Things that inspire me to write #82: The Breakfast Club

Melodramatic, sex-centred brain candy with protagonists that spend way too much time on their hair. Whether in movies or novels, teen pop culture can get a bad rap. And sure, while there may be several dozen (or more) Clueless rip offs out there that doesn’t mean they are the definer of all that it means to be a […]

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Things that inspire me to write #83: JK Rowling

I have a son. He’s two, and at least once a day I feel like locking myself in the bathroom so that I can write for more than five seconds without him thrusting small plastic animals on my keyboard and demanding we play zookeeper again. With the many demands of being a mom, the task […]

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Things that inspire me to write #84: Kate Moss

In a recent Vanity Fair interview Kate Moss recently confessed to all the emotional turmoil and anxiety she suffered during her early modeling career. For someone who has for so long been presented as the epitome of physical perfection, it took a lot courage to admit that in truth, she felt far from that. So […]

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Things that inspire me to write #85: Rolling In The Deep

  I feel it in my chest. A burning, bursting sort of feeling that makes me want to belt out the ‘all’ at the end of the ‘we could have it all…” line in Adele’s Rolling In the Deep song right alongside the British diva.  Thankfully for my husband and son, I usually resist. However, […]

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Things that inspire me to write #86: photography

Sometimes I just feel sapped. Like I don’t even have enough creative energy left to describe the tiniest little thing, like a baby chipmunk’s eyelashes or those coin shaped batteries they use in singing cards. When that happens, I know its time to, as Julia Cameron describes in her book The Artist’s Way, fill the creative well. One […]

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Things that inspire me to write #87: My dad

My childhood was set against jars of murky grey water, hard clumps of color on a white plastic plate, and stacks of picture frames. My dad has painted mountains for as long as I can remember. Now retired and in his sixties he is still going strong, churning out a new one every week. Some […]

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Things that inspire me to write #89: Susan Juby

  A couple summers ago I took a writing class with Susan Juby, author of the HILARIOUS teen fiction series, Alice I think.  I have always admired Susan’s work and was very excited to have her teach me the trade for 5 whole days. However, as much as I enjoyed learning dialogue tricks and plot tightening […]

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Things that inspire me to write #90: JJ Beans cafe

The smell of dark, roasted coffee and pumpkin raisin muffins wafts through the air. The screech of steam and rumble of grinding coffee tickle my ears.  The polished table is smooth, though scratched with the word ‘acid rocket’ under my fingers. Maybe it the caffeine infused air from the barista stand, maybe its the creative buzz radiating off all the other lap-toppers huddled around tables just […]

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Things that inspire me #91: my ear

Last night was the longest night of my life. Well, maybe not my life but of the last week anyway, thanks to the dull-nail-hammering-into-my-skull-like-sensation  also known as an ear infection. Thankfully today, all cavities in my cranial region feels as light and fluffy as rainbow colored cotton candy and Mickey mouse helium balloons and I […]

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Things that inspire me to write #92: 14 year old Annaleise Carr

At fourteen years of age, Annaleise Carr became the youngest person to swim across the frigid and turbulent waters of Lake Ontario last august. She did it to raise money for children and families affected by cancer. It was a long and cold and dark journey with five foot waves and 10 – 15 knot wind that took her 27 […]

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