Category: authors

Children’s Authors and Illustrators all over Ottawa

October in Ottawa is the perfect time and place to meet local authors and illustrators of books for children and teens (without bothering us at home). On October 25th, head out to the 14th annual KidLit Cafe from the Ottawa Public Library and the Ottawa Children’s…

Further Education for Writers

I’ve been writing fiction all my life, though it has only been at the centre of my life for the past few years (nestled between the kids and the dog, just left of my spouse, right of the cats, and smothered on all sides by art and…

Three Cheers for the Big Yellow Bus

A late August entry in my journal includes this little ditty dedicated to parents of teenagers in summertime: They were laughing, he and she, in their private cafe, before you stepped out of your room grown tall beyond towers of blocks, beyond models, stories, construction paper,…

Friday Fable: the Writer and the Missing Links

You may know the old story, “The Fox and the Goat:” Prologue: A fox fell into a well and couldn’t get out on his own. He swam there for a while making plans… 5 hours later: A goat was walking through the farm, just minding his own…

He Said/ She Sighed Part 3 – Enough Already!

Here’s one last rant sparked by a “how to write fiction” book that advised using “said/say” as the only dialogue verb (as in, “‘I spent thirty dollars on jelly beans at Mont Tremblant this weekend,’ she said.”) (That is a true statement, sadly. They fool you with the…

Friday Fable: The Writer and her Publicist

You may know the old story of The Moon and her Mother: The moon once asked her mother to make her a cloak. Her mother snorted. “How can I make a cloak to fit you when you’re always changing from a new moon to…

Thank you, Nova Scotia Schools!

As I begin the last day of my tour of schools, libraries and bookstores in Nova Scotia, I want to say thank you to all the students I’ve met along the way. Thanks for listening. Thanks for laughing. Thanks for asking great questions. Thanks for saying…

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