“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill Confession: I don't interact as much as I should. Let's call a spade a spade, here: I am shy. I try not to show it, but it rears its ugly head more often than I'd like to … Continue reading My hat’s off to you!
“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.” -Astrid Lindgren In grades three through five, little Aila was a precocious, passionate little thing. Imagine that, right? I loved recess more than … Continue reading Once Upon A Time…
Thomas Jast. He's the guy behind the books Calculated Regrets, Empathetic and Mixed Messages. Now, if this were a review on Thomas I could ramble on paragraph after paragraph telling you all I've learned about him over the course of about a month now. I'd tell you he's Canadian, he likes beef jerky and is one of … Continue reading Let’s Talk Thomas
It’s going to come out all right—do you know? The sun, the birds, the grass—they know. They get along—and we’ll get along. -Carl Sandburg Yesterday, other than a few tweets, I didn't write a single word. Actually, my day didn't go as planned at all yesterday. We set out for a little mountain town where … Continue reading Rainy Day Adventure
“First you have nothing, and then, astonishingly, after ripping out your brain and your heart and betraying your friends and ex-lovers and dreaming like a zombie over the page till you can't see or hear or smell or taste, you have something.” -T.C. Boyle Let's talk about a little thing called editing. I'm not going … Continue reading Write, Erase, Repeat
“Write to amuse? What an appalling suggestion! I write to make people anxious and miserable and to worsen their indigestion.” -Wendy Cope Now that you've all hopefully shaken your NYE hangovers-aren't those spectacular, by the way-I thought it'd be a fine time to say hi. Hello. The holidays are officially over with now that it's Monday. … Continue reading Playtime is over, suckers.
“People talk about books that write themselves, and it's a lie. Books don't write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you'd believe.” -Neil Gaiman I can only imagine the horrified look on your face as you read the title for this post. "But, Aila... you're a … Continue reading Writing Sucks.