Book Stores have Changed

I know this probably doesn’t come as any revelation to any of you, but the modern book store is much different than stores of yesteryear. I was sitting in an Indigo store (Canadian book chain) and it was very interesting to see how things have changed. Since the inception of coffee shops in bookstores, the entire dynamic is different. Books hold less of a central spot in the store. Toys, games and assorted items are now for sale. But why? After a day in the store, I think I can start to put my finger on it. Friends and families are now going to book stores as a central meeting place. The adults sit and visit and drink coffee while […]

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The Shepherd’s Crown – A Review

Terry Pratchett has long been a favorite author of mine. Once I discovered him (in my early 20’s) I couldn’t get enough of his books. Of his 41 Discworld books, I have read 41, most several times. This, is book number 41. There will be no book 42 as Sir Terry passed away in March. I haven’t quite come to terms with that yet, so this will simply be a review of the book, not a commentary on what the man has meant to me. Tiffany Aching, the heroine (or is it hero now?) of the story has been a favorite character of mine since she was first introduced. She continues to grow in this story as do the settings […]

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Writing Process

I have seen and heard the question asked, “How do you write?” The answer I hear most often is, it depends on the writer. Some writers are planners, some discover their writing as they go. For me? The best answer I can give is, “It depends.” For example, when JR Murdock and I are preparing to write our Jack Kane novels (one of which is published already and another is being worked on) we plot and plan to the nth degree. When I write my Mik Murdoch books (again, two published and one at the publisher) I do a combination of the two. I plot high level, getting more granular on the two or three chapters I’m immediately faced with. […]

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