How NOT to Console Someone When They are Upset

Lately, I’ve been thinking that a lot of people don’t seem to know how to comfort someone who’s feeling sad.

Part of this, I suspect, has to do with societal perceptions of sadness itself.  It’s seen as a “negative” emotion—a state of mind meant to be avoided and eliminated as much as possible, by whatever means necessary.

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Get To Know Me (Pitch Wars #BoostMyBio Blog Hop)

A/N: #BoostMyBio is an optional blog hop hosted by Audra (Auggie) Atoche.  It’s offered as an unofficial part of Pitch Wars, a writing mentorship program/contest with a vibrant online community found on Twitter under the hashtags #PitchWars, #PWPoePrompts, and #BoostMyBio.  You don’t have to be entering Pitch Wars to join this blog hop, so if interested, follow these instructions.

About Me

My name is Janna and I’m a writer of adult historical fiction living in Vancouver, BC on the west coast of Canada.

I am new to the #PitchWars community and have already had a great experience meeting other hopefuls online, learning how to write a synopsis(!), and getting my manuscript revised and ready for the main event in August(!!). Continue reading

On My Many Favourite Red-Haired Musicians From Different Times in My Life – pt. 2

Photo by Jez Elliott

(Continued from Part 1)

I’ve previously blogged about the surplus of redheaded singer-songwriters in my music collection.

Specifically, the fact that, during three key periods of my life, one of my favourite recording artists—if not the favourite—was a woman with red hair.

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On My Many Favourite Red-Haired Musicians From Different Times in My Life – pt. 1

There’s something special about red heads.

Three weeks ago, I was at the hairdresser, and the woman in the chair next to me had red hair.  She was also reading a book about the history of red hair and red-headedness throughout the world, from which she shared a few interesting facts.

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The Ultimate Balancing Act: Your Work, Personal & Writing Lives

Back in February (on the 12th, the 10th, who even really knows?), I had my 10th writing birthday.

A writing birthday is something I commemorate to mark the day I decided to take a professional attitude toward my writing, in pursuit of eventual publication.

To my knowledge, the writing birthday is something I invented.  I’m not 100% clear on the actual date, but most years observe it on February 12.

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How to Keep Creating While the World is Going to Shit

It can feel a bit like fiddling while Rome burns.

The world at large has always been a tumultuous place, particularly with the advent of new online media entities, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle of network news making us more aware than at any other time in history of the shit going down across the globe.

Lately, however, it seems it’s not just greater access to the news that’s making the world seem so untenable, but rather the quality of the news as well.

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