Advice from the Wilde: Suck it Up, Buttercup

Don’t quit your day job—at least so says Oscar Wilde in a recently discovered letter, advising a young writer that one of the most important things a successful writer can do is not depend on their craft for income. For those of us that would love to devote our time to that thing we are most passionate about, […]

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Something I learned about writing today: Shut your face!

Does this shirt make me look like a sack of onions? Should I really have spent that much on a cup of coffee? Did I actually just say that? My life is full of self doubt, and the time I spend writing is no exception. And though I don’t know if there is any real […]

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Human Books…and no, you can’t take these ones in the bathtub with you

I was more than a little confused the first time I heard about one of these. Human Book? What other kinds are there? It’s not like elephants have gotten into the publishing business, they don’t have fingers. Then I remembered that thing called ‘Internet’ and was enlightened. Actually, human books are people, not paper bound […]

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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 #14: Jessica Chastain

Studded with enough famous faces and sparkly dresses to launch a period drama, the Golden Globe Awards have never felt any more real to me than any other Hollywood production—until last night. “I have wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl and I have worked for a really long time I’ve […]

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Things that inspire me to write #15: Being a mom

This little baby turned three this week. And sure, I was happy for him and all that, but having been so preoccupied wondering what I could possibly purchase for someone who has just barely cracked into their Christmas windfall, I hadn’t really thought about the significance of my son’s milestone until this morning when I […]

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Things that inspire me to write #22: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.” ― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull My bed creaks like an elderly cat. Constantly. It is very annoying–especially whenever I think about replacing it with one […]

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Things that inspire me to write #28: Bogs Boots

Welcome to Vancouver: as gray and rainy as a Twilight love scene for pretty much the entire winter. It’s almost enough to make me want to curl up in my bed and watch the entire selection of romantic comedies on Netflix—even the ones with dogs. Thankfully I got a pair of Bogs this Christmas. They […]

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Things that inspire me to write #36: Santa Claus

His whole purpose in life is to make children all over the world happy. I don’t care if he was a product of a Coca Cola ad campaign, we are surrounded by some pretty messed narratives in this society (has anyone else watched Dexter lately?) Compared to all that, the character of Santa Claus, a […]

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Things that inspire me to write #42: Friends

They laugh at my jokes, even if they are not always funny (it happens). They listen to my doubts and urge me to carry on. They think everything I write is Giller worthy (one of them anyway).  They provide alcohol when alcohol is needed, and chocolate when chocolate is needed. I may lose hope of […]

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