continues to encourage young writers for a long time to come.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The meringue in this recipe is indistinguishable from non-vegan meringue and comes from an unexpected source! Sean has been experimenting with it in meringue cookies and other treats all week, and he has finally brought his prodigious skills to bear on an honest-to-goodness lemon meringue pie cobbled together from various recipes. Here's the aggregate:

Pie Crust

  • 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons organic sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice or non-dairy milk

Preheat oven to 425F.

In a large bowl, place all of the dry ingredients. Add the orange juice or non-dairy milk and oil. Mix with a fork. Pat into a 9-inch pie pan with fingertips. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Source: Food.com: World's Easiest Pie Crust - Vegan

Meringue

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I've been struggling with this blog entry for over a week now, but in the wake of Mary Robinette Kowal's excellent post, I decided it was finally time to collect my own thoughts and write about the controversy around this year's Hugo awards. I'm not terribly certain how all of those thoughts will come together here, so I hope you'll be patient with me as I muddle through.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

As you know, I've been a contributing writer to Rhonda Parrish's ongoing anthology series based on the letters of the alphabet. To date, my short story "N is for Nanomachine" has appeared in A is for Apocalypse, and my novelette "C is for Change" is forthcoming in B is for Broken.

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be contributing to the next volume as well, entitled C is for Chimera! You can read Rhonda's announcement about the anthology here.

I continue to enjoy this work quite a bit, and I'm delighted Rhonda still welcomes my participation in it (even after the last time, with all the extra words). *grin*

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Now that Grandmother Mælkevejen's Belly is listed for sale on Audible, Amazon and iTunes, ACX has sent me a number of codes for free downloads of the title. I'm offering fifteen of them to people with Audible.com accounts in exchange for honest reviews of the title on the Audible and/or Amazon web sites.

If you have an Audible account and would like to review the audiobook, please let me know by e-mailing me via the contact form on my web site to request a code.

You can find the title on Audible here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

On the evening of April 17th at the St. Michael's Parish Hall in Baddeck, I'll be participating in a benefit for The Puffin Awards for Literary Excellence​, an annual short story contest for high school students in Victoria County. I'm excited about the award and pleased I have the opportunity to help raise money for it.

Please come, if you can! I'll be reading from my forthcoming story "C is for Change", which will appear in Rhonda Parrish​'s B is for Broken anthology. I'll also be participating in a panel discussion about writing and an interactive story circle.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

I just made this up, and it's gorgeous.

Ingredients
2 Bananas (frozen, if possible)
1 C. Silk Coconut Milk
1 oz. Kraken Rum
1 oz. Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut Liqueur
Ice (if your bananas aren't frozen)

Directions
Blend until smooth.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It's been four weeks since I picked up the Zombies, Run! app and began 5K training. I've ordered my first pair of running shoes, and I've made good progress on all of my original goals, so I thought it was time to blog about my outer and inner processes so far.

Let me start with that list of original goals:

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