A Gift Idea for the Impossible-to-Buy-For Person In Your Life

Original artwork by Dar Albert, Wicked Smart Designs When I first started writing for Ellora’s Cave, way back when, the covers they gave me for my books sucked like a vacuum. I’m not being mean. They really did suck.  In those days, the new electronic publishing industry didn’t understand how critical covers were for

2018-10-24T14:20:44+00:00Friday, October 26, 2018|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , |

Western Australia Day

Another anniversary date I didn't want to omit acknowledging. Western Australia Day was called Foundation Day when I was a kid, and we always had special assemblies on the day.  The name was changed to Western Australian day in the 1990s, after I left Australia, as the old name had come to be considered insensitive

2018-06-02T14:40:18+00:00Monday, June 4, 2018|Categories: Interesting Settings, Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , |

You THINK You Know Someone…

  This weird little factoid made me pause: Abraham Lincoln is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, because he only lost once in over 300 matches. Wow. Commenting as a non-American, I have to say that is not the usual image of Abraham Lincoln that seeps across the national borders.  The man clearly had

2018-03-06T07:10:12+00:00Wednesday, March 7, 2018|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , , , |

A New Skill Set to Make Life Interesting.

I love cracking open a new program and getting to know it.  Playing around with the buttons and menus and figuring out how to get the program to do what I want is enormous fun.  It scratches my curiousity bump and taps my creativity in completely different ways from story-telling. Most people I know can

2018-02-22T16:34:00+00:00Saturday, February 24, 2018|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic, My Life|Tags: , , |

Do You Avoid Books With Certain Covers?

Author Catherine McKenzie ranted a few days ago about covers on books, in her post "Why Do Books Written by Women Get Such Audience-Limiting Covers?".  The post was written primarily for authors, and in it she proposes that, as the title suggests, women authors' book covers are designed in such a way that tags them

2016-10-03T17:56:16+00:00Tuesday, October 18, 2016|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: , , |

Bigger Than Some Cities.

You may have heard about the wildfire burning in Alberta, Canada.  You may not have realized it's only four hours north of where I live.  Most of the refugees are landing here in Edmonton, and many people I know are spontaneously helping out in whatever way they can.  One of the most heartbreaking things about

2016-05-07T07:04:59+00:00Wednesday, May 11, 2016|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic|Tags: |