A review of Kristin Hannah’s new book The Women

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Pub date: February 6, 2024 Version: Audiobook, Macmillan Audio via NetGalley One sentence summary: The Women follows Frances ‘Frankie’ McGrath as she defies her conservative upbringing and enlists as a nurse in the Vietnam war, despite the objections of her family and the greater country she chose to serve. Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ Affiliate Purchase Link: The Women: A Novel Side note If you’re looking for a plot summary you won’t find it here. I find it mildly irritating when Goodreads reviews...

I Won? Thoughts on Anvil Press’ 3-Day Novel Contest

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I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce that a novella I wrote as part of Anvil Press’ annual contest will be published in Spring of 2022. For those of you that don’t know about it, this contest has been running for 44 years and hundreds of people always enter, but it’s not for the faint of heart. The rules are simple, you can plot and plan, but you can’t start writing before midnight on the Friday of Labour Day...

Do You Buy These Kinds of Books?

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I’ve been travelling or living abroad for the last seven years, so I haven’t been able to own much stuff. I’m also a minimalist at heart. A lot of clutter really stresses me out, because it just feels a bit superfluous. I think it’s important for things to have purpose and practical use. Knick-knacks? No, thank you. In the last couple of years I’ve started using more reading technology like my Kobo and an iPad, because it allows me to...

Review: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

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I just finished raving about this book on my Goodreads, but that didn’t feel like enough. So I wanted to expand a little more. I haven’t read a book of such high caliber in a while. A book that needs to be savoured, demands its reader to stop and pause. Originally published in 1994, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life has become one of the quintessential texts for aspiring authors. And yet, I never sat down to...

I Think I’ll Start Buying Myself Flowers

I used to be really opposed to flowers, as I didn’t see the point of cutting down something living just to put it in a vase and watch it die. But then in September of 2019, I moved to Toronto for the publishing program at Centennial College. One of the few required texts for the course was the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. I had planned to just order it from the campus bookstore, fully prepared to pay for the convenience of...

There’s Always Room to Grow

I’ve started up and abandoned a number of blogs over the years, because at a certain point something always ended up feeling inauthentic about them. I had a travel blog for a while, but it just started to feel a bit vapid and HEY, LOOK HOW GREAT MY LIFE IS, and that just isn’t the audience I want to connect with. So I’m trying to come at this new blog from a more authentic place. And the only thing that’s...