Wabi Sabi


One of the most formative experiences of my life was the five years I spent at military college. It’s not by accident that the Royal Military College of Canada’s march is “Precision.” I learned many useful things there, including self-discipline, resilience and an appreciation for comradeship and loyalty. I also gained the determination to strive … Continue reading Wabi Sabi

Review: Earth & Ashes


Atiq Rahimi is one of several Afghan writers who has become well known in the West. Born in Kabul, he studied at the Lycée Esteqlal where he learned French. After the Soviet invasion, he and his family fled first to Pakistan, and then to Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne. Rahimi first began to … Continue reading Review: Earth & Ashes

BookList Review


Writing can be a very solitary endeavour, and after spending months or years working on a novel, it can be hard to tell if what you’ve produced is any good or not. Although self-validation is important, great reviews help too. I recently received a rare “starred review” from BookList, meant to signal “an outstanding work … Continue reading BookList Review

The “Russians” Left Behind


When Russia’s decade-long military intervention in Afghanistan ended in 1989, armoured columns withdrew over the “Friendship Bridge” into what is now Uzbekistan. Trailing the final column on foot was the Soviet Army in Afghanistan’s commander, Colonel-General Boris Gromov. “That’s it,” he said to a television crew filming the withdrawal, “Not one Soviet soldier is behind … Continue reading The “Russians” Left Behind

Self-Discipline unlocks Creativity


When the average person thinks of an “Artist,” or even just a very creative person, that they don’t necessarily associate them with the idea of “discipline.” Lots has been written about the business of being an artist, and what it takes to be commercially successful – planning, hustle and drive. Perhaps in this context, the … Continue reading Self-Discipline unlocks Creativity

Marketing for Introverts


I came across Lauren Sapala’s book, “Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers,” while looking for material on marketing for authors. While I don’t identify as a “Highly Sensitive Person,” I am an introvert – albeit one trained by 26 years in the Army to act like an extrovert – and self-marketing doesn’t … Continue reading Marketing for Introverts