2012 Archives

Wordless Wednesday 19

Every Wednesday, bloggers around the world share a photo they’ve taken that tells a story without words. I hope you like mine.

If this photo brings to mind a memory or inspires you to do some writing, all the better.

Happy holidays to you and your family — whatever and however you celebrate — and best wishes for a bright and writing-filled new year.

 

©2012 Allyson Latta

View more of my photos here.

And drop in on the following friends for further Wordlessness, or as Carin puts it, “photos with a hint of hmm”:

Carin Makuz (Matilda Magtree)

Cheryl Andrews

Elizabeth Yeoman (Wunderkamera)

Kristen den Hartog (Blog of Green Gables)

 

Recent Posts on Writing

Quotes on Memory & Memoir: The Age of Hope

16 Links for the Writer and Book Lover This Christmas

Natalie Shahinian’s guest post in the Seven Treasures memoir series

“Memories can slink, wraiths from the mist” by memoirist Chris Hazelgrove

The Stories We Tell by Blanche Howard

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Quotes on Memory & Memoir: “The Age of Hope”

From the novel The Age of Hope, by David Bergen (2012, HarperCollins Canada):

“I was born in 1930.”

“You were.”

“Oh, why write such nonsense?” And then, pleased, she said, “Leave out the unfortunate parts.” And then, “If you must tell the truth, be kind.”

“It’s not about you, Mom. You might recognize bits and pieces, but it is a novel.”

“I was not perfect. Never perfect. I was the furthest from perfect. But then that was not my intent.”

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Interview with Ana Rodriguez Machado, First-Prize Winner in the 2012 Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest

 

Queen’s University student Ana Rodriguez Machado has won first prize in the 2012 Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest for her entry “An Afternoon in Central America,” and I’m pleased to share my interview with the young writer below. Poet Catherine Graham, who judged the contest, describes Ana’s submission this way:

“Concise, charged with menace, and with an arresting range — from the highly poetic, The mountain danced with shades of cadmium and emerald, to the stinging last line — this five-line poem hooked me.”

You  can read Ana’s poem, along with those of second-prize winner Nora Grove and third-prize winner Jill Talbot, on the contest website here. Congratulations to the three winners, each of whom has been awarded online mentoring sessions with Catherine.

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Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 18

Every Wednesday, bloggers around the world share a photo they’ve taken that tells a story without words. Here’s mine.

If it brings to mind a memory or inspires you to do some writing, I hope you’ll leave a comment below.

 

©2012 Allyson Latta

View more of my photos here.

And drop in on the following friends for further Wordlessness, or as Carin puts it, “photos with a hint of hmm”:

Carin Makuz (Matilda Magtree)

Cheryl Andrews

Kristen den Hartog (Blog of Green Gables)

Beth Fish (Beth Fish Reads)

 

Recent Posts on Writing

16 Links for the Writer and Book Lover This Christmas

Natalie Shahinian’s guest post in the Seven Treasures memoir series

“Memories can slink, wraiths from the mist” by memoirist Chris Hazelgrove

The Stories We Tell by Blanche Howard

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

16 Links for the Writer and Book Lover This Christmas

“More Books In The Home!” poster, Jessie Willcox Smith, 1924

 

Pour yourself a cup of tea (or Christmas cheer) and settle yourself somewhere comfy to meander through these websites, some useful, others simply fun; some specific to the season, others not. I’ve collected here links to everything from unique gift ideas for writers and readers to the world’s most spectacular bookstores, from Canadian writers’ favourite read-aloud Christmas tales to alluring international literary pilgrimages for your bucket list.

Believe me, I could have made the list longer and kept you glued to your computer — but you do, after all, want to spend time with your family over the holidays.

Number 1 can’t help but put you in a festive spirit. It’s a charming video from Chapters/Indigo in which authors share what would make their Christmas season magical. I hope you enjoy it, as well as the rest of your tour. If you do, please let me know in the Comments.

Best wishes, fellow writers and readers, for a love- and laughter-filled holiday season.

 

1. What Would Make Your Holiday Magical? (December 2012, Chapters/Indigo)

 

 

2. A Book Lover’s Christmas Tree (TheDecorologist.com)

3. Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers (BrainPickings.com)

4. Best Christmas and Holiday Books for Kids (Parenting.com)

5. Imaginary Getaways: Some of Canada’s best writers introduce you to their fictional haunts (Literary Review of Canada)

6. 9 Pilgrimages for the Lover of Western Literature and Leaping Off the Page: 10 Literary Locations to Visit with Kids and 10 Places to Drink Like Your Favorite Writer (Bootsnall.com)

7. 10 of the Best Literary Memoirs of All Time (Flavorwire.com)

8. 100 Notable Books of 2012 (The New York Times)

9. The Globe 100 (The Globe and Mail)

10. Project Bookmark Canada

11. The Joys of Reading Aloud: 10 Canadian authors share their favourite books to read aloud during the festive season (2009, Canadian Living)

12. The Lure of the Writer’s Cabin, by David Wood (The New York Times)

13. The 2o Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World (Flavorwire.com)

14. ‘Tis the Season to Learn – family literacy tips (ABC Life Literacy Canada)

15. 12 Holiday Gifts that Writers Will Actually Use (2011, TheMillions.com)

16. 10 More Holiday Gifts that Writers Will Actually Use (2012, TheMillions.com)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 17

Every Wednesday, bloggers around the world share a photo they’ve taken that tells a story without words. Here’s mine.

If it brings to mind a memory or inspires you to do some writing, I hope you’ll leave a comment below.

 

©2012 Allyson Latta

View more of my photos here.

And visit my Wordless friends Carin Makuz (Matilda Magtree), Cheryl Andrews, and Kristen den Hartog (Blog of Green Gables).

 

Recent Posts on Writing

“Memories can slink, wraiths from the mist” by memoirist Chris Hazelgrove

Don’t Be Shy! Self-Promotion Tips for Writers by Susan Siddeley

The Stories We Tell by Blanche Howard

Guest posts by Suzanne Adam and Morgan Holmes in the Seven Treasures series

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012