Community Building, Writing

Building Coherence: Writing to Contribute to the Betterment of Society

When reading about the habits of highly successful people, a couple of things seem universal.  Most of them seem to have a rigorous routine.  Most of them delegate unimportant tasks.  When possible, a large part of them simplify their lives so that they are able to focus on the more important things. Highly Successful People… Read More Building Coherence: Writing to Contribute to the Betterment of Society

Community, Community Building, NaNoWriMo, Writing

Did I Win? Some Thoughts on NaNoWriMo 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 came to a close on 30 November, but I was lucky enough to reach the goal a couple of days before. Although I don’t know if all of them will make the final cut, I managed to write over 50,000 words of the sequel to the Spirit Within Club. I had discussed at… Read More Did I Win? Some Thoughts on NaNoWriMo 2014

Author Spotlight, Writing

Author Spotlight: Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper

As mentioned in my review of the book, I found between the covers of Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper’s Populatti a story that created a safe environment for a conversation on social media’s role in our relationships. The story delves into the increasingly complex maze of interactions that defines high school in the age of social media.… Read More Author Spotlight: Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper

Author Spotlight, Writing

Author Spotlight: Bernie Strachan

Under the pen name Claire Sandy, Bernie Strachan wrote a wonderful book I recently had the pleasure of reviewing. What Would Mary Berry Do? is a delightful tale about a happy family trying to live life in a better way, namely by the female head of the household reaching out to her new found touchstone,… Read More Author Spotlight: Bernie Strachan

Blogging, Community Building, Writing

Building Coherence: Writing to Contribute to the Betterment of Society

When reading about the habits of highly successful people, a couple of things seem universal. Most of them seem to have a rigorous routine. Most of them delegate unimportant tasks. When possible, a large part of them simplify their lives so that they are able to focus on the more important things. All these things… Read More Building Coherence: Writing to Contribute to the Betterment of Society

Author Spotlight, Writing

Author Spotlight: Sieni A.M.

I am lucky to count author Sieni not only as a friend, but also as one of those with whom I have had many a fantastic chat on the role writing fiction can have on personal and community development, which resulted in many an undone chore. What can I say – sacrifices must be made.… Read More Author Spotlight: Sieni A.M.

Author Spotlight, Writing

Author Spotlight: Melissa Cistaro

I discovered author Melissa Cistaro’s Pieces of Me through NetGalley late last year. Although I posted a review in January, the story remained for quite some time on my mind. I was struck by this story of a growth daughter dealing with the imminent passing of her mother, with whom she has had quite a… Read More Author Spotlight: Melissa Cistaro

Arts, Blogging, Music, Writing

Art as Service: The Importance of Leading a Coherent Life

A couple of my artist friends and I, concerned with the well-being of our communities, have been trying to figure out how to balance out a desire to create the kind of art that contributes to building a better world while at the same time making it a financially sustainable career path. In other words,… Read More Art as Service: The Importance of Leading a Coherent Life

Author Spotlight, Writing

Author Spotlight: Kristyn Kusek Lewis

While the kind of drama found in reality shows can be appealing, it leaves me dissatisfied, much like junk food does. And so when books like author Kristyn Kusek Lewis’ Save Me come across my desk, I take the time to savour every page. In this case, I particularly liked the study in the subtlety… Read More Author Spotlight: Kristyn Kusek Lewis

Author Spotlight, Writing

Author Spotlight: Menna van Praag

Menna van Praag’s The Dress Shop of Dreams was a great book for me to read and review. I mentioned how I felt that, in a society driven mainly by scientific fact and logical reasoning, it’s nice to believe that perhaps magic does still exist. I was touched by the story this author had weaved,… Read More Author Spotlight: Menna van Praag