On Writing

Why I Say Yes

Last week I said yes to three jobs that would overfill my proverbial plate. Today I said yes to yet another. Why? Because poetry. In the last two days, I've read over 100 poems. Today, I listened to 17 brilliant high school students recite two poems each. That's another...um...math...34 more poems in my life. I'm… Continue reading Why I Say Yes

My Book · On Writing · Publishing · Writing Life

Accumulation

I've been gathering photos for you. Photos of things I've done...gathered...achieved...done to my skin. I've been accumulating things to tell you. Why has it taken so long to share these things with you? I don't know. Hesitation turned to later turned to tomorrow turned to now-it's-too-late. Why do I do that to myself? Why do… Continue reading Accumulation

Events · My Book · On Writing · Publishing

FROM A TO ZIFFERY ZANKS BOOK LAUNCH THIS SUNDAY!

Looking for a zany and gross but totally fun and wonderful gift for that special child in your life? Look no further - we are proud to announce the book launch of 'From A to Ziffery Zanks' - a collection of children's clerihew poetry. Words by me, Vanessa Shields, and pictures by the great Glen… Continue reading FROM A TO ZIFFERY ZANKS BOOK LAUNCH THIS SUNDAY!

Events · Guest Writers · On Writing · Publishing · Writing Life

Twenty Questions with Harriet Bernstein – Part 2 of 2

Thank you for reading our first instalment of 'Twenty Questions with Harriet Bernstein'! Have you fallen in love yet? I hope so! We've got ten more questions and answers for you to read, and continue to get to know the incredible woman who is Harriet Bernstein! Of course, if any of this has resonates with… Continue reading Twenty Questions with Harriet Bernstein – Part 2 of 2

Events · On Writing · Publishing · Reviews · Writing Life

Twenty Questions with memoirist Harriet Bernstein – Part 1 of 2

Writer Harriet Bernstein is a force. A woman with a life story that rivals any Hollywood romantic drama Academy Award winning film. I think maybe Meryl Streep could play present-day Harriet...looking back over a lifetime of adventures. She'd at least get nominated for an Oscar! To play the leading man? Hmmm. Antonio Banderas, perhaps? But… Continue reading Twenty Questions with memoirist Harriet Bernstein – Part 1 of 2