Hell’s Bells – via Mandalit

Last summer, I submitted a little snippet of a novel I’ve been working on to an online project called Mandalit. The idea was to feature flash fiction online for a 24 hour period, then have it vanish into the ether. This here’s an early scene in the novel, which I’ve taken to calling Can’t Win Em All, where our protagonist, Chappy, and his running buddy Ray get into some hot water. What they have to do to get out the jam forms the basis for a story about life choices, small towns, and the best game you can name.

If any other sections find their way into print in the form of excerpt or reworked as short-fiction pieces, I’ll be pleased to share them with you here once they’re published, or direct you to where you can find them. In the meantime, I’ll be working on getting the whole MS into publishing shape, and hopefully getting it to a home where it can find an audience. Because I know the audience is out there, packing the late-night ice times and outdoor rinks wherever the game of our lives is played… Continue reading →

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Going Scott Young for the Herald

One thing I’ve really enjoyed during my time at The Herald has been the opportunity to cover high school hockey. Sure, it’s not the NHL, but it is a vital part of writing about the communities in The Herald’s catchment area. And, it gives me the opportunity to make like Red, the budding sports reporter in Scott Young’s classic Scrubs on Skates. It’s also given me a chance to cover the women’s side of the game, which is growing by leaps and bounds, and, in many ways, is more interesting. Continue reading →

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The icemaker’s craft – The Herald

Since moving to Winnipeg almost 10 years back, I’ve made a point of enjoying the outdoor ice as much as possible come winter. Living in Riverview, I’m lucky to have some of the best outdoor community centre ice just a short walk away, and look forward to the Riverview 4×4 Outdoor tourney every February. With such an abundance of richness all around, it’s easy to forget or take for granted that fine ice doesn’t come from the Lord above alone. Continue reading →

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Memo to the Lumbercats re: 0-11-1

Earlier this beer league hockey season, the vaunted Lumbercats Hockey Club found itself in some #darktimes. We were sore after a tough loss (featuring a classic Cats third period collapse), and morale was dragging. After a sleepless night tending to a rangy infant and pondering the sorry state of our club, I sent the boys a little email I’d hoped would put a little pep in our steps.  Continue reading →

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East St. Paul centennial feature – The Herald

Spent many a summer day at my granny Jensen’s in East St. Paul over the years. Such a sweet spot, though sadly the place isn’t around any more (a half dozen new homes now occupy the old spot, along with a half dozen more lots ready for new development). Found the photo above and a little write-up on the family in Heritage II, a volume of local history commemorating the RM’s 75th anniversary, while lurking in the local history room at Millenium Library. Continue reading →

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