Every event has a highlight. For the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, it has to be after the Saturday evening’s theme banquet, when author Jack Whyte offers up his annual rendition of ‘The Hippopotamus Song’. This year’s performance was especially poignant because many of us know we almost lost Jack last year following his November 30,Continue reading “Conference Aftermath…”
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Glorious Colour or Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud? (Take #2)
When tasks get ahead of me, the calendar gives me the eagle eye, and I don’t have the energy required to catch up… something has to go, and today it’s the blog. With memories of the Surrey Conference still fresh in mind, I hope you’ll excuse me for re-running this post that was originally inspiredContinue reading “Glorious Colour or Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud? (Take #2)”
More Conference Thoughts and an Inadequate Thank You
I’ve been reflecting on the people involved with the Surrey Conference. So many people! They all had an impact on how I experienced the conference and yet many of them I didn’t directly encounter. For every visible contribution there were at least ten more from behind the scenes, and every one was important to theContinue reading “More Conference Thoughts and an Inadequate Thank You”
Now THAT was a conference!
Whooo-eeee! A three-and-one-half day whirlwind just deposited me back at home and my brain is still reeling. So many great people, so much information conveyed, such a lot of encouragement, inspiration and motivation provided… not to mention all the fabulous food consumed! I promised a conference round up, but I’ve come to the conclusion it’sContinue reading “Now THAT was a conference!”
Research and Writing, an Inevitable Combination
Dead leaves crunched under foot and weeds crowded the path that was the only access to the abandoned cemetery. Detailed directions from the curator of the small rural museum included the warning that it would be easy to miss the trailhead. But we didn’t, and eventually found what until that moment I hadn’t known existedContinue reading “Research and Writing, an Inevitable Combination”
Unresponsive Brain Cells Don’t Matter, Do They?
‘Information Overload’ is a reality. I know, because I’m afflicted. Just home from four days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference and my fuzzy brain refuses to offer up coherent words for a timely post of writing inspiration. Not that it doesn’t contain lots of said inspiration. It does. It’s just that the great helpingsContinue reading “Unresponsive Brain Cells Don’t Matter, Do They?”
Brushing Elbows With SiWC
This is THE weekend — the Surrey International Writers’ Conference is underway. I’m not a delegate this year but was there today as a volunteer to help staff a trade table for the Federation of BC Writers. As people drifted past or stopped to chat I was struck with a sense of belonging. I’ve attendedContinue reading “Brushing Elbows With SiWC”
Glorious Colour or Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud?
With apologies to Jack Whyte (from whom I learned the song) and Flanders and Swann (who wrote the lyrics), I could think of no better title for today’s post. There’s no getting around it. Colour affects me. I’m forever remarking on the multitude of greens in the early spring, or trying to describe theContinue reading “Glorious Colour or Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud?”