Sunday Morning

Jun 7th, 2015 Sunday Morning, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

Although I was taught that the week begins on a Sunday, to me it is a day that marks the end of the week. It is a day about reflection and new beginnings. In the essence of this vein of thought I have created a category called Sunday Morning. The premise behind this category is to share with you a thought, a quote, a word,…

Some musings on truth

Mar 17th, 2015 Musings, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 5 min read

Truth. Such a loaded term. At first it conjures the idea of a younger version of ourselves, at a time in our life when we are learning what it means to be honest, roiling between admitting fault and standing up for ourselves, about finding out we are fallible. It brings back the little decisions we’d made as children (there are always a few that stand…

11 Untranslateable Words from Other Cultures to Inspire You

Feb 24th, 2015 Inspiration, Vocabulary, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 1 min read

There is something about knowing a word that means something indescribable in the English language. In the spirit of finding continued inspiration this year I’m reblogging this wonderful infographic in hope that these words lead to more creative brilliance. What the hell, let’s create some new words. :) Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.   What others…

Four different words that will inspire the warm glow of happiness

Jan 11th, 2015 Inspiration, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

Have you ever noticed how when you find just the right word for something, especially if it isn’t a word you’ve heard before, can bring a blurry picture into extra sharp focus? Often the way that word sounds, the way it makes your tongue click on the back of your teeth in combination with its meaning, is enough to give me goosebumps. As I mentioned…

10 Things Writers Do That Aren’t Actually Writing… But Really Are

Oct 6th, 2014 Creativity Tools, Inspiration, Writer's Toolbox, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 6 min read

As adults we carry around a lot of guilt. We get pressure from everywhere to be doing more or less of basically everything. We should be spending more time with the kids, but not yelling at them. We should be exercising more, eating more healthy food, spending more quality time with our partners, or our family. We should be writing/reading more, paying more attention to…

Why I Could Never Write Fantasy

Jan 24th, 2014 Genre, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 4 min read

Guest Post by Ellis Shuman The green-winged ogre landed on my window sill, on the top floor of Druddigon Castle in the underground land known among the peasants simply as Moligan. I fought off the dragon’s harsh bad breath to rise from my bed, drew my trusty dagger from its pouch, and went to face the ogre before it could capture the golden chalice that…