"Grass Whisperer" was published in Speculative North Magazine. "Grass Whisperer" is a mystical earth poem of dawn and dusk and our connection to the earth.
SHORT FICTION & POETRY
"Threads of Saffron" will be published in the June, 2021 issue of Augur Magazine. It's a poem about caring for one another during bleak and hopeless times.
I'm delighted that my story, "Wild Hunt", (cryptozoology, obsession, Canada geese, and Saskatchewan, but no perogies), is part of Alternative Plains, an anthology of Canadian prairie speculative fiction. Coming in October, 2021!
Speculative Literature Foundation Older Writer’s Grant 2019.
I’m honoured to announce that I am one of the two co-winners of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writer’s Grant for 2019 for “Wards”, originally published in Room Magazine, issue 42.1, 2019, and now on Room’s website reading series. Michael Simon is the other grant winner of the 2019 Older Writers Grant. This grant is awarded annually to emerging writers aged 50+ who are beginning to work at a professional level.
Many older emerging writers are on fixed incomes. Besides providing a very helpful amount of money that we can put towards furthering our writing, the award also recognizes how hard it is to move forward with serious new professional endeavours when we are over 50 in this ageist world. The SLF does great work in giving concrete help but, as importantly, visibility and encouragement through so many of its grants to various groups. Thank you, SLF!
I'm seeking an agent/publisher for my completed dark contemporary fantasy novel, Luck Riders.
Street smart Gossamer just wants her old life back: a beloved, wealthy husband; happy kids, and an abundance of luck. But with her husband dead, her whiz kid son estranged, and a surly ex-hoodlum dogging her every step to “protect” her, things have careened out of control. Plus, her luck is draining away at a terrifying rate. She is a luck rider, a person with no luck of her own, drawn helplessly into the wake of others, for good or ill. Luck riders need luck, crave luck, and sicken without it. Unless they learn to harness the luck of others, existence is brief and bitter. For Gossamer, a return to the harrowing life on the streets of her youth is a real possibility, one she refuses to allow.
Caught between destiny-obsessed thugs and luck junkies, Gossamer must harness her wits, will, & luck itself to save her son. Tarot and poker, "medicinal" gardens, carnies and mathematicians, plus a psychic Celtic Cosa Nostra: Luck Riders.