Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Lessons From The Road


A friend claims a day isn't wasted if you learned at least one thing. Other than getting you closer to your destination, several long days of driving may feel like wasted time. But if I look at what I learned on a recent three and a half days on the road and use my friend's definition, the time wasn't wasted at all.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Living Statues

Living statue in Bournemouth, England
Living statue in Bournemouth, England

When we travel or explore our own cities and festivals, we often visit famous and not-so-famous statues or pause to watch a street entertainer. Or we may encounter both in the form of living statues - humans made up and dressed up to look like statues, posed, and standing still.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Long Drive

How do you plan for or cope with a long drive across country (or countries)? A three, four, or five day drive whose sole purpose is to get from Point A to Point B? I'm reluctant to call it a road trip. My definition of road trip includes stops for sight-seeing. A trip to get from one point to another as expeditiously as possible is just a long drive.

There are different ways to approach what is an ordeal for some and a pleasant way to spend several days for others. For most of us the experience falls somewhere in between these two extremes. There may be a feeling of exhilaration and freedom when first hitting the road. By the third or fourth day, you may feel trapped in the car.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Value of Critique

Last week I met with my city library's writer-in-residence to go over a short story manuscript I'd submitted for a critique. A critique is a review and assessment of your written work. A good critique offers advice on what is and what isn't working.

A well-done critique highlights what is strong in your story so you can build on it. It also points out areas which can be improved upon, such as confusing flow, inconsistencies, too much backstory, or not enough detail. It may pose questions which inspire you to think about the story in new ways and give it more depth.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Journey to Churchill

Journey to Churchill

In summer of 2014, a new exhibit opened at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Journey to Churchill highlights the magic of the north. Along a ten-acre route, visitors view species in three distinct zones and experience a variety of landscapes. The exhibit includes signage, interactive displays, and audio-visual components reinforcing concepts of biodiversity, climate change, and conservation. The exhibit provides opportunities for research into animal behaviour as well as showcasing the North to the general public.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Intrigued By Inukshuk


Inuksuit fascinate me. Inuksuit is the plural form of the word inukshut (pronounced en-NUK-shook). Inuksuit are stone markers that have been used by the Inuit, the first people to inhabit portions of Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, and Greenland, for generations as guides or directional markers.

Inukshuk means "that which acts in the capacity of a human" in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit. An inukshuk can be small or large and consists of several rocks balanced on each other. Because it is built from whatever rocks are on hand, each one is unique.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Two Year Blogging Anniversary

This week was the two-year anniversary of my blog. I didn't know where I was going when I started my blog and certainly had no idea I'd still be blogging two years down the road. But I am. And as I look back over the past 2 years, a random list of things I've learned comes to mind.