7 NaNoWriMo tips that worked for me

7 NaNoWriMo tips that worked for me

It’s almost NaNoWriMo time, and if you’re a writer you may be considering trying it out this year. And if you’re not, maybe you should, because it’s pretty cool! I’ve finished National Novel Writing Month twice, and I thought I would share some tips and things that helped me have a successful time.… (READ MORE)

Clock & Bell

Clock & Bell

When I think about some of the memorable parts of my years writing online, I’m usually most nostalgic for the earliest years: 1997-2001-ish. But recently, I fell into a different sort of nostalgia spiral. I forget how it even started, but I found myself missing the way blogging was just a handful of years ago. In 2008, when I was living in Calgary, I started a new blog called Clock & Bell. I’d started it because I felt I’d been getting too personal on my… (READ MORE)

Exciting writing news!

Exciting writing news!

So, ha, in all the excitement and all the announcing it all over social media, I somehow managed to overlook my own blog. I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve signed with literary agent Kelvin Kong of K2 Literary! Even though it’s been a few days, it’s still sort of sinking in that now my first novel, The Quiet is Loud, actually has a shot of being read by more people than myself and my handful of beta readers. I have to admit, it’s been lovely… (READ MORE)

Semi-Retired Hens: In praise of the best writing group

Semi-Retired Hens: In praise of the best writing group

One February morning last year, I shuffled along a snowy Toronto sidewalk, internally freaking out. I was on my way to the very first meeting of my new writing group. My friend Teri had set it up, and while I trusted her, I didn’t know what to expect. Would we all get along? Would I fit in? Would we be able to help each other? One year later, we have a name (the Semi-Retired Hens), our meetings are longer because of the ~30 minutes of general… (READ MORE)

The history of fictional worlds

The history of fictional worlds

In 2016, I wrote the following blog post for my history blog, The Small Histories. I was thinking about it again recently and wanted to share it here as well – book lovers will appreciate it! Also, I had to actually laugh out loud when I read “I’m not a worldbuilding sort of writer” – Oh if only the me of 2016 knew that worldbuilding would be ALL she’d do just two years later! June 27, 2016: I was about 13 years old the first time… (READ MORE)

My DIY writing retreat – what I learned

My DIY writing retreat – what I learned

In 2008, I booked myself a hotel for the night for a DIY writing retreat, after being frustrated at not being able to afford a traditional retreat, and also too impatient to wait for one I could afford. I’d been meaning to do it again since then, and last weekend I finally did. Here are my thoughts about my DIY writing retreat, what I learned, and what I’d do differently. (READ MORE)