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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

Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, Nov 16-22, 2014


Roz Morris has some excellent thoughts on choosing a title for your book. It’s more important than you think.

On finding your theme with K.M. Weiland. Guess what? It comes down to your character’s arc :)

How your editor can irritate you, and why that’s a good thing. Anne R. Allen with Judy Probus.

Victoria Mixon outlines the three vital steps to creating your protagonist.

Dave King is back on Writer Unboxed with another Buffy-inspired post: Everything I need to know about character, I learned from Buffy.

Jamie Raintree shares three strategies to stay motivated on long-term projects. Thinking through our fingers.

The seven roles of the healer archetype, on the Better Novel Project.

Julie Sondra Decker explores what happens while you wait. In propinquity.

Margaret Atwood came to Sudbury to celebrate her birthday last week. It’s the last time she’s going to make the journey, so we made a thing of it :) TVO’s Steve Paikin (also Laurentian University chancellor) interviewed her.

And then the CBC’s Jessica Pope got a little Atwood action as well.

Ursula K. LeGuin at the National Book Awards. The New Yorker.

And the video:

 

Ursula K. LeGuin interviewed in The Paris Review.

Outlander’s Gaelic coach offers a crash course. Scotland Now.

Billy Boyd sings “Last Goodbye” for the final Hobbit movie. Entertainment Weekly.

Cary Elwes shares twelve Princess Bride Secrets. LA Weekly.

Seven strange and wonderful fan theories about fantasy and science fiction. i09’s Toybox.

See you on Thoughty Thursday!

Tipsday

  1. WWC 2014, Day 3: Marketing your book with Jodi McIsaac Leave a reply
  2. Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Nov 9-15, 2014 3 Replies
  3. Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, Nov 9-15, 2014 4 Replies
  4. WWC 2014, Day 3: Querying your YA novel 7 Replies
  5. Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Nov 2-8, 2014 5 Replies
  6. Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, Nov 2-8, 2014 Leave a reply
  7. WWC 2014, Day 2: YA and the tough stuff Leave a reply
  8. Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz, Oct 26-Nov 1, 2014 4 Replies
  9. Tipsday: Writerly Goodness found on the interwebz, Oct 26-Nov 1, 2014 Leave a reply