My most-least-favourite four-letter word

Good.

There, I’ve said it. Good.

Good is a perfectly acceptable word. In many cases, it’s one of my favourite words.

When I don’t like the word “good” is when it’s in the context of things that writers say. Like, “Can you read this and tell me if it’s any good?” or “Yeah, I don’t want to share. It’s not good.”

In that context, “good” isn’t a descriptor, it’s a judgement, and a harsh one, at that.

Of course, your story is good. Stop wondering about its value.

Is it marketable? Does it need polishing? Can you do something to fix the plot holes?

Yes, probably. Those are craft-based questions. Those are the questions a writer asks. As writers, we need to understand our work has value, and we need to stop self-sabatoging with that great, but four-letter word, good.

The Best Start to 2018

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Reuniting a lost pup with their owner is the best kind of start to the new year—especially as 2018 has begun with a sharp -30, plus wind chill.

Here’s to hot chocolate, warm paws, and snuggles between people and those with puppy noses.

2017 Events

January 27-29, 2017: YouthWrite Winter Wordplay ~ The Many-Headed Liar: Creating 3D Characters. Ever struggled with paper-thin characters? Learn simple, effective ways to develop believable, relatable characters that readers love or love to hate.

February 1-2, 2017: OLA Superconference ~ Bring Your Own Cape: Using Novels and Non-Fiction Narratives to Further Themes of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice.

February 9-10, 2017: YABS’ Story Avenue ~ (From the YABS website): Story Avenue is an annual set of writing workshops held in Edmonton for all of the Grade 5 and 6 students from five Edmonton schools…The program was started in 2007 as a joint venture between YABS and the City Centre Education Partnership (CCEP). Ten local professional children’s authors and illustrators teach writing workshops for approximately 400 students.

February 9, 2017: NCTCA Conference ~ Beam an author into your classroom!

February 25, 2017: Elk Island YAC ~ If your child is part of the Elk Island school district, and in elementary or junior high, they are eligible to spend the day a host of authors/artists/illustrators learning how to better their literacy skills and have a blast doing it!

March 9, 2017: Minnekadha Literacy & Wellness Day

April 8, 2017~ Foothills Young Authors Conference

May 6-13, 2017: TD Book Week Tour ~ Traveling through the NorthWest Territories

May 20, 2017: Capital City Press Festival ~ Hosted by the Edmonton Public Library. Meet local authors and attend panels on the writing industry. No need to register, admission is free!

May 22, 2017: Family Kompany Theatre ~ The Story Catcher workshop—stay tuned for more details!

July 10 – 15, 2017: YouthWrite River Valley Experience ~ Join a host of amazing artists and hone the craft of writing. Camp information is available here.

July 13 – August 24, 2017: Edmonton Public Library ~ Young Writer’s Workshop, running every Thursday, from 3:00-4:30 PM. For more information, contact the Riverbend branch (780) 944-5311.

July 31 – August 4, 2017: Gallery 49 Young Writers’ Camp ~ Registration through Sherwood Park’s Art Gallery.

Oh boy, *cue face palm*

Got back from walking the dogs, opened my manuscript file, and read the last line, “Do you think she might be.” And unfortunately for me, I can’t remember what I was going to say, only that the lien was a bridge to connect to a big plot point.

Is sexism caused by a differently shaped brain?

Doing some research and came across this article, “Are Some Brain Predisposed for Sexism?” It’s interesting reading and I may do some follow-up research to see how valid the claim is. In the meantime, the latter part of the article (the influence of societal factors) makes sense to me. The developing brain is like putty—we know children who are talked to, read to, played with develop better than those who don’t have that type of interaction. So if a child is/isn’t exposed to certain types of thought and behaviours, it seems logical their brain would develop differently.