Words to Cut: OF


A strong manuscript uses strong, direct language, and vivid images, to convey its story or message. Leave your passive and weak words on the clipboard. It’s easy to ignore common words like THE, A, and ON when you’re editing because there’s so many of them that they start to blend into the background. Here’s one … Continue reading Words to Cut: OF

TheĀ OtherĀ SideĀ of theĀ Window


Published by the Silverleaf Writers Guild in their Spring 2018 newsletter Martha Spence, affectionately known as The Moccasin Lady by us Timmins folk, passed away on February 9, 2018 at the age of 72. Upon hearing of her passing, I decided to dig up this poem and polish it for publication. I wrote the original … Continue reading TheĀ OtherĀ SideĀ of theĀ Window

Setting Your Writing Goals – look back then forge ahead


Over the holidays, I hit a bit of an emotional slump. It happens almost every year due to my ongoing mental health struggles, and unfortunately affects my writing life too. As January 1st approached, I was feeling a great need to make 2018 better than 2017. At the time, it felt like nothing had gone … Continue reading Setting Your Writing Goals – look back then forge ahead

Are you a ‘responsible’ pet owner? Hereā€™s what happens if your pet is found at large


Published on TimminsToday.com You donā€™t have to go far on social media to find accounts of lost pets that got away from their owners. Some pets escape their collars and enclosures; others slip out while the door is open. Regardless of the reasons a pet got away, City of Timmins bylaws apply. Bylaws 2004-6014 and … Continue reading Are you a ‘responsible’ pet owner? Hereā€™s what happens if your pet is found at large

As bottle drive grows, local family with hospitalized child feels outpouring of support


Published on TimminsToday.com When Taylor Gervais and Alan Caron welcomed their daughter, Payton Caron, into the world on Aug. 18, 2017 at Timmins and District Hospital, they had no idea they were about to embark on the most challenging and terrifying journey of their lives. ā€œOur lives changed in an instant and we had to … Continue reading As bottle drive grows, local family with hospitalized child feels outpouring of support

Downtown business incubator has proven success, but part of it could close


Published on TimminsToday.com At the reception desk of The Speakeasy Emporium is a sign that reads, ā€œPlease take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.ā€ Thatā€™s the vision Christina Geddes, owner/operator of The Speakeasy Emporium, had when she established the business cooperative in 2014. ā€œIt was an unused space in the downtown core … Continue reading Downtown business incubator has proven success, but part of it could close

The Ache of Apathy


Writers are rebels by nature. For a writer, a sudden strike of inspiration is like a cold splash of water in the face. Inspiration provides a writer with their second wind, but it usually comes at a price. Not only can you not sleep once youā€™ve been struck, but heeding its call usually leads you … Continue reading The Ache of Apathy

How to Write Without Editing


HOW TO WRITE WITHOUT EDITING for the Sake of your NaNoing Sanity Every November, a battle cry can be heard across the globe as burgeoning writers take up their sharp implements against a common foeā€”the editor within. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is when everyone asks the same question: is it really possible to write … Continue reading How to Write Without Editing

Trudeauā€™s apology will help but thereā€™s still work to do, says local Pride group


Published on TimminsToday.com On Nov 28, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a tearful apology to the LGBTQ+ community on behalf of the government of Canada. Trudeau spoke to a packed chamber in the House of Commons, referring to decades of ā€œstate-sponsored, systemic oppression and rejectionā€ against the LGBTQ+ community as ā€œour collective shame.ā€ …continue reading