about me

m. werneburg, 2008.03.10

I am Canadian, my wife's from Japan. As a father of two, I do what I can. Once was lost, but not any more. Learning to juggle, not yet up to four.



I am a husband, father and some-day novelist. Well, I'm married, and a dad, and I'm slowly dicking around with my first novel—a mumble-year project.

I support the family working in the IT field. Currently I'm working for a start-up in Toronto.


I've been engaged in one form or another of creative writing since I was in high school in the late '80s. Still not a lot that ever got finished, but there's this.

I'm also an avid amateur photographer. I've been making photos since I was ten years old. I really got into it though when I was living Sydney Australia in '00/'01, and have been shooting steadily ever since. Since '06, I've even started amassing a collection of cameras, which has only worsened the habit.

Combining a lot of parenting with ample photography and a little bit of writing, I came up with a photo-book about the first year of my son's life. It's available through the Blurb bookstore.

I also cycle, but mostly to commute to work. While I lived in Japan I learned that the Japanese have distinct terms for "cycling for fun" and "cycling for errands or to commute". I do both, but with the arrival of The Boy, the 'for fun' part took a back seat, as it were. Then a little later, he took the back seat. Now he avidly rides beside me.

I also dabble in occasional wood carving. I usually carve things as gifts for those around me.

I also keep an aquarium. I won't go as far as to say I keep fish, because that would imply that I can keep fish alive. Which would be a lie.


I'm Canadian by birth, and I've lived in a number of places in this great big empty country. I found my wife in Japan but brought her and son to Toronto ten weeks before the Great Earthquake in 2011. We've since had another baby, this one a darling girl.

My name is German, as is my father's family. I'm first-generation Canadian on that side, but the eleventh generation to have lived in North America on my mum's side. Placing at least one line the continent before there were modern countries.


Long before the advent of blogs, I began keeping a journal. Without theme (or even spell checking), it documents my long stumble through this world. By late 2012, I had made over 2,500 entries.

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