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

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

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

Writing Links | April

write it sideways. 7 Tips for Writing About Places You’ve Never Been

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

Online Short Stories | Julie McArthur




“A Polite Woman” in Cosmonauts Avenue
“Walking Past” in The Nottingham Review

“Disconnect” in Necessary Fiction

“Thank You for Disappearing” in PANK

“The Promise of Puppies” in Dragnet

“Little Hawk” in Little Fiction
“Rivals” in Joyland
“Hybrid Love” in Lies with Occasional Truth

Writing Links | March

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

Writing Links | February

the guardian. The top 10 novels about lost friendships

Writing Links | January

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

“Between the Pines” in Paragon

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.