Those Who Make Us Table Of Contents

Thrilled to have my Thunder Road ‘verse story “A Door in the Rock” chosen for Exile Publications anthology Those Who Make Us. I’ll talk a bit more about the story and how it came to be when we get closer to publication.

In the mean time, here’s a teaser:

A Door in the Rock

Very much looking forward to reading the rest of the stories that Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay selected.

  • “A New Bestiary” by Michal Wojcik
  • “Submerged” by Helen Marshall
  • “This Could Be Yours” by Andrea Bradley
  • “The Mermaid and the Prince of Dirt” by Angeline Woon
  • “Tyner’s Creek” by Nathan Adler
  • “The Shuck” by Andrew Sullivan
  • “Where the Seas Roll Up Their Thunder” by Kate Story
  • “Fostering Artistic Talent” by Andrew Wilmot
  • “TAKE TAKE TAKE” by Braydon Beaulieu
  • “A Door in the Rock” by Chadwick Ginther
  • “Black Thorns and Unicorns” by Rebecca Schaeffer
  • “Antony’s Arboretum” by Renee Salkikar
  • “The Rugaru” by Delani Valin
  • “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” by Dominik Parisien
  • “The Hairy Man” by Alex Renwick
  • “Vetala” by Rati Mehrotra
  • “The Outside Monster” by Corey Redekop
  • “As Worlds Collide” by Stephen Michell

Write On!

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My Ad Astra Schedule

The schedule for Ad Astra is live!  I love this con! This will only be my third year of attending, but it’s definitely worth the jaunt. I’ve made so many good friends there over the last couple of years. Can’t wait to see them!

Here’s where you’ll find me:

Aaron Lenk, Chadwick Ginther, Naomi Foyle

Saturday 1:00 pm Exploring Hybrid Publishing
Chadwick Ginther, Mark Lefebvre, MJ Moores, Sandra Kasturi, Sephera Giron

Chadwick Ginther, Sarah WaterRaven, Leah Bobet, Vanessa Ricci-Thode
Write on!

Music Monday: “Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers

Hitting the road again soon, and while I’ll be flying more than driving, I’ll definitely have the radio on.

Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive past the Stop ‘n’ Shop
With the radio on
I’m in love with Massachusetts
And the neon when it’s cold outside
And the highway when it’s late at night
Got the radio on
I’m like the roadrunner

Write on!

Creative Ink Festival Schedule

I can’t believe it’s only two weeks until my pal Sandra Wickham’s Creative Ink Festival kicks off! Guests of honour are Carrie Vaughn (I love her books!) and Galen Dara (an amazing artist!) and the festival keynote will be delivered by Robert J. Sawyer. Sandra’s assembled a very impressive trio for such a young festival. I’m sure it’ll be a great success. Memberships are still on sale until May 1st if you want to join in on the fun.

I’m stoked. I’ve only been in BC once before, so it’s cool to be heading back. I hope the festival doesn’t keep Sandra too busy that we can’t hang out (or talk about our collaborative novel **cough cough**).

Here’s where you’ll find me at Creative Ink:

Friday, May 6th

  • 6pm: Guilty Pleasures
  • 8:40-8:50pm Friday Night Group Reading

Saturday, May 7th

  • 10am: Creating Believable Characters
  • 3pm: How to Read with Ian
  • 5pm: When Setting Becomes Character

Write on!

Music Monday: Witch Of The Westmoreland By Stan Rogers

It’s been a while since I posted for Music Monday, kept meaning to, but a lot of the songs that were sticking around my head were ones I’ve already posted. Maybe it’s time to build a new writing soundtrack for my work in progress.

But!

I had a house guest a while back, and my pal Clare usually gets me thinking of Stan Rogers (for a lot of reasons, but mostly because he’s playing on her laptop whenever she’s out). In fact, I had a long rambling blog post about “Barrett’s Privateers” which I deleted, because I’ve already used that song! I suppose it would’ve been funny (and I often feel like a broken man on a Halifax pier) but it did get me digging a bit deeper into Stan Rogers’ catalogue than The Very Best Of…

This song is hardly new, but it was new to me, and I really dig it, and it’s definitely going to find its way onto one writing soundtrack or another.

