All Things Bookish

Essays

Home: An Introduction to Commonplace Book Blog (Read the origins of the word “blog” and other rumination by me)
On Disorganizing My Books  (A library’s arrangement may reveal more than you think)
My Multifaceted Relationship with Books (A short rollicking essay best read out loud)
On Reconsidering My Reading Practices (A road trip, the Arizona desert, and a reason to read differently)
On Disciplining the Buying of Books (A hypocritical treatise for the weak-kneed bibliophile)
To the Reluctant Commenter (Addressed to you, the anonymous reader of this post)
L.M. Montgomery and Reading: On a Personal Note (Celebrating the influence of a writer’s life on my own)
On Five-and-Three-Quarter Books for $50 (The book buying habits of a bargain-savvy bibliophile)

 

Resources for Writers

3 Tips on How to Start Writing (Jump-start your creative writing using these strategies)
On Escaping Writer’s Block (How I returned – and continue to return – to writing)
3 Ways of “Prewriting” Without Writing (Try these 3 basic practices to enhance your writing)
On Having Meaningful Experiences; or, How to Write Personal Essays (Finding meaningful experience in commonplace things)
Against the Rewriting of Personal Essays (Lessons in revision learned in my MFA)
Winning at Blogging: Lessons from Rowing (Rowing and stroke rate, applied to blogging frequency)

 

Book Reviews

The Lost Art of Reading (Can long-form reading by sustained in a digital age?)
The Year of Magical Thinking (Why the details of loss resonate so strongly with us)
The Primary Colors (An interesting look at the associative links of colour)
Best Canadian Essays 1989 (My discovery of a Canadian presence in the international scene of the essay)