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, […]

TGIF !

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 🙂

READERS??? Anyone?

I thought this cartoon pretty much sums up my life right now.  I am on maternity leave with my first baby, and spending time on my reading and writing.  I’ve entered some writing contests through the CBC (haven’t won any yet), read some new books (some are 5 pages or less – see information about […]

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

In honour of this special occasion, I want to share this funny article with you 🙂 “How to Date a Writer” By Heather O’Neill http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/2012/02/how-to-date-a-writer-heather-oneill.html   The following apply to moi –   Be eccentric. Writers are impressed by silly things. Remember their original loves were characters in novels. Act like a fallen aristocrat, or […]

My “24 hour” submission

If you missed my post from yesterday about this contest – here it is – http://www.samanthaball.ca/?p=1111 And here’s my entry in the contest 🙂   MONDAY As a new mother, I had arranged for a photographer, however, Mary Ball found being posed like an Anne Geddes picture inconvenient.  Her sudden cries and flailing seemed timed to […]

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 […]

Nancy’s Quilt

She’s in her eighties now At the end of a blessed life Her husband has passed on already But she continues to find joy In her son and in his sons Her grandsons tower over her With their height and their strength But she is not weak They are all her babies still When her […]

Rejection!

I got my first taste of rejection as a writer recently.  I had submitted a (very) short story (the word limit was 400 to 500 words) for the CBC True Winter Tales contest.  I really wasn’t expecting too much, since it would have been the first writing contest I had ever entered – but I […]

New York’s “Literary Cubs”

I found an interesting article about some young minds who are pursuing literary careers and who are making names for themselves in New York through their own hard work and perseverance. This article, featuring the individuals above, is worth a read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/fashion/new-yorks-literary-cubs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha210