Muskoka Novel Marathon FLIPBOOK movie

I’m getting excited about the upcoming Muskoka Novel Marathon. It’s a great experience, writing non-stop for 48-72 hours. One of the best things I ever did as a writer. This year will be Marathon #3 for me. I wanted to share a link to the FLIPBOOK movie that was made about the marathon. This showed on Canadian television on the Bravo channel. It’s made entirely of stills:

“An animated short about the Muskoka Novel Marathon, this Stone by Stone Production supported by Bravo!Fact was conceived by Bruce Pirrie and Sue Kenney, shot on over 12000 photos by Darren Lum, and assembled by Vanessa Shaver and Matthew Krist. Support Literacy!”

Visit the new MUSKOKA NOVEL MARATHON website. You can find it in my blogroll.


2010 Muskoka Novel Marathon – July 16-19, 2010

It’s that time again!

Every July the Muskoka Literacy Council hosts the Muskoka Novel Marathon. This is a benefit that raises funds and awareness for the literacy council. It is also a HUGE benefit to the writers who take part in the marathon. We get locked in for 3 days and write like crazy. At the end of the weekend, those who wish to submit their manuscripts to the marathon contest are encouraged to do so. The manuscripts get sent to industry judges and Best Novel awards are handed out in the fall. This is win, win. The writers get to raise funds to help support the council and the council offers us a friendly active atmosphere in which to do the thing we love to do—create big brave new worlds of fiction!

Visit the Muskoka Novel Marathon website.

I will be heading up for the marathon again this year. I took last year off, as I was preparing for my December writing program in Kenya. But this year, I made sure the dates were free. It’s such an amazing event…such an opportunity, that I really couldn’t imagine missing another year!

Upcoming Poetry Publications

I will have a few poems published online in the near future. Look for them here:

HAZARD CAT will feature ‘Postcards from the Road‘.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE POETRY MAGAZINE will feature ‘Masai Adumu at Keekorok‘.

EVERYDAY POETS will feature ‘Whispers of Sandburg from a Poet Now Silenced‘.

BLUE SKIES POETRY will feature ‘Miramichi Remembered‘.

All should be posted either this month or next month.

Also, Newfoundland’s Memorial University’s PARAGON JOURNAL 3 is due to hit the shelves soon. I have 3 poems in the issue – ‘Newfoundland,’ ‘Queen Street Turnaround,’ and ‘You of Two Spirits‘.

Masai Adumu at Keekorok


Their voices lift
like gazelle in fright,
swell your insides
to heights that burst
and bleed in rivers red.

Their screeches
hit that place inside,
cracks it into pieces,
that place you did not know,
you did not dream you carried.

Their dance beckons,
screams your name
and you are left in tatters,
feeling loss of life,
your old life slips away,
you lift with every jump and neon yelp,
to stretch yourself complete.

Their red shúkàs sway,
entice ancient longing,
scream to all who are present,
we are, we are,
we are Masai.

WCDR Wicked Words Book Launch!

I will be attending the Wicked Words Anthology book launch at J.P. Fitzpatrick & Son restaurant in Whitby, Ontario on Monday May 17th, 2010. The event takes place between 7:00pm-9:00pm. I will be reading from my short story, Rabacheeko, which I have published in the anthology.

WCDR Wicked Words Anthology

The Wicked Words anthology is the result of the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region’s Wicked Words Prose Contest. My story received an Honorable Mention in the contest and was included in the anthology.

The contest winners are as follows:

First Place – Dorothy Sjoholm

Second Place – Mary Cundy

To see more about the book launch, visit the WCDR website. You must R.S.V.P. ahead of time.

WCDR WICKED WORDS BOOK LAUNCH!

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