Rob Ford, parenting, enabling, and bad guys who write their own characters.

Goshens I am sick of the Rob Ford debacle. I wish someone would have advised him that he should have stepped down the minute he mentioned drinking and driving (he's just said he told other councillors caught for DUI that it was okay and helped them "move on"). Breaking the law as an elected official…

Feeling my way

I foolishly rented a 14th story apartment for the view. Often it's glorious - the harbour opens invitingly out of my bedroom window, and lake MicMac winks at me from my den and living room windows. I often while away non-writing hours watching the rowing shells draw circles and figure eights around the islands in…

Killing off your characters, from LitCh@t

http://litchat.com/2013/08/14/character-assassination-killing-off-fictional-characters/ Good list of resources about murdering characters, the whys and hows and whens. For the absolute skinny on HOW, you must read D.P.Lyle's blog or read one of his excellent books, available here. Have fun offing your (fictional) characters!

Connecting with your inner wild thing

Ever since I got this darn disease, I've been surrounded by people who want me to be careful, take it easy, look after myself, rest. I appreciate their looking out for me, and my friends have graciously supported me and saved me from errors, but it's the general run of noise from strangers that makes…

Taking flight…

I've been working on a little story for a while now. It originally was a story from the fantastical 3DayNovel contest - dashed off in a pile of sweat and handwriting over three days, painstakingly typed into my computer over the next day or two. I was thrilled that it survived the competition, made it to the…

Connecting to the real writer’s life

Ach. I am fed up with myself. I've been a self-described writer for several years now and my publication list is just terrible. It all started out pretty marvy, with lots of articles published about my silly life, a story published here and there, some entries in various professional publications. Then I got lost in…

Connecting to your inner gruntle

Grrrr. I am feeling distinctly disgruntled and I seriously need some gruntling. You know that feeling where you start to have hope, just a wee bit, that something in your life might develop into something interesting... and then it doesn't? Or you start looking out for new opportunities and fun... And can't find them? Or…

Connecting to North American Dialect

Y'all know how difficult it is to get dialects right, eh? Tossing them diphthongs around the cah can send you raht to the deep south. As we have been told, writing in dialect (unless you are Carl Hiaasen or Mark Twain) is a perilous thing, but often a well-placed word can be enough to add…

The joys of connecting to inspiration

Back when my kids were little, I homeschooled them for a year. It was a magical time for me as a parent. My middle son was just learning to read, and in the space of a few weeks he'd had that "aha!" phenomenon happen where suddenly the squiggles on the page became the story. The…

Wonderful blog post on the evils of vanity publishers – more connecting with the slimy underbelly of publishing

David Gaughran writes a wonderful blog for writers. You should all subscribe. It's a rare rare day that I don't find something of interest in his well-researched posts. Today he takes on the evil "we want to help you publish your book" folks at Penguin/Random House, Writers Digest, etc etc. For myself, I've given up…