accepting my slytherinness

I didn't join Pottermore for the longest time. My relationship with Harry Potter was intense, but troubled. It oscillated between shameless joy and celebration to cheek-biting scrutiny and critique. In one past life, I'd enthusiastically dressed up in costume and painted signs, windows, and children's faces for the midnight releases at the bookstore. In another, … Continue reading accepting my slytherinness

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

pixar’s rules of storytelling

Each writer has a different approach to rules. For some, they're made to be broken, others they are mere guidelines, and even others, they are cliches to be avoided like the plague (guess which one I'm not).  Anyway, advice in general is like excerpts from the bible: people cherrypick what works for them and ignore the rest. … Continue reading pixar’s rules of storytelling

travel and the art of mental maintenance: VIII. Broken Down Somewhere in Belgium

This is part of a series I have been working on. The Introduction is here. I can't remember how it was I found out that the bus had broken down. What I definitely remember is that it was extremely cold. The bus breaking down did come several hours into a long bus trip from London. From there, … Continue reading travel and the art of mental maintenance: VIII. Broken Down Somewhere in Belgium

the hiatus and moving on

It seems like every time I return to regular posting after something of a hiatus, I have nothing but complaints about what kept me in hiatus. And I feel like I've come out of one of the most stressful times of my life. There are two kinds of stress I experience: time-related stress, where a million … Continue reading the hiatus and moving on

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 optimism continues

Today I was given the much-needed reminder that, even though some of the shine has come off the Trudeau Liberals, they are still an infinite improvement over the horrors that came before. I started working in the Social Planning section of the City a few months ago, and since then, I've been lucky enough to … Continue reading the optimism continues

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