Pale was the wounded knight, that bore the rowan shield
Loud and cruel were the raven’s cries that feasted on the field
Saying “Beck water cold and clear will never clean your wound
There’s none but the witch of the Westmoreland can make thee hale and soond”

Write on!

Too Far Gone Shortlisted For Two Manitoba Book Awards!

The awards in question: The Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher, and the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction!

Sadly, I won’t be able to attend the awards gala, as I’m on the program at Ad Astra in Toronto that weekend, but the indomitable Samantha Beiko has agreed to be my acceptee should I be fortunate enough to be honoured.

Congrats to all the nominees, and thank you to the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and Association of Manitoba Publishers for always putting on a great night. Here’s the press release, and full list of all nominees and categories.

Write on!

WINNIPEG, April 7, 2016 – This year we are awarding accolades, some small amount of fame, and over $30 000 to Manitoba writers, illustrators/designers, and publishers through the Manitoba Book Awards.

The writing and publishing industry is thriving sector of the economy in Manitoba and the Manitoba Book Awards strives to acknowledge the wit, the art, and the profound dedication of all of those who fill our pages with “made in Manitoba” literature.

This year’s shortlists exemplify the diverse talent that exists here in Manitoba. We can see in the words and lines of each shortlisted book an illustration of local lives and stories.

Join us in honouring the literary community of Manitoba at this year’s Gala event:

Life Lines | Lignes de Vies

April 30, 7-10pm

The Radisson Hotel Downtown, Ambassador Ballroom

Tickets: $10+agency fees, available at Eventbrite.ca

Une averse printanière de prix sur la littérature manitobaine :

Dévoilement de la liste des candidats aux Prix du livre du Manitoba 2016

Winnipeg, 7 avril 2016 – Grâce aux Prix du livre du Manitoba, nous félicitons des écrivains, des illustrateurs/concepteurs et des éditeurs, nous leur offrons aussi un peu de célébrité et leur octroyons plus de 30 000 $.

Le secteur de l’édition est une part vibrante de l’économie manitobaine et les Prix du livre du Manitoba s’évertuent à faire valoir l’esprit, l’art et le profond dévouement de toutes celles et de tous ceux qui couvrent nos pages d’une littérature typique au Manitoba.

Cette année, la liste des candidats révèle la diversité des talents d’ici. Les mots et les lignes de chacun des livres sélectionnés illustrent les vies et les histoires du Manitoba.

Retrouvez-nous au Gala où nous honorerons la communauté littéraire manitobaine :

Life Lines | Lignes de Vies

Le 30 avril 2016, de 19h à 22h

Hôtel Radisson du centre-ville, salle Ambassador

Billets : 10$ + frais, disponibles à Eventbrite.ca

Manitoba Book Awards | Les Prix du livre du Manitoba

Shortlists | Les Listes de candidats sélectionnés

Lansdowne Prize for Poetry | Prix Lansdowne de poésie

  • Calling Down the Sky by Rosanna Deerchild, published by BookLand Press
  • Monologue Dogs by Méira Cook, published by Brick Books
  • Niche by Basma Kavanagh, published by Frontenac House Poetry

Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards

Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition

Design Category

  • Exquisite Monsters by K.I. Press, design by Jamis Paulson, published by Turnstone Press
  • The Idea of a Human Rights Museum, edited by Karen Busby, Adam Muller and Andrew Woolford, design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press
  • The Land We Are: Artists & Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation, edited by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle-Hill and Sophie McCall, cover design by Sébastien Aubin, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books

General Illustrated Category

  • A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba: Exploring Canada’s Undiscovered Province by Bartley Kives, design and typography by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications
  • Warehouse Journal Volume 24, edited and cover design by Amanda Austin and Ainsley Johnston, published by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture
  • Wish You Were Here: Hand-Tinted Postcards from Winnipeg’s Halcyon Days by Stan Milosevic, design and typography by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications

Children’s Illustrator Category

  • Alexia Wants to Fly by Talia Pura, illustrated by Wai Tien, published by Lily Star Press
  • Fur Is Only Fur Deep by Julia Schettler, illustrated by Sarah Neville, published by Peasantry Press
  • Misaabe’s Stories: A Story of Honesty by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Irene Kuziw, published by Portage & Main Press

Graphic Novel Category

The Graphic Novel Category will be awarded for the first time in 2017. For the first year (2017) we will accept entries published in 2015 and 2016. In following years entries will only be accepted from the current publishing year.

