Raising Your Voice at Your Readers

People are familiar with the concept of tone of voice. Every story also has a tone, and the establishment and maintenance of a consistent tone in a work is important for its success. Imagine a happy-go-lucky kind of story that ends with the horrific and gory slaughter of all of the beloved characters with only the villain surviving in the...

Flashback: In Conversation with Anthony Bidulka

Sandra: Let’s start on background. Where did you grow up? Anthony: I grew up on a farm. I’m a farm boy. About an hour outside of Saskatoon. Spent all my years there until I went to university in Saskatoon. For me, as I think for a lot of kids from rural areas, you move to the city, you make your...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Stain of the Berry by Anthony Bidulka

Tanya Culinare dies after a series of strange events, leaving one to wonder if the boogeyman is real, and might come for you next. Culinare’s family want answers and turn to Russell Quant to find them. It turns out the strange experiences Culinare was having before her death are being experienced by some of her friends and family, and Russell...

Beverly Bambury, In Her Own Words

I have spent the past few months in active business development for Bronzeville Books, a business unit of Allied Gardner, LLC, an investment firm I founded in 1997 with the intent to exploit emerging technologies in media. I write to you now, from Hong Kong (HKSAR,) where protests concerning the economic rights of citizens are active and ongoing, often with...

Your Attitude Via Subtext

“Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character.” – Stephen Covey There have been many conversations about whether authors should share their political views, particularly in the past few years. One of the things that bothers me about even raising the question is that every person...

On The Grill: Nick Kolakowski on Storytelling, Social Media, and how Hurricane Sandy led to Maxine

Sandra Ruttan: Total geek writer question. You chose to segment this story and allude to missing gaps in Maxine’s history. Did you write those bits or outline what happened during those gaps?  Nick Kolakowski: I did not write those bits! But I know what happens during them. I’ve been trying mightily over the past few years to curb my impulse...

An Introduction to Tomorrow’s Article

Tomorrow, E.M. Lunsford returns to discuss how social media protects predators. It’s an important article. I have witnessed first-hand the kind of abuses that E.M. is writing about. The names may all be changed in the article, but I know who E.M. is referencing because I have actually seen the abuses with my own eyes. About a year ago, via...