Archive for February, 2010

Dragon boats

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Dragons in the Water was released yesterday by Midnight Showcase Publishing. The story is a fictional account about dragon boats and I tried to put some humour in it based on the experiences I had as a dragon boat paddler. I really enjoyed my time in a dragon boat and met many wonderful people. My wife Laurie still is part of the River Rats Dragon Boat team and that helps me stay in contact with many of the members. So this story is my tip of the hat to those who put their energy into dragon boating and for letting me a part of it. I hope all those who are involved in the sport enjoy the story.

The dragon boat story took me away from working on Castle 3, The New King. I’m about halfway through on that story and will focus my efforts on finishing it. I had some delays due to some renovations our home but they are now done so I will have a bit more free time to write, though this week I am pouring wine in Calgary at Winefest. I’m at table 20 if you’re down there and would love to say hello to you.  

Story flow

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

One problem all writers have is making sure a story flows properly. As an author sometimes we want to change the pace of a story so that it fits in with a change in the action. However, and I speak as a reader myself of a lot of books, sometimes the flow or pace is sudden and we are caught unaware. We trust ourselves as writers and our editors to catch those mistakes, but it is something that can happen to the best of us.

For myself, I rarely try not to force myself to write when I’m tired. That leads to errors and dull writing. I like to write when I can do a large section at a time and I find it’s much easier keeping the story flow continuous.

I have a new story coming out at the end of the month. “Dragons in the Water” is scheduled for release in the third week of February by Midnight Showcase. It is a humorous look at dragon boat races through the eyes of Harry Webster, a reporter for a local paper. He discovers an old friend of his, Sheldon, has joined a dragon boat racing team. And as Harry knows, wherever Sheldon is, there is trouble and a mystery.