Thursday, 15 September 2011

Shout-out to the Toronto Arts Council

Writing a novel is such a long process it's important for my sanity to celebrate the small successes along the way: finishing a chapter, or a full draft, coming up with a title, or a good first line, or an ending. Another milestone is having the work recognized in some way and that's why I am SO happy and grateful to have received a Toronto Arts Council Grant this year. This grant feels like a nudge to keep on going, a sign that I'm heading in the right direction, and a reminder that there will be a finished book at the end.Thanks TAC!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Remix : A Revolution in Text Forms

I got a copy of this textbook today and it is a beautiful thing to behold. If I’d had a textbook like this in high school, I probably would have gone to class a lot more. (And consequently, I’d be much less good at shooting pool…a trade-off for sure…) Remix is a compilation of stories playing with form: graphic rants, Twitter/Facebook/blogging fiction, a story told through video game code, and ten-word microfiction stories like theseRemix is full of innovative storytelling that’s meant to grab a teenager’s attention (and to prevent the creation of future pool-sharks…)

My story that’s included is about bullying and, after reading it, teens will have to answer tough questions like: Note the author’s use of italics. Why do you think she used italics, and what effect does this have on the story? Wow! Even I had to think about that one!

Some sample stories from the collection, including Ayelet Tsabari’s awesome postcard story Thanksgiving, are available online here.