Watercolours for sale

I’ve finally update my website and listed a selection of my most recent paintings for sale. All are shipped flat, unframed, via Canada Post Xpresspost, within Canada only. As I create new paintings, I’ll add those. And as paintings sell, they will be listed as Private Collection, but will remain as part of my portfolio. You can either go directly to my Art page, or click on any of the images below. If you have…

A new novel!

Cry it from the rooftops! It’s only taken me five years to write, which by comparison to other novels I’ve written is positively light-speed. But at long last I’ve finished The Rose Guardian.  This novel is a bit of a departure for me, in that it’s not fantasy, historical or even science fiction. The Rose Guardian does slide comfortably into magic realism, but is most definitely mainstream. What have I done, you say? Well, I’ve written what I…

New personalization feature for print books!

Great new feature available My printer now offers a great new feature which allows personalization of any individual print book. So excited about this. When you order any of my books through this website, you can opt to have your book personalized. All you have to do upon checkout is fill in the message you want to appear, whether you wish me to digitally sign the book, and that information then will appear in your…

Tomato Salsa

It’s September, and that means an abundance of succulent, savory-sweet, drip-down-your-chin tomatoes. One of my favourite pleasures is to be in the garden, weeding, harvesting, and to pick a tomato from the vine, bite into that wonderful fruit warm from the sun, and just let all that flavour burst in my mouth. It feels sinful. And isn’t. Among my many tomato strategies is to make salsa, which I often ended up using not just as…

Review: The Inheritance Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin

The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 5 of 5 stars It would appear there is a new star in the celestial body of my favourite authors, and that is N.K. Jemisin. Having been impressed with her Broken Earth trilogy, I was curious about her other works, and delved into The Inheritance Trilogy. I am very glad I did. Here is a fantasy unlike any other. Jemisin, who has now received three Hugo Awards,…

The health side of writing

It is no secret I’m obese. Have been most of my life but for a few years between the ages of 14-23. Yes, yes, I know many of you will say TESTIFY, or IF YOU’D ONLY WATCH WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH, or, YOU SHOULD EXERCISE. And it will do no good for me to say I’ve done all of that. Over and over. It is the sad litany of so many of us who battle bodies that just want…

Civil Liberties

For your reading pleasure, a short story I penned a little while ago I thought I’d share here, just for you. Civil Liberties The first time I ask Mom for my own neural link she says, “No, son. Isn’t gonna happen.” “But, Mom, it’s not like – ” “Dulal, not open for discussion.” I thought she’d at least ask me why. I watch her for a bit. I feel weird. I want her to listen,…

We’re cooking again!

Either Friday or Saturday evening Gary and I plan a special evening: yummy food, music or a movie. This week my culinary adventures took me to Ontario organically raised lamb, and domestic salad. I give you: Spicy honey marinated lamb chops, along with kale and blueberry salad the Lamb 4/person lamb loin chops The Marinade (for service for two) 1/2 cup Ontario honey 3 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon chili flakes (or fresh chili,…

Yes, yes, I know I never call you

It’s been a month and nothing but silence from me, I know, I know. But despite the fact I can talk to a crowd of hundreds and not bat an eye, in fact never shut up, creating blog posts is more intimate, like having a phone conversation, or curling up in comfortable chairs and chatting. I detest the phone. And in fact I detest having to talk. Out loud. That’s what a blog post is:…

Catfish Ceviche

Summer Dining with Catfish Ceviche When it looks like it’s just going to be too hot to cook, either on the range or the barbecue, a little forethought can provide you with a deliciously savoury and cool dinner. In this case, the main event is ceviche, a quick-pickled fish concoction which is purported to be as old as 2000 years in Peru, but more likely of Moorish origins when Spanish conquistadors colonized the area. However,…