I hope you’ve had lots of summertime fun. I have! I’ve done some kayaking in my new (to me) periwinkle kayak.
I love libraries any old day—but I especially loved one yesterday! That’s when I took in the official opening of the new Nanaimo North branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL). Colour me impressed! It’s a stunning facility. (My iPhone photos don’t do it justice. If you’re in the vicinity, check it out; if […]
’Tis the season to be . . . blorft. “Blorft”is an adjective coined by funny lady Tina Fey in her autobiographical comedy book Bossypants to mean “completely overwhelmed but trying to proceed as if everything is fine.” In the mad dash that precedes the holidays, there are a lot of […]
Where are you finding the whimsy in your everyday life? Where are you creating it? That’s what Sprout Online Magazine asked me in an interview they published in this month’s (Aug. 2013) eye-catching issue (#22). It got me thinking.
When it comes to finding the whimsy in life, some […]
I’ve been M.I.A. online for awhile. Those of you who follow these posts may be wondering why. Blame “dem bones”—the ones in our family that keep breaking. First my mother fell and broke her hip necessitating an extended trip/stay in Ontario for me. I returned to B.C. to break my little toe on a […]
On May 14, we launched our first annual “Bad Poetry” contest—just for the fun of it. And fun it has been! But all bad things must come to an end.
Our esteemed judges (one from B.C. and two from Ontario) all maintain they enjoyed combing through the “crappy couplets” submitted in search of truly terrible […]
I’ve been bad. I’ve been goofing off having fun in Santa Fe instead of writing new stories or even writing this blog. The only thing I have been writing has also been BAD—bad poetry, that is. Writing deliberately bad poetry is just SO MUCH FUN.
I’ve already shared some of my intentionally bad poetry in […]
Turning pennies into books? It sounds like magic—but it’s easily done, and you can do it!
I’ve blogged about my love for libraries—and even tried to support them by participating in the “Fill the Shelves” program. We don’t have a similar program in Canada, but I was intrigued […]
I love libraries—and librarians. My first job was in a library, and my comical characters are still hanging out in the stacks of fictional Big Beaver County libraries trying to make my readers laugh. But there’s nothing funny about the empty shelves in many underfunded school libraries these […]
A Jennifer Aniston Christmas? How so? Well, I’m in the Christmas spirit, so I wanted to give my readers a gift. I’d love to give you your heart’s desire, but I don’t know what that is (and I likely couldn’t afford it if I did). Then I remembered Delmar Dunwoody—one of the comic characters in […]
Is Santa now a quitter? And if so, who’s next? Those are some questions I’d never have thought to ask if I hadn’t read this article about self-published Vancouver writer Pamela McColl and her literary campaign for a smoke-free Santa Claus.
Apparently McColl has made it her mission to […]
A publisher friend of mine sent me a link to this hair-raising (and side-splitting) YouTube video of a Canadian beaver trying to dodge traffic on the highway.
Boy, can I ever identify with this roving rodent! For the last couple of months, I’ve been far from my natural habitat […]
“Are you beaver-ready?” Those aren’t my words—although they could be, since I’m preparing to launch the Kindle version of my book Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories on an unsuspecting world. No, those are the words of Dutch beaver expert Vilmar Dijkstra. Apparently Dutch beavers have been mating at […]
According to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, to launch is to “set afloat.” So far, setting my book Beaver Bluff afloat on the seas of cyberspace has been not been entirely smooth sailing. As of today’s date, the title still shows as “temporarily out of stock” on Canada’s Amazon.ca. To which I say, Grrr. I don’t […]
Hi! I’m a Canadian writer, humorist and performer—and the author of Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories. That sounds like a simple message to convey. It might be, if my name weren’t Judy Millar. Carving out an internet identity when your name is Judy Millar is a huge problem because […]
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