The loss of superlatives

I've always been the sort of person to speak in superlatives. I talk about the greatest thing, waggle my tongue around three-syllable words that overflow the conversation, wave my arms about, waggle my eyebrows, roll my eyes. In writing, I try to take out my excitable words, seek other phrases that are less "Golly Gee!"…

On aging, and gradually disappearing

I missed my 40th high school reunion this past weekend. I was sorry not to see the gang, the people who had known me BEFORE - people who might have the memories I have lost over the years, the ones I dig for but can't retrieve, unless I have them in photographs. I've lost the…

Gnawing my fingertips

My nails are long since gone..... I've been dreading this election Tuesday for months. I live in Canada and thus can only watch, horrified, as a rude, lying, idiotic man bullies his way through towards President, making all of his policies (if any) sound like "I know I am and so are you" schoolyard yells. Or…

Last night I dreamed of blood…

It was one of those hyper-acute dreams, the ones that stay with you when you wake, the ones that play over in your head as you try to retrieve their inner details. I love these dreams. I like trying to figure out what my brain was up to to create them, what they might mean,…

Nanowrimo, or why it’s a darn good thing I’m an introvert

Ah, blissful solitude. Solitude with the sounds of silence or rock and roll or even really old-time gospel music, while my fingers make strange movements and my brain creates a world in my head. It's a strange thing I spend most of my time doing - creating. Either I am wrestling with tiny bits of…

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…

Top 12 software to write your novel | Publish Your Own Book

Top 12 software to write your novel | Publish Your Own Book. thanks to D.P. Lyle for originally sharing

Prioritizing

Lately I've felt like the old sailor who had so much to do he didn't do anything at all. I feel distracted by my many tasks and goals and can't focus on one thing at a time. It's foolish, because I just finished the excellent training for "living well" and if I'd paid attention I'd…

NaBloPoMo Blop-ing to the end…

Well. So here we are at the end of Nanowrimo (at which I failed miserably) and NaBloPoMo, where I missed three days out of the month, pretty good average, I'd say, since it's been a crazy as usual month, filled with the usual sturm und drang, a phrase I've used ever since I absorbed it…

Every writer needs a perfect cafe

Hemingway had his bars. I need my cafe. There's something perfect about the combo of really good coffee and the occasional goodies, background music you have no control over(so therefore cannot fuss over), and the snippets of conversation that slide through your consciousness that makes for the perfect writing space. Add the inability to do…