Writers’ Craft 5: Point of View

Who is telling your story and why Point of view is simply that: who is telling your story? While that definition may be simple, sometimes choosing who is telling your story can present a conundrum to the author. Is the story better suited to first person or third person? Or is your story compelling enough it requires second person? Perhaps a review of what those points of view actually mean, and why you might chose…

Writers’ Craft 4: Character Development

An essential skill One of the most powerful and essential skills in your writing arsenal is the ability to develop and write believable characters who step off the page into the minds of your readers. But it would seem it’s also one of the hardest skills to effectively master. Do it well, and you haunt the thoughts of your readers. Do it wrong, and your reader closes the novel, likely never to return either to…

Price reductions on trade paperbacks

With all the general housekeeping since I switched gears with the publishing house, I realized I needed to update prices on my trade paperbacks. Usually that sort of thing means a price increase. But I’m really thrilled to let you know there’s been a considerable price reduction! In some cases as much as $10.00 per copy. Isn’t that just a bit of good news? I’ve also added a nifty feature across all trade paperbacks, called…

Anne, COVID, and plunging back into the novel

Anne with an E Started to watch the new, and apparently last, season of CBC’s Anne with an E. While I quite enjoyed the first two seasons, found the exploration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Islander character from the point of view of PTSD survivor a fascinating and well-drawn perspective, I’m afraid just short minutes into the first episode of season three put me off so intensely I doubt I’ll go back to give it a second…

And just like that…

…there’s a new world Eight weeks after taking on elder care, it seems it’s over. After an explosive and dramatic Friday, during which our in-laws staged a clandestine flit, the Old Stone House has returned to quietude and harmony. Remember what I wrote earlier about sometimes people don’t want a rescue, can’t accept help? Seems that’s very true. And so it’s just Gary and me once again in this pile of stone. I’ve gone from…