Alastair Luft’s Blog

09/22/2018

Six Word Story Blog – 22 Sep 18

During the week I try my hand at Six Word Stories; this blog is my stream of consciousness that led to the stories. Enjoy! Pevensies got a wardrobe. Me? Wastebin. I’m not going to lie, I really thought I nailed this one. The language sets up the story as a humorous take on C.S. Lewis’s
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09/16/2018

Six Word Story Blog – 16 Sep 18

For the last month or so I’ve been playing around with six-word stories. Twitter handle @AgathaChocolats puts out a daily prompt and as part of my writing practice, I give myself a few minutes to put something together. Since telling a story in six words is a challenge to say the least, I thought I’d
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12/29/2017

Meet the Author: Cari Dubiel

Rare indeed is the debut author who picks up awards for their novel, and even rarer still are those stories that win awards before even being published. And yet, that’s exactly what Cari Dubiel has done with her debut work-in-progress, How to Remember. This past November, an excerpt of Cari’s speculative fiction mystery won her the
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11/23/2017

A Meditation on Violence

On November 4, 2017, TEDx Calgary hosted an event called Signal vs Noise in recognition of the multiple, divergent viewpoints in today’s increasingly polarized and opinion-driven world. The challenge for speakers? To identify ideas worth listening to and avoid distractions, or those things that should be tuned out. With separating signal from noise being an
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10/02/2017

Meet the Author: Kate Merenda Hohl

I have a lot of admiration for people who take the plunge into any sort of creative endeavor, but especially – bias alert – for debut authors. Enter Kate Merenda Hohl. Kate is a former television producer who’s now in the midst of trying to get her debut novel published. Flight of Angels is a strong entry in
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04/23/2017

Canada Company: Supporting Canadian Military and Their Families

Every year, around 5,000 veterans leave the Canadian Armed Forces. Some go directly into retirement, some face medical rehabilitation, but many look for second careers. As they enter the civilian workplace, these veterans bring unique experiences and skills, qualities that should make them desirable to many private sector employers. And yet, up until 2013 most
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04/17/2017

Can Praxis: Using Horses to Train People

Horses and psychology; at first glance it’s a strange combination. The former, a symbol of speed and power, the latter symbolized with couch-surfing and navel gazing. But no matter the perceived differences, in the hands of Can Praxis the marriage of horses and psychology is proving to be a powerful method of helping soldiers and
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03/19/2017

The Importance of Flexibility: Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome

The summer of 2006 in Kandahar, Afghanistan was surreal. In the early spring of that year, coalition forces regularly drove Panjwayi district, 30 km southwest of Kandahar city. By August, the region was nearly impassable, with several hundred to a thousand Taliban fighters reported to be in the district and intelligence analysts stressing that the
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