Hi Everyone, and WELCOME to The Writing Fairy website. I'm Dorothea Helms, freelance writer, poet, book author, fiction dabbler, writing instructor, keynote speaker, humorist, wife, mother and slave to my English Bulldog, Margaret. My website is undergoing a facelift, boob lift, liposuction, weight loss program ... wait a minute - those are things I need personally. Sheesh. But my website IS in transition after being neglected for a LONG time. My goal is to inspire writers; my method humour (or humor in the U.S.). Enjoy!

Coaxing closet writers to emerge and make their magic known!

Archive for March, 2011

Spring has sprung

The grass has riz

I have so much work

I’m in a tizz

Easy to understand why I’m a published poet, right?

I’m writing in my BLAHG today because I’m procrastinating working, and this is a great excuse for not writing about builders for a few minutes. We’re having an election, we’re having an election. And I hope ALL Canadians turn out to vote – as long as they’re voting Liberal! Alla you conservatives, get offa da lawn (based on the old Cheech and Chong routine about the pope).

My bathroom reno is going great. It’ll be too pretty to use! Rich’s is going to be done like a man cave; mine will be a glam cave!

Enough procrastinating – back go work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m baaaaaack

Thought I’d forget my BLAHG, didn’t you? OK, I did for a couple days, but life’s been chaotic. Work, renovations, dog, work … did I mention work? And dog?

Funny how having a dog helps me put things into perspective. Margaret is so happy with so little. A little food, a little bum rub, a little walk, a LOT of sleep. There are people in Japan who saw their babies swept away in a horrifying flood. We should all be grateful for whatever we have – and appreciate it while we have it. I wish I’d learned that lesson a few decades ago.

Anyways, that’s it for today. No great gems of wisdom, except to say that I’m giving Twitter a go. I figure I’m a twit, so I should fit right in.

 

 

Well, I guess you’ve wondered where I’ve been for the past couple of years. Time flies when you’re busy and sick – but The Writing Fairy is emerging into the light at last. Thanks for your patience, those of you who have been patient. The rest of you can eat figs (and you’ll have to watch the 1976 BBC mini-series “I Claudius” to know what that means).

Anyways, welcome to The Writing Fairy BLAHG – my version of the current obsession with letting the whole world know what everyone thinks about everything. I have resisted blogging for many reasons, the first of which is that I barely have time to do what I have to do in a day, without having to read other people’s public diaries/columns and write my own. Second – I find most personal blogs boring. Third, I am surprised that anyone cares about what I think, but apparently some do, as I have been asked many times why I don’t have a blog. Fourth, I find the writing on some blogs exquisite, and there it is for the world to read for free *SIGH* (see future blahg post for my rant on that one).

I’m entering my rants/opinions/crap under the category of “BLAHG,” because I won’t provide my best stuff for free. You want my writing, you pay for it. If you want to read samples of my work, Google my name and you’ll find more examples than you can imagine.

So what’s the purpose of my blahg? I’m not sure. I promise that I’ll plug upcoming workshops and courses on this baby. For example, I’m offering “Creative Writing” through the North Campus (Uxbridge) of Durham College from April through June (10 Wednesday evenings) this spring. This is the course I took in 1992 that launched my professional writing career, and I have taught that same course once a year for the past 17 years. It’s a phenomenal course, not because of me, but because of the remarkable students who enroll and are such good sports about reading their homework assignments out loud and accepting praise and constructive criticism. If you’re interested, visit the Durham College website, look into Continuing Education in Uxbridge and follow the bouncing ball. We have way MORE fun than we should during that 10 weeks.

And don’t be intimidated – some people leave  realizing that they are not as passionate about writing as they thought; some finish determined to keep writing as a hobby; some start part-time careers; and others go berserk like I did and plunge full force into freelancing. Any and all of the above are just fine. The point is that after 10 weeks, we’re all better writers than we were at the beginning of the course, including me!

I’ve also been asked when The Writing Fairy Whenever-I-Feel-Like-It writing contest will be. I haven’t felt like it for quite a while, but I think I will launch a contest soon. Stay tuned.

That’s all for today. Happy blahging!