RUSTLINGS FROM THE UNDERGROWTH

Speculations on Speculative Fiction.

February 25, 2019

I’m desperate for spring to come. Winter started early this year, and it’ll be some time yet before it ends. The snow came in November and stayed. We have had record snow falls here (over 250 cm/98 inches to d...

October 31, 2018

I've just realized it’s Hallowe’en already, and I haven’t posted since May. This post will be mostly in the order of a quick update (with the usual rambling) as life has been very busy.

Aside: A member of one o...

May 30, 2018

I’ve spent quite a bit of time on shortlists over the years, so let’s talk about it – while we wait and wait and wait . . .

What is a shortlist? Work has been shortlisted when you have submitted something to a...

January 24, 2018

Welcome to today’s blog topic: Fish! And inspiration.

Fin-spiration:

Why fish you ask? What do fish have to do with dark speculative fiction?  Consider such dark and watery masterpieces as Moby-Dick, or The Wha...

Today, as a special New Year’s treat, I have the pleasure of interviewing Ansel Clarke, a medieval magic history scholar and graduate student from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK (@AnselC11). I...

December 16, 2016

Just in time for the winter Solstice! Today’s post is not very long, just like the days right now, but it is in keeping with the spirit of the season. Here is a set of haiku, written for the annual potluck din...

August 7, 2016

I’m thrilled to announce that “Ursa Major” has just been published in Rampant Loon Media’s Stupefying Stories 1.15 (August 2016) . “Ursa Major” is my black humour novelette (or very long short story, if you pr...

April 8, 2016

Just when you feel particularly happy with your own originality and creativity, you walk smack into the realization that your work might not be as unique as you hoped -at least I did. Before you hang your head...

January 22, 2016

 

Does a threatening storm exhilarate you? Do dark and rainy days bring you one kind of mood, and bright shards of sunlight another? Weather affects me and always has. I find blustery autumn days perfect for mo...

December 15, 2015

The title of today’s blog is a quote from Virginia Woolf’s 1929  essay “A Room of One’s Own”.  There, she discusses the need for women writers to have both figural and physical space to carve out their work, f...

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