Dwayne R. James
Writer and watercolour artist Dwayne James lives in Peterborough, Ontario where he writes and paints as often as he can, that is when he's not spending time with his young daughter, toddler twin boys, and wife Sarah.
Dwayne studied archaeology in University, and as a result learned how to write creatively. "The most important skill I learned in University," he says, "was the ability to pretentiously write about myself in the third person."
With no formal art training, Dwayne has always preferred the self-guided, experimental approach. In fact, he taught himself how to illustrate archaeological artifacts while completing his Master's degree at Trent University. Said his thesis supervisor at the time: "There might not be much in the way of coherent theoretical content in Dwayne's thesis, but damn, it looks pretty!"
After spending close to a decade as a technical communicator at IBM, Dwayne opted to look at their Jan 2009 decision to downsize him as an opportunity to become a stay-at-home Dad for his young twins, and pursue his painting and creative writing whenever they allow him to do so. It is a decision that continues to make him giggle with wild abandon to this very day.
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OBSIDIAN FIRE: The Cave of the Sleeping Sword
"The hilt that stuck out of the crevice in the cave wall looked a lot smaller than what I would have expected for such a legendary sword."
Mark Allen had been preparing his whole life for this, but when the mystic sword chooses the last person anyone would ever expect instead of him, Mark must swallow his pride, and become the most maligned of all superhero clichés: the sidekick.
The Nineteenth Century Farmer In Upper-Canada
In his 1997 Master's Thesis, the author studies the zooarchaeological remains from four historic sites in Ontario, paying close attention to the manner in which these faunal remains were butchered. In his analysis, James introduces culturally relevant quantitative units in order to draw conclusions about the nature of the self-sufficiency of the earliest settlers in Upper Canada.
A Painter's Portfolio
An illustrated portfolio for watercolour artist and author Dwayne R. James. This document contains images and descriptions of his varied paintings, as well as examples of his other works.
Gingers and Wry - An Illustrated Companion
This is a collection of close to fifty image quotes and typographic posters illustrating passages that were either originally presented in, or have been newly inspired by, my book Gingers & Wry. The images gathered for this collection are funny, thoughtful, inspirational, and are perfect for sharing on social media. This book also includes a bonus chapter from Gingers & Wry.
Princess Etheria and the Magic Words
In the conclusion to the wildly popular Princess Etheria Chronicles, Etheria is at her wit's end. None of her solutions to the problem of the entangled buck deer have worked, and she finds herself having to chose between what she's been told by her father, and what she wants to choose to believe. Ultimately, her unique solution is sure to transform your life as well, just like magic.
Princess Etheria and the Stone Trees
In the fourth (and longest) part of the wildly popular Princess Etheria Chronicles, the Princess ponders the connection of her current challenge of the conjoined deer with the time she joined her father on a quest through the snowy forest, and across the icy Sweetwater River. Along the way, she learns what happens to thoughts and ideas that stagnate and petrify, and how to live a paradoxical life.
Princess Etheria and the King's Surprise
In the third part of the wildly popular Princess Etheria Chronicles, the Princess reflects on the time that she was charged with a task by the King after asking a simple question. This leads to revelations about the connection of the dream forest to our own waking world, and becomes a lesson about why bad things happen to people, and how to balance the negative and positive aspects of our lives.
Princess Etheria and the Lost Queen
In the second part of the wildly popular Princess Etheria Chronicles, Etheria is just beginning to puzzle out the challenge of separating the entwined buck deer. Her first efforts have failed, so she takes a moment to reflect on one of her father's many life lessons. It's a difficult memory for Etheria, as it involves the revelation of a secret that will change her world forever.
Princess Etheria and the Battling Bucks
In the first part of the wildly popular Princess Etheria Chronicles, Etheria accepts the challenge of separating the antlers of two buck deer that have been entwined in a bitter argument for more than a century. Her undertaking begins here, and continues through each of the other books in the series, with the Princess unlocking a little more of her own true magical potential in each adventure.
Gingers and Wry
"TWINS. It's the kind of word that only ever happens to somebody else." This is the kind of dry humour that characterizes Gingers & Wry, an autobiographical account of a stay@home Dad of tenacious toddler twin boys. Join the author as he finds the humour in situations that would make the Dalai Lama scream out in anger. You'll never see the world the same once you've seen it through Dwayne's eyes.
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