The Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System

I wish we could visit some of these planets. Don’t you?

I’ve enjoyed this week of light posting. Sometimes you need a break.

Suggestion Saturday will be up as normal on Saturday, and I will be back to my normal posting schedule after that. See you then!

Spring 2015 Search Terms

Happy Memorial Day to my readers from the United States! I’m keeping this post short and sweet since I generally see a dip in traffic here on holidays. A few times a year I like to respond to some of the more unusual search terms that have lead new readers to this blog. I’ve added punctuation marks in…

Suggestion Saturday: May 23, 2015

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. Treebeard #5. No, there is nothing violent or disturbing in this link. The reason I’m not giving away  any hints about it that can’s already be deduced from the title is that I think my readers…

Mailbag #15

Anonymous asks: How can I get my writing skills as good as yours? English isn’t my mother-tongue although I mostly write my fictions using that language and almost all of my work turns out boring and just lacks creativity. I guess I have a trouble way of framing sentences in a suitable form. This is…

How to Build a Cat

Click here to find out how engineers do it. Writers would build a cat by making dozens of prototypes, many of which involve minute changes and/or allowing the prototype to sit in the corner until it decided it was ready to be used. In the meantime, they’d talk to it and expect it to talk back…

Happy Victoria Day

I’m taking a break from writing to celebrate the long weekend. Sometimes you need a refresher. Happy Victoria Day to all of my Canadian readers. This is what Queen Victoria looked like when she was four years old. I wonder if we’ll still celebrate her birthday every year once our current queen dies? Or will Queen…

Suggestion Saturday: May 16, 2015

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, short stories, essays, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. Awash via DBofB. I have similar thoughts every time I do a load of laundry. Rivers. This is what Huckleberry Finn might have been like if the story was told from Jim’s perspective….

One-Word Sentences

I’ve been thinking about one word sentences. It isn’t (always) grammatically correct, but sometimes an entire response can be pared down to a single word: No. Why? Yes. Maybe. Meh. Extra words aren’t always necessary. In fact, sometimes it’s better not to use them at all. What are some of your favourite one-word sentences?

Fears

Those of you who read this blog regularly have no doubt picked up on my obsession with short, dialogue-free films. They are such a fascinating phenomenon. This one is about fear. It can overwhelm us. It can lie to us. It can also help us. The trick is to figure out which fears are reasonable and…

Your Internal Clock Can’t Be Reset

Once upon a time there lived a young couple who had a dilemma: their baby wouldn’t go to sleep. Both parents paced the living room floor with her for hours, bouncing her little body up and down with the hope of soothing her colic. It worked as long as they didn’t stop walking or bouncing. When the…