Things that inspire me to write #7: Rachel Vincent’s idea fog

  Anything two feet ahead of me no longer exists and the sky is a constant slate of white. The fog has settled on my part of the world and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon–and I’m starting to think that may not be such a bad thing. In the acknowledgements section of Before I […]

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Things that inspire me to write #8: Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Over the Rainbow

Every once in a while there is a song that fills my chest with sunshine. Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s rendition of Over the Rainbow is one of them. There is something about the  tender beauty in Israel’s voice that, particularly so contrasted against the tragedy of his early death, always demands I stop and listen and whether I […]

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Things that inspire me to write #9: Ida Frosk’s breakfest

Most people either see it as nice way to start the day or an annoying step before work best filled with coffee or Red Bull or both. Then there is Ida Frosk. This Norwegian food enthusiast makes breakfast into an art form in itself, turning everything from oatmeal to boiled eggs into adorable and elegant […]

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Things that inspire me to write #10: The Queen Who Stole the Sky

  Apparently I have always harbored a weakness for really pretty clothes. One of my favorite books as child (after Cinderella for Obvious Reasons), The Queen Who Stole the Sky, is about a woman who cuts down the sky and turns it into a ball gown—her hem shimmering with golden stars and rose colored sunsets as she […]

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Things that inspire me to write #11: My mom’s book

It may not have been made into a three-part movie, or have its own product line—in fact it is technically no longer in print—however the fact that my mom’s story, Grizzly Pete and the Ghosts was a) published and b)  by the same people who brought Robert Munsch to the world, is pretty much good enough for […]

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Things that inspire me to write #12: Flat Handbags

As a former bike commuter, I went through a hell of a lot of inner tubes at one time (I swear someone must sprinkle my street with prickles and really rusty nails on a regular basis). However, not once did I see my wheel innards as anything more than dirty dump destined rubber. But this […]

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Things that inspire me to write #13: Six-Word Memoirs

As much as I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s 30-page long descriptions of a dandelion leaf, there is something to be said about the short and concise. You can do a lot with a little and nowhere is that more obvious than in I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure. Every […]

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