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I Won? Thoughts on Anvil Press’ 3-Day Novel Contest

Photograph of teal typewriter on a wooden table, with open book and pair of glasses. Words read, "I won?" in the center, with "Anvil Press 3-Day Novel Contest" down right hand side.

I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce that a novella I wrote as part of Anvil Press’ annual contest will be published in Spring of 2022. For those of you that don’t know about it, this contest has been running for 44 years and hundreds of people always enter, but it’s not for the faint of heart. The rules are simple, you can plot and plan, but you can’t start writing before midnight on the Friday of Labour Day...

Do You Buy These Kinds of Books?


I’ve been travelling or living abroad for the last seven years, so I haven’t been able to own much stuff. I’m also a minimalist at heart. A lot of clutter really stresses me out, because it just feels a bit superfluous. I think it’s important for things to have purpose and practical use. Knick-knacks? No, thank you. In the last couple of years I’ve started using more reading technology like my Kobo and an iPad, because it allows me to...

Review: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

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I just finished raving about this book on my Goodreads, but that didn’t feel like enough. So I wanted to expand a little more. I haven’t read a book of such high caliber in a while. A book that needs to be savoured, demands its reader to stop and pause. Originally published in 1994, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life has become one of the quintessential texts for aspiring authors. And yet, I never sat down to...