The Quick Brown Fiox

How to Build Your Story workshop, Saturday, May 30, in Guelph

How to Build Your Story
Plotting novels & Writing short stories
Saturday, May 30, 2015
10:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph, