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…

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I know I am by no means the first to cheer this wonderful book about writing and life and joy and jealousy and competitiveness and outgrowing that and love and loss. It's one of the MUST READ books in any writer's (or person's) collection. But I had it out last night for some inspiration and came…

Last lines…

Everyone talks about the importance of the first line in your story, long or short, but there is often such grace in the last line that they need to be mentioned. The last line can give you a punch, a feeling of "whoa!", and last lingering taste of the story, that makes it live in…

How do you know when it’s ready?

I'm delighted to report my wonderful, smart, and confident niece has written and self-published her first book and is now marketing it to bookstores in her area, as well as on Amazon. It's called "Crescent" and I'll link to it here. When I first heard about this, though, I was startled to find in my…

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…

10 Signs That You’re A Writer

10 Signs That You're A Writer.

So, how do you DO a good murder (story) these days, anyway?

I remember once having a lengthy and somewhat gruesome chat about how you would dispose of a body in these recycling focused days. Would you drop it by the medical school? Dissect it and put the hip joints and such in either the plastic or metal recycling containers? Take the head and the mercury fillings…

Canada Writes – How to date a writer: Heather O’Neill

Canada Writes - How to date a writer: Heather O'Neill.

Don’t ever get old: review

Whew. In the first pages excerpt of this book (available online from NetGalley) so much is told, so much is started. I am awash in books to read and yet I've put this one on my "to grab soon" list. Friedman can write, powerfully, and I'm dying to see if the rest of the book…

When you’re down, and troubled, and you need a helping hand…

I am such a fortunate bunny. In my life, I've had the chance to meet several of what I would call "Kindred Spirits" - the old Anne of Green Gables kind, those folks who get you and support you without question but also with wisdom, who dare to tell you they think you are on…