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  • Title Card - Ninth House

    [Review] Ninth House

    TW: Violence, murder, death, drug abuse, human experimentation and mutilation, attempted rape, sexual abuse, emotional manipulation, ghosts, dark magic. Holy ****. Leigh Bardugo’s debut adult novel, Ninth House, is beyond anything I expected. It’s a magical and intellectual tour de force; a powerhouse of plot and prose, suspense and suspicion, murder, magic, and madness. I came to it thinking it was a standalone, but it’s actually the first in a series, and I’m so relieved at that because I am hungry for more. I believe the sequel is slated for 2021, and honestly that can’t get here soon enough. 2019…

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  • Title Card - NaNoWriMo 2019

    NaNoWriMo 2019

    That season is upon us again: NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. For anyone unfamiliar with this, NaNoWriMo started twenty years ago and has now grown to an international month-long event during November, in which intrepid writers everywhere attempt to churn out 50,000 words (minimum) within 30 days. The original idea was that this word count would constitute a first draft; for some genres, it still does, though for others it’s simply 50,000+ words of a draft — for example, contemporary adult novels tend to be between 85,000 – 120,000 words these days. Even so, 50,000 words is the minimum…

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    Monday Motivation: Rest

    “The most valuable thing we can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of room, not try to be or do anything whatever.” ~ May Sarton A bit of a belated Monday Motivation this week, as I had to take some time to rest. I’d pushed myself too hard last week and over the weekend, and yesterday my body and mind both said: Rest. Ironically enough, it was precisely this subject that I was going to write about for this week’s Monday Motivation. I’d like to invite you to get curious…

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  • Paint brushes lie on a well-used painter's palette tin, with various colours of paint staining the tin itself -- oranges, blues, greens, reds, purples.

    Monday Motivation: Having Fun

    “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~ Albert Einstein How could you have fun with your creativity this week? What would enliven your creative practice — dancing to your favourite song? Involving a trusted friend? Going out on an artist’s date to a new museum? Using a new set of coloured pencils? Trying out a new dance move? Learning a new song? Enjoying nature as your creative muse? When we’re living a creative life, it’s all too easy to forget to have fun. We get caught up in making sure we have written an “acceptable” number of words for the day,…

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  • Title Card - Sorcery of Thorns

    [Review] Sorcery of Thorns

    First off, I want this to be known: This book broke me. It broke me in lots of wonderful, poignant, emotional, gut-wrenching, shattering ways. After the very last line, I was consumed by All. The. Feels. It was that good. Sorcery of Thorns is a fast, magical read which keeps the action moving throughout. Rogerson has a beautiful writing style, lyrical and flowing, and the world of Austermeer is well constructed and beautifully presented. I loved the idea of the Great Libraries scattered throughout the kingdom. Great Libraries, designed to hold books who have thoughts, feelings, and personalities of their…

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  • Sheet music sits on an upright piano. The keys are showing, inviting a pianist to play.

    Monday Motivation: Something Small

    “To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ~ Osho What’s the one small thing that you could do today to keep your creativity flowing?  Is it allowing yourself to dream, just a little, as you have your morning brew? Is it taking time to sketch out some ideas during your lunch break? Perhaps it’s singing along to your…

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  • Lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling light a corridor between bookselves in a library.

    Making Words into Worlds

    A long time ago, a little girl had a dream. She wanted to write, and see her name on the spine of a book in the library. She wanted Books of Her Very Own, filled with her own words and her own worlds, for other people to delight in and enjoy, as she had done with books since could first read. Now, this little girl was prone to Sensibility and Responsibility, so when the Bigger World told her that writing wasn’t a sustainable life choice, she listened. And she got older. She continued writing — reams of poetry, a novel…

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