The Power of Simple Words, Animated

by Maria Popova Getting from “no coordinates exist like one’s domicile” to “there’s no place like home.” “Use the right word, not its second cousin,” Mark Twain admonished. “Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs,” David Ogilvy advised. Last week, my friends at TED launchedTED-Ed — a wonderful new series of short animated videos for high school […]

Jokes about writing….

  A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that had been built on campus. “It’s a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway,” he said. “Actually,” said his guide, “it’s named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation.” The visitor was astonished. “Was Joshua Hemingway a writer, also?” “Yes, […]


This one reminded me of my cat Oreo (my lovely firstborn!).  If I can’t find any readers for my novel, I am sure he’s up to the task 🙂

New 24 Hour Writing Challenge from CBC

Announcing the Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge   Do you know who your friends are? On Thursday, January 26th, Canada Writes is launching a new, 24-hour writing challenge — and it’s all about the true stories you choose to make public. Do you always have the right to tell your true story — even if it involves someone […]