On Writing: Chalkboard

I didn’t know where I was going when I started writing “Chalkboard”. I wanted to write a story that was a mashup of something like Silence of the Lambs meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I have always been fascinated with these movies, as they are both about human predators. In both instances the main villain, (HannibalContinue reading “On Writing: Chalkboard”

On Writing: Adam & Steve

Adam & Steve was written at a time when I believed in using parody to reclaim power. I was honestly tired of hearing, “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” throughout much of my life, and this became a passive aggressive way of dealing with it. These days I find that inaction is preferable.

On Writing: Fear

“Fear” was my first short story to be published. I had lived alone for about a year and a half when I wrote this story. I was living in Whitby, ON, and my then partner had taken a job in California. Living alone with only dogs and cats to talk to can make anyone feelContinue reading “On Writing: Fear”

On Writing: Chocolates & Unemployment

I have worked in variety of office environments. Among other things, I was always the coffee glutton of the office. I tried to offset this by being the person who made the coffee. I thought if I ensured there was always coffee for the other staff, I wouldn’t have to feel bad for drinking itContinue reading “On Writing: Chocolates & Unemployment”

On Writing: From Forest to Fire

“From Forest to Fire” was my first short story to be chosen for publication even though it was not the first to appear publically. Perspectives Magazine was new at the time, and struggling to find the time to get all of their tasks done. I would estimate that this was accepted in March of 2006, andContinue reading “On Writing: From Forest to Fire”

On Writing: The Nordic Pumpkin

I was in a strange place when I wrote “The Nordic Pumpkin”. I had actually lost my grandfather in the summer of 2005, and I was unable to attend any of the mourning surrounding his death. I believe that this event and my childhood love of Roald Dahl inspired this story. My own grandmother, bornContinue reading “On Writing: The Nordic Pumpkin”

Jolivia and Olel

Jolivia reluctantly descended the stairs not wanting to whip Olel up into a frenzy. Olel danced around in joy as Jolivia drew closer. Olel had spent days in the field collecting special items for the surprise. It had been difficult to sneak each item in, but Olel was used to creeping around unseen. Olel was known to stalk the dark streets of Sault Ste. Marie searching for items.

Free Download: Flux

Kyle Richtig has made available his 2008 chapbook Flux for free download.

Three’s Company Star Power Deemed Not Helpful

A thirty-five year old debate still wages in small town Ontario. In 1980, the residents of Slopsey’s Glen were determined to put their sleepy town on the map. After several community meetings on how to best leverage the town’s marketing, it was unanimously voted that the town should change its name to be more competitive.

Polyamory in Children of the Mountain

The Children of the Mountain series (currently two books, with a promised third in the works) written by Kyle Richtig focuses on the human survivors of a future environmental collapse. The survivors live without contact with other groups, save for bands of marauders.

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