Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Two amazing releases

My short story "Disbursements" is now available at Carte Blanche http://carte-blanche.org/articles/disbursements/ I'm proud of this one, I wrote it in 20 minutes.  It's one of those stories that hid in my mind then suddenly appeared fully formed. I worked for a large law firm for a while.  At the time I thought it was a great job, but this many years later when characters who want to bomb their bosses flash into my mind, reveals to me I maybe had some pent up frustration I never knew about.

AND... Guess what I found on Amazon today? http://www.amazon.com/Tesseracts-Eighteen-Wrestling-Gods-Liana/dp/1770530681/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417533461&sr=1-1&keywords=tesseracts+18  The new cover for Wrestling with Gods! It looks amazing.  My contribution to this anthology is called "Seven Creations" and shows how an insurgent group hijacks a temple to obtain the powers that rule the universe. Tesseracts 18 comes out in April and I will be hosting a book launch in Lethbridge.  Stay tuned for details.

Thanks to all my readers for allowing me to feed you chunks of my brain!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Expo and ME

THIS WEEKEND is ME at the Lethbridge Entertainment EXPO /http://www.lethexpo.com/  as LUNA CREATIONS with my steampunk art, journals, top hats, calanders, jewelery etc.
This is the last show I'm doing before Christmas. I had a dream that I dressed up as a steampunk Harley Quinn and won the costume contest.  I also set fire to my house just to stay in character.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Marriage of Science Fiction and Shakespeare

When I think of my favourite actors I notice there is a strange parallel with the roles they tend to play.  Take Patrick Stewart for example: He played the role of Captain Picard of the Enterprise in Star Trek for years, Charles Xavier with many X-men movies AND he also played a wonderful King Claudius in Hamlet many times. David Tennant is another example:  He was one of the best Doctors in Dr. Who creating an iconic character, but he also played a stirring Hamlet and Bennedic is As You Like It with flying colours.  So why?  And how can I as a viewer enjoy both far flung space odysseys as well as Elizabethan prose and poetry?
William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return
The best mash up ever!

Fact: Shakespeare is timeless.  Many of the plots, archetypes, and tropes of Shakespeare have been re-done, re-invented and re-designed because their universal truths of human nature and dilemma can be felt through all time, past, present, future. James Macavoy said: Shakespeare's stories are still very strong. He structured fantastic stories about things that were fundamental to the human being and psyche.

Fact: Even in the vastness of space and time, we will always return to our inner conscience for guidance.  Conflict no matter how great, can only be solved within ourselves.  Shakespeare knew this. Patrick Stewart said:  All of those years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, all those years of playing kings and princes and speaking black verse, and bestriding the landscape of England was nothing but a preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise.

Fact: Deep thinking is attainable only by a man of deep feeling. - Samuel Coleridge. The magical, the eloquent and the mythical components of Shakespeare inspire us to branch out, explore our imaginations and speculate on our future.He said himself: Show me someone who doesn't dream about the future and I'll show you someone who doesn't know where they are going. and There are more things in Heaven and Earth... than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Graduating from the fine to the fantastic: David Tennant said:  If you can sell that you're the King of Scotland, or Henry V on a tiny stage in a studio theater somewhere, then you can probably sell that you're a starship captain or a time traveler.

For further reference check  http://www.geekpittsburgh.com/startrek/shakespeare.htm and http://todayinsci.com/S/Shakespeare_William/ShakespeareOnEarthsGravity.htm

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Word on the Street

Join us September 21, 2014 for The Word On The Street, hosted by Lethbridge Public Library :

 http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/lethbridge/whatson/intro

 or see the guide at:

http://issuu.com/wotslethbridge/docs/wots_program_2013_web/1?e=9341579/4863759

For those in the Lethbridge area I will be doing my first signing as apart of the Word on the Street Festival.  I hope to see you there and pick up a copy of SHIFTERS, SPIRITED or BALLAD OF THE SEA LION WOMAN.  I will also have my funky art journals available.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Leap Books!

LEAPing Into the Future

"Having a small publishing house means you get to be picky about the books and authors you represent," saysShannon Delany (YA author and now publisher and owner of LEAP BOOKS, LLC). "You don't feel the pressure of filling a certain number of slots each year--you can truly make quality come before quantity."

Thanks to longtime Leap author, Judith Graves, an enthusiastic trio of experienced YA authors has joined forces to lead LEAP Books LLC into the future. Graves had recently begun developing the SHINE e-novella line, and seeing Delany comment on Facebook about possibly starting a small publishing house of her own, Graves suggested Delany join her. But things grew from there.

"We're leaping ahead with the growth of the SHINE e-novella line, but we're gladly maintaining the foundation Edwards gave us. We have a great backlist of books written by eager authors--they just need some more attention in the market. I'm proud of LEAP's history. If I wasn't and I didn't see huge potential in this company, I wouldn't be here. The authors in our backlist are talented--we have award-winners, NYT Bestsellers... What more can you ask for?"

Learn more about LEAP, our books, our talented authors, our vision!

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