“I hate it here.”

The other day one of my writing students said casually, “I don’t set any of my stories in Edmonton because I hate it here.” I was surprised, not so much about the expression of hate as the fact that she wouldn’t write about the place where she lives. A lot of Edmontonians like to grumble […]

Machine vs Snot-Monster

 a story for Ray Bradbury   The boy said to the machine, Tell me a story. The boy had a cold and had to stay home from school that day while his parents were at work. The machine looked after the boy. It filtered the air and regulated the temperature inside the home so that […]

Story vs Plot

When I was starting out as a writer, one word that bothered me more than any other was PLOT. I knew a story had to have a plot (well, most stories I liked seemed to have one). But I wasn’t good at coming up with them, and that weighed on me. Whenever I sat down […]

Will Lightfoot

Will Lightfoot is a boy from our world. He has dark wavy hair, brown eyes, and stands about five foot four. His birthday is August 6th and his full name is William Joseph Lightfoot. He is the son of Jack and Rose Lightfoot. Joe is a welder and mechanic. Rose was a gardener and a […]

Nightbane

Nightbane is the collective word for beings from the shadow side of Story. They have also been called “Banefolk,” although some scholars object to the term “folk” as being too nice and neighbourly for creatures known to perpetrate acts of horrific violence. Nightbane include such familiar entities as goblins, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, some giants (not […]