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Where Have I Been? Summer 2019 Edition

Novels, a French Game of Thrones… and maybe a bit of basketball

Unfortunately, a fairly regular occurrence on this site is some variation on the “Where have I been?” post. This usually means I’ve been very busy with writing and/or procrastinating (they’re often the same thing!)

I actually have been writing this time! Hopefully some of it might even come out soon…

Sparrow Squadron – Cinematic Inspirations

Now that I’m actually getting somewhere with the sequel, my focus is almost entirely on finishing a first draft that’s within sight. So that this blog isn’t entirely dormant, I’m going to take a page from one of my favourite websites by “Exploiting the Archives.”

This piece was a surplus guest post that I wrote for my original blog tour. It’s about some of the movies that I watched for inspiration as I was writing Sparrow Squadron. You can see why it wasn’t picked up, as there isn’t much in the way of bookish content. Still, if you can’t get enough of the first novel, which probably means you’re my mom, then you can take these as movie recommendations!

I Actually Wrote Something! “Why Do You Do This?”

Cosmic horror comes to a soul-destroying workplace not at all meant to resemble certain IT contracting activities.

Yes, over the past year, I’ve mostly been grinding away at a giant hamster wheel of novel-writing. However, I’m also pleased to announce that one of my horror-adjacent stories, “Why Do You Do This?” will be appearing in the anthology of fantasy and surrealism A Land Without Mirrors. Put out by the fine people at Fluky Fiction, A Land Without Mirrors features 16 tales of the weird and fantastic.

My own story, “Why Do You Do This?” is very much experimental in tone, and was a chance for me to try out not only some new narrative techniques, but also to express myself in a much more personal and raw manner. I hope you’ll give it and the other stories in the collection a try.

A Land Without Mirrors is currently available as an e-book from Amazon. If you want to say, hopefully good, things about it, here’s the Goodreads page.



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