“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 […]

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 […]

Writer’s Block (Party!)

Writer’s Block: a vast concrete edifice, one square mile in size and rising countless not-quite-finished stories into the dazzling sky of Silent City.  The enticing red light district known as Muse Mews is just down the street, but there’s always construction going on between it and the Block, so it’s actually pretty hard to get […]

On being an Alberta writer

I have a complicated relationship with the place I live. I was born in northern Alberta, I’ve lived in one place or other in the province all my life, and I don’t really see myself moving elsewhere. But I’ve always felt out of place here, to some degree. Growing up in the oil and gas […]