Alex Carrick’s Blog

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In July 2010, Alex Carrick’s The Size of the Skip received an honorable mention in the prestigious and world-wide Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. For the second year in a row, he was short-listed in 2011 for Caboose Follies. But this is getting ahead of ourselves.

Mr. Carrick carried out his undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), then received an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto (U of T). He also completed the first year towards a Doctorate while living at U of T’s Massey College.

The pull of the job market was too strong and Mr. Carrick went to work for the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) in 1972. The CISC is a trade association representing structural steel fabricators in Canada. Mr Carrick eventually became the Secretary-Treasurer as well as the Economist for the CISC.

Since 1985, Mr Carrick has held the position of Chief Economist/Editor with CanaData, a division of Reed Construction Data (RCD), where he has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the Canadian construction industry.

He is often quoted in the media, especially in the two construction newspapers, The Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce. He has delivered presentations throughout North America on the Canadian, United States and world construction outlooks.

In 2008, he first ventured into blogging and then in 2009, he started making videos on economic topics for various RCD web sites. This offered an exciting challenge that has required development of a whole new skill set.

Many of his award-winning short stories have been compiled in the Scoops series of books as well as the Ten Tales series. The former is comprised of “Two Scoops” Is Just Right, “Three Scoops” Is A Blast! and “Four Scoops” Is Over The Top.

The latter has eight titles (i.e., too numerous to mention here) and all of the books are set out on the Carrick Publishing website.

Mr. Carrick is married with three children, plus a lazy dog and crazy cat that round out the household. Much of the family’s life revolves around the cottage on Georgian Bay.

His wonderful wife Donna is a well-known author in the crime and intrigue fields.

He can be reached at

There are over 180 articles posted to this site. Mr. Carrick asks that you please be kind to some of his earlier craftings and check them out as well as the newer works. The “old stories” need hits too and they are among his favourites. He hates to think of them sitting forlorn and neglected.

Anyone is welcome to read these stories. If you enjoy them, please forward the link to other contacts.

However, Mr. Carrick does retain copyright with respect to commercial for-sale uses. As examples, the latter would include: publishing; printing and re-printing; comics and cartoons; scripts for television, movies and the stage; music lyrics; etc.

By the way, when Writer’s Digest chose Mr. Carrick’s site for its Blog of the Week (mid-May 2012), the accompanying description said, “Alex Carrick’s blog is clean, crisp and entertaining. His stories range from humorous to thought-provoking, making it a fun read.”


9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Terry Elkins // Nov 1, 2009 at 7:04 am

    Love your site, I’d love to add you to my blog roll if that’s allright, just twitter me with your approval.

    Terry (whyguy)

  • 2 Richard // Jan 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Alex
    Love the site and bookmarkeed you a few weeks back, and am also linking to you from my blog.
    I thought I read a story about new years eve, the ball dropping in times square, and the little girl with golden eyes and tentacles….. the guy still winces remembering the last time he upset her. Am I dreaming it? Has it been removed?

  • 3 George Pawlak // Mar 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Nice seeing you at the cottage. Thanks for listening.

    Made a last minute decision to boot it home – chaos as usual. Am recovering today from Matt/Luke issues – Luke’s turning into a red neck country thug!…..Lord!..

    Just for the record: I don’t normally check email receipts unless expecting something…I guess that may have to change.

    Enjoy rest of your holiday

    Regards, George

  • 4 shannon // Apr 16, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Love your blog Alex. I stumbled upon your stuff while looking up liens. Hope you are well. Drop me a line, your beach neighbour.

  • 5 Anne // Aug 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    “Three Scoops is a Blast” is a great read. It’s a little bit of everything all in one–there’s wisdom, humour, and a compelling outlook on life. And the cherry on top is that it’s nonconventional. (I like the blog, too!)

  • 6 alexcarrick // Sep 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Thank you, Anne. I love your review. It pretty much captures exactly what I’ve been aiming for. Very pleased to hear that sometimes my target practice pays off.

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