Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Literary Musings: A Room of One's Own by Viriginia Woolf

A Room Of One's Own is an important read not just for Woolf fans, but for aspiring writiers.  This essay/book is especially for female writers who are still struggling to gain the acclaim that men do.  Literary Musings has a great review and I encourage everyone to check it out.

Literary Musings: A Room of One's Own by Viriginia Woolf: "and I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse perhaps to be locked in... Virginia Woolf died 60 years a..."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chains versus Independant bookstores from Ward Six

An interesting argument on whether writers should support chain bookstores or only independants.  Is it selling out when a chain store hosts your book-signings?  A great blog post.

Ward Six: Backstabbin'

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Writers' Union of Canada : Writing for Children Competition

This is a children's writing contest from the Writer's Union of Canada.  I don't know if I'm talented enough to write for children.  (mean, am I even talented enough to write for grown-ups?)  But I wanted to spread the word about this opportunity.  Click the link below.

The Writers' Union of Canada : Writing for Children Competition

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Out with the old…

For those who didn’t know, my husband and I are expecting baby number 2.  We’re very excited and have a lot to do to prepare.  One of those things is dismantling our old office and turning it into our toddler’s room so the baby will get the nursery.  Apparently I had a lot of stuff in the closet in that room.  My husband just brought me a collection of floppy disks to show me before he threw them out.  That’s right, floppy disks, from when I was in high school and I think first year university.  Once I saw them, I didn’t want to let them go.  One of them had some of my writing from way back then… stuff I’m sure I continued to transfer onto my computers through the years.  I wouldn’t be missing anything if that floppy disk went, right?  The collection also included some disks with school work on it.  I’m not going to want that right?  I’m so terrible.  How is it I still had that stuff?  I didn’t even realize it, then when I saw it, I wanted to keep it.  I’m not crazy, right?

Okay, so I told my husband I was writing this post.  He read it and either felt bad or wanted to lessen my craziness, so I got to take the floppy out with my old writing on it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Feeling Without The Words

Has it ever happened to you that you feel like writing, but you don’t know what to write?  Everything I have on the go seems unappealing right now.  The blank page remains blank.  I even looked at a writing prompt and was uninspired by it all.  I want to write, but no words are coming out. 

For most of the day I’m not home, so the things I picture are my ongoing projects.  I longed for my hard drive with my ideas and beginnings and middles.  These are ideas I already know I like, but haven’t expanded on.  I want to expand, in a writerly way, of course.

I’ve looked at blogs.  I’ve worked.  I’m at my day job, after all.  But none of it is holding my interest.  Is it the baby brain talking?  I don’t know.  I just know I want to write something, but I don’t know what.

Also, should I start adding pictures to some of these posts?  Or is that just something to distract me from my lack of writing?