The Magic of Mars

Honourable Mention

Entering short story writing contests is a great way for fiction writers to get started. As well as being the first short story I actually ever completed, The Magic of Mars is also my only Science Fiction piece. I wrote this just before I got started on FireDrakes and eventually submitted it to the Hidden Talents Short Story Contest. To …

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Daniel’s Demon

Around the time my first book was being published, near the end of 2007, I submitted one of my short stories to L. Ron Hubbard’s Writer’s Of The Future Contest. My story was not selected for publication, but in 2008 I did receive an Honourable Mention certificate in the mail. It was immediately framed and has been hanging in my …

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Corona Masks For Fun And profit

Mask

When all you have is lemons, then make lemon aid. Wearing a mask right now makes a lot of sense, and I am relatively sure it will soon be a requirement almost everywhere. With that in mind, I drove to Canadian Tire and bought a pair of masks for $16. When I got home and looked at my blank mask …

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Publishing a Book During a Pandemic

Nothing has been posted on this website in the past nine months, and for that I must apologize. Over the last eighteen months, and especially in the past six, the course of my life has drastically changed. That said, I will not bore you any further with all of my personal details, but instead discuss how my latest fantasy novel …

Penticton ARTS Market

Announcing the new Saturday Morning Penticton ARTS Market Located in the Penticton Art Gallery’s parking lot, adjacent to the Ellis and Front Street roundabout at 199 Marina Way, this new Summer ARTS Market will operate in conjunction with the existing Farmers and Community Markets, from June 29 through August 31. This new market will showcase the work of local visual …

CatNap – First Person Short Story

It is December 21st and tomorrow begins a long-awaited two week holiday – somewhere warm. Just for fun, and with apologies to any offended cat owners, I am posting this –hopefully funny– story that was originally written for an under-1500-words short story contest. The title is Catnap and it is the only fiction piece I have every done in first …

Dealing With Rejection Letters

That infamous rejection letter; the raw, caustic brutality of a few simple – often scribbled – words that can snuff the life right out of an otherwise promising writing career. Conversely those same words can steer a more determined author down the path to self-publishing, usually with little or no idea of what they are getting themselves into. Even one …

Selling Books Online In Canada

It’s December 4th and in10 days the window for getting books to customers before Christmas closes completely. This is final stretch for this year’s prime time for online sales, which actually began a few weeks before Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As founder, and the principle operator of Red Tuque Books, I have watched the company’s direct annual online sales …