Category Archives: General Banter

Stick Me Where the Sun Don’t Shine

Thanks to The Writers’ Trust of Canada, I’m heading up to Dawson City, Yukon, to be the next Writer-in-Residence at Berton House. I leave just before Christmas and will be there through January and February. Berton House is actually the … Continue reading

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Blessed, We Forget

My late Mama Dowhal had a different perspective on life than I do. Having lived through two world wars, a revolution, and a great famine, and having been conscripted as slave labor by the Nazis, she constantly preached to me … Continue reading

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Between the Covers With Flam Grub

My new novel Flam Grub launched last night. I guess with this book I’m not a rookie anymore, and certainly I’ve been in the fiction-writing business long enough now to notice some fairly common questions that get posed when you … Continue reading

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A Letter to Santa

Dear Santa: Look, I realize this is a crazy time of year for you. After all, in addition to all those presents you have to bring to the world’s children, you’re also the patron saint of students, merchants, and thieves … Continue reading

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Reflections in the Parabolic Mirror

When I was researching religions for skyfisher, one of the most intriguing concepts I came across was in the Zen Buddhist koans, where they occasionally described how certain persons received enlightenment in one crystalline flash of ultimate realization, known as … Continue reading

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The Horror! The Horror!

Last night little monsters were howling up and down my street, dressed in their Hallowe’en costumes (except for those kids who figured just having a swag bag was dress-up enough). Behind them were the walking dead — parents with haunted … Continue reading

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Stantastic Voyage

I feel the need to clear up a nasty rumor that could cause serious harm to my reputation in today’s toe-the-line politically-correct universe. Recently I was accused of having an obsession with big breasts. Allegedly, according to the anonymous source, … Continue reading

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