Ah, October. My favourite month of the year 🙂 And this year, it’s even more special. Halloween/Samhain, which is my birthday, is also a blue/wolf moon. I’ll be howling, that’s for sure.
First: Black and Indigenous lives matter. All lives cannot matter until Black and Indigenous lives matter.
President Trump, in a karmic turn of events, got the rona. He was rushed to his private medical suite the next day, given top notch medical treatment, and expects to be released within the next day or so. Of course, he’ll still be in quarantine for a week and a half. Meanwhile, the rest of America, most of whom can’t afford such medical treatment, continue to be infected and die. Almost fifty thousand on September 3rd. Almost seven and a half million to date, and close to two hundred and ten thousand deaths.
Provincially, there have been between six and eight hundred new cases of covid-19 a day for the last week. In Quebec, the daily infection rates have topped a thousand. There have been four new cases in Sudbury since my last tipsday.
Accordingly, restrictions have been increased. Masks are mandatory. Social circles/bubble are gone, though those who live alone can interact with one other household for social and mental health purposes. Phil and I will, thankfully, continue to interact with my mom. Thanksgiving plans will have to be delayed/cancelled.
Please. Wear your masks. Maintain physical distance. Wash your hands. Stay home to the degree possible. You’re not doing this for yourself. You’re doing this for someone you love. Please.
It’s been a week. Now, it’s time to feed your creative side with some informal writerly learnings.
Ellen Buikema: writing humor to heal mind and body. Then, Dr. Miffie Seideman helps you include believable sensory details for unfamiliar experiences. Writers in the Storm
Sarah Z. Sleeper tackles profanity in literature: what the bleep did I write? Then, Sharon Bially shares a hack to get to the heart of your story and stay there. Later in the week, Cathy Yardley harkens back to Monty Python: and now, for something completely different. Writer Unboxed
Meg LaTorre lists the kinds of writing advice you shouldn’t follow. iWriterly
K.M. Weiland explains the link between your story’s hook and its resolution. Helping Writers Become Authors
E.J. Wenstrom shows you how to strengthen your platform during the pandemic. Then, L.B. Gschwandtner shares some myths and truths about writing. DIY MFA
Trans stories, explained. The Take
The independent woman trope, explained. The Take
Colleen M. Story explains how to use your excuses to get more writing done. Writers Helping Writers
Jami Gold takes a broader view of storytelling conflict.
Shaelin offers ten world building tips. Reedsy
Chris Winkle considers turning points the secret to satisfying conflicts. Then, Oren Ashkenazi lists the villains of each Buffy season, from worst to best. Mythcreants
Sara Bareilles – Brave. Why is this in tipsday? “Say what you want to say / let the words fall out … I want to see you be brave.” Every day. Facing the page (or planning, or daydreaming). It’s what every writer does.
Meilan Solly spotlights the women who shaped the last 100 years of American literature. The Smithsonian Magazine
Roger Kreuz explains how covid-19 is changing the English language. Fast Company
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something to support your current work in progress.
Until Thursday, be well and stay safe.