Join My Toronto Creative Writing Group!

Book of writing prompts

Hello! It’s been a while. I haven’t been doing much blogging on my own website since I moved to Toronto, but I’ve been writing for clients and sometimes your personal stuff gets pushed to the back burner. I’ll spare you further excuses and get to the point…

I want to do more creative writing just because (as opposed to the stuff that pays my bills). I find it incredibly fulfilling even though it’s not filling my pockets (yet). And so I’ve decided to start a creative writing group in Toronto, just like the one I had back in Vancouver, which was really fun. I’ve spoken to quite a few old friends and new ones here who seem to be interested so we’ll see how it goes. It will be open to strangers as well, so don’t be afraid to come out!

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A New Blogging Medium

Medium

I have been blogging for a long time. Nine years, to be exact. I will even shamelessly share one of my very first posts: an in-depth review of a Snoop Doggy Dogg concert in May 2005. (Full disclosure: many of the posts on that blog are crap and full of mistakes and immature opinions, but I’m not ashamed of where I came from and we all gotta start somewhere.) Since those days I’ve started and killed many a blog, and several companies have even paid me to blog for them. Imagine that!

Just like my blogging skills, the act of blogging itself has come a long way. What began as not much more than angsty teen rants has morphed into a viable way for writers and wannabes to build influence, drive business and even make money by publishing their words on their weblogs.

Medium: a new kind of blogging platform

Many blogging platforms have emerged over the years, from the one I first used (Blogspot) to WordPress to a brand new one I discovered just the other day called Medium (thanks to this post that appeared in my Facebook feed).

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Tidings of Comfort Food and Joy E-Book

Tidings of Comfort Food and Joy by Jenny BoyleAs one of my friends put it so accurately the other day, this time of year is basically “just a steady stream of eating and drinking from the moment I get up until I pass out.” This can be fun at first, until you start feeling the negative physical and emotional effects of overindulgence. That’s the premise behind my good pal Jenny Boyle’s first e-book, “Tidings of Comfort Food and Joy: How to NOT Stuff Yourself Silly this Holiday Season“.

In the book, which I edited before it was released last week, Jenny explains how you CAN enjoy the indulgences of the holidays without going overboard and then subsequently beating yourself up about it. It all starts with giving yourself a little more credit.

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