Artists: Be Here Now…or face this Duchman’s wrath

Apparently I have the attention span of a month-old shih tzu. Despite making a pledge to be more present,  I only managed to reign my mind in to the moment for all  of about 37 seconds over the course of two weeks. Pathetic, I know. And yet despite its brevity, I did manage to get […]

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On the Importance of Doing Nothing: Brenda Ueland & Writing

I have been carrying some pretty heavy writer guilt around lately—and I don’t mean heavy as an office water cooler, I’m talking heavy as-an-Assembly-on-Drunk-Driving, plus the whole damn Mulligan delivery truck. Despite managing to spend plenty of time getting all wet and sandy with my three-year-old, several months have passed and I still haven’t produced […]

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Creativity through Mindfulness: Advice from Brenda Ueland

It happened again. Despite so many pinky-swear-sealed promises that I would most definitely and certainly get back to my manuscript and write a WHOLE chapter this week, I didn’t even manage to power up my laptop. I need help. Luckily, I found some in the form of Brenda Ueland’s book, If You Want to Write: A […]

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On getting un-blocked

“Anyone who’s ever quit smoking knows that feeling. And that’s me if I don’t get to write. It feels like I’m jonesing.” Douglas Coupland I used to think writer’s block was for wimps. For people that lacked the willpower to sit down at the computer and just get to it, and frankly, probably weren’t meant […]

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Alice Munro: hope for late bloomers like me

Craig’s List made me cry today. And it’s all my fault. I normally confine my job searches on said site to the admin/office assistant range, however today I made the mistake of browsing all sorts of interesting positions–psychiatric nurse, veterinarian, deep water fishing guide–that I am totally NOT qualified for. It was like window shopping […]

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Making space for awesomeness…and some new writerly freinds

  There is nothing like moving to make me ball like a teacup chiuaua. It happened when I went to Japan, then again when I  moved across the country to Ottawa, and most recently, just a few kilometres away from my Vancouver home—thus giving up my cozy little apartment, my friends, my workplace, and my […]

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