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I was born and raised in Little Italy on the East Side of Vancouver. In my teens we moved to the small town of White Rock on the US border and I met Art Bergmann, which led to 15 years of playing music for a living and generally acting in a shameful and often legally actionable maner.
I retired from the stage in my early 30s and began writing. For 15 years I was a reporter and columnist for the Vancouver Sun, covering crime, politics, theatre, music and science. In 2001 I left the paper to write full-time and have published two books since, with three more in varying stages of pre-publication.
Guilty of Everything, a memoir of the Vancouver punk scene, will being filming this October as The Rebel Kind, starring Jay Baruchel.
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John Armstrong Three novels and a non-fiction humour book about Getting Old called The Back Nine.
As in golf - closer to the end than the beginning and the clubhouse…more
Three novels and a non-fiction humour book about Getting Old called The Back Nine.
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John Armstrong I don't get it. If I can't think of what to do where I currently am in a book, I edit what I've already done and usually find I carry on writing when…moreI don't get it. If I can't think of what to do where I currently am in a book, I edit what I've already done and usually find I carry on writing when I get to where I left off before. Or I work on something else among the things I've made notes on or ideas I've pout down for Later.

To me, writer's block means most often you've come to fork in the story and don't know which way to go. In which case I always think of Raymond Chandler's advice "Whenever you don't know what happens next, have someone come through the door with a gun."
I generally follow that, metaphorically or, sometimes, literally. Because sometimes someone coming through the door with a gun is Just What's Needed.
(And by following it metaphorically, I mean introduce something unexpected, shake shit up, mess with the plan. Car trouble, illness, Death From Above, red tape, etc. Because the real world messes with our plans all the time.)
In the last book things were going a little too easily for my characters, things moving along in just too trouble-free a fashion, so I looked at where they were and what they were doing and said, "Gee, situation like that, you could break an ankle if you're not careful" and ... no points awarded for guessing correctly.
That busted ankle gummed up their plans and forced them to be more resourceful (and more interesting) and opened the door to what ended up happening next.
Lastly, when trying to figure aforementioned What Happens Next - and the author is in that place long before the reader (he hopes) gets there - I follow Allen Ginsberg's dictum, "First thought, best thought."
No matter what comes into my head first, I do it. My head has been doing a lot more thinking about the book than I have, and I trust it.(less)
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Guilty of Everything
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2001
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2007
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Nowhere better to start than with the new novel by Jo Walton, The Just City.

Synopsis via the link below, but just a short plug for Jo in the larger sense. I found her via Tor, where she has written umpteen wonderful post in which she reconsiders older SF and Fantasy works, and enjoyed her writing so much I just searched for all her columns and read them all. Then I went hunting for her books.

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John Armstrong Jill wrote: "holy crap...youre a sci fi nut! who knew? x"

oh god yeah - since I was about 13 - picked up Space cadet in the school library, and thus began my 50 year mission to scour used bookstores


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Jill holy crap...youre a sci fi nut! who knew? x


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