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‘Flowers in the Fall’ photo by ldyck Where are the must-read books? What book should you…

Writing about Writers (list of quotes)

On October 10th this blog will be nine years old. Do you believe it? Nine. To…

Book Review: The Pearl by John Steinbeck (short novel)

The Pearl (a 90-page short novel written as a parable) opens with a heart-warming yet simply…

My first writers’ group (short story) by Leanne Dyck

In elementary school, I wrote a poem that was published in my school’s newsletter and a…

Bunny: A Novel by Mona Awad (literary fiction)

This book’s message:  How you feel about me is none of my business. How I feel…

Afi (short story) by Leanne Dyck (2 of 2)

At the end of part one of this two-part short story, I was just about to read…

Afi (short story) by Leanne Dyck (1 of 2)

I’m blessed with a wonderfully supportive family–and friends–who have nurtured my writing. Here’s an early example……

Book Review: The Princess Dolls by Ellen Schwartz (historical fiction)

What would you do if you felt a friend was being treated unjustly? Buy this book …

The Invisible Woman (short story) by Leanne Dyck

The case of the mysteriously disappearing woman… on Vancouver Island photo by ldyckThe Invisible Woman The…

Book Review: The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood (historical fiction)

In 1934, during the Great Depression, the birth of the Dionne quintuplets charmed Canadians and the…

Guest Post: Author Ellen Schwartz

This summer I had an opportunity to meet and share my writing with Ellen Schwartz. She…

Book Review: Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

A father and a son prepare to leave their homeland and cross the ocean to–what they…

The Toy (short story) by Leanne Dyck

What have you discarded? Why? Do you miss it?It was just another Tuesday afternoon in May.…

Book Review: An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

‘No matter what happens, the past has a permanence. The past is safe.’ (p. 235)  An…

Sharing Your Writing (short story) by Leanne Dyck

When I started to write I wanted to share my stories with everyone but… photo by…

Book Review: That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung

Set in the year 1979, That Time I Loved You:  Life is Never as Perfect as…

Playing With Your Muse (short story) (2 of 2) by Leanne Dyck

You, the writer, continue to listen and I, the muse, tell you a story about an…

How a writer sleeps (short story)(1 of 2) by Leanne Dyck

Do writers sleep soundly? What makes them toss and turn? Who do they wake up for–too…

Book Review: Fox 8 (illustrated short novel) by George Saunders

This 49-page illustrated short novel packs a powerful punch. Buy this book I purchased my copy…

Emphasizing the ‘ability’ in disability (list) by Leanne Dyck

photo by ldyck When you think about someone who is disabled you may envision someone who…

Book Review: Milkman by Anna Burns

Milkman by Anna Burns is set in Ireland during the 1970s, during the time of the troubles.…

Annie (short story) by Leanne Dyck

What would you do to make a dream reality? This short story was inspired by The…

Book Review: Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

Unlike many of the books I review, I’ve found it impossible to review Bellevue Square without spoilers. Sorry……

Baby Rescuer (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Do you judge a person before you get to know them? Haven’t we all–at one time…

Huldufolk (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Birth stories–some of us are given them; others of us have to find them. This short…