Graeme

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February 29, 2012

  • Things you can’t help but do with your first book upon seeing it published…
  • 1) Randomly opening it and reading it to make sure your text is still there.

    2) Stroking the embossed foil part of the cover (This one is more my co-author’s thing)

    3) Looking at your name on the cover for long periods of time, muttering “Yes it really is there…”

    4) Putting it on bookshelves and seeing how it looks. Lots of them.

    5) Re-reading it again and again.

    And so on…

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    February 28, 2012

  • It’s Here…
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    Oh, yes baby…

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    February 16, 2012

  • Escape to L.A.
  • imageYes, it’s that time of year, where I make the long trek across the country and make my way to the Gallifrey One Convention, where I will be there with my co-writer Robert Smith? talking, going to panels, getting lost in a hotel lobby and generally getting my geek on.

    We’re at Gallifrey as guests, promoting the Time Unincorporated books and promoting out upcoming book, Who is the Doctor, including a panel on the subject of the book on Sunday at 2:30. Come by if you can. It’ll be cool…! We’ll also be doing other panels and autograph sessions, etc. (we have plenty of fabulous postcards promoting the book to give out!) If you see us, stop by and say hello.

    Right now I’m sitting in the United Club lounge waiting for my connecting flight to enable escape velocity from winter…

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    February 05, 2012

  • Our Lady of the Tattooed Heart
  • I owe my very existence as a writer to two fantastic teachers in High School. One of them, my Grade 9 English teacher, Joanna Ashwanden, fostered my passion for writing. A good deal of this was done by reading all my juvenalia and doggerel and encouraging me along the way.(To this day, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone prouder of my writing than Joanna the day I showed her my first published work—a fanzine article I had published at the age of 14).

    Mostly she did this by showing me the freelance writing she worked on as a side career. Joanna wrote for the Teacher Federation magazine and did some fashion writing for The Globe and Mail. I loved reading her writing—Mrs. A, as I called her then—was brilliant at finding the human interest in a story and bringing it to the fore. I look at the professional communications work I do for non-profit agencies today and see a direct connection with what I learned from her writing back in 1985: it’s all about the storytelling, finding the humanity in the situation.

    Anyway, I say all this to let you know Joanna has a fabulous new short story on the Fiction 365 website. It’s a great, story about mortality (in all its forms), full of humanity and a sly sense of humour with a delightfully curious central character. Go read it. And hope, as I do, that Joanna will share more of her work with the world!

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