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 my Master’s Degree in Writing this fall. Proud to have gotten into UBC;  it’s the oldest MFA program in Canada and highly respected. Hopefully I can sully their reputation for award-winning literature with some genre fiction, we’ll know what I can get away with soon enough. I’ve got a new 7000-word crime noir tale I’m currently seeking a home for and the next Futility comic script, a 48 page double-issue is
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New short story available, misc. news

When Words Collide 2016 was my fave conference so far. I had a productive pitch session with a publisher, met some fantastic people, attended some great seminars and got excellent advice from veterans like Hayden Trenholm and Eve Silver. I also managed to sneak in a few drinks… A major highlight was the launch of the new anthology Enigma Front: Burnt, which contains my new short story “The Dim Beneath the Lights.” I’ll have it up  with my other fiction eventually, but in the meantime here’s the Amazon page for it.
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New stories in the works

I’ve been a busy boy over the last year. Among other things, I finished Booming Ground, a six-month writing membership through the University of British Coumbia under the tutelage of author Geoff Cole. Man he whipped me into shape. It was one of the most productive things I’ve ever done as a writer (besides use the craft to pay bills). My new weird west/sci-fi fantasy story The Dim Beneath the Lights was accepted into the anthology Burnt, put out by the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association. It will be released in the fall at When Words Collide. I’ll share more details and pretty pictures when we get closer to the date. Also, I submitted the 46,000 word steampunk manuscript I worked on through Booming Ground to a highly respected small press and received a tentative offer if I bring it up to novel length in time for a
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New short fiction, upcoming scriptwriting panel!

August/September (2015) News about the new short story anthology I appear in, a reading at its launch party, and my upcoming When Words Collide comic scriptwriting panel with James Davidge and GMB Chomichuck. I’m most pleased that Coffin Hop Press has published a new short story by yer ‘ol pal Rick. My new noir (ish) piece, a violent, drug-fuelled  bit of depravity titled Butch’s Last Lesson is now part of AB Negative – An Anthology of Alberta Crime. Each story, by an Albertan author, is set here in ‘Berta and rife with crime. You can check it out and order it here. You can also find it at Chapters. If you don’t see it, ask for it and they will order you a copy. We had delightful launch at Owl’s Nest Books on August 4 and you really ought to come by the
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Futility in the Calgary Sun

Big thanks to Michael Platt for this, we had several peeps pop by the table citing this article as the heads-up that brought them. http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/04/24/calgarian-rick-overwater-with-artist-cam-hayden-produces-first-comic-book-debuting-at-calgary-comic–entertainment-expo
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Futility in FFWD Magazine

Great article on Futility in FFWD Magazine by Kenton Smith! http://www.ffwdweekly.com/article/arts/books/former-punk-country-bandmates-turn-talents-to-new-comic-12089/
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Futility Now in a Huge Whack of Calgary Shops

Get yourselves to one of these fine Calgary locations: Red Skull Comics, Another Dimension, Phoenix  Comics (Inglewoood 16th ave NW and 17th Ave SW), Frost Books, Sloth Records, Purple Gorilla, Words and Pictures.  
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Cover story!

Futility Issue 1 made the cover of BeatRoute Magazine! Check it out: http://beatroute.ca/2014/04/07/futility/
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