A black and white photo of Octavia Butler

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A black and white photo of Octavia Butler

TO TAKE ROOT AMONG THE STARS


On March 5, 2021 NASA announced that it has named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. This is perfect and, for those who have read her work, certainly past due. Coincidentally, I finished re-reading the two

Public Lending Right Is All Right / All Hail Librarians!


For those of you not in the know, the Public Lending Right, PLR, is a program that pays Canadian writers a small sum based on the number of libraries that have purchased their book in any given year. Administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, the program aims to

GOOD READING


There are a lot of cool things about having a book published. The latest neat thing for me was getting confirmation from Good Reads that my book is in their database and properly attributed to me. As much as it would have been cool to have written “Maximinus Thrax: From

A ROUNDUP OF ARTICLES AND STUFF ABOUT “LUNATIC ENGINE”


It has been a crazy great week since the book launched on the 30th. I want to thank you for tuning in to the launch, for buying a book and/or for reading or viewing some of the other online attention the book has been getting. I’ve been sharing links to

LAUNCH DATE ANNOUNCED!


Friday, October 30 at 7:00 pm MST. Audrey’s Books and Turnstone Press are co-hosting the launch which will be mc’d by our very own Alice Major. The evening will feature readings from the book as well as a discussion with special guest Dava Sobel. Yes! That Dava Sobel! Author and

ONE MINUTE POEM at Poets Corner


I have a little treat for you today. The good folks at Poets Corner have graciously included me in their One Minute Poem video series. You can see me reading “She Who Was So Precious To You” on their Youtube page, embedded below. And note to self, don’t record a

Lunatic Engine Book Cover

Advanced Praise and Pre-Orders


Hey everyone! Plans for the launch in October are underway! In the mean time, below is a bit more advance praise for the book, if you’ll allow me to toot my own horn for a minute. You can can pre-order Lunatic Engine here: https://www.turnstonepress.com/lunatic-engine.html or at your favourite bookstore! Lunatic

Lunatic Engine Book Cover

Special Sneak Preview Reading


Hey folks, as plans for the launch in just a few short weeks move along, I wanted to thank everyone who tuned in to the preview reading I did a couple of weeks ago as part of the Writers Guild of Alberta’s Online Reading Series. While it is not the

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MONDAY MUSIC VIDEO: Within The Bones An Echo Aches


The Monday Music Video is back after a couple of weeks off and the Engine has a great one for you! It’s not often enough that I get to promote a new music video from a friend. In fact, I think this actually the first time. I think I need

Run the Jewels 4 Album cover downloaded from their site at runthejewels.com

MONDAY MUSIC VIDEO: All Oppression’s Born of Lies


One of the clearest manifestations of my privilege is that I have the ability, and the permission, to “turn off” when when “things get too much.” It has been an emotionally overwhelming week as twitter shows us video after video of police abusing their power and abusing protestors. As a

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