• These Words Matter: Peternelle van Arsdale

    These Words Matter: Peternelle van Arsdale

    This is a difficult question for me to answer because there were many books that contributed to me being a reader, but there is one (trilogy) that stands head and shoulders above the rest in turning me into a writer. Allow me to explain… Being a writer was not a lifelong dream of mine. If you’d told me when I was in my twenties that I would one day be a novelist, I’d have laughed. When I was about eight years old, I flirted with the idea of keeping a journal and got myself a white pleather-covered diary with a lock and key. I had the idea that having something…

  • 2019 Bucket List

    Bree Crowder

    What’s your New Year’s Resolution? It’s something we come around to at the end of every year. What am I going to do to be better next year? In the past I’ve resolved to eat better, work harder, be kinder, and while those things are wonderful and indicative of working toward a better future, they’re kind of… ambiguous. So, I thought, What if I had tangible goals for 2019? This year, instead of resolutions, I’m rolling with a 2019 Bucket List. The moment I considered writing a bucket list versus resolutions, I thought, This is a wonderful way to see how much I accomplish in a year. These are things I can check off the list; things I can tangibly complete. I don’t know about you, but I rarely remember what my…

  • These Words Matter: Rachel Caine

    The first book I can remember reading all on my own was a collection of fairytales. Not the usual ones; this was an old edition, probably from the early 1900s, of the darker versions of the stories. It had gorgeous Art Nouveau illustrations and it was a hand-me-down from my grandmother. I barely understood most of the stories, but I read it over and over again. After that, I wanted to read more. Lots more. I quickly discovered that the “approved books for girls” at the school library (beyond Nancy Drew mysteries, which I devoured) were all about dating, love, and babysitting, and I wasn’t there for it. I wanted…

  • It’s Been a While…

    it's been a while

    So, it’s been a while. I started this blog in 2014, right after I got out of school. I wanted a space where I could share my thoughts on my favourite books, some writing woes and wisdoms, and things that inspired me to make positive change. As time went on, and I found it increasingly difficult to write about something new every week, I started writing about anything just so I’d have something to post. This space became a nuisance rather than a place to grow and explore. After a break of almost seven months, my hope for this space is reinstated. As I take on several new adventures in…

  • These Words Matter: Kit Frick

    These Words Matter: Kit Frick

    I didn’t pick up reading particularly quickly. Already the oldest in my class—age seven in first grade—I was outpaced by the kids who had been self-taught at three or four, and then by the six-year-olds who picked up reading lickety-split. By the middle of first grade, I was still struggling to read with Dick and Jane, Spot the dog, and Puff the cat. (Remember those “reading books” commonly used in classrooms all the way from the 1930s through the 90s?) If memory serves, I was treading water in my classroom’s “yellow” group for months, eager to move into the “green” group—the kids reading avidly and without assistance. At some point…