Tag Archive | procrastination

Inktober for those afraid to Draw

It’s the first day of Inktober. Illustrators know this. The rest of us might not — but we should, all of us. Because Inktober is awesome. And it’s for everyone. Inktober began in 2009, by artist Jake Parker, as a challenge to improve drawing skills and practices. The gist is simple: you make an ink drawing […]

Oh my Goodreads!

The Goodreads folk are awfully good at keeping in touch. They send me monthly updates, alert me when a favourite author publishes a new book, advise me on how to generate reader interest in my own books, and notify me whenever someone likes one of my reviews. Alas, I cannot reciprocate in good time! Even their notices reminding me, […]

Friday Fable: The Writer and the Busy Life

You may know the old story, The Child and the Brook: One day an old man was out walking when he noticed a child standing by the side of a stream. The boy stood there for over an hour, shifting from leg to leg, fidgeting, sighing, and staring at the water. “Why do you gaze so […]

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 business eating a shirt, when the fox called to him from inside the […]

Off to Nova Scotia for Book Week!

I’m heading off to Nova Scotia tomorrow for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2014. Hurrah! I’m one of 29 lucky authors, illustrators and storytellers selected to tour schools and libraries outside their own province this year. I was thrilled to get Nova Scotia as my destination. I am smitten with the Atlantic coast. (So smitten […]

There’s more to life than books, you know.

I’m tagging along with my husband on some work travel. I flew across the country yesterday evening, drove for an hour through the dark to our hotel, and collapsed into bed thinking, “While Geoff’s at work tomorrow, I’ll work in my room. I’ll get up and blog, then finish my manuscript revisions, and maybe even […]

Friday Fable: The Writer and the Inspiring World

You may know the old fable, The Widow and the Hen: Once there was a widow who found a hen wandering the yard. The widow gave the hen a handful of barley and, lo, it laid an egg. The next day, the widow tossed the hen another handful of barley, and she was blessed with another […]

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