Oct 10 2014

Living Life in the Present

Published by under MyLife,Vancouver

DSC_8251I just got back from a trip in British Columbia’s wine country, followed up by a party-every-day experience in New Orleans — not that you’d know any of that by following me here or on social media. More than ever, I’m just living life in the present — meaning the best I can give right now is an after-action-report.

Some highlights of the trip now that I’ve got some moments to jot down a few random notes:

    • I have a pretty ideal work-life balance — and since people often travel to Vancouver as a holiday destination, I always think it’s kind of funny when I go away to relax.
    • I do not have a very refined palette when it comes to wine — and I’m OK with that. I can tell a Merlot from a Shiraz, but I have no real sense for why one would drink one over the other at any given time. Pairings elude me. I’m a lot better at figuring out what I like when it comes to beer, as those who know me well can attest.

Trombone - New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Speaking of beer, if you’re down in New Orleans, try any of the Arbita brand of craft beers. You pretty much can’t go wrong. I especially liked the Andygator, but be forewarned, it’s strong stuff.
  • New Orleans isn’t nearly as dangerous as you’ve heard — at least around the French Quarter and the downtown streets next door. When I told people I was going, one of the first things I would invariably hear (from people who had been and folks who were just repeating what they’d heard) is “be careful”. Meh. Use common sense, be alert and don’t head down deserted side streets and you’re probably fine. I see as many sketchy folks on my way to the office every day in Vancouver as I did in Nola.
  • Nola is a word. Huh.


Now I’m back at work in Vancouver — or at least I was until 5 minutes ago. Looks like the Thanksgiving long weekend is coming up soon.

Like I said, nice work-life balance.

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Jul 06 2014

Summertime and the Living is Easy in Vancouver

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Folks who live in Vancouver tend to be here because of the lifestyle.

Enjoying the summer in Vancouver

That’s why I’m here.

Hope you’re having a nice summer too, people.

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Apr 02 2014

Pulpy Fiction

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Just signed a 4-book publishing deal with Permuted Press.¬†First up, a Cthulhu-esque pulpy sci-fi trilogy. After that, my bloody stab at the zombie genre will infect the literary universe. Fun times ahead. I’ll pass along more details soon as I can.

In the meantime, here’s a big thank you to my family, friends and writing colleagues who have had nice words for my writing over the years. In particular, I’d like to thank Rob Jones for helping me get back into the fiction-writing habit — and seriously kicking my ass to start shopping around my “Detective vs. the Slime Monster from Outer Space” book again until I found a publisher who said “yes”.

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Mar 28 2014

It’s After Midnight. Where the Hell Have I Been?

Published by under MyLife

Has it really been 3 months since my last blog post? Hell, I used to be one of the Vancouver Blogger Meetup organizers. You’d think I’d check in from time to time. I made a commitment to live in the moment a bit more in 2014, instead of reporting in — but I kind of miss these moments.

Big news update coming up in a bit, beyond the usual curatorial listing of my various writings. Stay tuned.

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Dec 25 2013

Merry Christmas

Published by under holiday

Enjoy a Christmas classic!

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