Setting Goals for 2017 and Beyond

The Insecure Writer's Support Group

Over the last couple of days, I’ve devoted some time to sketching out 2017 writing goals and roughing in a plan to achieve them.  (I’m enrolled in a seven day Plot Your Success in 2017 workshop at Savvy Authors.) Earlier today, out of curiosity, I clicked on a Facebook newsfeed link. Maybe there was a […]

Writing: Mining for Story Ideas

Science fiction asks the question, “What if?” For thought-provoking articles and snippets, one of my favourite websites is io9 We Come from the Future. The human capacity for rationalizing self-serving behaviour, even when it profoundly hurts others, is highlighted by this disturbing modern psychology experiment: An experiment showed that hospital staff were ready to kill […]

Zombie Short Story for Christmas

The Giving Season - cover

I’m testing the waters of Amazon’s Kindle publishing with a holiday zombie short story titled, The Giving Season. It’s been a learning experience, from editing to commissioning a cover, and I’m happy with the result. I’d love to hear what you think! Description: In Ridge Falls, no good deed goes unpunished. The holidays are not […]

Persuasive Writing Workshop: References and Links

Last night, I taught a persuasive writing workshop for Golden Ears Writers, as part of their Lobby Night series at The ACT. Thanks to everyone who came out. As promised, here is the reference list.   Books: The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric Sister Miriam Joseph, Paul Dry Books (in particular, […]

A setting I love to write (my characters may not agree)

UBC Forest Trail

Paths intrigue me. Who, or what, made them and why? In particular, paths in forest settings hide as much as they reveal. What destinations await the courageous traveler? What dangers lurk along the way? A mysterious setting reflects the emotion and heart of a Gothic story. Little is revealed when wandering down a forested path. […]