writing

Samburger and Flies

August 28, 2012

This is a fiction piece (the first I’ve shared on my blog) that recently came in third (out of 300!) in the Writer’s Digest Write it Your Way contest. Entries were to be 1200 words or less and have a summer theme. Enjoy! But don’t read while eating… Samburger and Flies The sun came off […]

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Hello Mudder. Hello Fadder. Here I am at. Camp NaNoWriMo

August 19, 2012

Anyone who’s taken part in Camp NaNoWriMo knows the plan. Write 50,000 words in one short month. A first draft of a fully formed novel in thirty days. Of course in August, we get an extra twenty four hours. So we got it easy. Don’t worry, I’ve not become an outdoorsy tent-loving fire-building survivalist. It’s […]

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Dirty, sexy, grammar – gender

July 14, 2012

Woohoo, grammar has sex! I mean a sex. You know, more than one. Sex. Few traces of gender remain in modern English. Are we surprised? “No sex please we’re British.” Well, I’m not British, but I am speaking their language. Just without the awesome accent. Other than pronouns (he/she, his/hers), or to distinguish animal gender […]

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Recapturing the magic of childhood

July 9, 2012

Do you have a favorite place? The Zoo, Disneyland, anywhere that makes you feel like a kid every time you visit? I do. It’s Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary. The Park is only a year younger than me, and I’ve been visiting it since the ‘60s. It is a part of me, has filled […]

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Don’t quit! A guest post by Jon Bard from Children’s Book Insider

July 2, 2012

Today I am handing my blogspace over to Jon Bard, Managing Editor of Childrens’ Book Insider.  What does writing for children have in common with sexy grammar? Not much. But I am thrilled to have him aboard with a post that speaks to the frustrations of writers in every genre. Don’t quit! A guest post […]

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Liebster award, the sequel

June 16, 2012

I am happy to report that I’ve received another Liebster award!  Thank you, thank you very much… My new friend and awesome beta reader/critique babe Jen Chatfield was kind enough to bestow this lovely honor on my blog.  She is a fellow writer, fellow blogger, and like me, not a fellow at all.  Check her […]

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You’re unique, so be you! A guest post by J. Scott Sharp

June 12, 2012

I’d like to welcome my friend, J. Scott Sharp (Jason to the rest of us) to my blog!  This is my first guest post, and I am very pleased that it is Jason.  He blogs at jscottsharp.blogspot.ca.  You can find him on Twitter too, @jscottsharp. First, I want to thank Julie for an opportunity to […]

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What’s in a name?

June 10, 2012

My friend J. Scott Sharp asked me to be a guest on his blog today. Such a brave man, don’t you think? I wrote about the process, if there is one, for naming my characters. Please stop by his place and check it out! And you all know what to do then, right? Yes, leave […]

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Flip the bird – then write fast!

June 3, 2012

Sitting at my desk early one morning, I stared at a blank screen. May as well get ready for work – clearly no brilliant words were awaiting me on that day. I kneeled over the tub with my noggin under the tap ready for a good hair wash, then blood rushed to my head. A […]

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Dirty, sexy, grammar – bare infinitives

May 22, 2012

It’s time to share a little grammar for the nudists among us. A full (or to-) infinitive is a verb that follows “to.” A bare infinitive is the base form of a verb. It is ‘to’ bare. As opposed to too bare. It is infinitely naked, so inherently sexy. You know, because it never ages, […]

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Writing is… a warm puppy?

May 17, 2012

There are days I wonder why I write. Why I torture myself sitting in front of this screen, pouring my heart and soul onto a virtual page. Why, on those days where the rest of my life takes priority, the guilt of not writing is so consuming. My friend Sean Farley wrote on his Boulder […]

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