Celebrating Firsts

It’s been a long time coming. Learning curves have been steep enough to toss me on my back. Family crises have intervened. Distractions abounded. But I made it! YAY! Massive hugs to all the amazing people who helped… Read More

My Next Big Thing

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Break. Did you know that 2013 will be the Chinese Year of the Water Snake? Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house means your family will… Read More

How do I love thee…

Let me count the raise. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My yeast can reach… Did you guess from my mangled paraphrasing of Elizabeth Barrett Browning‘s poem that I love bread? Yes, earlier, I confessed… Read More

Sleight of Mind

Writers find ideas in a lot of different places; the shower, the cafe, a wine glass. Many ideas pop up in the middle of some mundane chore or oft-repeated task. Why does this happen? I believe it’s “sleight… Read More

Shots in the Laneway

Deep in the heart of my city, strange things happen… © Joan Leacott 2012

Do I Know You?

On September 23rd, I volunteered to man the Toronto Romance Writers booth at the Word on the Street Festival  in downtown Toronto. A good crowd turned out despite the flirtatious weather, all sunny one minute and spitting rain the… Read More

Writing Course in Toronto

Eve Silver‘s books are awesome, so she knows what she’s talking about! Course: Writing Popular Fiction Instructor: Eve Silver Where: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, St. George Campus When: Tuesday October 2 – Tuesday November 27,… Read More

Serving up Firefighters

A room full of women surround a catwalk. The fashion show is over. The women grow restless. Two Toronto firefighters strut out and flex their suspenders. Programs stir up a breeze. The auctioneer opens the bidding for the Food &… Read More

Writing Lesson in Music Class

As mentioned in my last post, I’m taking piano lessons. With five kids, my immigrant parents couldn’t afford them. Now that I have lots of time on my hands, I’m treating myself to something I’ve always wanted to… Read More

Silence in Writing

I adored The Artist. Jean Dujardin, as Valentin, deserves his Best Actor Oscar. In one scene, the irrepressible Peppy disparages the broad gesticulations and exaggerated facial expressions of the old silent films as “mugging for the camera”. This film has none of that…. Read More

Roller Coaster Writer

Get an idea for your next book from an everyday event that you really look at for the first time. Read a craft book. Figure out why your last scene sucked. Write 2k words on your Work-in-Progress in one… Read More

Somebody to Love

Deep in the bowels of a century-old stone building is a room few outsiders dare to enter.  Scales, spikes, fuzzy skins, and blue tongues adorn strange beasts living in the oddly-scented heat. Keepers take regular delivery of living creatures… Read More