MacGuffin

MacGuffin

Have you ever heard of a MacGuffin? Before June 16th, I don’t know that I had ever heard the word. Perhaps in passing, but without having a clue what it meant, it didn’t make an impression. After learning all about […]

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Worldbuilding Resource

I tend to write stories that ease into the fantastical elements. Any urban or rural fantasy starts in the world as you and I know it – more or less – but that doesn’t lessen the need for worldbuilding. In those […]

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Academic Writing is not Creative Writing–and those mindsets need not apply

Academic Writing is not Creative Writing–and those mindsets need not apply

In being a book buyer, I get a heads up on all sorts of books that are coming out. One that really piqued my interest this month was Neil Gaiman’s The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction. So, in […]

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An Intriguing Invitation

An Intriguing Invitation

Sorry that I have to keep this post short, sweet, and vague, but I’m kind of in the dark. Over a week ago, I was randomly contacted by a researcher from the Education Faculty at the University of Calgary. She’s […]

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Historical Licence When Writing Fiction

Historical Licence When Writing Fiction

Yet another memorable panel from When Words Collide was Historical Licence. The very talented presenters included Diana Gabaldon, D.B. Jackson (aka David B. Coe), Jodi McIssac, and Susan McGregor. Each panelist has written some form of historical fiction, what separates […]

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Notes on Talking and Writing Diversity from a Newbie

Notes on Talking and Writing Diversity from a Newbie

I know privilege conversations can be difficult, and I know that to say I’m not trying to be political by bringing up privilege would be a lie. However, I am able to look at my privilege and that of others […]

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