The Ties that Bind

There is a sickening dysfunction in complacency and silence. That’s why writers write, artists paint or draw, musicians sing loudly; crescendoing the music despite the complicity and collusion of our tuned out world. They thrive on the edge of normalcy. It’s scary stuff being different. Having a story to tell; a muse that won’t leave […]

The Running Writer

Running is very much like writing. It is a solitary, endurance sport. You get up at stupid o’clock, hunker down to the start line and you start putting one foot in front of the other. Or, in the case of writing, one word in front of the other. At first it is refreshing, liberating, and […]

Interview with JP McLean

What is fast becoming the most exciting aspect of book marketing is collaborating with other authors. JP McLean, a fellow Canadian author, and now a Best-Selling author, interviewed me and the outcome is quite entertaining. Check out the action below.   Q: Talk about yourself. Your books. What you’ve written so far. BR: I once went […]

Living and Writing on a Small Island by JP McLean

Denman Island is the place I call home. It’s one of the northern Canadian Gulf islands nestled between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island. We are ferry dependent with a population of 1100 and known for our breathtaking scenery and artistic communities. At just fifty square kilometres, you can drive around the entire island in […]

Words that Alter, Words that Pierce

Writing must pierce. Being a writer is like sitting on the table for your  first tattoo, or earring, or nose ring. The searing needle burning into your skin, the drop of blood a symbol of what you’ve done. Your body is forever altered.   And the way the world sees you has also changed. You’ve […]

A Utopia in Dystopia

One of the goals of Dystopian literature is to satisfy.  Satisfaction is where every “utopia contains a dystopia, and every dystopia contains a utopia”.  Ishleen Singh, an author and reviewer on Reedsy Discovery, used the word “satisfy” to describe the dystopian world created in Surrogate Colony.  She felt a sense of justice, or reward, for […]

The Little Ones

I used to have these weird experiences as a child. Maybe we have all had them. I haven’t confirmed, but have you? I would be sat in thought, usually in a closet, or gazing into the off-white walls of my room, and my mind would go somewhere; spiral down a mysterious rabbit hole into what […]

Guest Author: Rita Chapman

How a holiday in Egypt led to the Anna Davies Mystery Series!  I had always enjoyed writing – in school I wrote long essays and even made up a couple of little books for my youngest brother.  Over my working life I started a few chapters – but with no computer at home it was […]

Dystopian Education

The only way to truly be a teacher is to demand that students question. That’s until they ask teachers to stop teaching critical thinking. And that’s the exact moment when teachers all over the world, in classrooms or not, should start creating music, art, novels, poems, whatever. Let creation resist the forces of monopoly in […]

Dystopian Thoughts

Our belly buttons are our first scar. Today I had a small surgery on my belly button. Usually, I am nonchalant about scalpels, needles, and doctors, but this time there was a primordial, nervy fear around having someone carve my original connection to my mother. As I was waiting in the room, I was reading […]