Creative People Are Curious. Are You?

You know them. You’ve seen them. And sometimes you’ve even been annoyed by them, those kids with their hands up the whole class, whether it’s in kindergarten, grade school, university or writing classes. They like to talk, to share ideas, sometimes to excess. And they often seem to have new ways of thinking or feeling […]

Patchwork Stories Make a Life

A writing friend of mine wrote a lovely blog about how her family connections were often wrought through handcrafts full of painful yet loving stitches. Then Gwen Tuinman linked those moments to her writing. Beautiful, I thought, and wrote a comment. From that exchange between friends comes the idea for this post. How fitting to […]

Play the Writer’s Long Game for Success

Writers have to be prepared to think in terms of the long game. First of all there’s the decision of actually becoming a writer and that’s often a hard one. Toughest for me was deciding long after I’d been writing my first novel for months that I really could be called a writer.  An author? […]

Reading, Writing and Reading Again!

I’ve always been a reader. Have you? From the time I let the vacuum run and run while I read one of my mother’s books from the shelf in the upstairs bedroom, books have fascinated me. The covers–usually glossy papers rife with colour–and the weighty textured inside paper full of words wild and wonderful took […]