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The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 5 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 4:  Mara works at a complaints department where she apologizes all day.  And now… The…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 3 by Leanne Dyck

Chapter two:  Becky and Tom help Mara and Owen move in, but immediately Mara feels a…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 1 by Leanne Dyck

The Other Side was inspired by a house my husband and I lived in on BC’s Mainland,…

Happy 4th From Your Canadian Cousin (list) by Leanne Dyck

photo by ldyck Cross-legged on the carpet, elbows on knees, chin cupped in hands, two feet…

Book Review by Benni Chisholm: Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla

LOST IMMUNITY Author – Daniel Kalla Publisher – Simon Schuster Canada edition Copyright – 2021 Pages…

Book Review: From the Ashes (memoir) by Jesse Thistle

From the Ashes Jesse Thistle Simon & Schuster Canada 2019 I saw him on the street.…

The Magic Carpet (short story) (children’s fiction) by Leanne Dyck

  photo by ldyck A boring rainy day is enlivened by a creative babysitter. Raindrops pitter-patter…

Mayne Island Bakery (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 How does a writer order an ice cream cone?              …

Across the Water (short story) (children’s fiction) by Leanne Dyck

 Reader’s review:  So good. I’d love to read this to a group of children. When it’s…

Book Review: Dropped Threads: What We Aren’t Told (anthology) (Volume one) edited by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson

 On Twitter, I tweeted that this anthology was ‘little-known’. It may have been ‘little-known’ to me…

A Woman Like Her (short story) (5/6) by Leanne Dyck

Part three:  All her life, Mom had shared a bedroom so I move into the palliative…

A Woman Like Her (short story) (3/6 ) by Leanne Dyck

Part two:  I flew to Manitoba to visit my mom in the hospital.  Reader’s review:  Heartfelt…

A Woman Like Her (short story) (1/6 ) by Leanne Dyck

 This part one of a heartwarming, life-changing six-part short story inspired by events that unfolded around…

Guest Post: How To Maintain Writing Productivity Through Tough Times by Savannah Cordova

“Savannah Cordova is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace that connects self-publishing authors with the world’s…

Neighbourly (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Sometimes your childhood neighbours can influence–for your entire lifetime.  photo by ldyck Neighbourly Leanne Dyck My…

Book Review: Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys

A boy’s friendship with a World War II veteran raises suspension but lasts a lifetime.  The…

Dog Hair (poem) by Leanne Dyck

 April is Poetry Month. To celebrate, I’ll share this poem I wrote for children–and the young…

Five Dollars (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Readers come in all shapes and sizes. What unites us is our love of books. The…

Book Review: The Barren Grounds by David A Robertson (MG)

 The Barren Grounds is set in early November in Winnipeg and is about two Cree foster…

Catch It (short story) by Leanne Dyck

  photo by ldyck My brother has a new toy. It’s made of wood and shaped…

Book Review: Dirty Birds (adventure, humour) by Morgan Murray

 If your taste in literature is twisted like mine, do yourself a favour and read Dirty…

Who’s Bigger? (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 What I learnt by watching children play… photo by ldyck Two children square off in the…

Book Review: The Parkour Club by Pam Withers and Arooj Hayat (YA)

 Building bridges of understanding with fast-paced prose. Published in Canada by Pam Withers and Arooj Hayat…

The First Crush (poem) by Leanne Dyck

 Do you remember giggling? Do you remember your heart soaring? Do you remember your first crush?…

Book Review: How It All Blew Up (YA) by Arvin Ahmadi

 How It All Blew Up was based on author Arvin Ahamdi’s 2018 trip to Rome and…