March 25, 2010
Card's inside caption reads: ...And Live The Dream!
It’s every writer’s dream… a free-wheeling roadtrip across Canada with nothing but your wits and words to get you from A to B to N (Alberta to B.C. to Newfoundland). As I type this, Patricia O’Neill – one of Calgary’s best storytellers – is busy whittling down her life to fit in the back of a car. She’ll be blogging her way across the country (web address coming soon!) as she winds her way through the stories, people, and places along the road. It is rare in this life to be offered a chance at true freedom, and there are too few people brave enough to grab hold of the opportunity. We’re proud of you Patricia! Go forth woman… and live the dream!
Update: You can follow Patricia’s incredible journey on her blog – Moving in the Write Direction
August 7, 2009
We write, can’t help it, can’t fight it. But who reads?
I hopped the bus to work on a recent rainy morning, and was delighted to find five of my fellow passengers with novels under their noses. How many were busy with their cell phones or Blackberrys? Just one! And, wouldn’t you know it, of all the bleary faces on the bus, hers wore the only frown.
March 12, 2009
“To the eye of a creative artist or designer, the mansions looked like monstrosities of architecture gone mad with ostentation.” – Clive Cussler, The Chase
Well, Clive, Daaaarling, “to the eye of a creative (writer)”, this sentence is a bit of a monstrosity. But how could we fault you, dear, for such a small touch of indulgence when the rest of your story is so very delicious. That’s right, Clive, this is your writer’s get outa’ jail free card. Hope you and your editor enjoy it : ) Don’t worry though, I’m workin’ my way through a whole stack of ’em over here on my own.
July 28, 2008
“Writing is the only place where I’m not doing something that somebody else wants… What you want to make is this one little place like the facet of a diamond, just one little shape, and that’s where you live and that’s yours.” – Toni Morrison (quote taken from current August issue of American Vogue)
Click image to read Time Magazine's "10 Questions for Toni Morrison"
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June 24, 2008
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle
Sure, easy for a philosopher to say! If gardening was one of Aristotle’s pleasures, I doubt you’d have found his fellow Greeks lining up to argue the perfection of his produce. I mean really, would you argue with Aristotle (even if it was about a tomato)? As for us writers, we’re stuck with the old adage:
“Practice makes perfect.” – Everyone Else