Book Reviews, Non-fiction, Novel writing, writing, Writing Life, Writing resources

Help for novel construction

Image from Pixabay A request to beta-read an as-yet-unpublished novel recently brought to mind again the challenges of writing a novel-length story. Two books that were a lifeline for me when I was writing my two Bible fiction novels were How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson and The 12… Continue reading Help for novel construction

writing, Writing Life, Writing resources

Mini-conference on Storytelling

Two weeks from today (November 2nd) has been marked on my calendar for weeks. It’s the day of our one-day writing conference: “Storytelling: Bringing the Past to Life.” If you’re a Vancouver area writer, you’ll want to give this a look. Here is the delectable lineup: 9:00 a.m. - “The Drama of Biblical Fiction” by… Continue reading Mini-conference on Storytelling

Personal, Spiritual Journey Thursday, writing

2018 in Focus (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

My One Little Word for 2018 is/was FOCUS. I wrote about what I expected my focus on FOCUS to do for me back on January 4th, and did a mid-year evaluation on July 5th. Since then I haven’t actually dwelt on my OLW a whole lot. But reading these two posts and looking back over… Continue reading 2018 in Focus (Spiritual Journey Thursday)

Personal, Religious, Spiritual Journey Thursday, writing

Look both ways before proceeding (Spiritual Journey First Thursday)

January 2018 seems like just yesterday in some ways—and like a long time ago in others. As I look back and ahead, here in the middle of the year, I see several trends. FOCUS My one-little-word for 2018 is FOCUS. I began to put that word into action early in the year by cutting out… Continue reading Look both ways before proceeding (Spiritual Journey First Thursday)

Personal, writing

Duty revisited

Duty revisited Forget what I said earlier about Duty being a stern mother and a tiny house where I kept stubbing my toe on “You shoulds.” Lately Duty has become a pool noodle that keeps me happy playing in the safe shallows instead of risking the big surf of the deep, a tether that won’t… Continue reading Duty revisited

Personal, writing

work

And so the work of writing a poem a day begins... work it starts with pen on paper it’s scribbles and cross-outs and trying again it’s squeezing eyes shut to focus it’s herding cat-thoughts into an orderly, logical line it’s silence no music, the door closed no one dropping into my office to chat it’s… Continue reading work

Poetry Friday, writing

Preserving

Tomorrow is April 1st. As I write that I feel a frisson of excitement. April is National Poetry Month (in Canada, the U.S. and perhaps other places too). This April, as I’ve done during the last several Aprils, I’m planning to drop other projects and works-in-progress and concentrate on poetry. Yes!! Last year I wrote… Continue reading Preserving

Objects, People, Personal, Poetry Friday, writing

Just an ordinary walk

In the last few weeks my walking partner, dear hubby, has been finding it more and more painful to walk. Then the doctor told him, no more long walks until you’re better. So for now I am walking on my own. When I took solitary walks in the past I experienced a wonderful loosening of… Continue reading Just an ordinary walk

People, Poetry Friday, writing

Poetry Friday – Poetry Camp edition

Welcome to Poetry Friday, hosted right here today. When I found out, way back, that Poetry Camp was going to be happening in Bellingham (a mere 40 miles from where I live), I knew I had to be there. Last weekend it all came to pass! Sign boards like this one welcomed us to the… Continue reading Poetry Friday – Poetry Camp edition

Poetry Friday, writing

Reading a poem

Are you part of a local poetry group that meets for readings and open mics? I've been attending our local Fraser Valley Poets Society open mics and other functions for upwards of ten years now! It's been a great place to share work, get practice in reading, even sell books. For some of those years… Continue reading Reading a poem