Happy New Year!
Time to raise a toast to the great year that was 2015.
I got into the groove and kept a good cadence by writing at a coffee shop while taking the girl to her dance classes a few nights a week. The absolute highlight was getting more involved in the local writing community and making some tremendous new friends.
- Write Club, Noir at the Bar, IFWA, AWCS, Calgary Crime Writers, Owls Nest Events
- A glorious spring weekend at a writing retreat at Baker Creek
- When Words Collide
- Stories published in the nEvermore! and AB Negative anthologies, Opal POV e-zine
- In Places Between short story contest honourable mention
- Thirteen short stories, eight pieces of flash fiction, two race reports, lots of blog entries, lots of book reviews, and significant progress on three different novels.
Even with a chest infection that knocked me out for three months, I managed a lot of fantastic miles on the trails.
Some race highlights:
- Gord’s Frozen Ass 50 (ass still frozen)
- Eyeball the Wall
- Squamish 50 (my knees still hate Steve)
- Lost Soul Ultra (12 hours of heat and hills)
- Last Chance Half
2016 is wide open and I need to make most of it. I’ll try and get a follow up post on some goals and plans, but the theme, as always, will be ‘Relentless Forward Progress.’
Book of the Week/Month/Variable Time Period
Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond by Jayne Barnard
Madeleine Main-Bearing, aka Maddie Hatter, has fled a privileged upbringing to forge an unfettered destiny on her own wits and merits. In a world steeped in the grandest steampunk tradition, Maddie mingles with daring adventurers, stumbling detectives, secret societies, and high fashion socialites to investigate the mystery of a missing Baron and make a name for herself as a front page reporter with her very own byline.