Within the last five years, my writing has been published in Island Writer, Kaleidoscope, Canadian Stories, Icelandic Connection and Island Gals magazines. Follow my author journey by visiting my blog http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com
My writing has been published in the following
Knit Together (2003, 2007)
A Needle Pulling Thread (2008)
Island Writer (winter, 2009, summer, 2010)
Kaleidoscope (winter/spring 2011)
Canadian Stories (December, 2012)
Icelandic Connection (Volume 65, No. 3 (2013) )
Island Gals (Volume 3, Issue 2 (2013) )
Flavours of Vancouver: Dishes from Around the World (2005)
Knitting Notes: A Journal of Knitting Memories (2006)
Manitoba Child Care Association (1992)
The Islands Independent (2008, 2009)
To read my writing, please visit: http://sweatercursed.blogspot.ca/p/work-in-progress.html
I'm actively building my author platform.
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I'm a member of a writing group on Mayne Island
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(First published in Island Writer Literary Journal)
He found the note on the breakfast table. There it was beside his scrambled eggs and toast. He picked it up and read it out slowly. It was Saturday – he had the time.
Piss off! You heard me. Leave. I don’t want you around. I don’t have anything for you – no money, no booze, no nothin’. Isn’t it bad enough that I’m trapped in this tin piss can without you tormenting me? I don’t need you. I don’t need anyone. I’m just fine on my own, thank you very much. I don’t need your help. I don’t need your pity. If you stay, one of the two of us is going to get hurt and I can guarantee it won’t be me. So get the hell out of my house! Why are you still here? Are you deaf, dumb and stupid!
He smiled. Smiled – at such a note? Was he insane?
Maybe. He did, after all, love a writer. That required some degree of insanity.
Yes, he smiled. He smiled because he knew her writer’s block was over. Thor had found his hammer. The angels had found their harps. And his wife had found her muse. All was right with the world; she was back at work.
As if dancing on sunbeams, she floated into the kitchen. “Did you read it?”
What did he say? What could he say? “Um... yes. Yes, I did.”
“Well, what do you think?”
“I know." Her entire face shone like the sun. "I’m not sure where it fits yet. But that doesn't matter. I've started. That's the hardest part. Starting." She joined him at the table, her hand smoothing the paper. "Sometimes it’s like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Only you don’t have to find all the corner pieces first. You just have to find a piece.”
Yes, he had to admit, it did help to be a little insane.
Work In Progress
A Long Way From Her
(approximately 55,000 words)
The year is 1983. Nineteen-year-old Lyndi Wimpel has graduated from high school. It's time for her to leave home but her mom doesn't want her to go and Lyndi doesn't think she can because she's dyslexic. When her dad demands that she get a job, Lyndi joins a youth group. Despite her parents' protests, Lyndi sets out on her adventure. The places she visits, the people she meets and the experiences she has shape and transforms her. And Lyndi learns that she's capable of more than she--or her parents--ever dreamed.
Based on a true story. The plot is loosely hung on real life events. All characters are fictional.
The Sweater Curse
(knitting-themed dark thriller)
(approximately 65,000 words)
Aspiring knitwear designer Gwen Bjarnson is stuck in Purgatory. To escape, she must re-examine her life, journey through her past and right a wrong. But which wrong?
Knitter Aster Walburn is stuck in a living Purgatory. Only one question haunts her--why did her husband leave? To find the answer, she must examine her married life and journey through her past.
Her, She, I
(short story collection)
(approximately 21,000 words)
A collection of women's fiction. All seventeen short stories have an air of mystery.
All Alone In Her Head
(novel in short stories)
(approximately 50,000 words)
Sequel to Along Way From Her
All Alone In Her Head traces Lyndi Wimpel's journey as she grows from a learning disabled child struggling to understand life armed only with her imagination to a woman deeply in love with the life she finds both inside and outside her head.
Knitting Words Into Yarns
(short story collection)
(approximately 29,000 words)
A collection nineteen knitting-themed short stories.
Something Good to Eat
(children's picture book)
Gryla, an old woman who lives on the tallest mountain peek in Iceland, loves to eat children.
But one night she picks the wrong girl.
Something Special for Pearl
(children's picture book)
Pearl visits her grandma.
Leanne Dyck's blog http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com
This blog was created on October 10, 2010 and is growing bigger daily (over 203,000 page views).
Please help me nurture it.
New posts are published at 9 am PST(usually).
I blog twice a week.
Each day has a theme...
My Author Journey Monday : follow my journey to beceom a traditionally published novelist.
Guest Post Friday: meet interesting people in the publishing industry.
Monday (March 3)
CBC radio's annual event Canada Reads starts today. And to celebrate I make my selection and review it.
Friday (March 7)
Guest Post: Interview with mystery/regency author Carola Dunn
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Dyslexic Advantage: to understand, build and use the essential strengths of the dyslexic mind
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