Friday, September 28, 2012

Stuff on Friday

1. Famous

means getting your own table at Chapters.

Do you think they put enough books on the J.K . Rowling Table?

2.  Furry Favourite

3. Fall

Why can't we skip right from fall to spring?

4. Funnier

What I hope to be after taking this online course:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sting and Stevie Wonder: "Fragile"

A fantastic duet, performed on Stevie's 60th birthday. I love Sting's solo version, but Stevie just blows me away.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dream a Little Dream *for* Me

I've always envied the authors who say they get ideas for their novels in their dreams. My dream life has been quiet on the Useful Idea front.

Woody Allen giving me advice on writing -- yes.
Agents telling me to go to conferences to meet them (before I got my own agent) -- yes.
Editors urging me to finish my novel and submit it to them before they die of old age -- yes.
Novel ideas -- forget it.

Until last night, when my subconscious provided something interesting and different. A strange SF/horror thriller type thing. Not my usual genre or style at all. But so cool. I resolved to write it down before I forgot it.

When I woke I wondered whether it was familiar, after all, so I used Google to research it.

It wasn't fresh and different.

I had dreamed about Dean Koontz's novel, "Watchers."

Thanks a lot, subconscious.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

George Carlin's Modern Man

Here's an example of creative use of cliches, by the incomparable George Carlin.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13 birthdays

sailboats in Kingston, Ontario harbour

Happy Birthday, September 13


talented YA writer, Robin Prehn

and Liz, multi-talented children's writer and artist/illustrator, Liz Jones

the birthday twins!