The Real You – Do We Ever Know?

Alan Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker who spent much of his life in San Francisco. Best known as an interpreter and visionary who popularized Eastern philosophy for a Western audience, the concepts contained in his books still resonate today....
George Orwell Skewers Mark Twain

George Orwell Skewers Mark Twain

Would that George Orwell and Mark Twain could see the current state of writing, especially in the political sphere. ‘Cheap immigrant labour’ and ‘Big Business’? The Gilded Age has morphed into tin. What a cage-match these two titans of...

Fear with longing….

It’s called lack of confidence. Fear of being slagged. Not wanting to listen to those who don’t write but find it easy to critique what you’ve written and rewritten and lost sleep over. We budding writers always worry – what if there’s a...

Story Masters Toronto Workshop – Chris Vogler

Origins are very important – that’s where we come from, where we get our inspiration, the beginnings of our path. He’s known as a ‘structure guy’ – he can look at a story and see through to the bovines – almost like a chiropractor who can see what’s out of alignment....
The Wisdom of Alan Watts

The Wisdom of Alan Watts

… an interesting take on a philosopher mentioned by Jane Friedman in her recent Toronto Romance Writers’ workshop. The gaspy speaker with the selfie stick is not Alan Watts (1915-1973), but his energetic replay of Watts’ words is powerful enough....
A Blog Worth Reading – Diana Cranstoun

A Blog Worth Reading – Diana Cranstoun

Diana is one of my favourite people and a member of our electronic women’s writing group, Ladies of Letters. We met again this summer at Calgary’s When Words Collide Reader/Writer conference and shared an afternoon coffee, a long walk and longer talk on a...