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Embracing the writing life, and the life of writing

I came late to writing, both as an ostensible vocation, and also as a activity, something you do “just because". Don’t get me wrong, throughout school I wrote, and wrote well. I was often praised for the quality of my writing – from my piece on Ronald Regan in Grade 3 (um…don’t ask…) all the way through essays about the works of Timothy Findley ...

Catching up

Ok, I’ll admit it: I haven’t always been very good at making time to read. In fact in school, both high school and university, I got pretty good at getting by with doing very little reading. Many of the books I thought seemed interesting. At that point in my life, though, I guess I thought other things were more interesting. Today when I lo...

Making sense of categories and tags

I’ve been blogging off and on for almost eight years now. In that time I’ve ported my blog from one platform to another many times. I started on Blogger, moved to Wordpress.com, played around with self-hosted Wordpress and Sqaurespace and, as of late, have settled on Postach.io And while I do enjoy blogging at Postach.io, I still find myself se...

Evernote, Postach.io, and getting over my fear of commitment

I’ve been using Evernote for a long time, as I’ve mentioned before. Since 2008, in fact. As user number 101,159 you would think I would have this Evernote thing mastered, that it would have transformed my life. And it has, in some ways. But I’m always questioning, second guessing myself, and getting distracted by new or different things. And w...

The amazing stories right under my nose.

One of the challenges with writing, for me, is figuring out what stories to tell. On my worst days, it feels like there is nothing I could possibly say, nothing I could possibly write, that would be at all interesting to anyone else. This, I think to myself, is futile. I imagine that, at some point, someone must have said something like: “Whe...

Posts of note from my personal archive

I was taking a tour of my online presence the other day – having a look at how others see me online – and I came across an old blog I had very briefly back in 2007 called I Written Reaction. The idea I had at the time was to have a blog where I would post my thoughts about various things I would read online, or current issues of the day. It wasn...

Ok, I played my cards wrong this time

As I mentioned a few posts ago I am moving my blog to Postach.io from Wordpress, because it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling (that's a good enough reason, right?) I thought I would cross-post a few posts to scroall.wordpress.com since there were a few people following me there. Then I wrote the bit about electoral reform, Fair Vote Canada was kin...

What to write about, how and where?

Being a writer is hard work. It's probably not hard work in the way that most people think of hard work. The hardest thing about writing, I think, and I imagine about most creative pursuits, is the ambiguity and uncertainty. At least for me, the actual getting words down onto the page, once I've decided what to write, is not that hard. The hard...

Focusing (and getting technology out of the way)

Generating ideas and asking questions are not things I have ever had trouble with. I always have ideas running through my head, and I am always questioning and rethinking things. Of course, while this is valuable in theory, it can also have a very paralyzing effect. As a result I often find myself not doing things, or not making decisions, beca...

The value of putting pen to paper

A dear friend of mine recently bought me a present for my birthday. When she told me that she had bought me a present I protested. I certainly wasn't expecting a present. "It's nothing big," she explained, "it's not a big deal." When we finally connected and she gave me my present, she pointed to a small, carefully wrapped package. As I opened...