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher

Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba

  • After Light by Catherine Hunter, cover design by Doowah Design, published by Signature Editions
  • Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration, edited by Robert Alexander Innes and Kim Anderson, cover photo by Thosh Collins, cover design by Marvin Harder, interior design by Karen Armstrong Graphic Design, published by University of Manitoba Press
  • Life Among the Qallunaat by Mini Aodla Freeman, edited and with an afterword by Keavy Martin and Julie Rak, with Norma Dunning, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press
  • The Road to Atlantis by Leo Brent Robillard, cover design by Jamis Paulson, interior design by Sharon Caseburg, published by Turnstone Press
  • Too Far Gone by Chadwick Ginther, cover design by Jamis Paulson, interior design by Sharon Caseburg, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

  • After Light by Catherine Hunter, published by Signature Editions
  • Last Known Whereabouts by Margaret Riddell, published by Margaret Riddell
  • Lessons from a Nude Man by Donna Besel, published by Hagios Press
  • Let Us Be True by Erna Buffie, published by Coteau Books
  • Nightwatching by Méira Cook, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction

Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et les essais

  • Decolonizing Employment: Aboriginal Inclusion in Canada’s Labour Market by Shauna MacKinnon, published by University of Manitoba Press
  • Letters to Brian: A Year of Living and Remembrance by Martha Brooks, published by Turnstone Press
  • The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada
  • This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States by Andrew Woolford, published by University of Manitoba Press
  • We’re Going to Run This City: Winnipeg’s Political Left after the General Strike by Stefan Epp-Koop, published by University of Manitoba Press

Beatrice Mosionier Award for Aboriginal Writer of the Year

Prix Beatrice-Mosionier pour l’écrivain.e autochtone de l’année

  • Chantal Fiola (Rekindling the Sacred Fire: Métis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality, published by University of Manitoba Press)
  • David Alexander Robertson (Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story,illustrated by Scott B Henderson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press)
  • Roland Vandal (Off the Ropes: My Story, as told to Carlene Rummery, published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc.)

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg

  • 100 Things Jets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Jon Waldman, published by Triumph Books
  • After Light by Catherine Hunter, published by Signature Editions
  • The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada
  • We’re Going to Run This City: Winnipeg’s Political Left after the General Strike by Stefan Epp-Koop, published by University of Manitoba Press
  • Winnipeg Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Top Chefs by Robin Summerfield, published by Figure 1 Publishing

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book

  • From the Barren Lands: Fur Trade, First Nations and a Life in Northern Canada by Leonard G. Flett, published by Great Plains Publications
  • Let Us Be True by Erna Buffie, published by Coteau Books
  • Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities: Restoring a Dangerous Orderby Shawna Ferris, published by the University of Alberta Press
  • We’re Going to Run This City: Winnipeg’s Political Left after the General Strike by Stefan Epp-Koop, published by University of Manitoba Press

John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer

Prix John-Hirsch pour L’écrivain.e manitobain le plus prometteur

  • Donna Besel
  • Jodi Carmichael
  • G.M.B. Chomichuk
  • Joanne Epp
  • Chantal Fiola
  • Alix Sobler

Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

  • Blue Vengeance by Alison Preston, published Signature Editions
  • Infinitum by G.M.B. Chomichuk, published by ChiGraphic, an imprint of ChiZine Publications
  • Kraken Bake by Karen Dudley, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press
  • Put on the Armour of Light by Catherine Macdonald, published by Dundurn
  • Too Far Gone by Chadwick Ginther, published by Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press

McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards (younger)

