Peter Dinklage – Fail Better/Light Up The Night

Peter Dinklage – Fail Better/Light Up The Night

The very cool JR Handley, shared this on Facebook the other day.

Little did he know, just how much of a pick-me-up I needed.

I have been really struggling with writing lately, with it feeling more like a chore, than a pleasure.  My fear of failure has basically brought my book to a complete standstill.  I haven’t touched it for a while, contrary to the impression that I may have given.

Leave it to none other than the amazing Peter Dinklage to remind me that success can only come when you are willing to try and risk failing.

And if you fail?  Then next time, FAIL BETTER.

This video is part of a commencement speech that he gave in 2012 at Bennington College, his alma mater.

Thanks Peter, and thanks JR.   🙂



The YouTube video below is his speech in its entirety.  It’s worth checking out.




I am again flattered to be a nominee for another award.  Sonia, of Doing the Write Thing nominated me for The Really Neat Blog award.  I definitely recommend checking out her stories, as well as the other awesome nominees!


Thanks for popping by everyone, and have a totally awesome weekend!!


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June 20, 2017: Dark Matter Episode 304! Sci-Fi Fun!

June 20, 2017: Dark Matter Episode 304! Sci-Fi Fun!

Dark Matter one of our favourite shows to watch. If you’ve ever wondered if it’s worth checking out (it is), this upcoming episode sounds like the one to see (and THEN you can go back to the first episode and binge-watch). Follow Joseph’s blog to keep up to date, or find him and the cast on social media.

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So, the people across the street and two doors down have put THEIR house up for sale…coincidentally, a week after we put OURS on the market.  Seriously, dudes. They’re having an open house this Saturday and I intend to swing by, posing as a potential buyer.  At some point, when it’s at its most crowded, I will casually (and loudly) note: “Hey, for just a little more money, you can get the much nicer house up the block.  It’s bigger, brighter, and NOT HAUNTED!”.

The power wash guy came by yesterday and did a top to bottom cleaning of the house exterior.  The stonework, the walkways, even the ornamental garden Buddha look brand spankin’ new.  Tomorrow, the photographer comes by to take some snaps of the house for the listing.  After that, it’ll be smooooooth sailing…until, ugh, another round of back to back two-hour open houses this weekend.

No matter…

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The Gift of Storytelling

The Gift of Storytelling

A teller or writer of stories, a weaver of tales….

The definition of a storyteller is rather simple.  However, if you look beyond that, you will find that explaining WHAT a storyteller is, can be a story in itself.

Storytelling has changed in form over its history.  Once seen as an oral tradition to preserve the customs, legends and past of the culture from where it originated, storytelling has evolved to the written word and in our modern times, shared on film and other media.  The oral storytelling of the past however, is not lost, but now is a part of this beautiful, extended family.

Who can be a storyteller?  Well, anyone really.  From your grandfather, who shares tales of his youth, to Hollywood’s most famous names, sharing tales of fantasy.

I believe that ALL stories, even the most fantastical ones, are rooted in a truth.  After all, they explore the elements of human emotion (love, hate, fear, etc.), that we all can relate to, no matter where we come from.

Even many of the myths that we know today, started as a very real part of history.

If you’ve known me for any length of time, then you know that I love horror.  Did you know that the modern vampire myth is not only attributed to the history of Vlad the Impaler, or even Bram Stoker, but to the tragedy of people who were accidently buried alive?  Tales of corpses being unearthed (when it was rumoured that the town/village had visits from the undead), would find the coffin covered in scratches and blood, with signs of growth of the hair and nails (which continue to grow for a period after death).  Here is an example of where fact meets fiction.  This infamous legend grew from the fears and superstitions of the time, leading to the tales that we know today.

(And yes…they did cut off the heads to make sure that the undead didn’t come back).

One of the greatest gifts that we have, is the ability to share ourselves through our stories.  Storytelling is not limited by race, gender, culture or religion.  From the most nomadic, ancient tribe, to the grandest performances of the theatre and film.  From a simple children’s tale, to epic stories of adventures, storytelling is what connects all of us.

That’s why I love to write.  My bookcase is full of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, folktales from Newfoundland and Ireland, collections by H.G. Wells and Hans Christian Andersen.  I guess that I feel that writing stories, allows me to be a part of a tradition that has existed for millennia, and will continue to do so until our sun goes BOOM! and we all once again become cosmic dust.

So, thank you to the storytellers.  From the ones who huddled around ancient fires, to those whose books and dvds fill my home.  Thank you for sharing your passion, your culture, and for keeping alive our imagination.



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