Hot Milky Tea

I've been feeling so unsettled lately. The horror of DT's first month reminds me of those other DTs - not that I've had them, mind you, but I've seen people in the throes of delirium tremens and it isn't pretty. I'm kind hoping that some of the people who voted the way they did are…

Stardust

There are times, frequently, when I wonder if the world really needs another book, especially one written by my clumsy creative heart. After all, there are so very many BAD books out there, killing trees by the thousands. I really wonder about this, though, when I read something so marvellous, so heart-changing that I am…

On anger, depression, Robin Williams, Terry Pratchett, and writing

I read an article yesterday by Neil Gaiman about Terry Pratchett, author of the fantastic, funny, wise, and seriously wonderful Discworld series. Neil was asked about Terry, about how he must be such fun. Neil told a story of Terry, about how he'd been furious one time and about how he'd told Neil that it…

Trust, that elusive animal, or Humber, week two

It's coming up to the point of no return. Today is the last day I can withdraw from Humber's School for Writers with no fee penalty. I have to admit it's looming large in my head. Not that there's anything wrong with the program, and I am lucky lucky to have a mentor who I…

Writing emotions

Apparently there is an "Emotional Thesaurus" out there to help writers describe their character's emotions. I now quake with fear that writing shall degenerate into a series of emotions resembling those wordy yet uninformative phrases on your elementary school child's report card: "Alice occasionally needs reminding that others are allowed to use classroom supplies", to…