Monthly Archives: February 2017

Almost over

I’m part way through my 2nd last course in my Creative Writing program at the University of Toronto. Currently taking Novel Writing – Master Class. In May I’ll be registering for The Final Project. Wooooo

Whatever will I do with my time once that’s done? I’m sure I’ll find something to take.

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Valentine’s Day

February 14 first became associated with romantic love thanks to Chaucer, but according to legend, when Saint Valentine was in prison, he healed the daughter of his jailer, and before he was executed, Saint Valentine sent the girl a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

For some, February 14 is better known as the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. In 1929 seven men were gunned down by Al Capone’s gang in an attempt to rub out  “Bugs” Moran.

Now Valentine’s Day is a day for giving and receiving cards and chocolates and having romantic dinners. So what are you planning on doing today? Plan something romantic? Write a poem? Maybe visit 2122 North Clark Street, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago’s North Side and see where Capone’s gang spread a little red?

valentine  valentines-wall

Geoffrey Chaucer

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GenreCon 2017

This past weekend I passed the time away at a ‘booth’ with three other authors in Guelph at the Holliday Inn.  It wasn’t the most crowded event I’ve been to, but I sold some books.

The entertainment was pretty good, even though it wasn’t planned by the event coordinators. Quite a few people came dressed as their favourite Sci-Fi or Anime character, and I’ll admit I had to keep asking my table-mates who they were. I recognized Darth and the Troopers, and Leia, and there were two apes from The Planet of the Apes. The rest ???? I think one might have been Rey Skywalker. Had fun with a Jawa, or maybe she had fun with us.  Also think a Tusken made an appearance.

jawa tusken

Dr. Who was there, but I had to ask. Don’t watch it. I did recognize Cruella de Vil. Still trying to figure out who/what this is.

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On a  high note, The Myth Hawkers Travelling Bookstore now carries my two books. Thank you Pat. 🙂

 

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