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Allaigna’s Cartography: mapping the Ilmar

I love maps of all kinds.  Old maps and new ones.  Perspective, topographical, nautical, astronomical, representational, decorative, and functional.  My dog-eared London A-Z, the iconic tube map, and the amazingly detailed 17th century perspective drawings of the city all form part … Continue reading

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Striking From the Saddle

This post was originally published on Academie Duello’s blog in April 2013, and is part of a series detailing the requirements for the Green Spur, or first rank of the Mounted Combat program. The final item on the Green Spur checklist … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal!

I know, I know, I’ve neglected this blog for months.  What can I say? I’ve been busy!  But this is pretty exciting … the beautiful cover for Allaigna’s Song: Overture painted by Melissa Mary Duncan with layout and font design by Kris Sayer.  I … Continue reading

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Brothers, Sisters, and Lullabies

With the Something Novel campaign in full swing, I thought maybe now would be a good time to share the first chapter of Allaigna’s Song: Overture for those who haven’t had a glimpse yet … Allaigna’s Song: Overture JM Landels … Continue reading

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Stella Ryman, a sleuth for all ages

Have I mentioned how much I love Mel Anastasiou’s Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries? Of course, I may be biased.  I was there when Stella was born, in Mel’s beautiful house on Bowen Island, overlooking the water, with … Continue reading

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How Not to Cut Your Horse

This post was originally published on Academie Duello’s blog in March 2013, and is part of a series detailing the requirements for the Green Spur, or first rank of the Mounted Combat program. The Eight Cuts, Contorted for the Saddle … Continue reading

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Pulp Literature: Something Novel

Yes, the rumours are true:  Pulp Lit is branching into novel publishing, and the first buds of this offshoot will be Mel Anastasiou‘s Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and my own Allaigna’s Song: Overture. This has been a … Continue reading

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Mounted Mechanics

This post was originally published on Academie Duello’s blog in March 2013, and is part of a series detailing the requirements for the Green Spur, or first rank of the Mounted Combat program. Last week we took a brief tour … Continue reading

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Getting Your Feet Wet

On Tuesday November 8th I’ll be giving a talk at the Royal City Literary Arts Society entitled ‘Getting Your Feet Wet‘.  It’s about submitting to literary journals and magazines as stepping stone in your writing career, but really, what does … Continue reading

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The Mounted Arsenal

This post was originally published on Academie Duello‘s blog in March 2013, and is part of a series detailing the requirements for the Green Spur, or first rank of the Mounted Combat program. Swordplay Knowledge: mounted weaponry Aside from knowing … Continue reading

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