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.
  • 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: selected poems from my published works.
  • Excerpts of short stories: just a taste of what’s gone before.Wordsmith Studio Founding Members Badge
  • 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.

Recent Posts

Thoughty Thursday: Things that made me go hmmmm on the interwebz April 6-12, 2014

Thoughty ThursdayShort weeks are often difficult. You seem to have to do your full week’s work in only four days. Hence the lateness of this post.

The 12 most pervasive lies about creativity.


Sleep your way to success (get your mind out of the gutter).


20 magical tree tunnels.


Northumberland’s cup and ring rock art.


Rachel Sussman on the world’s oldest living things TED talk.


This professor says he’s photographed fairies. Do you believe?


Smart ways to beat social media burnout.


Yes, this is a commercial, but it’s still a good message. Just ignore the last few seconds.


If social networks were the Game of Thrones houses.


A doggy reunion. Just for the feels.


I may have shared this before, but it’s just so cute, I couldn’t resist. Puppy cover of Pharrell’s Happy.


And that’s a wrap, folks.

Have a happy Easter, everyone!

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