Jessica Fraser in Fungi Film Festival 2022!

Jessica’s in the 2022 Fungi Film Festival. It’s her third year in this fun, and quirky film festival. Her piece is called “Heaven” and features her own animating, cinematography and writing. #StudentFilmmaker! Streaming costs about 9$ and you can watch it for a day on Vimeo at streaming is at

UBC outdoor fireplace at Great Dane’s Coffee

Also, some great snowfall pictures and a gingerbread house from #GreatDanesCoffee where I awaited J as she finished an exam on Saturday.

Kerrisdale horse and wagon rides!

Snow day

Christmas Movie Vibes

Decorated doors downtown

I spent this weekend downtown in Vancouver, did the holiday gathering from my day job, met friends for the Christmas Market and bought gifts, and went down to shop today. There’s a great holiday feel downtown at this time of year. The Bay had a Santa! There’s a huge Christmas tree in front of the Art Gallery. Lots of trees and lights. I decided to take some photos for a vision board for my Xmas movie idea. I’m combining my knitting idea called “Pull the Wool” with the format and settings of a holiday movie.

November 27, 2022

I’ve been thinking again about issuing a small book of my previously published short stories and poems. It would be more or less a labour of love because I doubt that it would sell widely. However, a lot of my friends have shown interest in it.

If nothing else, as a testament to small magazines that featured work over the years. I challenge anyone, for example to find issues of that Sudbury, Ontario SF magazine that I had two short stories in during the 1990s. Don’t know whether I will or not. It could be a fun project to get me into the big world of Amazon and how to do a future novel or series.

November 20, 2022

A beautiful Autumn day today. Took a walk to a local coffee shop and sat down with the notion that I’d create a new story. The beauty of settling down somewhere outside my house is the lack of distractions. I did create the story idea, so the trip was a success. I must now write it up. Then there are the revisions, but to get the whole idea is a win.

November 2022

As the weather gets worse, and the garden is done for the year, I’m devoting more time to my creative writing.

I’m also cutting down my social media – to one twitter not three and trying Mastodon, which is super new.

On Mastodon – as or

Now that my friend, the heart patient, has moved back to his home, I know my concentration and certainly my time for writing will improve. I’m not committed to NaNoWriMo this year either because I’m getting over my first post-Covid cold, which was a bad one.

Wordos has been great – I’ve written two flash stories directly due to their quarterly challenge. I’ve also gotten terrific feedback on other stories that I can use to get them into great shape.

Writing Life

It’s hard to get time to write, but it’s also hard not to write 🙂 because I have so many ideas and projects to work on.

Currently, I’m working on an idea for our Wordos Halloween party – we each write a flash fiction piece and read it out during the meeting.

It’s fun and a challenge. Much of writing is puzzle-solving, I find, although I do love using language, creating metaphors, etc.

For this challenge, we get 1000 words and three prompts, one of which or all of which we can use.

My story is going to be called “Shambolic Manor”… and more on that once it’s done!

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Writing for TV & Film – For Apex

Writing for TV & Film presentation covers for APEX Writers Group 2022

I just finished two Saturdays of presentations for the APEX writers group. This is a great group of mostly science fiction and fantasy writers who are trying to learn to be better at what we do. I’ve met a lot of new friends in SFF who are, like me, interested in getting better at their creative writing.

My presentations were on Writing for Film and TV. The first one was about the field in general, answering a lot of questions about ‘who’s who’ and what ‘pitching’ is. The second presentation was on how to turn a short story into a script.

For those interested in being part of APEX, you find them at Originated by David Farland, an award-winning writer of fantasy and science fiction, the group continues on after his passing, providing encouragement, motivation and learning opportunities for members.

Finalist WOTF #39 Quarter 1 2022

WOTF #39 Quarter 1 2022 finalist win

So pleased to announce that I am a Finalist for the Writers of the Future, Vol 39, Quarter 1, 2022 competition!

It’s the highest level I’ve achieved, and means I was in the top 8 for this quarter.

–> WOTF blog