For almost two months, each time I sit down to work on my manuscript the same feeling engulfs me. I feel the room turn dark and cavernous. The walls begin to close in on me. Emotionally, I feel a combination of frustration and despair. I've got writer's block. Back in the 1950s, a psychiatrist named … Continue reading The Deep Dark Hole That Can Consume Writers
I'm sure I walked out of the minister's boardroom with a scowl on my face. People were clearly trying to avoid me. Some pretended to look the other way as if they hadn't noticed me walk by. You probably want to know what I was all in knots about. In our weekly update on progress in … Continue reading The Darwin System: Decision Making At Its Best
People ask me what I do for inspiration? Shouold I tell them it's an imaginary monkey? Yes, really! An imaginary monkey named Skippy. Let me tell you about my long-term relationship with Skippy. He first appeared in my life in 2003. I was working for the Ontario public service and a new government had … Continue reading Skippy The Monkey To The Rescue – My Inspiration
What's your genre? Seems to be a simple question to answer. As an author you need to be clear because you will be pitching your book to people in the publishing industry and/or readers. It's a lesson I learnt yesterday while participating in a reading competition at a small suburban literary festival outside of Toronto. … Continue reading What’s Your Genre?