Writer. Musician. Cultural Itinerant.


Rick Overwater is a longtime Calgary-based writer and musician. He likes guitars and short sentences.

No, seriously, I’m still a musician

This year I’ve written/started a pile of hard rock songs. I was a gigging musician before getting serious about fiction writing, and not having a live band up and running is killing me. Is it the on-stage adrenalin I miss, or the free beer?  Whichever, school and writing are driving the bus but I have been jamming sporadically with members of Cowpuncher and the Mad Bombers Society and my old...

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That’s Going to Leave a Mark (blog)

This is 2019 so far

Man, oh man, have I become the king of biting off more than one can chew. Except that, so far I’m actually chewing it and somewhat digesting too. When I feel overwhelmed, I read the e-letter of Warren Ellis, one of my current living heroes (you should sign up for his newsletter, it’s excellent). Ellis always seems like he’s on the verge of imploding, and yet keeps cranking out awesome stuff in com...

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2018 is already a blur!

So… one year of my UBC MFA is done! Straight As in Creative Writing,  Advanced  Writing for Graphic Forms, and Creative Nonfiction! 1989 Rick is not buying it, but it’s true! The next issue of Futility, a complete graphic novel to be published by Coffin Hop Press, is in production. We launch at Edmonton Expo in Sept. A new short story, The House of the Knight’s Nail appears in th...

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Busy Guy

2017 has been a blur so far! I’ve sold two short stories, one’s a robot murder-tale you can find the link to here on my site. News of the second is coming soon. After months of filling out applications and creating portfolios (enough time to, seriously, just write a $#@&! novel), I was accepted into two different MFA programs and have chosen the University Of British Columbia. I’ll be starting...

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