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Mar.19.2009
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I've posted on my Beautiful Desolation blog about the grueling process of completing my latest radio play. The Innocent Moon is an homage to the Space Age, red-blooded heroes and ships that would one day take us to the stars.  Begun as a bit of a lark, it morphed into a project that ate up the...
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Mar.12.2009
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My radio play "The First Room" will be rebroadcast on CBC Radio here in Saskatchewan this weekend. The program is called SoundXChange and features a selection of music and spoken word material.  For those of you who can tune in, SoundXchange airs Saturday afternoon (March 14th) at 5:05 p....
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Feb.25.2009
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For those of you who missed its first airing last year, you'll have a second chance to tune into my short story "Matriarchy".  CBC Radio here in Saskatchewan is re-broadcasting "Matriarchy", along with another tale by Sandra Birdsell.  For more information, go to the posting on...
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Feb.17.2009
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After knocking the shit out of myself all day up in my office, there's nothing I love more than kicking back and listening to some old style radio dramas. It is sheer joy to tune in to the exploits of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, as portrayed by the immortal pairing of Basil Rathbone and Nigel...
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Feb.06.2009
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I notice that more and more of the folks clicking on my blog and downloading my novels and stories are coming from sites dedicated to these new-fangled e-Readers (Kindles, Sonys and associated gadgets). I've also commented previously on the plunge book sales have taken as readers show their...
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Feb.02.2009
CBC Radio has posted my radio play "The First Room" (airing nationally Friday, February 6th; 8:43 p.m.) on the "OutFront" website. If you can't listen to the official broadcast, click on this link and you can play it right now. And please do drop me a line, either here or on my...
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Jan.27.2009
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Yep, it's official: CBC Radio's nationally broadcast "OutFront" program will air my adapted radio play "The First Room" on February 6, 2009 at 8:43 p.m. The play will also be on Sirius satellite radio (137), available to listeners throughout North America. I believe there will...
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Jan.20.2009
Just published what I think is a foolproof strategy for saving the publishing industry, dramatically improving book sales and presenting a wider, more diverse pool of writers.  This article appears on my blog, Beautiful Desolation. But will those dumbies in New York, Toronto and London listen?  The...
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Jan.09.2009
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For the past day or so I've been poking around on HarperCollins "Authonomy" site. I had posted an excerpt of my novel there, in the vain hope that I would be able to, as the site's tag line states, "beat the slush". But what I discovered was just another kind of slush.  Virtual...
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Jan.02.2009
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The first day of the new year and one of my first acts was to lurch and wham my head on a towel rack and open a gash on the crown that you could park a Buick in.  About an inch and a half long, a groove just above my hairline (thank God it's not visible, genetics have done enough damage to my...
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Dec.23.2008
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No, I'm not stuttering, it's just that it's -34 Celsius here this morning, with a windchill that puts the temperature closer to -45. Not quite South Pole/McMurdo Sound but it certainly does give one extra impetus to stay inside, open a good book and fer Chrissakes keep warm. Easing up somewhat on...
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Dec.16.2008
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Yes, this curmudgeon hereby confesses he has a Christmas jones. Have a look... (Pssst!  This is not the sort of thing I want to get around, okay?)
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Dec.11.2008
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I can't even guess how many books I've given away over the past 30+ Christmases. Starting at the beginning of the year, I put aside boxes for various family members, gradually filling them with volumes I find at various library sales, used book places, discount bins, what have you.  Sure, even a...
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Dec.02.2008
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I went to the Nine Inch Nails concert in Saskatoon last night. A rare excursion out for this agoraphobic.  Here's a link to the review on my blog.  Summed up in one word:  WOW. http://cliffjburns.wordpress.com
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Nov.21.2008
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Work, work, work. Lots of research on my next project, poring through books that deal with brain chemistry and the pharmaceutical industry.  Big Pharma does some pretty crummy things, all in pursuit of the bottom line.  "For profit" health.  Seems like an odd juxtaposition of words, doesn...
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