I’ve just finished my second year of creating an ink drawing every day in October! This art challenge, called #Inktober, is only one of the many creative challenges that I’ve participated in over the years. These creative challenges span the calendar year. Opus, our local art supply shop company, sponsors Opus Daily Practice—a challenge to… Continue reading Creative Challenges – do you play along?
Abundant Rain Journal: A Devotional Journal for Writers of Faith by Marcia Lee Laycock My rating: 5 of 5 stars Marcia Laycock's Abundant Rain Journal is a devotional journal that will be of special interest to Christian writers. Each of the 30 one-page meditations deals with some aspect of the writer's life. Laycock's own experience… Continue reading Abundant Rain Journal (Review)
Today is the first day of March. The word “March comes form the Roman ‘Martius.’ According to this site, it was originally the first month of the year (Roman calendar) named after Mars the god of war. The flower of the month of March is the Daffodil or Jonquil. March’s stone is Aquamarine / Bloodstone… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – March 2014
Welcome to the Freelance Writer’s Almanac for February 2014! The flowers of February are VIOLET and PRIMROSE. The birthstone of people born in February is AMETHYST. It means SINCERITY. 1 Canada’s RCMP came into existence on this day in 1920 (The Christian Almanac - TCA p. 77). George Bush & Boris Yeltsin officially declared the… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – February 2014
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first post in the Freelance Writer's Almanac series. Today we start a new year. It's interesting to look back and see what happened 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago with a view to remembering, reflecting on, and perhaps writing about these things. Of course if you choose to… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – January 2014
Anyone who has written freelance knows that wonderful writing isn't the only thing our piece needs to get accepted. It also needs to be timely. Write and submit an article about C. S. Lewis in 2014 and chances are editors will reject it, whereas they may well have accepted it in 2013. Why? Because 2013… Continue reading Freelance Writer’s Almanac – coming soon!
In my part of the world December, and Christmas, take place during the darkest part of the year. Our December days are short, the nights long. Perhaps that's one reason lights are such a big part of our Christmas decor. When I think about the spiritual aspect of Christmas and light, one of the first… Continue reading December prompt: light
We've entered November--the month in which we set aside a special day to remember our country's soldiers. In Canada we call it Remembrance Day. We commemorate by wearing flocked red poppies in the weeks leading up to November 11th and on the day, gathering at cenotaphs throughout the country to lay wreaths, pray prayers, and… Continue reading November prompt – remember
It's October and in Canada the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving (second Monday), that "annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal" - Oxford Dictionary. (I'm already making a menu in my head!) Thanksgiving seems like an obvious thing to write about in October because of the holiday and other reasons.… Continue reading October prompt: thanksgiving
Here in the Lower Mainland of B.C. we haven't had a drop of rain for all of July. This is a record for the first calendar month ever without any rain recorded at the Vancouver weather station! By now lawns that aren't watered are looking brown and thirsty. Forest fires are a very real threat… Continue reading August prompt: rain