Category Archives: Literature

The Ego in Creative Projects

One of the central problems when dealing with a creative writer is that of their emotional investment in their work. They do not see what they have written as merely product, such as a snail and their shell, but rather … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Editing, Literature, Writing | Tagged , , | Comments Off on The Ego in Creative Projects

The Winter Solstice and Trying to Explain the Movement of the Sun

Many years ago I found myself trying to explain the movement of the sun during the winter to a class in Victoria, British Columbia, and ever since I have been struck by how cultural knowledge can be allowed or disallowed … Continue reading

Posted in Ancient Peoples, Culture, History, Literature, Teaching | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on The Winter Solstice and Trying to Explain the Movement of the Sun

How Using Academic Research is like being in an Argentinian Argument

Although many academics tacitly accept that research makes a paper stronger, they don’t exactly examine that premise. In fact, if the paper is well argued, and has evidence it has garnered from the primary text(s), other sources are superfluous. They … Continue reading

Posted in Literature, Teaching, Writing | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on How Using Academic Research is like being in an Argentinian Argument

Memory

I’ve been thinking about memory lately for the latest project that I am working on and it occurs to me that memory loss leaves very real and recognizable tracks, although they might not be what we expect. I tried to … Continue reading

Posted in Literature | Tagged , | Comments Off on Memory

Self-reliance and the Helping Hand

Someone asked me recently if my books were linked by a common trait and for a moment I found the question daunting. Then I leapt at the one attribute that they all possess, from my long poem to academic work … Continue reading

Posted in Code World, Literature, Post-Apocalyptic, Self-reliance, Solitude, Travel, Winnipeg, Writing | Tagged | Comments Off on Self-reliance and the Helping Hand

Something to Show for Each Year

I am frequently asked why I bother writing my various books. I don’t have a huge audience to satisfy like Stephen King or J. K. Rowling. In my case, my books sell sporadically and I don’t know there is a … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Literature, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Something to Show for Each Year

Textual Reality and the Phenomenological World

Although my friend’s daughter asked me one time if the story I had just told her was a “true story,” most people acknowledge—however reluctantly in the case of Harry Potter fans—that the characters in the stories they read are fictional. … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Literary Theory, Literature, Media, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Textual Reality and the Phenomenological World

To Build a Fire

In the public imagination, the skill of building a fire lies somewhere between the virtuosity of some online people (We can think of the man from the Primitive Technology channel) with their bow and drill, Jack London’s famous story (“To … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Literature | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on To Build a Fire

Fifty Shades and a Silo of the Publishing Industry

The so-called vanity press has changed little in the public imagination until very recently. Traditionally, paying to have your book published was seen as synonymous with junk novels and sentimental and self-indulgent poetry. The only route to acceptance by the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Culture, Editing, Literature, Social Media, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Fifty Shades and a Silo of the Publishing Industry

How We Write the Future

Whenever I think of writing about the future, I always remember those early writers of science fiction beginning in the forties and extending into the seventies, Heinlein and Asimov among them, who thought we’d be smoking in spacesuits, and that … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Literature, Singularity, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on How We Write the Future