Category Archives: Creative Works

Shouldn’t Matter But It Does

Image from wikimedia by Nick Hobgood, CC-BY-SA 3.0 The title of this post is stolen from a catchy new John Mayer song. His lyrics are OK, if a little self-preoccupied. But the title resonated with me as I contemplate a … Continue reading

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five tiny stories

photo by ex-Bowen Islander Jason Wilde, Killarney Lake, Feb 2019. The NYT has a project called “tiny love stories”. Readers are encouraged to pare their personal story of love down to 100 words, and send it in. I recently reprinted … Continue reading

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Bowen Birds

A few recent photos I’ve taken on Bowen: Great blue herons, crows, mergansers and geese. The 6th photo was a battle royal between a crow and a really pissed off crab; the crow won. The final photo is of course … Continue reading

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Future Perfect: Some Thoughts on Writing

council of clan mothers in post-civ culture; diorama from Afterculture It has long been my intention to write a novel or book of short stories about the world after civilization’s collapse. It would be set an imprecise number of millennia … Continue reading

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Bird Stories

Bowen Island causeway — photo by my friend Judi Gedye in the Undercurrent Monday has become my day for what I am calling “mindless wandering”. The term is a bit of a spoof on the absurdity of “mindfulness”. My objective … Continue reading

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Reminder

This is a follow-up to my story The Fortune Teller. It is a work of fiction. It was raining, and the strain of the pandemic and all the extra things to remember was finally getting to me. I’d just come … Continue reading

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Fumbling Joyfully Through the Dark

… nothing but forms becoming and crumbling into the fragments of a new becoming, without love or hate or any intelligible principle of change… nothing but commotion and the pure forms of commotion… not free, but a mote in the … Continue reading

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We Contain Multitudes

sun flashes, blinks, glimmers through aspen leaves rustling in late summer breeze sparrow watches me below watching her all this complexity, undirected stunning complicity of countless cells, looking after each other, creating more of their kind, doing what they do … Continue reading

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When the Aliens Come

photo by Mitchell Kaneshkevich When I was younger, I used to fantasize about our beleaguered planet being visited by aliens. Even as a child, I had a better-than-Hollywood imagination — my envisioned aliens never looked in any way humanoid, and … Continue reading

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Reflections From the Future

this is a work of fiction, and a continuation of the previous story The Lost Tribes Fieldnote 12 September 2092 I wonder what people living in 2020 might think if they could see what the world looked like today, 72 … Continue reading

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