Sexy writing workshop and haiku

In addition to reading being sexy, as detailed in yesterday's post, writing is also super sexy. Which is why I'm taking it to the sexiest level possible and teaching a workshop about writing sexy stories! My "Saucy Smut" class is happening this Friday, October 9 at 6:30PM at Joy Toyz (4200 St-Laurent, suite 415), and will feature tips and tricks for anyone interested in learning how to get Continue Reading...

Haiku a Day #3 — Reading is sexy

Another friend of mine, who goes by Ask the Geek, volunteered her photos for some haiku inspiration. This one naturally caught my eye: [caption id="attachment_776" align="aligncenter" width="427" caption="From the "sexy readers" set on Facebook"][/caption] I mean, hello? Sexy readers, could there be anything hotter? Well, okay. There's also this: The point is, my haiku today Continue Reading...

Haiku a Day #2 — Candy Surprises

[caption id="attachment_767" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Candy Surprises (photo by Gillian Sze)"][/caption] Gillian Sze offered this photo as an inspiration for one of my daily haiku, so I've written one today about candy: Candy surprises Sticky sweet chocolate hopes Alas, licorice Story of my life, people. This is why I prefer to buy my chocolate straight-up, rather than Continue Reading...

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...