A Subdued Milestone

Several years ago, I joined the Romance Writers of America. I felt membership would help me learn the craft and the business of writing, and that being a member would give me credibility as a writer, and especially as a romance writer. Genre romance is often described as “by women, for women,” but men are… Continue reading A Subdued Milestone

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Posting and Politics

The pundits proclaim we are in an increasingly polarized society, and point to political protests over vaccinations as proof of that. I’m not sure there was ever a magical time when we all got along despite our differences. I suspect what has changed is improved communication technologies and greater freedom to express opinions held by… Continue reading Posting and Politics

Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Tech – 3

Speedwriter Manual Portable Typewriter Ignoring any possible historical significance or practical considerations, I obtained this typewriter because it looks like the model my first dad owned – the typewriter of my childhood, not that I ever used it then. But there is some historical significance to this machine. Speedwriter was one of many brand names… Continue reading Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Tech – 3

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Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Technology – Part 1 – Introduction

In which Tim Remembers his Typewriters from the 1980s A couple of years after graduating from high school, I took a night school class to learn how to use a typewriter. I had vague ambitions of wanting to write and/or going to university, and reasoned that learning to type would help. More practically, it was… Continue reading Tim’s Museum of Obsolete Technology – Part 1 – Introduction

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Symbolism

There’s a notion that floats around social media in various forms, suggesting English teachers use symbolism to create meaning where none existed. Had social media been around when I was in high school, I would have clicked “like” on this post. In elementary school, whatever the teacher said was correct. “This story uses colour as… Continue reading Symbolism

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Missing the Food Court

The latest round of COVID-19 re-opening guidelines in this province does not allow for indoor dining yet. It’s a small inconvenience, but I miss eating, and reading and writing, in mall food courts. My first hourly paid job was working at a restaurant in a mall food court, and I’ve found them comfortable places ever… Continue reading Missing the Food Court

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Ocean’s Lure Published

After years of blog posts and other claims that I am working on a novel, it’s finally published. On the one hand, that’s quite an accomplishment, and something I have been working towards for a long time. On the other hand, I’m not feeling like there’s much to celebrate. Forty-seven years ago, a teacher gave… Continue reading Ocean’s Lure Published

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Children’s Rights Education Resources Now Available

In 1996, two professors at Cape Breton University, Dr. K. Covell (psychology) and Dr. B. Howe (political science), established the Children’s Rights Centre. They operated it until their retirement in 2013. Among other projects (such as this report on Youth Violence and these many publications), the centre developed several resources for teaching children’s rights to children at all… Continue reading Children’s Rights Education Resources Now Available

Books and Baths

I was going to write a longer post about the joys of reading in the tub, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I’d rather read in the tub than write about it. Reading anywhere is a pleasure of having free time, though it can be squeezed in around other activities… Continue reading Books and Baths