the shapes of stories

I noticed this post was sitting in my drafts folder with nothing more than a heading. It's been sitting there nearly a year. Who knows what the hell I was thinking when I came up with that title. If the past is a foreign country, one's past self is a stranger. Or least someone you … Continue reading the shapes of stories

kurt vonnegut’s eight rules for writing fiction

Eight rules for writing fiction: 1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. 3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass … Continue reading kurt vonnegut’s eight rules for writing fiction

triangulating the text

So a while ago I started posting chapters of a novel online before I panicked and took them down after realizing that they (a) weren't at the calibre I could achieve, and (b) were not going to be produced as expediently as I hoped. I've since been working on it again. The pitch for In What … Continue reading triangulating the text

the granny square approach

Momentum, like Mr. Darcy's good opinion, once lost is lost forever. Or so it seems. Something like a particularly nasty cold that lasts a week (especially when it is followed by Husband spending the whole next week sick with said cold) can wreak havoc on my momentum. Like coming back from vacation, or from an illness, or from … Continue reading the granny square approach

state of the union

Since about 2010, I've been keeping writing notes in Blueline notebooks. I go through two or three a year. I've just started my fifteenth. It's remarkably arbitrary when I finish a notebook; I simply run out of pages. From there, I have to plan a trip to Staples, select a notebook. Sometimes they're all out … Continue reading state of the union

nothing in moderation

Perhaps you have noticed (or not noticed, I haven't the wherewithal to keep tabs on these things, alas), but I've posted the full-text of "Working Title," my short fiction piece that recently won the Quarter Castle Short Fiction context. I think I've gone on about this before, but this is a piece I'd been sitting … Continue reading nothing in moderation

Quarter Castle Chronicles… chronicled

I am extremely thrilled and humbled to share that Quarter Castle Chronicles, Volume One, is now available in print and e-book! Quarter Castle Chronicles ~ Volume One showcases 13 short stories by 12 Canadian authors. They take place in settings across the country, both in the present and the past. From the rugged coast of … Continue reading Quarter Castle Chronicles… chronicled

obligatory july post

I know I haven't posted anything in a while. I have no real excuse other than I have been writing, just not any blog posts. The body of one book is barely cold and I've already started on another. This one is a comedy, which is a nice change. It certainly makes life lighter. I am … Continue reading obligatory july post

writing and the importance of just getting it done

After extensive note-taking and a few false starts, just over two months ago, I actually sat down and starting writing that young adult subterranean fiction piece I first thought of more than half my life ago. (it is now best described as *bracing myself* a dystopian YA novel-meets-Jane Austen.) I've learned through this project the … Continue reading writing and the importance of just getting it done