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Susan Shiney, Writer in Lille, France


Susan Shiney is living my fantasy–to live somewhere in Europe and write. She is in Lille, France. Had I been able, I would have lived in my favourite city Venice and written non-stop. Have a look. Her work is very interesting. Do you think that where the writer lives affects how or what he or […]

WRITING NOVELS–I LOVE LISTS!


writing, writing novels, writing tips, Mary E. Martin, The Osgoode Trilogy, Conduct in Question, Final Paradox, A Trial of One, The Trilogy of Remembrance, The Drawing Lesson, The Fate of Pryde, Night Crossing, The Wondrous Apothecary, making lists, organic, visual arts, visual artists, music, musicians, creating characters, creativity, creative process, themes in fiction, point of view, POV, resources,

    This post is my own list to begin developing the next novel. If you haven’t read the first article Organic story-telling, you can catch it now by clicking the gold arrow to the left. When I started asking questions about writing novels, these are the thoughts I came up with. Getting ideas down […]

ORGANIC STORY-TELLING [How I write a novel]


WRTING NOVELS I’ve decided to write a novel! But how do you do that? Frequent Advice To write a great story, writers are often told to write about what they know. Sometimes they are advised to write out, ahead of time, everything that is going to happen in the story. So, you have to know what’s going […]

SPIRITUALITY ~ in the ARTS


We hear lots of talk about spirituality but what is it—really? Probably everyone has some definition—so here is mine just for me. Of course, it’s yours if you like it. Spirituality is that search for something I can rarely see. But somehow I’m convinced that a hint of something meaningful lies beneath, beyond or behind […]

When Street Photographers Get Lucky!


Creativity, art, photography, street photography, cameras, Carl Jung, psychology, Vivian Maier, Berenice Abbott, creative process, inspiration, Minhaj Haque, Village Vanguard, JohnColtrane, Louis Armstrong, Damon Pablo Escudero, Charlie Parker, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Met,

You’re a photographer standing on the sidewalk. Your camera is focused. The light is perfect. Shadows make sharp angles and dramatic contrasts in the street. That moment of stillness has arrived where you can capture exactly what you want—your perception of reality and maybe even art. There is a beggar. His black arm is outstretched […]