A Turtle With Snow On Its Shell

Winnipeg gets its name from a Cree word meaning 'Muddy Water.' Another name, one I like better and also comes from Indigenous history, is 'Turtle Island.'  It suits this city as we like to move at a slow pace in regards to everything. Ever wonder how Winnipeg can move even slower than a turtle? Dump … Continue reading A Turtle With Snow On Its Shell

Music Monday: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Johnny Mathis

Winnipeg had a mild fall, with a snowfall evaporating by the next day, with some people hanging onto to shorts for as long as humanly possibly. Could it be, some thought, a Christmas without snow?  December rolled in and with five days into the month, the weather laughed as if to say, Dudes, you ain't … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Johnny Mathis

NaNoWriMo2016: Wrap Up Post and Look Ahead

This year, I declared myself a rebel and began writing a series of personal essays. It would act as a slush pile for this blog or a grab bag of fiction ideas but my focus was not on the end result, the 50,000 words and the title 'winner,' more on the process itself. I wanted … Continue reading NaNoWriMo2016: Wrap Up Post and Look Ahead

7 ways to consume media critically

Caitlin Kelly is a Canadian ex-pat living in the outskirts of New York, with a blog I followed for some years. Also worth reading as we get into the holiday season, her book Malled about her experience working for a North Face after getting laid off from her newspaper job. Her posts cover everything from making a living from words to seeing a great play. If anyone wants a blogger talking critically about media and its role, I would say “Hey, I have this blog you might like.”


By Caitlin Kelly

“If your mother says she loves you, check it out”

That’s how the best journalists think: tough-minded, skeptical, dubious, cynical, questioning.

Our job is to challenge authority, in its every guise.

To speak truth to power.

IMG_20160616_134341728 (3)One of the 20th century’s greatest journalists…

In an era of fake news, it’s absolutely essential to know who is supplying you with the information with which you are making key decisions about your future, and that of your town, city, region and nation.

You can’t make intelligent decisions based on garbage and lies.

I’ve been a journalist since my undergraduate days at the University of Toronto, worked as a reporter at three major daily newspapers and have written freelance for dozens of national newspapers, magazines and websites. Here’s my website, with some clips.

Seven ways to consume media critically:

1. Read, watch and listen to a wide variety of news…

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Music Monday: Faith by Stevie Wonder, Featuring Ariana Grande

For those in need of a push as National Novel Writing Month counts down its final days, from the soundtrack to the upcoming film Sing, the one, the only, Stevie Wonder. (Oh, and Ariana Grande for those in the know. I am officially out that age bracket.) https://youtu.be/opGJR_dBEvY  

Take a Hike! A Writing Tool. Really.

NaNoWriMo heads into the home stretch. Time to walk for more than catching the bus.

Kobo Writing Life

by Chris Mandeville

Any hikers out there in writer-land? Or writers who love to go for walks? Well, hiking-slash-walking isn’t just for pleasure-slash-exercise. It can actually be a valuable writing tool.

Just ask Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of more than 142 published works, most of which were written while hiking. Yes, while. He regularly plots, plans, and dictates prose while he hikes, and says it’s a critical part of his creative process.

“I like to ‘get away’ from real life and spend time in my fictional universes with my imaginary friends. Too many distractions at home, and I love to go out to walk, to move, to receive input in all five senses as I walk on trails, even on tame bike paths. It allows me to THINK, to have quiet time with my characters, to save the world (or, in certain circumstances, destroy it)…

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update:Rebel Rousing

The year listed on my profile says 2013. Under my old profile, one I found and deleted, it's 2008. That year, in the middle of a crazy school term, V introduced me to National Novel Writing Month, and I never looked back. Julia Cameron wrote a lot about synchronicity in her book The Artist's Way, in … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2016 Update:Rebel Rousing