Strangling poetry

I'll be teaching a workshop at the Cuenca International Writers Conference at the end of May, titled Poetry as Story Telling.  I've been gathering bits and bobs to include in a Power Point presentation. I came across this poem by Billy Collins, and although I won't be using it for the workshop, it  made me... Continue Reading →

Be The Cat!

“Curiosity killed the cat”, they taught us when we were children.  And we, being innocent, took this as a warning that being curious is not a good thing and ultimately leads to your death.  We learned to not ask questions and to not poke our nose in where it didn’t belong.  And truly, teaching us... Continue Reading →

Words, Words, Words

Words,words,words, I love words the sound of them the feel of them the taste of words. Indubitably, now isn't that an awesome word say it slowly in-du-bi-ta-bly let it roll around your mouth like a tart red jellybean. Abscond, what a great word there was a time when I felt like someone had absconded with... Continue Reading →

Y is for Yikes!

Yikes! I'm leaving on a trip to North America in FIVE days. (I keep telling people I'm pretty much directly south of Toronto. See?  I may be directionally challenged but I am right about this!  That felt good, because, ya know.....directionally challenged) YIKES, I'm leaving on a trip to North America in FIVE days.  I'm... Continue Reading →

X is for xiphisternum

To all my writer friends, you're welcome.  The next injury someone in one of your novels might incur could be to their xiphisternum! What is that, you ask? Well, I was going to make you look it up. But you have more important things to do. It is the lowermost segment of the sternum. Now, GET... Continue Reading →

J is for Judith Baxter

One of the first things I checked on, when moving down to Ecuador, was the distance between Cuenca and Wellington. New Zealand, that is.  Those of you who know where this is going, can stop laughing. Right now! My friend Judith lives there and, in my geographically challenged mind, I just knew that it would... Continue Reading →

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