Author Archives: Bryan

Write Better

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There are no shortcuts. And that’s a good thing. Want to be a better writer? Write. That’s it. Well, that’s not entirely true. There are several other steps, including (but not limited to) write more, write when you have nothing to say, and keep writing. Notice a theme? That’s the only difference between writers and non-writers: they keep writing. There… Read more »

Here’s Johnny!

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Editor’s Note – Johnny is unavailable. Here’s Bryan. So I’ve been offline for about a year and a half. That’s 16 months, the exact age of my dog Edwin as of today. Coincidence? Yes. Yes it is. Regardless, I’ll be getting the old website back up to speed over the next few days. In the meantime, don’t judge. Even the… Read more »

Confidence and Tail Guns

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Confidence and tail guns Are all he possessed. An alien land with alien air; He invaded with the confidence Of a young man fighting for ideals. A glass bubble Would either be his coffin or his throne. Tail guns would decide.   He smiles at me from seventy years back. Like a letter from the front, I can see the… Read more »

Short Story: An Exercise

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His name was Charles. Charlie to his friends, of which he had exactly none. But he had his books. And books, as far as he was concerned, were many times better than the very best of friends. It was not so much that Charles was disagreeable. He was likable enough. He occasionally had some interesting things to say, and he… Read more »

Memoir: An Exercise

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  [Editor’s Note – I’m taking a creative writing class at the University of Guelph. This is the rough draft of a memoir assignment for that course.]   L-double I-S-A. Liisa. I can’t say that the double i’s were the reason I liked her so much, but it most definitely added to her mystique. It made her different. And in… Read more »

Personal Demons, Fear, and Gratitude

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So, things have been happening. Work – actual paying work – is starting to materialize after months (and months) of little to nothing. I have been a paid writer for many months now. I have several confirmed clients, and a few others still reviewing my proposal. The money is by no means enough to retire on, but I am actually… Read more »

My Teen Poetry as a Metaphor

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So I recently found myself going through some old boxes. When I first moved overseas in 2000, everything I owned was boxed up and has lived in my mother’s basement ever since. I thought it time to revisit. To see what’s what, and hopefully get rid of the dead weight. Seeing as I hadn’t so much as looked at this… Read more »

Finding That Magic

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This is a short one. About a 6 weeks ago, I wrote a post on finding and recognizing the magic in our lives. It’s everywhere, and seeing and wrapping ourselves in it is an infinitely better way to live. Meet Kayden. Kayden is experiencing rain for the first time. And I defy anyone to watch this video and not have… Read more »

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Rob Ford

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[Editorial Note – This is actually a piece that was rejected by one of my clients. They were looking for “life lessons from celebrities”, but believe that Rob Ford is not well enough known outside of Canada (if only that were true). C’est la vie. Anyway, I kind of like the piece, so here it is…] We all need heroes…. Read more »