December 31, 2015
Huff Post. 30 Ways Authors Can Prepare for the New Year
Open Book Toronto. Taking Your Medicine in the Editing Room
the guardian. The best book we've read all year: Guardian writers and readers look back
Ploughshares. Round-Down: Rounding Up the Submission Fee Debate
Mashable. An illustrated guide to bookstore reading etiquette, starring cartoon Jonathan Franzen
Electric Literature. Now You Can Get Short Stories from a Vending Machine
Writer's Relief. 5 Ways to Make Your Characters More Three-Dimensional
Manhattan Book Review. Advice You Won't Learn in a Writing Program
Literary Hub. How the Literary Class System is Impoverishing Literature
Buzz Feed. 24 Hilarious Tweets Every Grammar Nerd Will Appreciate
November 30, 2015
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
November 4, 2015
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?
October 11, 2015
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
September 30, 2015
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
September 10, 2015
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.
"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.
August 31, 2015
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
July 30, 2015
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
June 30, 2015
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
May 29, 2015
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
Study.com. 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
May 25, 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
April 29, 2015
While We're Paused. Psycho-Bunnies and Fiction: Using Animals in Your Writing
terrible minds. 25 Things You Should Know About Antagonists
Joyland Magazine. Four Letters from an Ongoing Series
the guardian. An unexpected ending for literary progress?
Electric Literature. Infographic: The Opposite Habits of Famous Writers
Carly Watters. How to Write Endings: or how to get the octopus to bed
Sarah Selecky. The Vulnerability of Submission
Toronto Star. Brave new world for Canada's literary journals
Critique My Manuscript. Elements Examined in a Fiction Critique
April 17, 2015
LINKS TO MY SHORT STORIES PUBLISHED ONLINE
"A Polite Woman" in Cosmonauts Avenue
March 30, 2015
About.com. The Amazing Hemingway Cats
Time. In Praise of the Humble Comma
the guardian. Haruki Murakami gives readers further advice on writing, adultery and cats
Writers in the Storm. Submission Tips Checklist: Double-Check These 16 Things Before Sending Your Book Out
Electric Literature. What's Wrong with Only Reading Half a Book
Laura Jean Schneider's Blog. 6 Reasons to Submit to Lit Mags That Pay
New Republic. Workers of the Word Unite. On language and class at the copy desk
the review review. It's Hard Out There for a Submitter: Top 5 Lit Mags With the Kindest Rejection Letters
Gailey and Davio Writers' Services. Submittable from the Editor's Point of View: Your Top 5 Questions Answered
Mental Floss. 12 Works of Literature That Were Featured on Mad Men
February 28, 2015
Electric Literature. Eight Excellent Literary Podcasts for Your Morning Commute
the review review. Three Cheers for Rejections! Welcoming Your Writing Back Home
terrible minds. 25 Things To Know About Writing The First Chapter Of Your Novel
Writers' Treasure. Common Mistakes Made by Creative Writers
Huffington Post. The Benefits of Journaling and Tips for Getting Started
Flavorwire. A Selection of Writers Inspired By Dreams
Write to Done. Eight Simple Tips for Editing Your Own Work
Writers Store. The Myths of Writer's Block
January 30, 2015
Quirk Books. 7 Ways to Organize Your Bookshelves
the guardian. Keys to the past: your typewriter stories
Numéro Cinq. Life Is Too Short For A Long Story
npr. The Enduring Life Of Lit Mags: We'll Always Have (The) Paris (Review)
Lit Reactor. Saved By The Supporting Characters
the review review. On Track With Glimmer Train
Electric Literature. What Birdman Starring Michael Keaton Says About Short Story Writing
Winnipeg Review. 27 Thoughts About CanLit
The Paris Review. Haruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182
Writer's Digest. How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Books
January 17, 2015
My short story "Between the Pines" appears in the current issue of Paragon, published at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland.
This story takes place in Ottawa and was inspired in part by neighbourhoods Glen Cairn and the Byward Market, as well as my experience working in childcare. "Between the Pines" is included in my first collection, Men and the Drink.
"Pinky is relieved, along with her students, when the bell rings at lunch. She walks five blocks to her retreat, a long narrow park that edges the Ottawa River. It's quiet contrast to classroom chaos is soothing. She strolls along the stretch of green until she comes upon the two large Austrian pines. She sits between them on a blanket of brown needles.
The pines are similar to those that dominated her front lawn when she was a child. Although the two trees started off as saplings, one had trouble keeping up with the other. Every Christmas, Pinky would hang heavy loops of blue and green lights on her wrists and unwind them slowly for her dad. Eventually he needed a ladder to reach the tops. Her cat Tommy would often climb them and meow. She wanted her dad to rescue him, but he always said that the cat was fine, that Tommy liked to be in the trees because he felt safe."
Thank you to the editors at Paragon Press for accepting my story.
A reminder of the importance of perseverance... "Between the Pines" was rejected thirteen times before finding a home on the East Coast.