Laptop as Pet

After the recent succession across the globe, all the talk of earthquakes has me thinking again about earthquake preparedness, and then, of all things, about what might happen to my beloved laptop in the event of one. Should I sleep with it within arm’s reach, or...

How to Disrupt a Potentially Productive Writing Day

Or…The Internet. I awakened to sun, with a moderate cloud covering, a slight ache in my lower back, and a plan. After a breakfast that consisted of scrambled egg whites with sautéed zucchini, onion, red pepper, and a dash of parmesan, and coffee – make that two – I...

Different Hats

You know how, as normal, busy human beings, we juggle loads of things in a day or a week or a year? We wear different hats; one for being a handyman, or one for being a musician, or a Mum or Dad, or an environmental activist, or a stamp collector, or an astronaut. We...

The Darkest Hour

As a poet/writer, but mostly as the poet, I feel more inclined to write when moved by something tragic, emotional, poignant – basically in the darkest hour. As we know, some of a poets greatest work is created from those bleak, lonely, visceral places because...

Imagine – I Cannot

It’s after the quaking that it begins; the shaking, of limbs unable to move out from underneath the rubble, terror far-flung, choking on fear amidst mayhem, the scramble to higher ground, free of glass, falling concrete, shattered lives. Then, I imagine,   a...

Writer’s Success

Fellow Simon Fraser University The Writer’s Studio alum and friend, Gurjinder Basran, is shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Prize for her new book Everything was Goodbye Way to go Gurjinder! We’re all so proud of...
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