Cars and Society

It’s cliché for older people such as myself to complain about the impending collapse of society. We look back on our childhood as a golden age, and imagine our sore knees a metaphor for a world in decline. We know, second-hand, that there was a time before us, but we shrink from considering anything about… Continue reading Cars and Society

Let it Snow, for Now

It’s about two weeks to Christmas, which means for the next two weeks everyone (in northern climes) is happy about winter weather.

Picture This – Birthday Party Scene

Picture This is a contemporary romance. Derek, a mid-twenties model, out of work and out of luck, hires Susan, a freelance web designer, struggling artist, and divorced parent of twins, to collaborate on making romance novel covers. Neither wants a relationship, but the faked emotions on the covers soon become real.

Elfquest Audio Movie

I listened to the audio movie during a recent road trip. In the interest of full disclosure, I note that I made a modest contribution to the project, and in exchange for that received a free and “uncut” version of the movie.

Flippant and Saucy

The magazines Escapade and Dude were found not obscene by the Supreme Court in 1962, in a significant ruling affecting censorship in Canada.

Picture This Prologue

Last week I attended the inaugural “Dart Speak – A Writers Open Mic” at the Dart Gallery. I’d intended to read a short passage from Ocean’s Lure, but several people present asked if I could read something from my work-in-progress, Picture This. Like Ocean’s Lure, Picture This is a contemporary romance. A mid-twenties model, out… Continue reading Picture This Prologue

Carbon Paper

I obtained a package of carbon paper, from the late 1970, and explored this old office artifact.

Books and Clutter

The Halifax Examiner recently claimed “It’s OK to get rid of books.” Apart from being bothered by the use of OK instead of okay, which would be acceptable in a print headline but is hardly necessary for an online headline, I was troubled by some points in the article. The article begins with the problems… Continue reading Books and Clutter