My short story is eligible for the Nebulas

My short story, “For A Rich Man To Enter” (Intergalactic Medicine Show, May, 2018) is eligible for the Nebula Awards in 2019. I have posted my story in various places; now let’s see if anyone is interested in nominating it! I can’t nominate my own work, but I have been perusing the work of other […]

Saw a 1939 Yellow Pages from Dieppe!

Tracking down the Dieppe Yellow Pages from 1939 was tricky. I arrived too late on Friday to go to the town hall, but it was open Saturday morning—unfortunately, not the Archives. I had a bike trip planned for Monday, so I went on Tuesday, but was told they did not have…either this document, or the […]

Two week residency at Annaghmakerrig

Almost finished my two-week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. It has been glorious. I’ve met tons of new people, talked about art and writing, had a couple of readings and one tour of the artists’ studios, and even went to a local rural pub—one of the oldest in Ireland. I’ve amalgamated […]

And the Sunburst!

“The Beautiful Gears of Dying,” by Sandra Kasturi, one of the stories in Aurora-winning The Sum of Us, won the Sunburst for Best Short Story. The jury commented: “In a strong field with many outstanding stories, Sandra Kasturi’s “The Beautiful Gears of Dying” did for the jury what speculative writing does best, by using a […]

The Sum of Us Won the Aurora!

Spent last weekend at V-Con to attend the Aurora Awards, and The Sum of Us won for Best Related Work! Two years in a row! AND, one of our short stories, “Gone Flying” by Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, won in the short fiction category! YAY! Finally the wins are sweeter because the fields were very strong.

Talking to another author, David O’Keefe

Got in touch with author, David O’Keefe about his research into conditions underlying Canada’s raid on Dieppe. His book was a gold mine of information and inspiring for my novel, but what I wanted more on was the living conditions for the French in Occupied France—again, the tips he gave me were amazing. Little things […]

Background research close to home

So I thought I’d interview my sister and brother-in-law for their memories and past research (both are non-fiction writers) about early Alberta, and came up with another gold mine. I was interested in RCMP investigative procedures for a missing person in 1942, and of course, both having been National Park Wardens their entire careers, my […]

Research at the University

This week I interviewed Dr. David Bercuson, professor of history at the University of Calgary. Wow. What a ton of knowledge he has, and he was able to quickly grasp the intent of my questions and narrow his vast understandings to a comprehensive background and clear answers. AND he gave me some perfect resources to […]