Writing

The Gift-Knight’s Quest

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the author of The Gift-Knight’s Quest, Dylan Madeley for just over 10 years now. We met via the Toronto NaNoWriMo chat rooms my first year participating and in person the following year when I began attending ToNaNo events. When he mentioned during this year’s NaNo he was looking for people to read the sequel …

Debunking the ‘war’ on Christmas

Each year, without fail, the posts on social media come. People who wear their faith as if it were their clothing – always in the open, apparent, and visible – who are well-meaning, posting about the war on Christmas. The posts are often about how the world is taking away the meaning of Christmas, forcing their progressive beliefs, or other …

An Epilogue to Innocence

While we often find ourselves engulfed in longer stories, driven by a need to consume every extended chapter and continuation, short stories, particularly collections of them, seem to be forgotten in the excitement of series. The art of short stories is one difficult to master; the writer must be able to both share an engaging story that hooks the audience …

In the end, love will win

When our last issue of 2015 went to print, I wasn’t sure I was ready to share my column from that week on my blog. While it is online on our website, our readership is limited, and while it addressed specifically the refugee situation in our small town, I wasn’t sure I was ready for its reach to be extended. …

Jesus > Religion

You may not recognize the name Jefferson Bethke immediately, but I’m sure at one point you’ve stumbled across his poem, Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus on Youtube. When it was first posted, it went viral nearly overnight, as people around the world shared, commented, upvoted or downvoted it. I watched it on repeat over and over again, thinking …

10 Reasons I’m Obsessed with Writing

It’s no secret that I have been writing my entire life. From the age of six, where I received my first diary, right up through elementary school. I probably got busted as often in high school for writing non-class related assignments as I did in public school for reading during class (which was pretty much at least once an hour). …

Gerladina: Brightening Tanzanian Children’s Futures

Child sponsorship advertisements often tell us that for approximately a dollar a day, we have the power to change the life of a child in a poverty-stricken country. While it may be hard to fathom, there is a lot of truth to this message, which seems to be used by every organization seeking sponsorship. For one Orangeville resident, the experience …

The Prodigious Power of Words

It was around grade 7 or 8 when I first became aware that my love of writing was more than just a passion. Teachers had begun to notice the flare I had for the written word, and my capability to convey things concisely and clearly; often moreso than my classmates. I was always writing; scribbling away in a notebook and …

Crown of Midnight – S.J. Maas review

One of the things I’ve strongly disliked about this busy season in my life is the little time it has provided for reading. However, as I start to focus on better organization in my life, I’ve been able to fit the time in again. Which meant I finally had the opportunity to sit down and read Crown of Midnight, book …

Women I’d love the Chance to Interview

As both a writer and a journalist, I’ve always thought about the people outside of my ability to reach out to that I would LOVE the chance to have an interview with. These are people that I either admire, think are totally awesome, or am just absolutely and incredibly intrigued by. Even if it wasn’t an actual interview for an …