Feedback and Feels

I’m always honoured when other writers ask me to read or edit their work. As a writer myself, I know exactly the time, energy, and willpower that went into a manuscript. I also know how it feels to have someone tear it to shreds. When the time comes to give feedback, part of me is […]

Goals, Goals, Goals

I started this blog last November to help motivate me to write my second novel, which I’d just started. Spending some time chronicling my journey and getting my fingers on the keyboard when my #WIP wasn’t speaking to me DID help motivate me, but more importantly, it connected me to a community of writers. I […]

WhySoMillennial on Aging

That’s right. I’m aging. I’ll admit it. Tomorrow is my thirty-FOURTH birthday, meaning I’ll be undeniably in my mid-thirties. Besides finding this unacceptable given my current state of adolescent behaviour, I’ve been reflecting on some of my key accomplishments and failures. Accomplishment: Some letters after this old name of mine. I don’t think it’s a […]

Split Personality Book Club

There are a lot of people who review books online, but none quite like me. My personalities rarely agree, except on one thing: there’s nothing like opening a crisp new book. Before I get started, some introductions: Sheila – librarian, type A, constantly bites her lower lip, wears cardigans and glasses on a fine gold […]

Holiday (Lack of) Productivity

Yesterday I started a month of holidays. In a fit of overzealous optimism, I mentally committed myself (ha! not that kind of committed, although probably not the worst idea) to reading and writing a LOT every single day. I went to Chapters and bought two new books (Women Talking by Miriam Toews and I’ll be […]

Writing Targets and Self-Trickery

Getting back into writing after a long break is actually harder than I thought it would be. I gave myself permission not to write so many times that I conditioned an avoidance response… And now I have an uphill battle making my brain feel excited about it. When I first started writing, the excitement came […]