Thoughts about writing

Since I'm not being creatively productive, I thought I provide some humour while I sit staring at the field of snow that is our backyard and contemplate which of my many writing projects I'll work on today. [gallery size="full"...

No Resolutions Here

This is the only place you'll hear me saying that word, and the only time. David Farland said in a recent blog post, "I hate the word “resolution.” Whenever I think of it, I think of soldiers circa 1800, marching resolutely into battle, knowing that they’re going to...

The Weight of Words

The recent controversy over 'taking a knee' reminded me of something that bothers me from time to time. Goodness knows I'm not a crusader. But maybe it's time for me to take a stand, no matter how small the platform I inhabit, and shine a light for change. I've been...

The Heroine’s Journey of Discovery

It's September, and in honour of all the kids going back to school, I was doing some computer hard drive house-cleaning. Not that I need the space but it does keep me from doing chores like cobweb-hunting and folding laundry. I signed up for what looks to be a...

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...