Happy International Caps Lock Day, everyone! And don't forget, only ten days until Picture Book Month. I'm especially excited beause this year I'm a Picture Book Month Champion!!
One exquisite moment On Sunday morning, I drove through town to have coffee with a friend. It was one of those exquisite fall days that sometimes arrive just before winter settles in—the aspens and cottonwoods are all bright yellow clouds of leaves contrasted against the cloudless blue sky and blue...
You can affect others’ lives through blogging. You never know exactly how your blog might inspire or influence somebody else. If you need an effective tool to persuade others to a certain viewpoint, a blog may be just the thing for you. This article has great tips about creating successful...
Writing and solitude have always been indivisible. Many writers prefer to work from the comfort of a peaceful and calm place. This calm context helps writers focus on their work and help their imagination fly into different worlds.
This year marks one hundred years since the birth of Octavio Paz, renowned Mexican poet, essayist, diplomat, and Nobel Laureate. On October 6th, as part of a weeklong centennial celebration, the Americas Society, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Poets House, and Instituto Cervantes New...
Thanks so much to CANSCAIP for inviting me to be a speaker at the Packaging Your Imagination conference at Humber College this past weekend. I had a fantastic time and once again appreciated what a wonderful kidlit/YA community we have here in Canada. I've posted some of my photos on Facebook and...
In the 27th in a series of posts on 2014 books entered for The Story Prize, Kathleen Winter, author of The Freedom in American Songs (Biblioasis), discusses her alternative existence and her worst/best story idea. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing?I would be a street...
photo by Jaina A couple of weeks ago, a client told me one of his beta readers had said his book read like a comic book.  I asked why that was a bad thing. Granted, you don’t want your characters to be shallow caricatures or your plot to be mechanical or contrived, which is what many people mean by...
Warning: there are SPOILERS in this review of the seventh and last of the Harry Potter novels by J K Rowling. It’s written assuming that you know roughly what has happened in the earlier books, and what happens in this one. It pays no attention to the film(s), so don’t rely on your...