Reading new works next week in Port Alberni

Well, all has been quiet on this blog for a long time… but that’s because I have been writing!

This year my big focus has been finishing my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at UBC. I’m happy to say that I finished all of my requirements for my degree just over a week ago! My thesis was a feature-length screenplay (set here on Vancouver Island’s west coast) and working on that has definitely taken time away from finishing this book. But I also have been working on stories and essays, as part of my degree, that will appear in the My Secret Sasquatch collection.

And… I will be reading from some of these new works here in Port Alberni next week! Can’t even say “hot off the press” because the works are even fresher than that… they haven’t even gone to press yet!

So if you are anywhere around town, please come, next Wednesday. There will also be live music by Kenn Whiteman, and an open mic – so if you are a writer, come early so you can get on the reading list too!

Wednesday April 25th
Music starts 6pm, readings start 7pm
Char’s Landing, 4815 Argyle, Port Alberni
Admission $5


Finding an eco-friendly printer

It’s been a while since I updated you on the progress of My Secret Sasquatch. I did mention in my last post that I was juggling other projects, right?

Well, one of the projects that I thought would not be a priority until September came unexpectedly to the forefront for May-June-July. It’s all good, a very exciting creative project that I had in the plan anyway, just a matter of reordering my work schedule. And then there is another very exciting one that came up unexpectedly, which I hope to make an announcement about in the coming months.

But what that means for my book publication schedule is that things are delayed. I had been hoping to release the North American English-language edition of Hai kur mamashu shis (the collection of tales of the Yagán people that I translated from Spanish to English, which was published in Chile in 2005, and which WordPress won’t let me link to for some reason, so you’ll have to paste this link into your browser if you want to check it out: this fall and then My Secret Sasquatch in the spring. For both of those books, I really value using eco-friendly papers – at very least those that are oldgrowth-free. I also want to find a printer that links me into a major distribution system, so that once people hear of the book, they can actually find it! I am totally into doing the book promo myself (I actually really love talking about my books!), but I can’t reasonably do the distribution myself.

So, with those other projects moving in this spring/summer, I think I have missed the opportunity to get Shis out for the fall. I could probably get it printed in time, but it is too late for me to book a decent book tour at good venues. And no point rushing the printing if no one is going to hear about it, right? Especially considering I am not done with those other two projects yet – I cannot just drop them right now – so I do not have the time to properly devote to getting these two books out at the moment. If Shis moves to the spring, then My Secret Sasquatch also gets pushed back.

So that is the update. Even though this blog has been quiet, My Secret Sasquatch is moving ahead. Still on track for 2012 publication; it just may be autumn rather than spring.

If anyone has experience with printers – and, especially, printers who both use environmentally friendly papers and who are linked in to the major North American book distribution system (both Amazon and bookstores) I sure would appreciate hearing from you.

And here is the final book cover design!

My Secret Sasquatch book coverSo, here it is! (Click on it for a larger printable version).

It has been a real pleasure working with Ronan ( on this. We worked back and forth on different drafts, playing with the fonts and the lighting. And I think we have come up with a cover that really gives a sense of the mysterious… of that dark realm, the uncertainty between what is and is not (or, more correctly, what is and what could be) that this book explores.

So, having the book cover done has really upped my motivation. I am just over halfway through the writing now, and will be pushing hard with this (while juggling a few other projects!) through the summer and fall.

The plan is for the book to be out – in both traditional paper and ebook formats – next spring!

The cover design…

Well, I knew that I wanted skunk cabbages on the cover of My Secret Sasquatch. They only bloom for a few weeks, from mid-April to early May, so – even though the book won’t be published for another year (I’m aiming for spring 2012) –  I have been out doing the photography for the cover and for other book promo materials.

I sent the photos and my ideas over to my friend Ronan Lannuzel, who is an amazing graphic designer at  I love Ronan’s work, and I knew that he would be able to take my concept and turn it into a reality.

So we have been sending drafts back and forth for a week now, and I am very excited. Ronan has  great ideas, and a lovely light creative touch. He’s done things with my concept that I would never have thought to do myself, and it’s great! We are pretty close to the final version now, so stay tuned.

The general idea for My Secret Sasquatch (and other possibilities) has been forming within me for over three years now. By about a year ago, the concept: what my aim with it is, and what the content will be, became pretty clear. But really, the whole process of writing a book is a strange thing – for nearly the whole time, it feels like something nebulous rather than concrete, just an idea in my head and a list of files on my computer.

Sometimes it can be hard to summon up the motivation to finish up a large writing project – but for me, seeing the book cover is the ultimate motivation: The book is real, and there is a destination in sight. I am inspired to keep writing!

I’ll upload the cover here once Ronan and I finalize things, so check back soon!

It’s that time of year again…

It’s that time of year again… when the sasquatches come out to pick skunk cabbage flowers. I was out doing some rainforest photography the other day, and I must have startled one. Didn’t get any photos of course (they’re amazingly fast for such large creatures) other than this print.

My Secret Sasquatch (and other possibilities)

Congrats on finding this brand new site…

Yup, it’s official: I’m working on my next book, My Secret Sasquatch (and other possibilities). This one will be somewhat different from my other books: toying with that grey area between “fiction” and “non-fiction.” My Secret Sasquatch will be a collection of writings that, rather being easily classified as stories that either “did” or “did not” happen, explore the realm of what could happen.

This website is brand new, and the book is currently half-written. Look for My Secret Sasquatch, in both paperback and ebook editions, in 2012 – and be sure to check back here for more info and some sneak-peaks of what will be inside.

For more about me, visit While you’re there, be sure to take a look at my four other books.