Haiku A Day #1 — Rocktober!

[caption id="attachment_761" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Breakfast of champions: guitar bento (photo by Flickr user Sakurako Kitsa)"][/caption] I forgot to mention yesterday that it's now ROCKTOBER! (the exclamation point is actually mandatory), so my first real haiku a day is inspired by this concept. And what is the concept of Rocktober!, you may be asking? According to the Continue Reading...

Another day on earth, and another haiku, my cool new project

[caption id="attachment_748" align="alignright" width="320" caption=""Another day on Earth" by James Dignan (image via grutness.co.nz)"][/caption] Lately, I've been feeling like I haven't been doing enough creative work. It has all been just work, and it's burning me out. So I've been trying to read more of the blogs I find interesting, for inspiration. Most recently, my husband Continue Reading...

How to get published

How do you get published? Or, perhaps more to the point: How do you get people to pay you money for your writing? These are questions I hear a lot from writers who are new to the freelancing game and looking to write for magazines and websites. While I would love to help everyone find the answers to these questions, one of the first things you should know about freelancing and writing in general Continue Reading...

An open letter to media job boards everywhere

Here is the text of an email I just sent to Media Job Search Canada, and which I have forwarded to MediaBistro. It can equally well apply to media job boards everywhere that uphold this offensive policy of posting scam "jobs" meant to trick and/or entrap young, inexperienced writers: Dear Media Job Search Canada, As a hard-working freelance writer, I'd like to make a suggestion for your media Continue Reading...

End of novel, feeling fragmented

[caption id="attachment_434" align="alignright" width="372" caption=""Shards" (photo by Flickr user nualabugeye - back again soon)"][/caption] So... I finished my 3-day novel (and wrote about the experience for the Fuel Your Writing website here). It's more of a long short-story than a true novel. But that's about all I want to say about that, for now. I feel kind of drained, kind of Continue Reading...

Day 3: 3-Day Novel Contest

[caption id="attachment_425" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="I look nothing like this photo, at this point. Picture my hair in the world's messiest bun, my shirt covered in stains, and you'll be approaching the idea."][/caption] It's the final day of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. It's 2:40 PM. I haven't written anything since 8:30 yesterday morning. The short story is that my Continue Reading...

Day 2: 3-Day Novel Contest

[caption id="attachment_420" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Yes, I am still wearing the shirt. It still smells pretty fresh, so shut up. Also, I look much more harried than this, in real life. Srsly."][/caption] It's 7:57 AM on day two of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. The hubs is still in bed, there's laundry that needs doing, but screw it all. I've got my thinking cap on, cus last Continue Reading...

Day 1: 3-Day Novel Writing Contest

[caption id="attachment_412" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Taken yesterday, and messed about with in Photoshop, natch. Stay tuned for the "harried novelist" images later on."][/caption] It's 10:57 AM. I have 1,729 words. I am not off to the crazy start I had anticipated, probably due to the fact that I am still doing the usual weekend routine of getting up, having a Continue Reading...

3-Day Novel countdown

I've come up with a title and general idea for my 3-Day Novel. I'm calling it Escape From Montreal, and it'll be exactly like Escape From New York, except everything will be completely different. Currently, I'm envisioning it as a sci-fi tale, set in the near future. The heroes of the story are artistic souls, trapped on an island that's stuck in the 1960s and slowly crumbling. Kinda like Continue Reading...

On entering the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest

Since it's already turning into a crazy time in my life, and because I hadn't realized Labor Day was popping up so soon (i.e. this weekend), I've decided to do something totally insane: I am entering the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. That's right: I'm going to write an entire novel in only 3 days. Some say it can't be done. Others have tried and failed. Still others have paid their 50 bones, Continue Reading...