Ghost Boys by Shenaaz Nanji

Even though the “frightful” winter weather has arrived this weekend with cold and snow and more cold and more snow, I’m looking forward to enjoying the warmth of good friends, food and fun as Shenaaz Nanji launches her new novel, Ghost Boys. Ghost Boys follows fifteen-year-old Munna Patel from his hometown in India, to a

CREATIVITY IS CONTAGIOUS!

The strong winds we’ve had recently, reminded me that this time last year I was flying into Seattle just as a huge hurricane was predicted to hit the Pacific Coast. It was eerie racing through a virtually empty Vancouver airport to catch our connecting flight to Seattle. Was our flight the only flight not cancelled?

INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEKEND

It’s always fun to spend an evening with enthusiastic  literary types at a launch celebrating a new addition to quality literature for kids. Last night was such an occasion at Pamela McDowell’s party for her most recent animal rescue, early chapter book, Bats in Trouble.  Who knew how interesting and highly misunderstood bats are, and

THERE IS NO DANCE WITHOUT THE DANCERS

There is no dance without the dancers. What does this mean to you? How would you explain this saying? If there is one thing I’ve learned from my creativity exploration, it’s that I need to encourage my brain to come up with new ideas on a daily basis. This could mean something as simple as

BEST THANKSGIVING

Best Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned To what time has taught us, to what we’ve learned: We often focus all our thought On shiny things we’ve shopped and bought. We take our pleasure in material things, Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings. If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,

THE HEART OF REVISION – It’s Not in the Words

Remember what Robert Frost said? “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader…” As much as I love words, and as much as I love contemplating word choices when doing the final polishing, I know that words alone are not going to cut it. From the beginning of this project, I knew how

RAINING CATS AND DOGS – Fun With Idioms

“Children see magic because they look for it.” Christopher Moore This hyperbole meaning torrential rains has probably around since the sixteen hundreds according to Charles Earle Funk in his book Heavens to Betsy & Other Curious Sayings. We don’t use it much anymore, which seems a shame. It’s such a colourful, playful expression conjuring up

IN A BLUE FUNK*

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Tom Hanks as Jimmy in A League of Their Own, staring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis. Dottie (Geena) wants to quit the baseball league, claiming it’s too hard. That’s the way I feel about writing.

READY, SET, WRITE! (For Teachers)

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”   ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry School is back in! Some are cheering. Some are groaning.  (Mostly the parents are cheering and teachers

FOR EVERY CATCH

As Hall of Fame football receiver Don Hutson once said, For every catch I make in a game, I’ve made a thousand catches in practice. Tim McCarver (Tim McCarver’s Baseball for Brain Surgeons, and Other Fans,)  It’s not that practice makes perfect, but it does improve your chances for success. When I was at one