Those of you who come here regularly know one of my all-time favourite, go-to authors is Louise Penny. Author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache books, also known as, the Three Pines series. Ever since I discovered Penny’s books, starting with Bury Your Dead, I’ve been in love with not only her writing, but her …

Book Crossing that is, as in, I decided yesterday after months of trying to literally ‘give away‘ 70 plus books for free, to join the online community, BookCrossing. You can find me here Wry Writer if you want to connect. BookCrossing is the act of releasing your books “into the wild” for strangers to find, or via …

Today I want to look at language, and specifically the use of certain words. In this case—given the climate of hatred spewing out all over the place, I’m focusing in on the word, despise [verb] : to feel contempt or a deep repugnance for, as in : he despised himself for voting for Trump. As …

Remember that, whilst most writing need not always conform to the standards set for a print publication, there are, nonetheless, still a number of things you should try to remember when composing everything from a blog post, to your magnus opus. Proofreading: First rule of thumb, always proofread your work. While readers and editors are …

It’s the stuff of science fiction or, nightmares, depending on how you look at it. But when the Israeli lunar lander, dubbed Beresheet, crashed on the moon in April, it left behind thousands of microscopic and, may I say, indestructible tardigrades, commonly known as water bears. Water bears—the toughest animal on Earth—offer a very benign …

THE BURN, the much anticipated sequel to THE DIME, by Edgar-nominated and ALA award-winning author, Kathleen Kent, will hit shelves February 11, 2020. But, thanks to her publisher Mulholland Books, Kathleen was toasting receipt of her ARCs with a bottle of Redhead red wine last night! How do you celebrate the arrival of the Advanced Reading …

I was saddened to hear that Nobel (Nobel Lecture) and Pulitzer prize winning author of such luminary works as Beloved and Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison, passed away last night. Barack Obama said of her: Toni Morrison was a national treasure, as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. …

This week, as the month of July wound down, we headed off to the Aquarium for a day out, midweek, in the hope there would be less people doing the same thing. We thought no one would go on a Tuesday, surely. How wrong we were. The aquarium was chock-full from the moment we arrived, …

Well, it had to happen, and the lyrics of the Righteous Brothers song Loving’ Feeling just about sums it it, really. I’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’ Whoa, lovin’ feelin’ Bring back that lovin’ feeling ‘Cause it’s gone, gone, gone Whoa, whoa! At first I thought I was just in a reading slum because of a …

We had a lovely day out, yesterday, doing a loop along the St. Charles river. You can, if you really wanted to (and had the time) walk all the way from the Lac St. Charles along the river till you arrive here, in Québec City, and hit the mighty St. Lawrence river. We chose to …