Category: Writing

This Moment

This is significant, this moment. Not all moments are. Some are forgotten, even in the middle of them; some simply slip away, drifting through memories like echoes of moments that have come before. Some stick, though. Some draw lines in the sand and declare themselves, some say, “This is who you will be.” The edges […]

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Life Can Be A Story

“Once upon a time, the world was a lawless place. Beautiful people nursed evil in their hearts, and ugly children grew into ugly adults, no matter that they were pure of heart. Girls who wished upon a star might never find true love, and a peasant born would a peasant remain. A person might have […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Submission Process

I was in an English class once and someone quoted an author who said something to the effect of: writing is a painful ordeal that one only undertakes if driven by demons. And I just thought… Honey, you’re doing it wrong. I love writing. When I go for too long without writing, I get grumpy […]

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Tales of the Stop Interview

At the end of September, Silverstring Media released Tales of the Stop, an anthology of short stories set in the world of Azrael’s Stop. It features stories from ten different authors about the various people that visited the Stop during the course of Azrael’s Stop, and one of those stories was written by yours truly. Lucas Johnson, […]

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Can You Read Something For Me?

As a writer you often get asked by people, usually friends (but often acquaintances), if you’ll read their work. Usually when someone says “read,” what they actually mean is “critique.” They want feedback, guidance, or help. Often, they want to be told not to give up, that they can do this crazy hard frustrating beautiful […]

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Fantasy Casting Call – Command the Tides!

One of the best parts of writing a book is imagining all of the people who populate it: their piercing eyes, their mysterious smiles, the careful tilt of their heads when they’re slowly falling in love. And one of the best parts of dreaming about your book being turned into a movie or a television […]

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Take a Creative Writing Class?

Have you always wanted to take a creative writing class? Well, I will be teaching a great one on the fundamentals of romance, fantasy, and mystery writing. Visit the website for more information: http://langara.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/programs/creative-writing/courses.html

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Challenging My Defaults

Remember all the controversy that sprung up when Hunger Games movie audiences realised that Rue (who is described in the book as black) turned out to be – you know, black? A lot of people had defaulted to ‘white’ in their imaginations, and they were surprised when the movie contradicted that. Not all defaults are […]

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Great News! Not Only Artists Work For Free!

I’m sure we’ve all seen the recent spate of articles about how artists are consistently approached to work for free because “it’s great exposure,” or “it’s not really work if you love it.” This trend is understandably rage-inducing, and artists are working hard to convince the general public that, in fact, their work is deserving […]

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Genre Is Not a Four Letter Word!

It’s official – I will teaching a class at Langara this fall! A poster is in the works, but for now these are all of the details that you’ll need. Any questions about the class, feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email at wren.handman at gmail dot com. (ps did […]

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