#Author in Focus: Virginia Woolf – A Life of Her Own

 Virginia Woolf – A Life of Her Own Author In Focus Bio: Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. Wikipedia Born: January 25, 1882, Kensington, United Kingdom Died: March 28, 1941, River Ouse, Sussex, United Kingdom Spouse: Leonard Woolf (m. 1912–1941) Movies: Orlando, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Golven, Simple Gifts, A Room of One’s Own Siblings: Vanessa […]

9 Famous #Authors Rejected by Publishers

I have been submitting my manuscript to agents over the past few months so I thought this was a great post to reblog from  Bridget Whelan Writer to include on my site. Enjoy. Bridget Whelan Writer 9 famous authors rejected by publishers (comfort for emerging writers) I enjoyed reading the article published by The Writers Circle website about famous […]

10 Ways to Be Creative in the Summer

Does summertime make you feel creative and want to try new things? Or do you just like to have fun in the sun? I like both, so while I’ll be posting all through the summer, I’m taking a break from blog commenting until after Labor Day. Some of you may remember this post from last […]

Barbara Kingsolver: What is the Heart of a Novel?

  Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. The novel which earned her a pulitzer prize nomination and an Oprah endorsement, was “The Poisonwood Bible”  published in 1998, and follows a missionary family in the colonial Congo.  She […]

Do You Keep A #Writer’s Notebook?

I’ve recently been taking a free online poetry class through the Iowa Writer’s workshop, and it reminded me how useful – essential even – a writer’s notebook is. After all I did name a whole website after it! What is A Writer’s Notebook? Any kind of notebook that you jot down ideas, words, stories, poems […]

Do You Want to Watch An Animated Ray Bradbury Interview?

Lisa Potts did an interview with Ray Bradbury  in 1972 and she by chance found it again in 2012. Since then, it’s been animated though the wonderful “Blank on Blank“ , in part of their PBS series. Thanks so much to Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org – one of my favourite websites BTW – for introducing me to […]

Do You Shop at Independent #Bookstores?

Saturday May 2nd is Independent Bookstore Day, so I’ve written a short, tongue in cheek piece of fiction, in honour of the experience of small bookstores and keeping them alive. Enjoy! I’ve been going to the By the Book since I was a child. It’s still run by the Greene twins – two sisters, now in […]

How to Express the Golden Gate Homesick Blues

We’re coming to the end of National Poetry Month and I want to share a poem I wrote a few years ago in a poetry workshop. I was living in England at the time, feeling very homesick for San Francisco, as well as nostalgic for a time when I was more mobile than I am […]

Oscar Wilde:120th Trial Anniversary in National #Poetry Month

April 3rd 2015 marks the 120th anniversary of the start of the trial of Oscar Wilde that went to court in 1895. Ironically it was Wilde himself that pushed for the court hearing, ignoring advice of friends, after the Marquess of Queensbury left her calling card with the note: “For Oscar Wilde, posing somdomite” Wilde picked […]

Does Internet Dopamine Stop You from #Reading #Books?

Where do you get your nightly dose of dopamine? No, let me put that a different way… What is your preferred visual stimulation of choice before you go to sleep? Watching a movie, the TV, going online and catching up on email, tweeting, texting, Facebook etc… or reading a book? Come on, let’s be honest. I […]