Monthly Archives: November 2011

“English Is Tough Stuff”

It certainly is:


Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live. Continue reading


Small Press of Toronto Winter Book Fair

Small Press of Toronto is hosting a winter book fair at Hart House in the center of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus on December 10th from 11am-5pm. Check out the link here and Small Press’ Blog here.


Awards Season Screenplays

Toronto and Montreal blogger, filmmaker, writer, actor and musician, David Eng (of the Chino Kino Blog), has posted a link to readable versions of this year’s possible award winning screenplays (link here).

I love reading screenplays because it’s a great tool for learning what works and what doesn’t with respect to screenwriting. Screenplays that are produced might not translate exactly as written, however, there was something in them that caught a producer’s or studio’s interest and this should not be taken for granted.


Song Inspiration vol.82 & Writing Exercise

Brand New – “Jude Law and a Semester Abroad”

Write the back story to this song. What did he do? What did she do?

Your Writing Voice

“Sometimes you have to play for a long time to be able to play like yourself.” – Miles Davis Jr.

I think this quote sums up the idea that “practice makes (nearly) perfect”. In other words, in order for writers (or anyone) to truly come into their own and write like themselves, in their own unique voice, they need to put in time practicing and fucking up. It’s the central idea to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. A great read.

Writer’s Pub

I was trolling around the internet today looking up and reading writing related things and I came across Writer’s Pub. It’s an online “pub” (byob) for writers to post and give and receive feedback on their work. I’m going to do some more research and possibly set up an account. Just wanted to share with anyone else who would be interested. Feedback is vital to the writing and publishing process. If Writer’s Pub is anything like it’s advertised then this could be a very positive experience. I’ll update as I go and let everyone know what it’s really like.

Song Inspiration vol. 81 & Writing Exercise

Jaymay – “Grey or Blue”

There’s a story in here somewhere…WRITE IT!

“This city is for strangers, like the sky is for the stars, I think it’s very dangerous if we do not take what’s ours, I’m winning you with words because I have no other way, I’d like to look into your face without your eyes turning away,”

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