Make Your Own Path On Life's Journey

2 days 1 hour ago
Yesterday I drove to Barrie to say goodbye to a friend. I hadn't seen Frank Nelson in person in a couple of years, and it had been much longer since I had seen Frank on a regular basis. We worked together at Chapters/Indigo many years ago. But he continued to inspire me. And he continues to inspire me to this day. On December 8, 2017, Frank Nelson passed away. I won't say that he "lost his
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What Canadians Read in 2017

1 week 1 day ago
One of the things I always loved about Kobo was their willingness to share insights about reading data. I rec'd two messages from Kobo today that really tickled me. One was about my Kobo Reading Life. (And yes, when I created Kobo Writing Life I DID base it on the already awesome "Reading Life" program the company had crafted) Interesting to see how much MORE reading I have done in the past
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The Long Goodbye, The Quick Hello

1 week 2 days ago
In my podcast feed this morning, two of the Wednesday podcasts that loaded to my pod-catcher come with interesting timing. My final podcast as host of the Kobo Writing Life Podcast, interviewing Rachel Amplett My first post-Kobo podcast interview on the Self-Publishing Podcast, with Johnny, Sean & Dave The interview with Rachel took place in Kobo's office in October and is wonderful
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So Long And Thanks For All The Books

1 week 4 days ago
A few weeks ago I did something I didn't think I would ever do. I said goodbye to a job that I not only loved, but that I felt was the absolute perfect role for me. It wasn't easy. Starting in October of 2011 I had the role of Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Rakuten Kobo, Inc. It truly did feel like a role that was custom built for me. And not just for the fact that,
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Cheers to Beers

1 week 5 days ago
Admittedly, I haven't been blogging here much, even though I'm proud to say that I have been blogging since my initial post on March 3, 2005. That first post wasn't much, just a note that my friend from work, Mathew (work back then was Chapters Online, or Chapters/Indigo) had mocked me into starting a blog. It's short (so unlike me) and sweet (well I can sometimes be sweet) and called
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Feel The Fear In Many Forms

1 month 3 weeks ago
Fear comes in many forms and guises. It creeps up on us in more ways than even the most creative parts of our minds can ever imagine. I explored the various different types of fears in an anthology I edited and which was recently released by WMG Publishing. FICTION RIVER: FEEL THE FEAR is an anthology that explores a concept inspired by the Douglas E. Winter quote that "horror is not a genre but
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Dark Tales on the Street

2 months 4 weeks ago
Thanks to the support of my publisher (Dundurn) and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, I was able to accept the request from the good folks at The Word on the Street Halifax to read from and discuss my latest ghost story book, Haunted Hospitals, co-written with Rhonda Parrish. I love the city of Halifax and haven't been here since a little over three years ago. (Okay, I was back in the
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Earning Money From Re-Cycled Short Stories

3 months 1 week ago
The other day I cashed yet another check from McGraw-Hill Ryerson for a short story. The check was for $29.24 - which doesn't seem like a big thing. However, let's look at the source, and the history for where this payment came from. A snapshot look at how "Almost" appears in format The History of my short story "Almost" 1988 - 1989 - Some time between high school and
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A Haunted 5K Run in Hamilton

3 months 1 week ago
Almost by accident this morning, I discovered a neat way to turn a run into a historic haunted run. It started when I left my apartment, wanting to go on a relatively short run that had a bit of a challenge to it. So I decided to head south on James St S. towards the Hamilton Mountain where there's a path and set of stairs (part of the Bruce Trail). Once I got to the top of the stairs, I
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Mark Leslie is a writer, editor and bookseller who lives in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2005, Mark joined the blogging bandwagon and started posting random thoughts and musings on writing, bookselling and being a father.
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