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?

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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

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Enjoy a Christmas classic!

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Dec 23 2013

The Pope Presses the Self-Destruct Button on Religion

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Catholicism, anyway, assuming this MSN News report in the week of Christmas can be believed:

The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made his comments in the homily of his morning Mass in his residence, a daily event where he speaks without prepared comments.

He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus.

“Even them, everyone,” the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. “We all have the duty to do good,” he said.

It may seem like a throw-away comment. But his remarks are a startling admission on two counts:

1) You don’t have to believe in God to get your reward — if you even believe in that sort of thing. Be a good person and you’ll be rewarded (though not with heaven, I hope. Seems like an awfully boring place).

Of course, it’s a condescending kind of remark (ie. Even if you don’t think you’re in our Christian club, you are — and you will be redeemed by the Son of God whether you like it or not. You’re welcome to your non-believing delusion, do-gooder atheist person).

2) You don’t have to have faith to do good. Anyone who’s given this a moment’s thought should already know this, but a surprising number of human beings don’t get it. Belief in God doesn’t equal being a good person. Being a good person requires good acts, not prayer. You can help an old lady cross the street, be kind to animals and volunteer at your local hospital without ever giving God or religion a thought. Moral behaviour is a separate thing from religious behaviour.

Well, that’s pretty much the whole ball game. In one fell swoop, the Pope has removed any incentive for anyone Catholic or considering Catholicism to ever spend another second on religion.

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