Yearly Archives: 2015

Writing Links | November

The Wall Street Journal. What’s Really Hot on Dating Sites? Proper Grammar

Book Riot. 12 Signs You’ve Been Binge-Reading

Positive Writer. Surviving Criticism without Losing Confidence in Your Writing

You Tube. Who votes for new words? you do!

Quick and Dirty Tips. First, Second, and Third Person

The Review Review. What Editors Want; A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines

The Guardian. Dan Fante: underground writer expressed madness of the US workplace

Buzz Feed. The Ultimate Guide To Getting Published in a Literary Magazine

Open Book Toronto. An Etiquette Expert Weighs in on How to Handle the Most Awkward Questions Authors Get

Electric Literature. 31 Fairly Obscure Literary Monsters

Writing Links | October

Open Book Toronto. How Tarot Can Help You With Your Writing

Quick and Dirty Tips. Merriam-Webster’s Peter Sokolowski Explains How Dictionary Definitions Change Over Time

The Rumpus. (K)ink: Writing while Deviant #2: Michael Broder

The New York Times. The Gonzo Vision of Quentin Tarantino

The Review Review. “An Ongoing Experiment in Anarchist Publishing”: A Chat with Mark McCawley of Urban Graffiti

Electric Literature. Writing on Screen: Why Do Writing Students Love Such Terrible Mentors

The Bathroom Monologues. Carrie Bailey on Struggling with Disability in Life and Fiction

Sarah Selecky. How to Become a Better Writer

The Guardian. You’re never too old to read young adult fiction

BuzzFeed. Can You Identify These Classic Novels From Their Closing Lines?

“Disconnect” in Necessary Fiction

My short story “Disconnect” is up at Necessary Fiction. After seventeen rejections, this story finally found a home at this webjournal published in Boston. 

Inspirations include my time working as a nanny, struggles with insomnia, and Trinity-Bellwoods Park in Toronto. Here is the opening excerpt:

“Disconnect” was written many years ago and is included in my first short story collection, Men and the Drink, which is currently under consideration at a few publishers. Here’s a cover I designed for fun…

Links to my online short stories

Writing Links | September

the review review. Believe Quality Writing Matters: Put an End to Submission Superstitions

Business Insider. The surprising benefits of reading before bed

Global English Editing. The 120 Most Helpful Websites For Writers in 2015

grammarly blog. 10 Ways Keeping a Journal Will Genuinely Improve Your Life

the Town Crier. On Writing Vulnerability

the guardian. The pleasure of a Jackie Collins novel was always the dish

New Republic. Drunk Confessions: Women and the cliché of the literary drunkard

The River Trading Company. Why Used Books?

The Atlantic. How Literature Inspires Empathy

Clickhole. 8 Rejection Letters Publishers Sent To Famous Authors

“Separated” in The Antigonish Review

My short story “Separated” is featured in the latest issue of The Antigonish Review, published at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

“Separated” is the third story in a trilogy that appears in my first collection, Men and the Drink. Part one, “20 Grit”, was published in Front & Centre #22. “Crappy Little Job” is the second story.

“Separated” Excerpt:

“With no cuts or scrapes to solve the mystery of my injury, I surf the web for information.

Dislocations, rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, bursitis . . . I stop at separated shoulder – the junction of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade), and humerus (arm bone) is disrupted. It is usually the result of a sudden traumatic event. Pain is severe at the time of injury. Alcohol’s oblivion spared me this. A small bump appears over the injury. I stand square in front of the mirror and see the protrusion. Separations are graded one through six, six being the worst.

Throbbing intensifies, and I wake nightly when inadvertently rolling onto my right side. By Sunday I concede the need for medical attention—a trek to the local emergency room in the morning.

No visible war wounds from the small mass gathered here today.”

Note: this story had thirteen rejections from literary magazines and journals before finding a home on the east coast… a reminder of the importance of patience, perseverance, and the belief in one’s own work.

The Antigonish Review can be found in the magazine section of Indigo and some independent bookstores. 

Writing Links | August

The Atlantic. An Introverted Writer’s Lament

Buzz Feed. 51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature

Sarah Selecky. How to end a short story: a case study

Bustle. 5 Common Reading Mistakes You’re Making That Could Ruin Your Literary Life

Jezebel. Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name

The New Yorker. Remembering James Salter, And His Commas

Literary Hub. In Defense Of The Present Tense

The Guardian. Rude awakening: three essential rules for writing good sex

Liz Worth. My Guiding Principles of Creativity

Ploughshares. Dead Stories: When to Say When

Writing Links | July

Lit Reactor. Sixth Sense Settings: Writing Rich, Descriptive Scenes

A. Victoria Mixon. 7 Reasons to Be Grateful You’re a Writer

The Guardian. Candace Bushnell: ‘It’s fascinating to me, this insistence that a character is always based on an author’s life’

Ebook Friendly. 20 best short stories for kids

Ploughshares. When a Workshop Goes Bad

The New Yorker. The Persistence of Litmags

Electric Literature. Don’t Love Your Characters; See Them: An Interview with Kathleen Alcott

terrible minds. Six Signs It’s High Time to Give Up Writing

K. M. Weiland. When Your Story Stakes Aren’t High Enough

Write to Done. 10 Ways to Keep Your Readers Hooked

Writing Links | June

Huffington Post. 12 Women On What Harper Lee’s Work Has Meant To Them

Flavorwire. 20 Photos of Famous Authors Looking Badass

Electric Literature. Is It Time for Literary Magazines to Rethink The Slush?

The New York Times. What Judy Blume’s Books Meant

The Guardian. London’s 10 best library Cards

The Creative Penn. Improve Your Dialogue with James Scott Bell

Freelance Writers. 5 TED Talks for Writing Inspiration

Write World. On Killing Characters

Ploughshares. One Man’s Approach to Writing Women Characters

Writer Carrie Bailey. 5 Reasons the World Needs MORE Writers

Write World. On Killing Characters

Writing Links | May

Writing Forward. Read More and Write Better

the guardian. Margaret Atwood on Game of Thrones: ‘Real people, every murderous one’

Electric Literature. How Should You Order a Short Story Collection?

Huffington Post. Writing a Book? Forget Formula; Try Method!

Writers Store. The Novel vs. the Screenplay: a Tough Love Guide for Talented Writers Point of View in Fiction: First Person, Third Person & More

Time. Why an Architect Wrote a 52,438-Word Dissertation With No Punctuation

National Post. National Authors for Indies Day heralds a new chapter for Canadian book stores

Novel Writing Help. 3rd Person vs. 1st Person – Which is Best?

The Creative Penn. 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Memoir

Reading List 2015

1. Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious by Gerd Gigerenzer
2. Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
3. Lovely to Look At: What Animals Should Know about Humans by Noreen
4. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
7. Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars
8. The Imaginary Girlfriend by John Irving
9. What You Need by Andrew Forbes
10. Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie
11. House Inside the Waves by Richard Taylor
12. Beetle by Matthew Henly
13. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
14. The Fatal Shore: The epic of Australia’s founding by Robert Hughes
15. The Western Home: Stories for Home on the Range by Catherine Cooper
16. Amelia Earhart by Kathleen C. Winters
17. The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende
18. A Different Shred of Skin by T. Anders Carson
19. Fury by Salman Rushdie
20. We Sinners by Hanna Pylväinen
21. The Corner by David Simon & Edward Burns
22. Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris