I’m Afraid of Men by VIVEK SHRAYA #minibookreview

I’ve been meaning to read Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men ever since the book came out in 2018. I almost met Shraya when she was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 (almost, because there

I’m Afraid of Men by VIVEK SHRAYA #minibookreview

I’ve been meaning to read Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men ever since the book came out in 2018. I almost met Shraya when she was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017 (almost, because there

Aldous Huxley on why comfort and happiness are not enough #iwantsin #quote #whosaidthat

Everyone once in a while, when someone tells me, “I just want to be happy,” I start quoting Aldous Huxley at them… But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom,

Aldous Huxley on why comfort and happiness are not enough #iwantsin #quote #whosaidthat

Everyone once in a while, when someone tells me, “I just want to be happy,” I start quoting Aldous Huxley at them… But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom,

Today’s writing prompt is an answer to a question asked off-page #writingprompts #amwriting #dirtywritingsecrets

Ready? The question is asked off-page. You begin with the answer: “Hard.” Who said it? What was the question? Do you need to reveal any of it to the reader? Go. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to

Today’s writing prompt is an answer to a question asked off-page #writingprompts #amwriting #dirtywritingsecrets

Ready? The question is asked off-page. You begin with the answer: “Hard.” Who said it? What was the question? Do you need to reveal any of it to the reader? Go. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to

The Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea #bookreview #tarot

Today I want to introduce you to Michelle Tea, an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose (primarily) “autobiographical works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics.” (I quoth Wikipedia because I am lazy busy today.)

The Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea #bookreview #tarot

Today I want to introduce you to Michelle Tea, an American author, poet, and literary arts organizer whose (primarily) “autobiographical works explore queer culture, feminism, race, class, prostitution, and other topics.” (I quoth Wikipedia because I am lazy busy today.)

Colette (not me, the “real” one) on eye contact #quote #whosaidthat

Today, a moment with Colette… Not me. That Colette, the famous French author whom I honour in my pen name. When she raises her eyelids, it’s as if she were taking off all her clothes. ― Colette I think this

Colette (not me, the “real” one) on eye contact #quote #whosaidthat

Today, a moment with Colette… Not me. That Colette, the famous French author whom I honour in my pen name. When she raises her eyelids, it’s as if she were taking off all her clothes. ― Colette I think this

Cherry Pie Cure: because a good pie CAN cure a broken heart and you know it

Ok, first of all, I gotta tell you… Actually, you know what? I won’t. Tell you. Because although I could say much about Cherry Pie Cure–how I wrote it (it was insane)–how and why it was nominated for the IBA

Cherry Pie Cure: because a good pie CAN cure a broken heart and you know it

Ok, first of all, I gotta tell you… Actually, you know what? I won’t. Tell you. Because although I could say much about Cherry Pie Cure–how I wrote it (it was insane)–how and why it was nominated for the IBA

Gratitude #canadianthanksgiving #thanksgiving #gratitude

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. (BTW, if you’re writing with me on Mondays–today’s writing prompt is “What are you doing to do with all that fruit?” And I am grateful to be alive. And fed, and housed, and clothed, and secured.

Gratitude #canadianthanksgiving #thanksgiving #gratitude

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving. (BTW, if you’re writing with me on Mondays–today’s writing prompt is “What are you doing to do with all that fruit?” And I am grateful to be alive. And fed, and housed, and clothed, and secured.

How to Avoid Making Art: a cartoon lecture from Julia Cameron #minibookreview

I spent a night last week  with Julia Cameron. Like, really. In person. We’re besties. Ok, there were hundreds of other people there. But we were in the same room. And we totally made eye-contact. (She was in Edmonton on

How to Avoid Making Art: a cartoon lecture from Julia Cameron #minibookreview

I spent a night last week  with Julia Cameron. Like, really. In person. We’re besties. Ok, there were hundreds of other people there. But we were in the same room. And we totally made eye-contact. (She was in Edmonton on

Ariana Reines on bad writing #quote #writing #whosaidthat #ownyourflaws

Do you know Ariana Reines? I want to say something about bad writing. I’m proud of my bad writing. Everyone is so intelligent lately, and stylish. Fucking great. I am proud of Philip Guston’s bad painting, I am proud of

Ariana Reines on bad writing #quote #writing #whosaidthat #ownyourflaws

Do you know Ariana Reines? I want to say something about bad writing. I’m proud of my bad writing. Everyone is so intelligent lately, and stylish. Fucking great. I am proud of Philip Guston’s bad painting, I am proud of

Screw Chocolate–“Who’s Chocolate?” “Really, Zellie? You went there?”–how a legend was born

So there we were, a dozen or so queer writers dreading the onset of Valentine’s Day for various reasons, and I said, you know what we should do? Write about it. And we did it. We released out first collection

Screw Chocolate–“Who’s Chocolate?” “Really, Zellie? You went there?”–how a legend was born

So there we were, a dozen or so queer writers dreading the onset of Valentine’s Day for various reasons, and I said, you know what we should do? Write about it. And we did it. We released out first collection

A kiss. It was just a kiss #writingprompts #amwritingromance #dirtywritingsecrets

Ready? Pen, paper, notebook (fingers, keys, laptop), and… go: A kiss. It was just a kiss. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s enough.