  • Alexia Wants to Fly by Talia Pura, illustrated by Wai Tien, published by Lilly Star Press
  • Fur Is Only Fur Deep by Julia Schettler, illustrated by Sarah Neville, published by Peasantry Press
  • InvisiBill by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, published by Tundra Books
  • Misaabe’s Stories: A Story of Honesty by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Irene Kuziw, published by Portage & Main Press
  • Nana and Me by Kathy Knowles, illustrated by Edmund Opare, published by Osu Children’s Library Fund

McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards (older)

  • Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B Henderson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press
  • Broken Stone by Gabriele Goldstone, published by Rebelight Publishing Inc.
  • Forever Julia by Jodi Carmichael, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction, an imprint of Great Plains Publications
  • Ghost Most Foul by Patti Grayson, published by Coteau Books

McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

  • After Light by Catherine Hunter, published by Signature Editions
  • Calling Down the Sky by Rosanna Deerchild, published by BookLand Press
  • Monologue Dogs by Méira Cook, published by Brick Books
  • The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada Books Inc.
  • We’re Going to Run This City: Winnipeg’s Political Left after the General Strike by Stefan Epp-Koop, published by University of Manitoba Press

 

April Goals

How’d I do in March?

  • Finish an article for Prairie Books NOW.
  • Keep my short stories out on submission
  • Write my next chapter in An Excuse for Whiskey.
  • Finish editing that December short story and get it out on submission.
  • Finalize an old grant.
  • Submit a new travel grant.
  • Submit a new novel pitch.
  • STRETCH GOAL: finish the first draft of a short story I’ve been working on.

Pretty happy with how March went, all things considered.

I turned my article in to Prairie Books NOW, a story about Jack Castle’s Bedlam Lost, which should be appearing in PBN’s Spring issue. It’s been a while since I’ve written for them, my schedule hasn’t cooperated the last several issues, so it’s nice the editor keeps asking me for work.

Finally finished revising that story I’ve been wanting to get to since December. Out the door, and good luck, buddy. While I was working on those revisions, I had some thoughts on how to fix the next fallow short story on my list.

Wrote not one, but two (maybe three) chapters in the first draft of An Excuse for Whiskey. Co-writer Sandra Wickham got her next chapter to me lickety-split, so I thought I’d do the same. The second chapter came in pretty long, almost twice as long as our usual lengths so we may split it in two, and give Sandra’s character something fun to do in the middle when we start editing this beast. We’re over 40K now, so it’s definitely a novel, and momentum also seems to be building as we zoom to the end of our outline.

Also turned in edits on a story I sold back around Christmas, which while not on the list, was a nice feeling. I’m pretty stoked for you all to be able to read this one. It’s in the Thunder Road ‘verse, but that’s all I’ll say for now.

I sent off my final report for an old Manitoba Arts Council grant, and they found my report satisfactory, so I can apply for the next round of grants. I think I have the perfect project in mind. On the grant note, I decided not to apply for the travel grant this time around. The extra money would’ve been nice, but between actually getting words down and trying to reorganize and declutter my house, something had to give. There will be other opportunities to apply for travel grants.

Other big news: I started writing my next novel! Can’t talk about it yet. But it’s the first one I’ve drafted from scratch since November 2013. Too Far Gone had many scenes already in progress, and was winding down a series instead of starting one up. It’s exciting, and things have been going well, I think. Will share what I can about this one when I can.

What’s on deck? A lot! April is a very busy month. What with ChiSeries hosting a reading and workshop, my leaving for the first of two conventions in back to back weekends 3000 kilometers apart, two events in my old stomping grounds, oh yeah, and taxes.

  • Keep my short stories on submission
  • Finish my taxes.
  • Revise and submit another short story
  • Prepare a presentation for a teen writing workshop (the same one I used to facilitate!)
  • Prepare for a reading and a school presentation in Morden and Winkler
  • Attend Ad Astra.
  • Write my next chapter in An Excuse for Whiskey.
  • Work on my the new novel project, and hit 30000 words so I’m on target to have first draft done by end of May.

Write on!