Writing in the Holiday Season: Part One – Generating Ideas

During the holiday season, some people have a week, or even two, off work. While the Christmas and New Year period is invariably a very busy time, filled with family, friends, visiting, food and drink or even long distance travel in some cases, that doesn’t mean you can’t be working at your chosen craft during the festive season. Actual writing may not always be possible, especially if you have kids at... read more

Triwood Christmas Market

Looking for the perfect gift? This Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm I’ll be signing copies of all my books at the Triwood Christmas Market. The event is being held at Triwood Community Association, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW in Calgary.   Hope to see you... read more

“This is a great book for kids who like both fantasy and history.”

The Sorcerer’s Letterbox In a hidden drawer in the base of an old wooden box, Jack discovers a letter from a boy calling himself Edward. Penning a reply, Jack is astonished to be corresponding through time with the boy king Edward V, one of the famous Princes in the Tower, murdered by King Richard III. Travelling back in time, Jack attempts to rescue Edward V and his brother from their fate, but is soon... read more

Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Six

Regular physical exercise can help with stress relief and prevent the onset of SAD. Feeling more fit makes you feel better about yourself overall and generally improves your mood. Giving in to those winter blues can also be stressful and lead to overeating, overindulgence in alcohol or other unhealthy pursuits, so you need to take care of your body, watch your diet and get enough sleep. Make time to... read more

Calgary Expo Holiday Market – November 30

Calgary Expo Holiday Market – November 30   Today I’ll be at the Calgary Expo Holiday Market at Stampede Park from 10 am to 5 pm, signing copies of all my books. You can find me in booth A932 in Hall B of the BMO Centre.   This one-day event is all about shopping and community spirit – this is THE market for pop-culture-loving holiday shoppers! Deck the Halls with Boughs of Starships... read more

Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Five

Many people are adversely affected each year by the winter blues and writers are no exception. There are many ways to combat SAD, including antidepressants and other medications, but bright artificial light treatments are common as a means to give the body more exposure to the light that is lacking once winter approaches.  For SAD sufferers, shorter days and long nights can initiate depression,... read more

Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Four

In ancient Greece and Rome, the works of Plato, Aristotle, Virgil and others may have been composed at night, with very little illumination. Monks in the Middle Ages would also have worked all year round and such works as Beowulf or the Anglo Saxon Chronicle would never have been written if everyone in the scriptorium had SAD.  Did Shakespeare only write in the spring and summer? Candlelight was his... read more

Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Three

So how does SAD affect writers? Are those in Canada, the northern USA, and Scandinavia less prolific in the winter months? Does the cloud cover in Vancouver or in Britain reduce the amount of literary work originating in those areas? Do American writers in Florida create more prose between October and April than their counterparts in Minnesota?  Is a writer in Australia or South Africa more likely to... read more

Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Two

Seasonal Affective Disorder is primarily a mood disorder, with sufferers experiencing normal mental health throughout the year, but becoming depressed or generally more down in the winter months. Seasonal variations in a person’s mood may be related to light, or rather the lack of it.  SAD is often more prevalent in higher latitudes and in Finland, for example, the rate for SAD is close to 10%. Winter... read more

Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part One

At this time of year, many people in the northern hemisphere notice that its getting a little colder each day and it gets darker much earlier, especially after we alter the clocks for daylight saving time. Many of us develop cabin fever and grow sluggish during the winter months and may eat more or sleep longer when daylight is in short supply and the temperature begins to fall. It may be harder to get... read more

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