My Books For Your Reading Pleasure

My Books For Your Reading Pleasure
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Books Make Great Christmas Gifts

Tomorrow, Thursday December 1st, I will be at a table in the Algo Mall with copies of Sara, a Canadian Saga; Reawakening and The Silent Star Plus a Dozen.

Books make wonderful gifts for Christmas giving.

Stop by and say hello. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jacob's Seven Stones

The Seven Stones of Jacob is a short story which I wrote originally for a Wynterblue WynLit24 writing competition.   The original version was just under 5,000 words.

I re-wrote the story and titled it Jacob's Seven Stones and submitted it to keeping their maximum 4,000 word limit in mind.  

Bringing the story down to just over 3,500 words was a wonderful exercise to practice being more concise without losing the pearl of the story.

I'm pleased to tell you that Jacob's Seven Stones is published on  today.  Check it out and I hope you will enjoy the story.

Some members of Elliot Lake Writers' Workshop will be participating in the Elliot Lake Christmas Concert taking place at the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th.   I have written a Christmas poem for the occasion and hope to see you there.

It was originally planned that on November 29th, 30th and December 1st I would be at a table in the Algo Mall with my friend, Anne Gagnon.  This plan has changed however and we will now be there at our vendor table for just the one day on Thursday, December 1st.  Anne Gagnon will be selling pieces of her beautiful pottery and I will be selling copies of my three books titled  Sara, a Canadian Saga; Reawakening and The Silent Star plus a Dozen.

Books make wonderful Christmas gifts and Anne's lovely pottery pieces also make wonderful gifts.

Hope you will come and say hello to us when you visit the Algo mall on Thursday, December 1st.

Monday, November 14, 2011

BOOKS MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS and check out -- another short story published :-)

I'm spending too much of this beautiful sunny day preparing final reports for Ontario Arts Council and Community Futures Development Corporation with regard to our recent Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival.

CFDC does not require as much effort but OAC do want several pages of information ..... I don't expect to finish it all today but hope to have it done soon.

I'm very pleased to announce that are publishing another of my short stories; this one about a road to redemption titled Jacob's Seven Stones.

It will be published there Thursday, November 24th.  I hope you will read and enjoy.  You know I will appreciate any positive comments.

I recently completed and entered my submission in the Wynterblue WynLit 73 annual Novella Competition and this coming weekend November 19th I plan to enter once again the monthly short story competition WynLit 24.

As much as I enjoy short story writing my greatest love is the novel.    Too much has gotten in the way or, I should say, I have allowed too much to get in the way of the writing of my third novel, Ellen and the Hummingtree.  It is my plan to get busy on this early 2012.  Its launch will be a little later than I had originally planned but I do very much look forward to collaborating with artist/illustrator, Susan Krupp, who will be illustrating Ellen.

Please know that copies of my first two novels titled Sara, a Canadian Saga and Reawakening are available for sale. Sara is in its third printing; Reawakening in its second.

Also available are copies of my short story anthology titled The Silent Star Plus a Dozen.

Keeping it Simple is sold out at the present time.

Thank you for your continued support. To order a copy of any of my books please email me.

Thank you to Susan Krupp, artist, who designed all my book covers.
Check out her website at

BOOKS MAKE GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS ..  thank you for your order.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WynLit 73 Novella Writing Competition and other writing challenges .....

To write 17165 words in less than 73 hours is, indeed, a challenge but one that, in spite of the resultant exhaustion, I really enjoyed.

The WynLit 73 Wynterblue Novella annual competition is something I look forward to each year. This was my fourth year to compete.

Two out of the past three years my novellas were short listed. Will I be so fortunate this year?  I will let you know in February.

Congratulations to all who completed.  Out of 121 initial entrants 68 persevering authors ran the race to the finish. :-)

Now that the Elliot Lake Writers' Fall Festival is successfully over I still need to get busy and do final reports for Ontario Arts Council and the Community Futures Development Corporation.  I procrastinate but can't continue doing so too much longer.

On the writing front, yesterday I took one of my short stories which was just under 5,000 words long.  I edited and re-worked until the story was somewhere around 3,500 words. This is a great exercise to participate in if you are, like me, sometimes slow to get to the point.   This shorter version of my story I have e-mailed off to CommuterLit.Com    I hope they will like it enough to want to publish it. 

By the way this Thursday check out   My brother, Ray Austin, will have his story published there for your enjoyment and appreciation. 

Next writing event is happening November 19th when it will once more be time for the WynLit 24 short story writing competition.   Wynterblue Publishing's WynLit 24 is a joy and a wonderful impetus to keep me writing. 

Christmas is not far away now.......I have decided to write a poem to celebrate the day.  If I get it finished I will post it on this blog to help ring in the joyous Christmas season.

That's it for now.

If you have a poem, article or short story that you would like to share with readers of this blog e-mail it to me at  

Below is a photo of my best friend.  He's sixteen now, a sometimes grumpy old man but he holds the key to my heart and always will.