Friday, November 17, 2017

family history and genealogy


Are you into family history and genealogy? Here’s a tongue-in-cheek take on it, courtesy of The Daily Bonnet: .

Friday, November 10, 2017

"ear on the ground" & other Murphy Shewchuk wisdom

Author/photographer Murphy Shewchuk did a super presentation at the (Kamloops-based) Interior Authors Group meeting last night. He spoke completely without notes. (I wish I could.) I learned a lot from his experiences in selling his writing & photography in various ways. He’s the author of many many articles for magazines including BC OUTDOORS & of  books available at Chapters Indigo , Amazon , & elsewhere.  I was particularly interested in his tips for taking photographs. Here are just a few:

-You get the best outdoor light before & after the 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM period.

-Don’t always stand on the level & photograph what’s ahead of you. If possible, get up higher than what you’re photographing. Or get lower. An example: Murphy told us about shooting wildflower pictures at dawn while lying with his ear on the ground.

-Don’t have the horizon in the middle of your picture. Preferably have it about a third of the way from the top, or a third of the way from the bottom.

-When photographing people & animals, make sure the eyes are noticeable & in focus—even if other parts of them aren’t. The eyes bring them to life.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

writing opportunities: Port Yonder Press

Port Yonder Press/Eastern Iowa Review invites submissions of more than one kind at its website here: .

Monday, October 30, 2017

authors & lawsuits

Interesting article here including real-life examples. .

Monday, October 23, 2017

100-word story competition

Can you write a 100-word story in English, Spanish, Arabic, or Hebrew? If so, you may want to enter this international contest: . No fee to enter. Deadline November 23, 2017.


working with an editor: 8 tips


Whether you self-publish or work with a traditional publisher, you’ll probably find yourself working with an editor sooner or later. How can you do so effectively? My article recently published in the Calgary-based Opal Magazine gives suggestions:


memoir-writing article in Opal Magazine

Memories are precious. Are you thinking of preserving & sharing yours by writing them down? My article on memoir-writing is in the Calgary-based Opal Magazine here: