We Don’t Want No PSAs

I'm posting this not to elicit sympathy or support, though both are welcome, but as a kind of Public Service Announcement. Yeah I hate them too but this one is important so please read it. Late last year my wife was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. As you can imagine, that wasn't a fun day and we've been dealing with the repercussions ever since. The good news is her cancer was caught early and was confirmed as stage 1. According to the multitude of scans and tests she's undergone, there is ...
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No time to write? Get a dog!

So during August and September I wrote a novel. Yeah I know, it came as a shock to me too. This haunted house tale (with a difference!) currently clocks in at 71,000 words, which is more than I've produced on a single project since I was in university and I wrote a Doctor Who book called Two's Company. Yes it was dreadful but it was 75K and it actually made some sort of sense. I was quite proud of that. Since then of course, life has gone out of its way to ensure I don't have the kind of time...
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What a year it’s been…

2011 was a tumultuous year to be sure. For starters, I lost my job of eleven years, my wife lost her job of ten, within months of each other. I was lucky enough to find new employment so we'll be fine, but it's still a scary thing to happen, especially in the current economic climate. In terms of my writing though, 2011 has been a stellar year. I sold as many short stories in one year as I have done all the previous years of my life combined! By my count, ten of my stories have been commissio...
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Two shiny things and a reminder…

First shiny thing, I have a new job! Just got the offer and it looks good, so in a week or two I'll be starting at the new place. Thanks for everyone's kind words and support. Somehow I managed to convince someone else to take me on at some point during my six interviews. Didn't get much writing done during my time off - it's amazing how busy unemployment can be! Second shiny thing, the astonishing cover to Phobophobias, the new horror collection from Dark Continents Publishing, edited by Dea...
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Writer by Default…

So, today I got laid off. I've been working with the same company for 11 years, since I moved to Canada in fact. And now they've been bought out and I fell victim to the latest round of cuts. Don't feel sorry for me. My prospects are good and there's lots of opportunities out there. I enjoy what I do as a day job and I have a young family to support, so I will definitely be starting the job search soon. However, I find myself in a situation I've never been in before. Right now, other than ...
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