Sunday, March 14, 2021

Catch It (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 

photo by ldyck


My brother has a new toy. It's made of wood and shaped like a 'v'. He throws it in the air and it comes back to him.

"It's very important that I catch it. It could take off my head," he tells me. "Indigenous Australians used it to hunt."

I threw it in the air but I didn't catch it. It didn't come back to me.

Now I can't go outside because it's waiting to take off my head.


More silliness...


I wrote this review in 1987 for the University of Winnipeg's Children's Literature course.


I would if I could

If I couldn't, how could I?

I couldn't, without I could, could I?

Could you, without you, could ye?

Could ye? Could ye?

Could you, without you could, could ye?


I love the nonsense of this nursery rhyme. It seems to flow in a silly fashion, begging to be told. It gives far more in fun and frolic than it ever demands of the listener. It does, however, have a message:  that it is silly and unnecessary to think too much. I agree whole-heartedly with its unmistakable logic. 


Wednesday, March 17

Podcast:  Author Reading

celebrating spring with...

 Like Magic (short story)




Sunday, March 21

Book Review

The Barren Grounds

David A Robertson

...is set in early November in Winnipeg and is about two Cree foster children--thirteen-year-old Morgan and twelve-year-old Eli.



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Last week I enjoyed listening to...

2021 Diversity in Children's Literature Symposium

This week I look forward to continuing listening to...

Writers Festival Radio:  Ottawa International Writers Festival

and

Penguin Podcast 

Interviews with authors


photo by ldyck

Sharing my author journey...

Falling in love with my current manuscript is like falling in love with a puppy with big paws. I just keep telling myself, "It just can't grow any bigger." ...and then it does. 

But...? Okay, just a sec. I'll type 'how big should a novel be' into this search engine. See... The answer is 70,000 words. So, at 75,000 words, my manuscript is of average length. Maybe what's happened is that I've finally found a glove and got into the game. Or maybe I should have written clicked my pen and got in the game?