The lazy, hazy days of summer are upon us, and Janis and I have decided that we are going to grant ourselves a summer blogging vacation. Life is short and summer passes quickly. I know … Read more
Do you keep a writer’s creative notebook? If so, the notebook is probably a great place for your creativity to sprout, bud and blossom?
In the world of Buddhism there is a figure known as Avalokiteshvara in India, as Kuan Yin in China, and as Kannon in Japan. He or she (in some cultures the avatar is male, in … Read more
Have you ever considered devoting all or part of your vacation to a writing retreat?
Are you someone who enjoys making lists? Are you a compulsive list maker? You are not alone. List-making is an activity most of us do without even thinking about it.
Have you ever thought of a friend for the first time in months, only to have them call you within ten minutes?
Writers spend a lot of time sitting in chairs; it is a hazard of our occupation. We all know that sitting is not healthy but it is hard to write while moving. I know because … Read more
If I say “cinnamon”, what memory is triggered? Chances are this single word caused you to travel to a specific time and place.
I heard on CBC radio last week that one of my favourite writers, Sue Townsend, passed away recently at the age of 68. Townsend was the creator of Adrian Mole, one of the most subversive … Read more
Can you remember a time when you walked along a beach at the edge of the water, and felt the wet sand squish through your toes? Do you remember placing your cool hand on the … Read more