We spent a four-day weekend in Ottawa two weeks ago. We soaked up the ambiance of the architecture, the river, and the canal on the first day. When the wind changed and blanketed the town in thick smoke, we made the next day one to explore many of the city’s fine museums, plus the Canadian Mint. Outside the National Gallery of Canada is a 10-meter-tall sculpture of a mother spider named “Maman.” It’s an imposing presence, but beyond that, it could be an illustration from my short story “Charon,” which is due out in the Gods and Globes anthology in the fall.

I just watched the SciFi series Killjoys. I didn’t take notice of it when it first came out, but when I heard it mentioned on a podcast, I watched the series. It’s fast-paced, full of quirky characters, and has an engaging story line and character development. It follows three bounty hunters as they gradually uncover a far-reaching plot against their planetary system.

I Found a Bracelet!

I got something fun in the mail this month. Howard Tayler, of
the Schlock Mercenary webcomic series, released a fun jigsaw puzzle. It features
some iconic worlds from hard science fiction crossed with magical fantasy. It was
a fun and sometimes challenging puzzle (expanses of stars don’t offer a lot of
clues for how they fit together).