For police, a hate crime involving property would require the commission of the mischief to be based on bias, prejudice or hate based on religion, race, colour or national or ethnic origin. But Dominique Smith can’t get equal protection under the law because witchcraft isn’t a “real” religion. Read more

Right now, while I am enjoying what is, for me, an ordinary day, women are routinely murdered all over the world for daring to claim these rights which I blithely take for granted. How little I appreciate my blessings. Read more

Since I decided to publish my Wyrd West Chronicles as a self-published serial before I take it to print, I have discovered a whole world out there in the indie author community that I was not expecting, and it’s awesome! Read more

A few years ago, when I still owned a metaphysical shop, we used to have an open event once a month that we called “The Medium, the Witch and the Shaman.” My friends Lois Gueret (the Medium) and Victoria Willard (the Shaman) and I would propose a topic and invite people to come and discuss it, from our various perspectives. Read more

On Sunday, March 12, I’m hosting a Facebook event to bring Pagan fiction writers and readers together. Read more

When terrorism strikes in Canada, we hold vigils. We cry a lot. We get angry. We defend each other. And then we go back to work and get on with our lives. The truth is that a terrorist of any stripe is just a lunatic with a gun, trying to force us to do what we know is wrong. Read more

Too Wyrd is is a fabulous romp that is at times funny, exciting, and even a little scary, that comes across something like Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files meets American Gods. Read more

The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard My rating: 2 of 5 stars Read for the Apocalypse Now! Reading Challenge and the SF Masterworks Reading Challenge. Method of the world’s destruction: fluctuations in solar radiation melt the polar ice caps, causing massive flooding in most of the world’s major cities, rising heat, and heavy rains that make the equatorial belt uninhabitable. This was definitely not my favourite of the SF Masterworks collection. It’s my first acquaintance with the writing of J.G…. Read more

This book is part of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, and it runs concurrently to Oryx and Crake, which I read and reviewed earlier this year. As others have observed, it suffers by comparison, but that’s probably not fair. If it were taken entirely on its own it would have been mind-blowing, but because we already know so much of the story from Oryx and Crake it’s merely awesome. Read more

It grieves me deeply to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher, whose humour, cleverness and bravery have been an inspiration in my life. Read more

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