A kiss. It was just a kiss #writingprompts #amwritingromance #dirtywritingsecrets

Ready? Pen, paper, notebook (fingers, keys, laptop), and… go: A kiss. It was just a kiss. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes. That’s enough.

Elif Shafak’s BLACK MILK: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within #bookreview #motherhood #artisttoartist

Sometimes, I wish I listened to people. In 2011, when Elif Shafak’s Black Milk:On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within first came out, someone urged to to read it so forcefully and vehemently that I, um, well, didn’t. Because I’m

Elif Shafak’s BLACK MILK: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within #bookreview #motherhood #artisttoartist

Sometimes, I wish I listened to people. In 2011, when Elif Shafak’s Black Milk:On Writing, Motherhood, and the Harem Within first came out, someone urged to to read it so forcefully and vehemently that I, um, well, didn’t. Because I’m

Ursula K. Le Guin on subversive speech #quote #whosaidthat #curlmytoes

How much do I love Ursula K. Le Guin, let me count the ways… I know that many men and even women are afraid and angry when women do speak, because in this barbaric society, when women speak truly, they speak subversively–they can’t help it: if you’re underneath, if you’re kept down, you break out, you subvert. We are volcanoes. When we

Ursula K. Le Guin on subversive speech #quote #whosaidthat #curlmytoes

How much do I love Ursula K. Le Guin, let me count the ways… I know that many men and even women are afraid and angry when women do speak, because in this barbaric society, when women speak truly, they speak subversively–they can’t help it: if you’re underneath, if you’re kept down, you break out, you subvert. We are volcanoes. When we

Consequences (of defensive adultery) was probably not a good idea for a title… but this is still my favourite book

If you read Rough Draft Confessions, you’ll know that the original title for Consequences was Methadone (long story which I will never, ever share) (well maybe) (one day), which was a terrible title, and then my second title was Defensive

Consequences (of defensive adultery) was probably not a good idea for a title… but this is still my favourite book

If you read Rough Draft Confessions, you’ll know that the original title for Consequences was Methadone (long story which I will never, ever share) (well maybe) (one day), which was a terrible title, and then my second title was Defensive

Teeth. Nipple. Tongue. Then… #writingprompts #writedialogue #dirtywritingsecrets

I might be ovulating. That’s not the writing prompt. This is: . Teeth. Nipple. Tongue. Then, teeth again. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes.

Teeth. Nipple. Tongue. Then… #writingprompts #writedialogue #dirtywritingsecrets

I might be ovulating. That’s not the writing prompt. This is: . Teeth. Nipple. Tongue. Then, teeth again. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes.

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory revisited #bookreview #historicalnovel #alliknowabouthistoryilearntfromfiction

I had a chance to hear the legendary, amazing, awesome Philippa Gregory speak at a Calgary Wordfest event a couple of weeks ago. She was promoting her new novel, Tidelands, but generously recognized that most of us were there for

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory revisited #bookreview #historicalnovel #alliknowabouthistoryilearntfromfiction

I had a chance to hear the legendary, amazing, awesome Philippa Gregory speak at a Calgary Wordfest event a couple of weeks ago. She was promoting her new novel, Tidelands, but generously recognized that most of us were there for

Rumi on self-adoration #quote #rumi #persianpoets #sufimystic #whosaidthat

Jane’s Persian obsession continued: For some time, like everyone, I adored myself, Blind to others, I kept hearing my own name. Rumi This quote is from Elif Shafak’s novel The Forty Rules of Love, which, on my second read-through, is better than on the first. I’m still not sure why it

Rumi on self-adoration #quote #rumi #persianpoets #sufimystic #whosaidthat

Jane’s Persian obsession continued: For some time, like everyone, I adored myself, Blind to others, I kept hearing my own name. Rumi This quote is from Elif Shafak’s novel The Forty Rules of Love, which, on my second read-through, is better than on the first. I’m still not sure why it

Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling romance and erotica but I put those words in the title anyway

So I’m not going to tell you the story of what the most contentious point of negotiation between me and my editor at Harper Collins was over Tell Me, but if you need to know (and your probably do), it’s

Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling romance and erotica but I put those words in the title anyway

So I’m not going to tell you the story of what the most contentious point of negotiation between me and my editor at Harper Collins was over Tell Me, but if you need to know (and your probably do), it’s

Monday writing prompt #writingprompts #writedialogue #dirtywritingsecrets

I love writing dialogue. You? Good. That’s how we start today.   “No,” he said, and turned away. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes.

Monday writing prompt #writingprompts #writedialogue #dirtywritingsecrets

I love writing dialogue. You? Good. That’s how we start today.   “No,” he said, and turned away. The Rules: Beginners: Set a timer for five to 15 minutes. If you’re just beginning a writing practice, write for five minutes.

And now, for something completely different: Jane falls in love with Ryder Carroll #bulletjournal #bookreview

Ok, people. Here’s the thing. I’ve heard about the Bullet Journal forever. I live with a Bullet Journaller. I teach (my perverted interpretation) of Bullet Journalling in my Organized Creative workshops. I bought The Bullet Journal Method pretty much as

And now, for something completely different: Jane falls in love with Ryder Carroll #bulletjournal #bookreview

Ok, people. Here’s the thing. I’ve heard about the Bullet Journal forever. I live with a Bullet Journaller. I teach (my perverted interpretation) of Bullet Journalling in my Organized Creative workshops. I bought The Bullet Journal Method pretty much as