Thursday, March 23, 2017



Interviews and Reviews: Connecting Christian Readers to Christian Authors


Interviews and Reviews: Connecting Christian Readers to Christian Authors is an interesting website. Kelly Miller's review of my book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure is at http://bit.ly/2mE8i0R  .

Monday, March 20, 2017

Can you write 200 words or less on cleanliness?

Maybe you'll be interested in this contest from PAPER DARTS magazine. All entries must be previously unpublished, 200 words or less, and on the theme of cleanliness. No fee to enter. Deadline: April 17, 2017. http://tinyurl.com/mm57awd

 

 

YesterCanada in Maple Creek, SK, "where past is present"

Maple Creek is a SW Saskatchewan town "where past is present." YesterCanada was featured in the Maple Creek News on March 7, 2017: http://tinyurl.com/lxh4whk . Megan Roth kindly wrote the article. Thanks, Megan. [Photo by Esther Martens]

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Okanagan Valley Writers Festival & historical books

Author Mona Leeson Vanek is also known as the Montana Scribbler. On a recent blog post, she kindly featured the upcoming Okanagan Valley Writers Festival [April 7-9] as well as my books Consider the Sunflowers and YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure. Here’s the link to her post: http://montanascribbler.com/2017/03/2017-okanogan-valley-writers-festival.html  .

 

Here’s the link to the Writers Festival https://okanaganvalleywritersfestival.com/ . It would be great to see you there.

free list of free Internet resources for writers

Mona Leeson Vanek writes about Montana history. She has also put together a huge free list of free Internet resources for writers. It's called ACCESS THE WORLD AND WRITE YOUR WAY TO $$$. It's worth a look. http://writersresourcesonline.blogspot.ca/ .

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

monsters & YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure

In the early 1600s, Micmac Aboriginal people told explorer Samuel de Champlain about a gigantic female monster who lived in Chaleur Bay between the coasts of what are now New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula. This grotesque creature was called the Gougou. The Micmac said she was so tall that the masts of Champlain's ship would not even reach her waist.

 

The Gougou's favourite food was people, according to the Micmac. She would often haul handfuls of canoe-men out of their canoes and stuff them into the pocket of a huge apron that she wore. Then she would retreat to an island where she would devour her prey with snorts and hisses and other noises too horrible to mention.

 

You'll be happy to know there's no creature as disgusting as the Gougou in Elma Schemenauer's book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure. However, YesterCanada does include "The Ten-Armed Monster of Newfoundland" and "A Moody Manitoba Monster," along with many other legendary and real characters from Canada's storied past. If you're interested, you could ask for the book in a store or library. Or order online from Chapters Indigo  http://tinyurl.com/jkuuje3 , Amazon.ca http://tinyurl.com/jjq5uy3 , or the publisher, Borealis Press http://tinyurl.com/hwn3m6x .

 

[Image by Walt Woodward, Flickr Creative Commons.]

 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

23 tips on how to fail as a writer

Hey, we don’t want to fail as writers. So we might want to take these tips seriously and try doing the opposite: http://blog.bookbaby.com/2016/09/how-to-fail-as-a-writer/