St. Germaine, Musee du Louvre and a rant about beauty

I am in Paris. And since I’ve come to France, I’ve been thinking a lot about beauty. Often when I’m lost and come around a corner and find something like this. The other day, I was hunting for the library and found this church, instead. It is St. Germaine and while they were remodeling and it wasn’t exactly peaceful, it was still incredibly stunning. What struck me were the colours. They wouldn’t photograph, but you…

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Walking…or slogging through the mud, really…

*I found this blog post that I started a long time ago in my drafts folder. It’s incomplete, but the photos are nice, so here it is anyway. I remember now I ran into problems getting the other photos to load so I gave up in frustration. In case you’re wondering, this is at leas part of the reason I haven’t blogged. The other part is because I am a writer, I can’t just throw…

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So much…

There are so many things I want to blog about, but I’m too busy watching Escape to the Country and Antiques Roadtrip. What I’ll do is put a bunch of pictures with a sentence or two about them. And I’ll try and do better on blogging, but I’ve just taken on a freelance editing gig, so we’ll see…no promises! Also, if you’re on Instagram, I am posting regularly there. My username is: WriterJoelle First off,…

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Another local trick

Different areas of the UK offer their local residents a “railcard”. This card costs ten pound and it gives the resident about 1/3 off train fare in their area of the country. I was going to get one for the north of England and then realized I needed to live in the area and be a rate payer (tax payer). In the FAQ section on their website, there was this question: How else can I…

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A little walk and a surprise!

Bingley is located along the river Aire and running alongside it, is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Bingley’s been around since basically forever, but was given a market charter in 1212, which for all you readers who don’t know, that basically is the same as becoming an official town. I think! Bingley is really quite lovely, but as far as I can tell, the thing people seem to associate with it most, is actually kind…

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Bingley, Yorkshire, UK

Start as you mean to go, and I plan to read plenty while I’m traveling. I learned this tip from my friend Nancy, who spent two weeks in Stratford-Upon-Avon. She got a library card and not only could she check out books (saves you carrying them in your luggage), but she was able to get rush tickets to the theatre for 5 GPB! Later that evening, I went to a local wine tasting event at…

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10 Day Local

Welcome to my blog 10 Day Local. Lots of people love to pack in as many sights and events as they can when they travel, but I prefer to plant myself in one town, or city, or village, for a while and really get to know it and some of the people who make it special. My preference is for a month, but at the very least, I try to stay 10 days. This blog…

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Expansive Writing Workshop

Expansive Writing with Joëlle Anthony Sat, May 11th – 10-3pm Arts & Heritage Centre, Gabriola Island, BC We’ll start small using writing prompts and timed writing exercises. Over the course of the day, we’ll learn how to expand what you do quickly into something longer…maybe even a start on a novel! You never can tell. This is a fiction workshop, although, if you write memoir or essay, you can probably tweak it a bit and…

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Festival of Trees Schedule

Here’s my schedule for the Festival of Trees in Toronto May 15-16. Don’t forget, I will be listed under my pen name J. M. Kelly for all events! Hope to see some of you there! May 15th – 10-11am – The White Pine Award Ceremony, Concert Stage 12:30-1pm – Workshop (Get Unstuck – get those ideas moving!), Main Loft 1:10-2pm – Signing, Tent C1/D 3:30-5pm – Reception (this is not a public event, but I’ll…

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Suze Loves Mondays in February!

Lots of good news already this month for Suze and A MONTH OF MONDAYS. I’m so thrilled to announce: The book is an Ontario Library Association Best Bet 2018 Read. And today it won a VOYA Award. And I was interviewed here by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for their newsletter. There are three more Mondays this month, who knows what will happen?   For those of you who have stopped by to get the…

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The Write Potential – Professional Mentoring

THE WRITE POTENTIAL I’m very excited to announce the launch of The Write Potential  This is something I’ve been planning with the fabulous writer and story editor, Eileen Cook, for a while now and we’re thrilled to put our plan into action. If you’re a writer looking for professional mentorship, we’ve got several options to choose from. We also offer query letter edits and manuscript editing. Pop on over to the new site and see…

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2017 Books

Time for my favorite books of 2017 post. I read about 87 books during the year, some I didn’t finish, but that’s a fairly accurate number. Some I read aloud to Victor, which was fun. Sometimes I do a long list of favourites, in 2016 I simply picked one book (A Gentleman in Moscow). This year, I’m going to just list a few of the greats I read by category. Favourite Nonfiction for Kids Lizards…

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PNBA Shortlist

I’m extremely honoured to share that Speed of Life has been included on the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association 2018 Shortlist. Out of 420 nominated books, they chose 12 and only one Young Adult novel! To find out more about it, visit their site. Here is a list of the nominated books:   You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me A Memoir Sherman Alexie American War A Novel Omar El Akkad This Is How It…

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Ontario Tour Dates

I will be touring in Ontario twice in 2018 (Jan & May), which means reduced travel fees for those of you in Ontario. Also, there’s some assistance available through the Writers Union of Canada. Info about workshops, offerings, fees, and travel are under the Have Me Visit tab along the top. My tour dates are now available here. 

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2018 White Pine Nomination for Speed of Life

I’m very honoured to be included on the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award Nominee list for 2018. Speed of Life is one of ten books, and I can’t wait to read the other nine! Congratulations to everyone on the list. I’m particularly excited about being on this list because it’s a Reader’s Choice Award. Those are pretty awesome. And in May, I’ll be going to Toronto for the Festival of Trees to meet readers!…

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a WRITE WITH JOY workshop!

 Writing & Whiskey A fun evening of writing—unleash your creativity the way thousands of writers before you have—with whiskey! No writing experience necessary. Snacks will be provided to help absorb the alcohol, but please make sure you have a safe way home!* 13 October, 7pm – 9pm, Arts & Heritage Centre Space is limited, pre-registration REQUIRED $40 *Don’t imbibe or are the Designated Driver, but you want to participate? The DD rate is $35 and…

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