The 5-Star-Review “Marketing Strategy”

The games people play now, every night and every day now, never meaning what they say now, never saying what they mean.   I’ve always disliked the whole “pick a number from 0–10” to tell me how you’re feeling or what you think. Ridiculous. What 8 means to you may be different from what 8 … Continue reading The 5-Star-Review “Marketing Strategy”

Apostrophe Use and Abuse

It should be pretty easy to remember how to use an apostrophe since there are so few uses. An apostrophe is used to show possession and omission. Yet, this tiny punctuation hook seems to cause a lot of problems for writers. Pronouns do not need an apostrophe when showing possession. Your opinion is yours. For … Continue reading Apostrophe Use and Abuse

How to Write a Book Review

The purpose of a book review is to inform other potential readers/buyers about the book. Feedback is also helpful to the author. A good review can help increase sales; a poor review can have the opposite effect. To post a review on Amazon, you have to be an Amazon customer. Goodreads and other platforms (Barnes … Continue reading How to Write a Book Review

What Are You Reading?

A writer is usually a voracious reader. At least they should be; that’s one way to learn the craft. If you’ve taken some training, good for you. But, you can’t just plop down a story without knowing how a story works if you haven’t at least absorbed that by osmosis from repeated reading. If you … Continue reading What Are You Reading?

Proudly Canadian?

Having been educated in Canada, we learned proper Canadian spelling (years ago!) but were influenced by an onslaught of American writing since. We teeter on the precipice between the Motherland and Big Brother. Our spellcheck program may be loyal to one country and Grammarly to another. (What do those squiggly red lines under some words … Continue reading Proudly Canadian?

Hidden Characters

What the heck is a pilcrow? Every time you hit “Enter” on your keyboard, you create a pilcrow. You just can’t see it. To see it, look up to the middle of your toolbar in whatever document program you’re writing in, and click on the symbol like the one to the left of this post. … Continue reading Hidden Characters

Recognizing Resistance

Steven Pressfield (The War of Art) would say I’m in resistance. He’d be right. Yet, if I’m working on projects, completing them, publishing … how can that be resistance? Sounds like success to me. Well, it depends on the project. My current form of procrastination is: transcribing three old print books of poetry into eBooks … Continue reading Recognizing Resistance

Merry Writing This Christmas

Of all the things I could be doing, probably should be doing, on this day before Christmas, I felt inspired to write. Of all the writing projects I could be working on, and there are so many, I decided to write about my trip to Costa Rica – five years overdue. Why now? I don’t … Continue reading Merry Writing This Christmas

An Unexpected Cheque in the Mail

Although I'd been writing and publishing—both literary and visual work—for over 25 years, I had only heard about the Access Copyright recently. It's a Canadian government licensing body (established 1988) that collects fees from organizations for their right to copy protected work; it distributes money annually to affiliates. I got busy collecting the data (e.g., … Continue reading An Unexpected Cheque in the Mail