Old Friends

August 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

I ran into an old friend today, on the street a few blocks from my place. She looks pretty much like she did then – enough that I recognized her from behind. She didn’t recognize me for a few moments, as I’m about thirty pounds heavier, am losing a bit of hair and have a [...]

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Doing What I Like

August 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

In which I set a new blog beginning.

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Now’s the time of year when we make plans

December 27th, 2010 · Comments Off

The end of the year. A good time to figure out what to do with this next one. My goal is simple: 300,000 words of new writing. Sounds like a lot? It’s 1,000 words per day, all but 65 days of the year. I write every day, and I can write 2,000 words each day [...]

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The Award Pimpage Cometh

December 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

This coming year I will be nominating for the Aurora awards. These are similar to the Hugos in the way that nominations and voting happens, but they’re specific to sf and fantasy produced by Canadians and landed immigrants. If you’ve got something you’d like to make sure I consider for nomination, please feel free to [...]

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What writers can learn from Harry Potter

October 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

I was reading a conversation on a forum about YA fiction, and the conversation naturally turned to Harry Potter. I would have posted this there, but I thought it would be interesting for many people to hear, so I’m blogging about it instead. There’s other things I could talk about with the HP series. I [...]

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

November 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

It was fantastic, of course (so go and see it). What’s really interesting about this film is how much of a clash there is between the tone of the original author (Roald Dahl) and the adapter (Wes Anderson), and yet the adaptation still works beautifully. Dahl’s work always has a particularly ironic but unrepentant zing [...]

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Guest post

November 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

Check out my guest post on Dead Things on Sticks. Mostly about indie Internet TV, somewhat about the Canadian TV regulatory system.

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Tests and shooting dates

November 27th, 2009 · Comments Off

You know that idea about shooting entirely on location? Yeah, so we’re doing the opposite . . . but I have some ideas for how to work out the backgrounds that should mean I don’t need animators. On December 5th we’ll be making some tests to try out these ideas. I’m confident one of them [...]

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Loving it

November 11th, 2009 · Comments Off

I recently gave a critique to someone about their story – which was a relatively funny piece – and then I got an email reply to my comments that was loads lighter than the story they’d written. Why was this? Because in the email they were relaxed. They were just trying to get back to [...]

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Site problems

November 4th, 2009 · Comments Off

The server for my website totally crashed two days ago. Fortunately there were multiple full backups, plus the database was recoverable. I don’t think this caused any RSS glitches, but if it did I apologize for that. The website is now on a new server, and should be running faster than ever. It is also [...]

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