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Bob Armstrong’s work includes his 2021 western, Prodigies, a comic novel, Dadolescence, a dozen plays, short fiction, CNF, and paid gigs as a speech and report writer.
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Bob Armstrong has worked as a reporter, editor, PR person and freelance writer in Fernie, Calgary, Fort McMurray and Winnipeg. After writing a dozen plays, produced at Fringe festivals and by Equity companies, he published his first novel, Dadolescence (Turnstone Press), in 2011. His new novel, Prodigies, grew out of his long-time fascination with the 19th century, both on the frontier and in the booming cities. While dreaming up Prodigies, Bob searched for the remnants of New York's infamous Five Points district, explored unbroken prairie grasslands and played a volunteer role in a gunfight re-enactment in Deadwood, South Dakota.

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I don’t recall hiding a book from my parents, but I did hide one from my school mates when I was in grade 8. A friend had recently discovered my wildlife-observation diary and held it aloft while calling me “nature boy” – a taunt that for some reason had gay connotations to it – and so I would not let anybody see that I was reading a book called something like “The Amateur Naturalist’s Handbook.”

“Although he liked nearly everything else about himself, Keith hated his redeeming features.” London Fields, by Martin Amis

Cluttered, like my mind.

Oddly enough I don’t lose sleep to climate change, the death of the bees, microplastics, killer robots, et al. If I can’t sleep because I’m worried, it’s likely because I’m afraid I may miss a key deadline for contract work or fail to attract an audience for my creative work.

I’m not sure if this counts as an ambition, but I imagine a fantasy version of myself who is fluent in Spanish and can play the guitar.

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