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Man and His World

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Come with me and see what Man and His World would have been, could have been...


in A Walk in Melancholy Colors

How We Always Live in the Past

We walk down eroding cobblestone streets. We drive on roads that didn't always exist. We live in buildings that have been used for a myriad of purposes. 

And we never know any of their stories...

Check out my guest post "Contemplating the Past" on Éric Soucy's blog, Autant de Montréalais (it`s in English!).

Dream Teams by Shane Snow: Discovering Non-Fiction Can Be Fun To Read

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I was on LinkedIn and a fellow writer reached out to me to read his new book. I was already following him on LinkedIn and had read the occasional post and article of his. Being a writer and novelist-in-training, I was aware that reaching out through social media is a marketing tactic that people use to sell their stuff and to spread awareness. However, when Shane Snow reached out to me to read Dream Teams, I was still flattered that he asked. 


I read many reviews beforehand because it is a non-fiction book. I'd say that 85% of what I read is stories, so fiction with maybe 1-2% being biographies. I read fiction to escape from reality, so I need to mentally prepare myself before I dive into non-fiction. I know that non-fiction has gotten a bad reputation for being boring because, well, not everyone can make non-fiction interesting. But Shane Snow did. I have just completed my reading of Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart and I loved every minute of it! His tone and c…

Winter Blues with Ice-Ing

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What an awful day it is.  Rain is bad enough, but ice rain?  On the bright side, writers and readers are rejoicing because they can stay in with a comfy chair, hot drink and good book.

The book I'm reviewing today takes place in the summer, so prepare to be transported away from the bleak white world!

It’s was a rainy Saturday and I decided to curl up on my wide pea green chair.  Its arms were out to embrace me as I plunged into the depths of a new book.  A book with hues of blue on the cover that speaks of death, love, life, books and everything in between.  It may sound like a John Green novel (and I do like some of his books and support him in his writing and video-making; plus he’s even referenced in this book), but this book has more to it.  It is haunting and comforting, funny and melancholic, fiction and non-fiction.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley is told from the points of view of best friends Henry and Rachel.  Henry and his family own a bookshop that also contains a Let…

At a Glance: Nancy Drew Throughout the Years

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Introduction


Nancy Drew is a titian-haired (or strawberry-blonde) “amateur” detective who lives in River Heights.Her father, Carson Drew, is a lawyer and her mother died when Nancy was three.Hannah Gruen is their housekeeper and acts as a mother figure for Nancy.Nancy hangs out with Bess Marvin and Bess’s cousin, George Fayne.Bess is a blonde girly-girl type who enjoys shopping and is reluctant to solve mysteries while George is a brunette tomboy who enjoys playing sports and will jump at a chance to solve a mystery.Nancy also has a boyfriend named Ned Nickerson who is a jock and goes to Emerson College and helps Nancy with her mysteries while worrying about her.
This is the basic, original Nancy Drew information.I am a loyal fan of Nancy Drew, so I get upset when people start messing about with the basics.I will present some other versions of Nancy that have popped up over time.


The Original Nancy Drew Movies (1930s) All I can say is that I was very disappointed with these movies, especi…

Telling a Story in Another Way

This blog is all about storytelling.  I've done book, movie, game and television reviews, but I've never done anything on photography.  And that's what opened my eyes and continues to help me in my writing.  And it all started when I met Éric Soucy.

Through his photography of Montreal, he showed me the city I had never noticed because I had grown up too much inside myself (and no, I've never owned a cellphone and don't have any portable electronic device that I obsess over).  Now, I see colors, shapes, lines of the underground cities and the above-ground architecture, as well as people.  I look around more and see the beautiful, the ugly, the demolished, the renovated.  He showed me the influence of people on this city and I want to explore its past, present and future.

If you're interested, Éric is going to be showcasing his photography.  For a sneak peek, click here.


How Time Hasn't Changed: Doorways in the Sand

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I've been reading science fiction novels such as Doorways in the Sand by the great Roger Zelazny; it's about alien possession and the copyright date of my book is 1976.  With older science fiction books, readers today notice obsolete things such as rabbit-ear televisions or the absence of the internet and the increased use of the mail system.  With that in mind, I noticed something in Doorways in the Sand when the mentor to the protagonist discusses scientific revolutions,

"that a big new idea comes along and shatters traditional patterns of thought, that everything is then put together again from the ground up [...] After a time, things begin looking tidy once more [...] Then someone throws another brick through the window.  It has always been this way for [humans], and in recent years things have been coming closer and closer together."

Doesn't that sound like what's happening today in 2017 with the constant production and improvements in technology, TED talk…