Mrs. Kenneth James Stevens Wants A Baby by Leanne Dyck (Ch 4)

 Chapter three: It’s obvious that Aster is not pleased that she ended up on a remote…

Mrs. Kenneth James Stevens Wants A Baby by Leanne Dyck (Ch 3)

Chapter two: Emma, Aster’s sister-in-law, thinks Aster is foolish to live on a remote island. She advises…

Mrs. Kenneth James Stevens Wants A Baby by Leanne Dyck (Ch 2)

Chapter one: Alone in her home on a remote island, Aster communes with her husband. She…

Mrs. Kenneth James Stevens Wants A Baby by Leanne Dyck (Ch 1)

Mrs. Kenneth James Stevens Wants A Baby was inspired by remote island life and by Canadian…

Book Review: Flipping Forward Twisting Backward by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Sarah Mensinga (MG novel)

 Claire Cardin is dedicated, kind-hearted, empathetic, creative, smart, and a problem solver. She excels at gymnastics…

The Calling (short story) by Leanne Dyck

a downpour becomes magical for one teenage girl when…  Illustrator unknown Before and after school, she…

Blankie by Leanne Dyck (short story)

Blankie is a holiday-themed story about a senior citizen celebrating the season in a retirement home.…

Book Review: Driven: The Secret Lives of Drivers by Marcello Di Cintio, published by Biblioasis (non-fiction)

 In 2018 author Marcello Di Cintio ‘spent a year traveling around Canada’–west to east; south to…

The Sweater (short story) by Leanne Dyck

The holidays bring unmanageable stress to some people’s lives. This short story is for them–it’s about…

Island Invasion (short story) by Leanne Dyck

This short story was inspired by The Inconvenient King by Thomas King. (Thomas King is the…

20 Guest Authors on Leanne Dyck’s Blog

One of the best resources an author can have is another author. 20 authors share writing…

It All Started Here by Leanne Dyck

Where were you on November 13, 1962?  “If you remember the 60s, you really weren’t there.”…

Book Review: Stray Dogs stories by Rawi Hage, published by Alfred A Knopf Canada

 Stray Dogs by Rawi Hage is a collection of 11 stories. Some books supply answers. Stray…

Book Review: The Dollhouse: a ghost story by Charis Cotter (MG mystery), published by Tundra Books

 As I believe The Dollhouse could have the power to strengthen a relationship between young and…

Book Review: Hannah and Ariela by Johnnie Bernhard (novel)

I like larger-than-life characters. I love stories that companion senior citizens. I admire strong, independent, capable,…

Book Review: Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin, published by Atria

Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead is a philosophical study of death in fiction…

Mistakes (short story) by Leanne Dyck

This short story was inspired by my career as an Early Childhood Educator–inspired by it but…

Book Review: Those Precious Days by Ann Patchett, published by Harper

 Those Precious Days is a collection of 22 essays–24 if you count the essays Ann Patchett…

Book Review: The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan by Salma Hussain (MG novel), published by Tundra Books

 In 1991, the eldest of a family of soon-to-be five, Mona Hasan has a happy life…

An Old Man on a Small Island (short story) by Leanne Dyck

What do residents of a remote island do for fun? That question inspired this short story……

Books (short story) by Leanne Dyck

photo by ldyck “Dyslexics don’t like books. They’re reluctant readers,” they say.Hmm, well… Not all of…

Book Review: Binge by Douglas Coupland (short story collection), published by Random House Canada

 Douglas Coupland has his finger on the pulse of the 2020s. He knows us–with and without…

Callie Ch 8 by Leanne Dyck (inspired by the writing life) “Just the Two of Us”

 Chapter Seven: With a job that supports her writing and Aurora realizing how important Callie is…

Callie Ch 7 by Leanne Dyck (inspired by the writing life) “Open Mic Night”

 Chapter Six: Aurora takes the job as a server at The Starving Artist and seals her…

Callie Ch 6 by Leanne Dyck (inspired by the writing life) “In a Restaurant”

 Chapter Five: Aurora abandons sleep to write. What would you do to develop your passion? What…