Category Archives: Writing

A Career in Arts

A week ago, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at UBC’s Arts Career Expo about careers in communications and creative writing. When I was invited to do so in the fall, it was this weird moment of … Continue reading

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Launching an Experimental Story Project

One week ago, I launched a writing project called Azrael’s Stop. Far from traditional writing, it’s an experiment in unorthodox narrative, serial fiction, and transmedia storytelling theory. It’s live now at azraelsstop.com The Structure Azrael’s Stop is an experimental transmedia … Continue reading

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An Experiment in Serial Fiction and Self-Publication

At the start of the year, I had an idea for a project. I wanted to write a serialized fiction story in pieces small enough to fit inside a single Tweet. One tiny chunk of narrative prose every day, slowly … Continue reading

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Shotgun Gravy is Spot On

Yesterday, I read a novella Chuck Wendig wrote called Shotgun Gravy. He calls it maybe noir, maybe YA. I thought, “Really? YA noir? I’ll believe it when I see it, Mr. Wendig.” I believe it. Not only is Shotgun Gravy … Continue reading

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IS YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE RUINING OUR CHILDREN? A TRICK QUESTION

Today’s post is based on this article entitled A YA Op-Ed Mad Lib, For Your Editorial-Writing Convenience, a jab at all those bad articles about YA. I have filled it in for my own amusement. Enjoy. Now, first of all, … Continue reading

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If I Had a Million Dollars

If I were obscenely rich, I’ve decided, I would become a patron of Awesome. That is to say, I would spend a large chunk of that money — after ensuring that I could live comfortably for the rest of my … Continue reading

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Speaking Out — Drawn from Life

Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up was released last week from Bold Stroke Books. It’s an anthology of stories about young queer kids dealing with and overcoming homophobia and transphobia. And I wrote one of the stories in it. “Subtle … Continue reading

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Learning the Short Story

A friend pointed me towards a very interesting (and well-written) article about the state of creative writing programs in college and university. I highly suggest you go read it, but the general idea is that time constraints and the general … Continue reading

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Harry Potter’s Wand

I was going to do another blog post this week about something, you know, substantial, but didn’t end up having time. And now I have begun a two-week business trip in which I will be travelling on six planes, a … Continue reading

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Character Development in Harry Potter

In my last post, I talked about one of the criticisms I’ve heard of the Harry Potter series — namely that its theme of good vs. evil is too simplistic. Another criticism I’ve come across is the lack of character … Continue reading

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