New Year’s Eve

Last January I wrote a short little vignette of Ted Callan’s New Year’s Eve for the Ravenstone Books website. If you missed it, here it is again.

Have fun out there tonight, play safe, and write on!

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One New Story And Two New Gigs: Three Fun Things Make A New Blog

So a few new things have been happening lately:

I’m leading ACI Manitoba‘s Teen Writing Workshop as part of their 16-19 year old mentorship program. I’ve been a guest speaker at the program twice, once as an author and once as a bookseller and it’s an honour to be taking it over from Anita Daher. I’ll be editing an anthology of their stories, and at the end of the program the students will be doing a public reading of their work. We’ve had one class so far and I’m enjoying it a lot. My students (it’s very weird to think that I have students!) are very keen and I’m looking forward to reading what they produce.

Also on the teaching front, I’ll be leading a fantasy writing workshop in Thompson, Manitoba in March. Details are still being firmed up, but I’ll post them as soon as I have them. I had a great time the last time I visited northern Manitoba (to do research for Thunder Road) and I’m very much looking forward to checking out a different corner of the north. Here’s hoping the weather co-operates!

Finally, my publisher asked for a blog post about Ted Callan’s resolutions for the coming year. Somehow, instead of a blog post, I ended up with a 600 word short story instead. It went live today, and I hope you’ll enjoy New Year’s Eve. (For those concerned about such things, there are maybe a couple small spoilers for Tombstone Blues in this one)

Write on!

New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Some many (many) moons ago, I set out on New Year’s Eve with a group of new friends who would become best friends. We drank enough that we forgot the words to Auld Lang Syne, and so instead, at midnight, we sang the theme song to the Spider-Man cartoon.

You know who you are and I will be seeing most of you tonight!

In the mean time, while you’re all counting the minutes until you trade your water for whiskey, enjoy some Tom Waits and remember to play safe out there, kids.