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Dec.09.2011
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Recently a librarian named Emily Mitchell passed away. She's right there in the center of the picture. For many years she was the librarian at the Chinook Regional Library  branch in the village of Tompkins, SK, Canada (my hometown). By any measurement it's a small library, but it...
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Sep.29.2011
I apologize for the maudlin post but Dust has been out for ten years now. I launched the book on September 21st, 2001 in Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum: 1910 Boomtown. It was the first time I’d launched in such a big and perfectly-themed venue (I wish I could find the pics but...
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Sep.24.2011
  The cornerstone of all good writing is the nap.   Don't let those nap naysayers try to convince you that naps are for children. That somehow it is lazy and unnatural for you to nap. Don't allow them to make an outcast of you. They are only jealous of your ubernap capabilities...
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Aug.24.2011
You must have faith. That’s the conclusion I’ve come to after all these years of writing. The cornerstone of becoming a writer and continuing on in this odd field is faith. By that I don’t mean religious faith, but a personal faith. You must believe in your story. Believe that, with enough work,...
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Aug.14.2011
  Light a cigar! Open a fizzy drink! Eat some chocolate! Have an organic carrot! My first ebook went on sale February 4th, 2011:Since then I've added 5 more:and we've finally sold 1000 copies (I say we because I know some of you have bought copies and I thank you sincerely--your imaginary...
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Aug.08.2011
This last weekend I had a highlight in my writing career: I was a parade captain in the Gull Lake Centennial parade. Gull Lake, SK, Canada is here: It's the town where I graduated from high school in 1985 (I attended Tompkins school from K-9) and learned that heavy metal is the greatest music...
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Aug.01.2011
Amazing new stupendous ebook developments this month! Okay, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement, but I have discovered that "free" sells. Or at least it leads to numerous downloads. About the middle of June I made this book free on iBooks and Smashwords: And now it's free on Kindle...
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Jul.31.2011
I don't want this to be a depressing post but writing doesn't get any easier. I've just sent off the first "readable" draft of my seventeenth published novel (tentatively titled The Hunchback Assignments 4: The Island of Doom) and the whole process from beginning to end was no less...
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Jul.05.2011
Here's my monthly update on the ebook sales experiment. The totals below are from these six books. They are sold on Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and iBooks. Feb: 12 March: 43 April: 377 May: 274 June: 182 And here's the handy dandy chart (you knew there'd be one, didn't you?): As you can...
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Jun.23.2011
If you're an author you've probably checked your Amazon rankings once or twice. Or every three seconds. And, perhaps you've stared at the rankings like you're trying to read your future in pig entrails. The great thing about the "modern" era is now there are even more ways to track things...
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Jun.12.2011
I'm extremely pleased to announce that The Hunchback Assignments has won Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2011: Roman jeunesse étranger (The Grand Prize of the Imagination, Youth foreign). This is the most prestigious fantastical fiction award in France and it is proof that my novel's translator, ...
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Jun.07.2011
I do a great number of school readings. And when I get to the end of my presentation I say, "Now it's time for the dreaded Q&A. You ask the questions and I'll attempt to answer, though I don't do mathematical questions." Often I get asked, "Where do you get your ideas?...
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Jun.01.2011
Well, I have all my ebooks up online now. Here are the fancy covers (with clickable links, of course): And here's my updated report across all platforms: February: 12 copies March Sales: 43 copies April Sales: 377 copies May Sales: 273 copies That's a drop of over 100 copies since last month....
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May.25.2011
On this day (May 25th) in 1977 Star Wars was released. At the time I was ten years old. I still have a very clear memory of convincing my father to take me and my three brothers and my mother off the ranch and cross country to Shaunavon, SK to see the movie. I remember that first scene where the...
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May.23.2011
Well I've had my iPad for several months now (it's the iPad 1: 32 Gig wifi) and it has been a real help in the various aspects of my career. I should give you forewarning that I am a Mac geek (since 1984) but I'm sure you can trust my opinion anyway. : )   First and most importantly--...
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