Patriotism and all That

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This week is always big for me – the first week in July holds both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4.)   As an American married to a Canadian, my hubs and I try to honor both sides of our history and cultures. For while I would say our countries are rather similar at the end of the day … Read More

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter//Book Review

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My friend Hannah mailed me her copy of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter back in the fall because she said something about the book reminded her of me. Insert a thousand heart smiley faces here. (Because I love my friend Hannah, and I love snail mail, and I love books, and I love that she was thinking of me.) One of … Read More

5 Mistakes We Made While Writing

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We are, among other things, committed to honesty and vulnerability. We have made so many mistakes along our writing journey and are happy to share them with you here. Our hope is that you can learn from them so you don’t have to endure the same bumblings, and perhaps you can laugh a little too. So without further ado, and … Read More

A Few of My Favourite Modern Authors

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We do a lot of book reviews in this space, because we recognize the value in shouting other professionals in our craft. And because we read as much as we can to entertain ourselves, and also to grow in our craft. That being said, there are a few authors with whom I’d really love to sit down and grab a … Read More

Picking Up the Pieces

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And best of all, “The only things worth doing are the things that might possibly break your heart.” – Colum McCann I hear you, Colum, I hear you. Or as my man C.S. said: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping … Read More

May The Fourth Be With You

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Remember Us, an excerpt: When Charlie, Ben and I were little, we played superheroes more than we played all our other pretend games combined. We’d make our visiting cousins sit by the maple tree for hours, ropes flung all around them, while Ben and I fought off the dark villains side by side. That’s what I thought about on those … Read More

Small Great Things//Book Review

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I just found out that one of my most recent reads, Small Great Things, is destined for the big screen. Yes, yes, I’m a little behind on the news. Anyway, it’s starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts, so let’s all be excited. (If you listen to the Lindsay half of us, you should always watch the movie before you read … Read More

The First Draft

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I found my sketch book from 2013 when Kevin and I lived in South Africa. I started sketching around the time Layne and I decide to write a book together. And wouldn’t you know, I came across my very first draft of the very first bit I wrote for our book. I find it slightly amusing that I actually wrote … Read More

How to Find My Writing Inspiration

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I’ll only speak for myself here, but there are a few things I believe bring out the best in my writing self. On this sunny Monday, I’ll share a few of them with you. 1. Silence. I can’t write with music or noise at all. 2. Location. I hear I’m not supposed to bring my work to my bedroom, but I … Read More

Rejection – A Writer’s Friend?

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A few weeks back, Layne sent me a blog post titled, “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year”. “Collect rejections. Set rejection goals. I know someone who shoots for one hundred rejections in a year, because if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances, too.” It’s been nearly three … Read More