Tag: writers

Friday Fable: The Once-Published Writers and the Un-Published Writers

You may know the old story of The Hares and the Frogs: Once there were three hares who were always stressed out by all the predators in the fields. If it wasn’t a fox in the grass, it was an eagle overhead. Hare life…

Online Launch of Tesseracts 17 – this Wednesday

Want to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate? Want to chat with authors of speculative fiction from across Canada? Want to celebrate longstanding independent book publishers? Then please come to the virtual book launch of Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast,…

Hello Hackmatacks!

Next week I’ll be in Atlantic Canada on an author tour as part of the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award celebrations. My middle-grade comedy, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (Lorimer) is a nominated title in the 2012/13 English Fiction category. Classes all over the eastern…

Suddenly a blog post

“World is suddener than we fancy it.” (Louis MacNiece, “Snow”) We’ve long been warned not to build tension on the cheap by spattering our manuscripts with the word “suddenly.” Lately I’ve read a few posts advising writers not to use the word at all…

Friday Fable: The Writers’ Group Driver and his Three Passengers

You may have heard the classic fable, “The Lion and his Three Councillors:” A lion caught a whiff of his own rancid breath and thought, “Maybe I’m not as kingly as I ought to be. I better check.” He called to a sheep and…

QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

I’m taking a breather from picking up after the puppy to say, wow, it was such an honour to win the Quebec Writers’ Federation 2012 Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature for my middle-grade comedy, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (James Lorimer &…

We interrupt this blog…

…to bring you PUPPIES! Well, just one puppy. But what a puppy. Sigh. I’m smitten. Puppy’s vital stats: Name: Ernest  (AKA Ernie, Ernesto, Che, and occasionally the names of my cats and children when I get confused) Age: 3 months; he’s been with us…

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