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[sticky post] (no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2012|11:33 am]

JUNE 17, 2015. New writing website at




Catherine is a happy novelist, but a little strapped for cash, so the six-week job at computer software company Create and Conquer is a welcome chance to make some extra money. She meets the CEO, Lance MacCallan, on her very first day. He’s gorgeous, rich, admired by all around him, and a total bully.

But it’s not the attacks on her competence or the threats to fire her that have Catherine rattled. No, it’s when the CEO starts trying to convince her to go out with him that things get really unpleasant.

Available through Smashwords. The book can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, and can be downloaded as a pdf to your computer. $2.99 US.

Available through Amazon here:

DO NOT BUY THE PAPER VERSION! I ordered some copies for my own use, and it was a fiasco. I had to pay shipping costs to createspace directly, then had to pay a totally unanticipated second cash-on-delivery payment to the courier. The only reason I've kept the book available is so I can buy copies should I need them in the future.

A portion of the author’s royalties is donated to organisations working with survivors of abuse. Currently, the organisation is the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. Please follow the link to see the kind of work they do.

For a more detailed description of how I will be acquiring and donating the Coalition's portion of the royalties, see this post:

NOVEMBER 12, 2014. I lost control over the domain, and someone else is using it. Currently, the user seems to be a fashion blogger. Anything with the url of has nothing to do with me. When I finally get a website back up, it will be under

Heroes Reward Final

Edited February 4, 2013

You can read the book on this blog, through use of the tags, or I will email a copy of the book to you, in pdf, upon request.

E-versions are available through Smashwords and can be downloaded to a variety of e-readers, including kindle, apple i-pad, personal computers, i-phone, sony, kobo, android, and others. You have the option of getting it for free or paying if you want. If you choose to pay, you can pick any amount you want. It's here:

You can get it on Amazon for, and depending on the hour of the day you can buy it for anywhere from 80 cents to 99 cents. This is the amazon link:

This is the final book of the Heroes series. I hope you enjoy it.

Shield Dunleavy Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish have lived in Flown Raven for five years, protecting its residents from natural disasters and enjoying the lack of interference from both the council of the Triple S and the Emperor. When they are unexpectedly summoned to Shidonee’s Gap by the council, Lee and Taro learn that while they have been living at their isolated post, there have been a lot of changes in the world, changes that will drag them into unimaginable duties and unprecedented danger.

The list of short stories in the Triple S world is here:
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Heroes Short Story Master List [Oct. 22nd, 2020|10:56 am]

I've put most of the stories in a single pdf document. If you'd like a copy, send me an email at


I'm organizing the stories according to the timeline of the world, not in order of my writing them. The link to the most recently added story with be in bold.


A bit about the world’s history taken out of book one

Matching from Taro’s point of view

Tiny little snippet taken out of book one

Taro, early book one

Taro, early book one

Taro, between book two and three

Taro, book three

Aryne: First Day at the Source Academy (during end of book three)

Aryne: Second Day at the Academy (during the end of book three)

Aryne: Five Weeks at the Academy (during end of book three)

Taro: Early in book five

Triple S council, meeting, near the end of book five

Lee, shortly after book six

Letters to Lee and a story from Tarce's POV, between books six and seven

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven

New One-Off Characters, between books six and seven (other new characters

Lee, immediately after book six THIS STORY IS NO LONGER CANON COMPLIANT

Willa Newscomb, Lady Green, shortly after book six.

Decisions Part 1, Lee's POV, shortly after book six

Decisions Part 2, Taro's POV, shortly after book six

Letter from Mika to Lee about two years after book six

Roshni Radia, Wind Watcher, 3 years after book six

Another Dinner From Hell - scene cut from Heroes' Reward, Lee's POV
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(no subject) [Jun. 30th, 2015|08:03 pm]
A while ago, I saw a buzzfeed article about the differences between Americans, Canadians, and the British. All aimed with humour, of course. When it came to apologies, it was: British - when appropriate. Americans - almost never. Canadians - so often it's no longer an admission of guilt. Despite the fact that they actually showed a piece of the alleged legislation, I thought it was a mock-up, a joke. But no. Ontario, at least, actually has a piece of legislation called the Apology Act.


2. (1) An apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter,

(a) does not, in law, constitute an express or implied admission of fault or liability by the person in connection with that matter;

(b) does not, despite any wording to the contrary in any contract of insurance or indemnity and despite any other Act or law, void, impair or otherwise affect any insurance or indemnity coverage for any person in connection with that matter; and

(c) shall not be taken into account in any determination of fault or liability in connection with that matter. 2009, c. 3, s. 2 (1).

