On July 12, 2017, I posted the above photo on Facebook and retired from life at sea. My intention was to return to two former loves – writing, and a woman I dated in high school, thirty years earlier.
On September 4, I proposed to Juli-Ann Perkins and on February 8, 2018, we were married in a small civic ceremony in Guelph, Ontario. (In a completely different story, she began chemotherapy/radiation treatments the following week.)
As for the writing, I started calling myself a writer in the 1990s. Besides a self-published novel (The Only Road in Wainfleet, ISBN 0-9681096-0-8), my only literary publication credit that decade was in a tiny, now defunct, Ottawa journal called GraffitiFish. Then the travel bug hit – hard. I backpacked across Europe for six months in 1997, then worked hotels in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake before joining Princess Cruises in June, 2000, visiting seventy-three countries and taking some 30,000 photos (one of my favourites is below). During that time I wrote less, and stopped submitting to publishers.
In 2017, not long after settling into a bay-windowed, book-lined room, I joined the Internet Writing Workshop (which is run off a server at Penn State University) and got busy revising old stories and writing new ones. Thanks to the internet, I’ve had more publishing success in the last four months than I did in all of the 90s.
The most up to date list of my publications is below. Some stories can be accessed on my Courtland Avenue web site, or you can click on the links below.
|Title||Publication||Date Appeared||First Drafted|
|Cob||Eunoia Review||March 6||August 2017|
|The Greatest Story Ever Told||Soft Cartel||March 5||August 1995|
|My Muse||The Short Humour Site||March 5||November 1993|
|Self Driving Test||Clever Magazine||May 26||April 2018|
|Eighteen Dollar Shoes||Bull & Cross||May 24||April 2018|
|Fool on the Hill||Literally Stories||June 8||October 1996|
|Good News||Furtive Dalliance||June 15||March 2008|
|Between Two Mirrors||Literary Nest||July 15||April 2018|
|Dive||Ellipsis||Due August 4||May 2018|
|Turkish Apple Harvest||Lowestoft Chronicle||Due September 1||March 2018|
|A Gift of Fish Heads||Sky Island Journal||Due October 20||May 2009|
Last month, I also became a Fiction Reader for the prestigious American literary arts journal Gigantic Sequins.
Let’s see what the next twelve months brings.