Paddling with Dad

Paddle 1

Everyone has their own reasons for travelling or living abroad. Some people like to exprience different types of food and meet new people. Others like to see famous landmarks or scenery unlike anything that they are used to. There are even those who simply hate where they are and would do anything to get away from it.

More often than not, it’s a combination of these and several more. At least, for myself, I know that that’s definitely the case.

However, the other day when my friend asked me why I liked to travel, I didn’t answer with any of these. Instead, I said, “It all comes down to paddling with my dad.”

Obviously, my friend had no idea what I was talking about. I’m not even sure if I knew what it meant at the time. But this was how I explained it:

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Windows and Doors

I’ve heard it said that eyes are the windows into one’s soul. I wonder if that applies to actual windows. Do they allow us to peer into the soul of a home? Probably not. But, be that as it may, there is something magical about windows (and doors) for me, and I always take pictures of them whenever I travel.

I thought I’d post a few of my favourites with a short description of each.

In no particular order, here they are:

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Not as Awesome as it is in My Head

A friend of mine wrote to me recently about a book that he is trying to write. He told me that he is having some trouble with a few things. They were the usual concerns with plot and character development. However, one of his issues, he claimed, was so serious that it discouraged him from writing.

“It’s not coming out anywhere near as awesome as it is in my head,” he said.

Until a little while ago, I had been guilty of this as well.

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The Gormenghast Trilogy (Review)


Although I couldn’t say whether or not The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake is a well-known book, I could say that most of my friends have never heard of it. It’s also rarely on any of the shelves of the bookstores I’ve looked in. And, though I haven’t read them all, I’ve never seen it on anyone’s must read list.

Hopefully, that is about to change.

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A Change of Plans

My advice to writers has always been simply to write. Allow whatever is inside come out. And deal with it all later. But I have to make a bit of an amendment to that plan of action.

Last week, I started Nanowrimo again. There was a story in my mind that I had wanted to write for a few years now, so I thought that this would be the perfect time to get to it.

As I sat down to write, I followed my usual rules. And, after seven days, I had around 9,000 words written. It’s a little less than the quota I was supposed to have met up to that point. But I’m not working this month, so I knew I’d have no problem getting up to 50,000 in the next little while.

Then, yesterday, something occurred to me. I wasn’t really enjoying my story. And that, to me, is one of the most important parts of writing.

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Glory – Book Three

Glory – Book Three is finally available!

Beginning where Book One left off, Glory – Book Three follows Adam, Shelly, Jane, Charles, and Claire, as they all continue to try to survive the apocalypse.


You can get it on Smashwords: or any of the retailers it distributes to (ex. Kobo, iBooks, B&N, Sony).

Or Amazon:


Know the First Sentence

For all of you doing NaNoWriMo (or simply wanting to start a story), I wrote a piece last year giving my advice on how to prepare for it. This year, while I still agree with what all that I had suggested before, I’ve decided to take that advice and make it even simpler. So, here goes…

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