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

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 literature would have debating...

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 germ of truth in their sharp...

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....

Back in Business

It's been a long few months since I decided to do an author's website refresh. But here I am with a new look and new energy. I've been to the wilderness and have returned, energized! My thanks to Carly Ottaway, freelance writer and brand specialist....

Time to renew…

Kaboom! I can't believe how many years I've been using the same layout for my website. It's time for a change, so I'm getting out the safety equipment and firing up the jackhammer so that I can rebuild. I want a clean, fresh look. I'm going to post more of my own...

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. Watts was a British...

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 bench in the...

2016 WWC – Sensuality

The members of this full-house panel of authors included: Lori Whyte, Nola Sarina, Jessica L. Jackson, Brandy Ackerly. Their advice was witty and on point. There have to be connections between emotional and sexual elements – how do you get from one type of connection...

Notes from 2016 WWC – Heroines

Panel Members: Lori Whyte, Jessica L. Jackson, Victoria Curran, Melanie Stanford In contemporary novels, there is no Snidely Whiplash and Dudley Do-Right saving little Nell. Today’s characters (male and female) have evolved from the past to become more independent and...