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My Writing Journal

Browse here for posts related to all aspects of my writing life including

travel, research, mythology, and musings.

Owen Laukkanen and the SiWC

Owen Laukkanen. I was one of the lucky writers who managed to sneak into a "blue pencil" session with Owen because had a cancellation, and we had a brilliant conversation and a few laughs. But, Owen also told me what worked and where I could prolong the tension to...

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All Aboard the Uchuck III

As I’ve said before the best research is hands-on. That way, you can indulge your senses. Last Saturday, we enjoyed a day cruise from Gold River (on Vancouver Island, British Columbia) to Yuquot at Friendly Cove. This is Nuu-chah-nulth traditional territory. The term,...

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The Whaler’s Shrine at Yuquot

The weathered church that stands today in Friendly Cove was erected in 1956, for the purposes of “educating” the people of Yuquot. In the vestibule, old plaques and photographs are displayed, memories and keys to the significance of this place. One article in...

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Island Research (part 1)

Hands-on research is the best way to begin a book. It's real. It's kinaesthetic. It's inspiring. And it will help you discover whether what's in your mind will work logistically, and on the page. I visited Saltspring Island seven years ago and loved the energy,...

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