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Silly Dog (short story, humour) by Leanne Dyck

 When a dog doesn’t behave well, you have to ask yourself, whose fault is it? Is…

Book Review: What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

 With alternating chapters labeled ‘before’ and ‘after’ What Strange Paradise is a suspenseful adventure on sea…

Trap’er (fantasy, short story) by Leanne Dyck

A trapper is surprised by the animal he finds on his trapline. photo by ldyck Like…

Help! (short story) by Leanne Dyck

A short story in appreciation of editors, beta readers, and writing group members. All the people…

The Other Side (Bonus Content) by Leanne Dyck

 The Other Side was the most popular story I shared in 2021. Each chapter earned more…

Book Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of The Princess Bride (memoir) by Cary Elwes

 By reading this love-letter-to-fans-in-book-form, I learned a lot of cool things. For example, The Princess Bride…

Walk with Me (short story) (romance) by Leanne Dyck

I got engaged to protect something precious to me–my life. photo circa the 1950s  Walk with…

Book Review: The Thursday Murder Club (cozy mystery) by Richard Osman, published by Penguin Books

 What’s a cozy mystery? Benni Chisholm addresses this question in her brief article. I was charmed…

Ex (short story) by Leanne Dyck

People come into your life for a reason. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out…

Book Review: Astra by Cedar Bowers, published by McClelland & Stewart

 A child is born in a commune, somewhere in British Columbia, to an unwed mother. Who…

Visiting the Neighbours (short stories) by Leanne Dyck

 Mary Lawson’s A Town Called Solace inspired these childhood memories of visiting the neighbours. My Little…

Book Review: A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson published by Knopf

Set in the fictitious northern Ontario town of Solace in September 1972, A Town Called Solace…

Eyes and Skull and more short stories (horror) by Leanne Dyck

How do you celebrate Halloween? Do you dress up? We’ve been wearing masks for almost two…

Book Review: The Almost Wife (thriller) by Gail Anderson-Dargatz published by HarperAvenue

 Nothing is what Kira thinks it is. Will she find the truth before it is too…

Dream (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 This short story is about longing for a dream that will never be fulfilled. photo by…

Book Review: The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (Sci fi, humour) by Douglas Adams

 Arthur Dent is living in a non-descript house overlooking the peaceful English countryside but…but then his…

Guest Post: Author Brian Van Norman (Science Fiction author)

Once a teacher, playwright, professional theatre director and adjudicator, Brian left those worlds to travel with…

Book Review: My Daughter Rehtaeh Parsons by Glen Canning with Susan McClelland (non-fiction)

I’m very impressed by the courage and strength it took to write this book. I know…

He Saved Me (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 This short story could be a romance but it makes a sharp left-hand turn into the…

Book Review: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking Reviewed by Benni Chisholm

  BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS Author:  Stephen Hawking Copyright:  2018 Publisher:  Bantam Books, imprint…

Teachers Matter (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 Little was known about dyslexia in the late 60s and early 70s. So, perhaps, it’s not…

Book Review: Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins

 If you asked most people what Skinny Legs and All is about they’d probably say something…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 13 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 12 Unnerved by Becky’s impending visit, Mara visits Windy. Windy tells Mara that she doesn’t…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 11 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 10 Owen takes Mara out for dinner and dancing and asks her about ‘the world…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 9 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 8 When Owen leaves to spend the evening with his friends, Mara runs down to…