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A monster story isn’t just for Halloween – you and your children are bound to love Rumble. Find him at the link to my publisher’s web site. For the adults there is my fantasy set in old England – full of magic, vengeance, mystery and sorcery.

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On Target?

My latest article for Strathcona Connect

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Another service that will be greatly missed is the hair salon – Magicuts. Again the staff was very friendly and accommodating and the prices were excellent. Some may say the service was ‘basic’ as there was no manicures, pedicures or ‘gel’ nail service but not everyone wanted a ‘full’ package – just a haircut! Again regulars have had to make alternative arrangements and have lost that special relationship with a hairdresser who ‘knew’ their hair.As we all know our Zellers store in the Sherwood Park Mall has been liquidated and will be replaced with a Target store in the spring of 2013. For many of us it has been sad to see Zellers go. The small café was a welcomed and more peaceful break from shopping as opposed to the bustle of the food court at the other end of the mall. Its position was ideal, tucked into the corner and away from the main thoroughfare. A meeting place for many; the café and its calm atmosphere and friendly staff will be greatly missed. The ‘regulars’ are now misplaced and a routine broken. Let’s hope the new storeowners will make provisions for them.

It is sad to know so many Zellers staff have left, their years of experience discarded. However, let us hope that many others will benefit from the ‘new’ store as employees and customers. Life goes on and although it is human nature to avoid change, let’s give the new store a chance. Their ‘Give with Target’ Canada did achieve its $1 million goal to help Canadians in need – so was this a ‘sweetener to help swallow the bitter pill of Zellers demise? You choose.

Target’s own promotional mission statement states ‘Our mission is to make Target your preferred shopping destination in all channels by delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and exceptional quest experiences by consistently fulfilling our Expect More. Pay Less. Brand promise.’

Let’s keep them to that promise and use our ‘marke

Seasonal Clash…

December 12, 2012
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My recent escape from the Albertan cold to the heat of Palm Springs was a real delight in many ways. Of course the first pleasure was to experience summer warmth again, after weeks of freezing temperatures and snow fall. It amazed me how quickly a person can become accustomed to a black and white world. The brilliance of lush greenery was a real shock to my senses, making me consider how little time had really past since I had enjoyed summer and its abundance. Is the cycle of seasons so ingrained our seasonal memory can be replaced so quickly?

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In no time I was back to ‘summer’ mode, lying poolside, walking in T-shirt & shorts and drinking cooling drinks. Hiking along the canyon listening to the burbling water, I wanted to splash through it to ease my over heated skin, far removed from the news from home of heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.

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The most jarring spectacle was seeing Christmas decorations emblazoned on palm trees and their shimmering light bouncing off lawns glistening with water. Homes were festooned with white and coloured lights, Christmas trees stood in living room windows but their reflections came from swimming pools and green lawns. It just didn’t ‘feel’ like Christmas, somehow it wasn’t right.

I soon became accustomed to the sound of automated irrigation sprays the means by which, this oasis of green maintains its lushness, albeit ‘fake’. It is only a short drive before the arid and seemingly barren landscape is found surrounding the city. However, if you walk slowly and quietly you will find treasurers, such as tiny lizards, multi-coloured butterflies and iridescent humming-birds populating the sharp twisted bushes and cacti. There is beauty in any landscape you just have to look.

On my return to Alberta I experienced +20 degrees on take-off and -20 degrees on arrival after a short three hour flight – now that’s an unwelcome shock to the system! Obviously at that moment I longed for the heat but for a proper Christmas, home does have the snowy wonderland look as well as some awesome winter visitors.

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Do you prefer the winter wonderland or the tropical escape for your festival?

Interview with Gary Vanucci…

December 9, 2012
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I’m delighted to introduce you all to Gary. He is a fantasy author so I welcome him to my blog and hope you all follow him to his!

1. Of the characters you have created or envisioned, which is your favorite & why?

I can’t pick a favorite! I do enjoy minor character goblin named Barguth in my 2 novels. Also, my rogue character Rose has taken on a new life of her own and her personality has emerged in my mind, making her easier to write than the rest of them.

2. Do you favor one type of genre or do you dabble in more than one?

Fantasy. Period. I enjoy it more so than any other, especially from a writing standpoint. You are only limited by your imagination. I attempted science-fiction years ago, but it did not have the same flow.

3. Have you got a favorite place to write?

My basement…or at the jersey shore if I can get away. I sometimes write shorthand if I am somewhere and cannot get to the netbook or computer…you know how it is, right? Sometimes the voices just want to get out!

 4. What inspires your stories?

Classic fantasy, comic books, playing role-playing games, sometimes mundane life events. It depends. The world is my inspiration.

5. Do you belong to a writing group? If so which one?

Yes, I have joined a writer’s circle recently entitled Skulldust Circle. A great bunch of speculative fiction authors with an eye toward ‘making it’ in the writing world. We are all successful in regards to becoming writers as soon as we put pen to paper. I write for myself mostly and enjoy it when my writing inspires or touches someone else.

 6. What age did you start writing stories/poems?

I was a writer/reader since I could start reading comic books and I was a singer/songwriter/lyricist in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

7. Do you have a book published? If so what is it called & where can readers purchase it?

I have three books out already, a Dungeons and Dragons RPG supplement and a short story in ‘A Gathering of Dust’, which is an anthology from my writer’s circle. All of my heroic fantasy can be found on Amazon and CreateSpace: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gary+f.+vanucci

8. If you could meet one favorite author who would it be and why?

I’ve already met R.A. Salvatore at GenCon 2011 (and it was awesome), so I suppose meeting George Martin might be a kick. I would have loved to have met Douglas Adams, too, but that is not in the cards. R.I.P., Douglas.

 9. Where can readers find you and your blog?

Google me. Seriously. I have a Goodreads page, a Facebook page, a twitter account, I am a member of the Independent Author Network, Skulldust Circle and I can of course be located on Amazon.

 10. Who is your best supporter/mentor/encourager?

My friend and peer, Nicholas Titano. He supports my writing, helps me stumble through writer’s blocks and pushes me to be my best.

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