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Welcome to labbydog.ca 2.0, A.K.A. Writerly Goodness on http://www.melaniemarttila.ca!

I could have multiple personality disorder.  Maybe it’s just an alter-ego.  I might be a mutt :)  You decide.

By day, I’m a mild-mannered corporate trainer.  By night, I brave the tyranny of the empty, or the not-so-empty, page and become Writerly Goodness.  So this blog will be dedicated to my two passions: learning, and writing.

Why not set up two blogs then, you ask?

Simple, because both learning and writing are part of my life, and neither is truly separable from the other.  They feed one another and converge in wonderfully serendipitous ways, all of which I’ll share with you.

My categories:

  • Alchemy Ink: my thoughts on process and the craft of writing, plus my weekly writing curation (Tipsday) and my weekly inspiration/research curation (Thoughty Thursday).
  • Authorial name dropping: interviews, workshops, conferences, retreats, and other places I’ve gone, the authors I’ve met, and what became of it.
  • My history as a so-called writer: how my creative life began and where it got me.  This won’t be purely confessional, though it will sometimes be agonized.  You have been warned :)
  • Work in progress: this is about the writing of my first novel and what it’s taught me (so far).  I won’t be excerpting from my work, but I will delve into aspects such as character development, world building, outlining, and revision strategies.
  • Select poetry: my published poems.
  • Excerpts of short stories: my published short stories. Not excerpts, as I had planned, but I can’t seem to change the category name now and until I have the time to create a new category and move everything into it, it stays :)
  • Wordsmith Studio Founding Members BadgeThis writer’s life. This is a new category and I am slowly moving my previously uncategorized posts into it. This is just a place to put in all those bits and pieces that don’t fit anywhere else. Most of my Nuala posts will be found here, as well as those posts about gardening, renovations, and other things that are part of this writer’s life, but may not be directly connected to my writing per se.
  • Breaking open the mind: my day job and the things I’m learning as a result of, or in spite of it.

So feel free to like, comment, share, follow my RSS feed, or subscribe by email.  I’m moderating, so it’s all good.

Other places you can get hold of me:

Recent Posts

Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, April 5-11, 2015


It’s almost all videos this week! Holy cow!

Higher perspective shares this infographic on optimizing your nap time.

The surprising science of workplace bliss. Podcast. The Good Life Project.

Not sure if I agree with this: the essential psychopathology of creativity. The Creativity Post.

Related: ASAP Thought asks, are you a psychopath?

Creepy black and white photos. Will you find some inspiration here? ViralNova.

Can the world economy survive without fossil fuels? I kind of think we have to, don’t you? The Guardian.

It’s Okay to be Smart explores the recipe for life:

This is what people in 1939 predicted fashion would look like in the year 2000:

And from 1947, women’s self defense:

Big cats like Easter eggs, too!

Zach King having fun:

Ms Mr – Painted. Though it’s presented as a video, it’s really just audio.

Hope you had some fun with these.

Ad Astra reportage starts Saturday! W00t!

Thoughty Thursday

  1. Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, April 5-11, 2015 2 Replies
  2. Wordsmith Studio third anniversary blog hop 4 Replies
  3. Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, March 29-April 4, 2015 3 Replies
  4. Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, March 29-April 4, 2015 7 Replies
  5. The next chapter: March 2015 update 5 Replies
  6. Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, March 22-28, 2015 Leave a reply
  7. Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, March 22-28, 2015 3 Replies
  8. Clean Reader, censorship, and political correctness 7 Replies
  9. Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, March 15-21, 2015 2 Replies