Also, the link to the article, "19 Things America, Canada, And The U.K. Cannot Agree On"
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2015|08:07 pm]
Today I went to the National Museum of Civilization in Hull to see, primarily, one of the copies of the Magna Carta, 1300 edition. ("Copy," in this case, means one of the seven that were made at the time.) Such a small document with such an enormous impact. It gave me chills. I'm such a geek.

I also saw the Charter of the Forest, which I'd never heard of before today.

To add to my bucket list: going to Durham Cathedral, England, which apparently has copies of everything that matters. And is in England. Going back to England, in general, has always been on my bucket list.

They had three manikins representing King John, a baron, and a peasant. You picked up a headset and the character would speak of the events from his or her point of view. The accents were hilarious.

I also went to the aboriginal exhibit, which is enormous. There was some gorgeous artwork that I would love to own. I was frustrated with the lack of explanations for a lot of it, though. If it's a mask, I can usually tell it's a mask. How about telling me what it signifies, under what circumstances it was worn?

I had been hoping to see more but those exhibits took so much time I had to cut out everything else. Definitely worth the trip.

I want to track down the person who designed the underground parking lot and order them to stop taking those drugs, right now. What a nightmare. Tight turns, rows that are far too close to each other, narrow spaces, and confusing signs that had several drivers ending up going down one-way passages and then having to back out of them. I was getting stressed out and I wasn't even driving. When I go back, I will park in the nice, sane Ottawa side of the river and walk over the bridge to the museum. It's a bit of a walk, but not exhausting.
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Not All Writing Advice is Good Writing Advice [Jun. 25th, 2015|12:18 pm]

Sometimes, awful writing advice is passed around. I'm not talking about writers saying, "The worked for me so it's a universal rule." I'm talking about advice that wouldn't work for anyone.

The following is called "200 Ways to Say "Says" on a site called The Writer's Handbook.

It's awful. There are some entries I use, such as "mocked" and "jeered." I can't imagine anyone using "made known" or "sermonized." Using "believed" in this context makes no sense.

I remember getting the advice to find replacements for "said," and striving to do so. I hated the effect and went back to "said," or tried to find ways to avoid using dialogue tags at all, through sentence structure and context.

The general consensus is that "said" is invisible while something like "chortled" is disruptive to the reader. I used "chortled" as an example because that word always makes me think of turtles. I have no idea why, but I doubt any writer wants my mind to go off to that place instead of staying with the flow.

This is where reading books is an important part of writing them. If one gets writing advice that isn't reflected anywhere in books one enjoys reading, that's a warning that the advice isn't spot on. That doesn't mean one can't try it, but one should be aware they are breaking a rule of thumb.
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(no subject) [Jun. 21st, 2015|09:13 am]
Yesterday was awesome. I'm not really much of a poolside person, I don't even have a swimsuit, but yesterday had perfect weather, and the pool was of a lovely temperature, in the quiet and elegantly furnished backyard of a very house proud woman. The company was fabulous. Nice food, nice wine. I could stand to have more of those days.

I finally got the edited team book manuscript back about a month ago - I don't know if I announced that - but haven't been able to work on it much because I got jumped on by other projects. That whole "You must write every day" rule? I laugh in the face of such rules!

Which may be one of the reasons I can't live off my writing, but moving on ...

While I'm still frustrated and annoyed that the editor completely blew off her promised timeline, I can't deny she does a thorough job. I am impressed to the point that I might hire her again, providing we clear up the timing issue with a more detailed agreement.

She is the third person to see this book, and I have been baffled that none of the three "got" an extremely important element of the story. I thought I made it so obvious. How could they miss this? What was I doing wrong?

This editor, while not getting it herself, pointed out a serious problem, which was a problem for multiple reasons, that I realised was the biggest contributing factor in the confusion. My plan was so obvious to me that I completely failed to describe something the way it should have been described, and that makes a huge difference.

I think I fixed it in the first paragraph in the book.
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Pathetic Puppies Continue to be Pathetic [Jun. 18th, 2015|12:54 pm]
Short history: A bunch of bitter, homophobic, sexist, racist writers have their boxers in a twist because their books aren't as popular as they think they should be, and they have decided to try to game the Hugos in order to have their favourites, many published by the same tiny publisher who is their sad little ringleader, nominated and hopefully win. What they did wasn't against the rules, but it was an unprecedented stunt with the intention of, and the result of, shutting everyone else's views out. Some of the people who were nominated by them - many weren't briefed on what was going to happen in advance - turned down their nominations because they didn't want to be associated with the pathetic puppies.

The ringleader has always had a bee in his fedora about TOR, and has frequently spewed some vicious crap about various people connected to TOR, including Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, top employees of the company, and John Scalzi, one of TOR's writers. John Scalzi recently got a multi-novel, $3.4 million book deal, which sticks in the ringleader's craw so, freaking, much. Heh.

