Brian G. Spare

Professionally, Brian G. Spare has worn a few hats in his day. Throughout the 1980s, he was a medical laboratory technologist. In 1990, he became an entrepreneur founding and running an environmental lab, Tara Scientific Laboratories, for nine years. Then, during the early 2000s, he managed a geochemical and fire assay lab. He became proficient with all of it, but his longing was to be a writer. After the geochemical lab, Brian decided it was time for a career change and to follow his dream. He never looked back. Brian became a copywriter starting BGS Communications in 2010 writing articles, papers and ads as well as edit books. Now, he’s an author too.

On a Personal Note

As well as writing professionally, I write to answer the call of my creative spirit and simply because I like to. I’ve written on a myriad of topics from people to places.

I enjoyed Herman Melville’s 1851 classic Moby-Dick, but the old English made it difficult to read. I thought, “This book needs to be transcribed into modern English.” I decided that I would do it. Well, somebody had to. The Hunt for Moby Dick (Translated) was the result.

After continued encouragement from one friend in particular, I wrote my life’s story entitled The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile: A Memoir. When I told people whom I’d known for years that I was chronicling my life, I found they’d been wanting me to do it for a long time. To be honest, I don’t think I’m all that interesting. I am currently writing a film script for my memoir.

Next, I want to return to writing a historical fiction trilogy. My favourite genre. Stay tuned, there are lots more ideas in my head yet to be penned.

My Digital Stories

A Child of the Universe

In July 2021, I took part in a project with Story Centre Canada called “Cripping the Story” in which I put together a digital story video based on Artists with a Disability. See it here.

Desiderata is the poem put to music that I first heard when I was 12. It became my personal creed and inspired the digital story, A Child of the Universe, above. Listen to it here:

Life’s Changes

I was involved in the Age Friendly GIANTs project which is now part of Age Friendly Thunder Bay https://www.agefriendlythunderbay.ca/. AFTB advocates for seniors’ independence and quality of life. I was one of 10 GIANTs who made a digital story. Watch my story, Life’s Changes, here.

Watch all 10 digital stories at http://www.storycentre.ca/giants-thunder-bay Mine is the last one.

GIANT stands for Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay.

Image by Emily Smyk

Friendly GIANTs Showcase

Through my involvement with Age Friendly GIANTs, I participated in an interview on Friendly GIANTs Showcase originally shown on Shaw Thunder Bay community channel and now on YouTube. I am the 2nd interview beginning at 9:51 of Episode 1 and runs for about 7 minutes. Watch all 4 episodes here.

Visit Nancy Angus, the host of the Friendly GIANTs Showcase, on her website at https://www.agebig.com/

My Books

Nancy’s Article About Me

Determination to Spare

The article that started my writing venture with Bayview Magazine.

My Other Works & Blog Posts

Visit the Stories page.

In My Own Words

I am a thinker and a very creative person by nature. I love to work with my hands and head and put my heart into all of it. Life is a journey and I am with it all the way ready to embark on the next adventure life has for me.

The following excerpt from my memoir, The Boy Who Couldn’t Smile, encapsulates my life:

“In the ICU after my neurosurgery, Dad aptly chose The Old Man and the Sea to read to me. The story of a man who won a personal triumph in the face of defeat proved to be prophetic. It would be the story of my life.”

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