The End – Writer’s Grief

You’ve written those two lovely words: the end. For some writers, the time is one of celebration—look at what I’ve accomplished! I finished my book! You know only ten percent of writers who begin a book finish it, right? It’s time for the Snoopy happy dance! But … what if it’s not? What if, instead of feeling like celebrating, you feel sad? If you do, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. I want to state that up front. Unequivocally. For those of you who don’t, let’s take some time to exercise that vaunted writer’s empathy, and see if we can’t…

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The End – Ending and Beginning

A beginning is an ending, always. That quote is from the short story Satan’s Children, by Spider Robinson.  It is, in fact, the very first line, and possibly the best first line ever written.  I mention this because I got to tell Spider that, the very first time we met, and that was the beginning of a thirty-year (so far) friendship.  I love that line, not just for its elegance, but for the sheer truth of it. The thing is, there’s often a transition period between the two states when pain makes it hard to tell much of anything. Birth…

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The End – The Unexpected Gift

I remember exactly where I was when I got the news my older brother Doug had died. It was the Monday of Labor Day weekend, 2011. I was at my home, a 28-acre forested property in Mulmur Township, southeast of Collingwood. The telephone rang, and I answered. It was my eldest brother Peter calling to tell me Doug had passed away earlier that morning. The news both did, and did not, come as a shock. After having a stroke-like memory loss one August day in 2010, Doug spent some time in the hospital before being diagnosed with an aggressive form…

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Warpworld V: Forbidden Revelations is here!

A mysterious realm where thoughts can kill, an ancient race of dimensional travelers wiped from history, a deadly secret responsible for the death of worlds, and the return of a primal enemy… At last, the answer to the question, “When will the final Warpworld book be out?” is…NOW! This one was more than a labour of love, it was a labour of sweat, tears, and some choice curse words. Very choice. But we’re excited to give you the final chapter in Seg and Ama’s story and we hope you’ll be excited too, and maybe a little surprised. We have some…

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You Are Invited To: A Pity Party!

Date: Right now and for weeks to come Place: In Kristene and Josh’s brains Theme: Working on the second draft of the final book of the Warpworld series, which has to be AMAZING and answer a lot of questions and also be entertaining and…oh good gravy, what have we done to ourselves??? *cries* Dress: Casual. Like, we mean, why even bother getting out of your pajamas since you’re going to be in front of your computer screen all day–that’s how casual. Food: Whatever can be eaten with no preparation eg. sunflower seeds, last night’s pizza, something you spilled on your…

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Final Storm is Here!

Warpworld Vol. IV, Final Storm is…out, published, launched, ready to read, done like dinner, and looking for a few good readers! Do you have any idea how long we’ve been waiting to say that? Well, I guess you do. So without further ado, here are all the spots you can get your hands on a copy right now: Amazon (paperback) Amazon (Kindle) Kobo Barnes & Nobel (Nook) iBooks Inktera There are a few more vendors to come and, sorry non-US folks, it will take a bit longer for the paperback to show up on your Amazon site. <insert obligatory Canadian…

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The Truth Inside the Lie

"Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists." – Stephen King, IT If there’s one question writers of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their many sub-genres are asked by readers it is likely some permutation of "How do you make all this stuff up?" While all writers of fiction, by definition, make stuff up, it is far easier to understand the origin of stories that take place in the world we know. But when the stories involve strange lands, creatures, magic, or even alternate versions of our own…

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The State of the (Warped) World

There is no such thing as a hiatus for Josh and I anymore. Even while Warpworld was getting ready to extrans to the real world, we were hard at work on the second book. Now that that manuscript is off to the copy editor, we paused long enough for some well-earned high-fives, then got right to work on outlining the third book. So, in case you’re wondering where we’re at, the second book is being copy edited, we’re working on things like the cover art and various blurbs, discussing an audio book version of Warpworld, and outlining the third book.…

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