Anyway, the ringleader has made the most asinine demands of TOR. He demands that TOR not only apologise on behalf of these and other people, some for pointing out that he's a homophobic, racist, sexist (this is the guy who thinks women shouldn't be allowed to vote) douchebag, some for merely doing stuff he doesn't like, but that TOR publicly chastise them for it. (Because, as Scalzi pointed out last year, it appears TOR is his dad.) If TOR doesn't do so by tomorrow, the tiny group of pathetic puppies will launch a boycott that, as they weren't buying TOR books anyway, will cost the company ten dollars.

Also, some writers the ringleader adores, like John C. Wright, are also published by TOR, but whatever. It's not like logic plays a part here.

There is an anti-boycott plan afoot. People are being encouraged to buy books from TOR tomorrow. I've never read anything by Scalzi, so I figure tomorrow is as good a time to start as any.
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The Value of Reading Different Sources... [Jun. 18th, 2015|08:56 am]
... and reading past the headlines.

The basic story is this: A writer, Tess Gerritsen, allegedly wrote a book that was the basis of the movie "Gravity." She sold rights to the book to a company that was later absorbed by Warner Bros., who are now refusing to honour the contract, so she's suing them.

I'm using two Canadian newspapers for this comparison.

The first is the National Post, which I don't read often - usually only if I'm going after different points of view about a particular event - because it's so right wing. Diane Francis is a regular contributor. This is the headline that they use: "Author whose book inspired Gravity denied $500,000 promised and royalties from the 2013 Sandra Bullock blockbuster."

If you read the article, you'd be forgiven for thinking there'd been some kind of weighing of evidence and a judge had said no. The journalist speaks of what a devastating decision this represents for writers.

The second is the Ottawa Citizen, which is my primary print newspaper. To be honest, it's not hugely better about this story, but it does have a significant difference. This is the headline" "Judge rejects Gravity lawsuit"

And the article, overall, does leave the impression of a court having said no to Gerritsen's claim, but buried in there is a single reference to Gerritsen's lawyer filing an amended claim. Why is that hugely significant? Because it implies that there was a problem with the drafting of the originating document.

Then, if you head over to Gerritsen's blog, you get this:

"The court has again granted me the opportunity to file an amended complaint, for which I am grateful."

You also get a lot of other stuff, like that her lawyers never got to make an oral argument - which is reasonable, if the original document was that flawed - and that the court ignored the similarities between the novel and the movie and focused on the corporate relationship. To me, that seems reasonable, but I'm not an expert in that area.

The first document making the complaint has to have all of the necessary components or it risks getting rejected. Different jurisdictions have different requirements. Do you remember that woman who appointed herself the representative of Jesus and god and brought a suit against gay people - not any particular gay people, all of them - and wanted the judge to decide of homosexuality was a sin? It was immediately thrown out - no oral presentations given - because the document was so flawed. No legitimate defendants, no statement about why the court had jurisdiction over the matter - it didn't - no description of damages, and no genuine remedy sought. The judge had the option of giving her the chance to rewrite it, but there was basically no saving it, so he didn't.

I don't know what's wrong with Gerritsen's complaint, but it appears there were technical problems, and she's allowed to file again. Since this is the second time it's happened to her, she might want to get new lawyers.
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New Website [Jun. 17th, 2015|09:42 pm]
I finally have the new website. It's rough, and I'm having a hell of a time with the images on the home page, but at least it's up to date.
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Review for the CEo Can Drop Dead [Jun. 10th, 2015|08:59 pm]
It's only three stars, but it's still complimentary, so I'm sharing it anyway. (Did I tell you I didn't expect anyone to like this book?)

Three stars is my default rating; this is a good solid book, neither poor nor outstanding. Moore does a good job of demonstrating how the kind of behavior illustrated in Twilight or Fifty Shades of Gray would look to a woman who has not been conditioned to connect abuse with love. Christine's temporary boss, a rich spoiled brat who isn't used to being told "no", keeps getting creepier and creepier as she tries to hold him at arm's length, and eventually moves into the realm of full-fledged stalking, both of Christine and of her friends. If the book has a flaw, it's that the ending seems a bit too optimistic -- having finally goaded Call-Me-Lance into reaching the end of his "stalker checklist", Christine thinks that leaving the company will be enough to free her. Historically, men like this don't give up that easily because they just can't stand to admit that they're not going to get that notch on the bedpost. Otherwise it's a good read, showing how having friends to give you a reality check can help you recognize and stand up to an abusive would-be lover.

Warning: this book may be very triggery for survivors of sexual/emotional abuse. Moore has done the research into how people like this actually behave and the tactics they use on their victims, and it shows.
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