I stumbled across some good things last week–stories, music, glimpses of beauty, and a few tweets, posts, and images I found helpful or meaningful. Thought I’d share them here, in the hopes you’ll enjoy them, too! Continue reading
…to ask for help. My occasional reminder that we’re not meant to do life alone: Life is hard sometimes–for everyone. If you need help, please, please, ask for it. Call a friend, or a crisis line, or your doctor. If you don’t need help right now, please watch for those who need it but are having trouble asking.
I’m a fan of novels written in verse. I’ve read quite a few–currently reading Kwame Alexander’s THE CROSSOVER–but I keep discovering more, so many more! I love them in part for how they use language–lyrical and spare–and for many other reasons. I’ve got a guest post today on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves, sharing some of my favourite verse novels and highlighting a few more reasons I love them. Click on over and have a look!
I’m thrilled that FALLING FOR ALICE is out today! This short-story anthology was such a fun project, and it was an honour to work with such talented co-authors–Denise Jaden, Dawn Dalton, Kitty Keswick, and Cady Vance (you will love their stories!). And hats off (and teacups raised) to our multi-talented publisher, Jessica Bell of Vine Leaves Press!
Here’s the book trailer, to give you a taste of what’s inside FALLING FOR ALICE: Continue reading
Heartbroken to hear today that Jonathan Crombie has died. I’ve never met Jonathan–I know him only in his role as Anne of Green Gables’ Gilbert Blythe–and so part of me feels I’ve no right or reason to grieve, when those who truly knew and loved him have lost so very much. And yet I am among the many fans who are “in the depths of despair”. Continue reading
Despite ominous clouds, I went to the beach today. Yes, I got rained on, but hey, sea glass is easier to find when it’s wet.😉 The sun returned, so it ended up being a best-of-both-weather-worlds kind of day for walking on the beach.
My favourite find today was this slightly creepy but very awesome china doll face. It was upside down amidst the stones, and I thought it was a bit of oyster shell. But then I thought, perhaps a bit of pottery or china? So I picked it up and flipped it over, hoping for a splash of colour, maybe…and there she was. Cool!
Story ideas are a bit like that for me — not a grand epiphany, with a fully formed idea flashing into my mind, but rather, an ordinary something catches my eye (or mind, or heart), and I wonder what it might be, or what it might become. I collect these bits the way I collect sea glass — compulsively, yes, haha, and then tucking them away, even if they don’t seem especially useful at the time. Eventually, a collection of these ordinary things comes together, and a story emerges.
If you’re a writer, how do story ideas come to you?
This is it! The last day of March Madness 2015. It is seriously AWESOME that you stuck with this through the month. Even if you had some off-days (or weeks), and even if you didn’t make it to your goal, I am SO glad you were with us for March Madness. And if you had a fantastic month? If you achieved or even exceeded your goals? WOOHOO!! Congratulations!! *throws confetti* *passes cake to everyone*
Okay, one final check-in today while you’re clinking glasses and enjoying the virtual cake… Continue reading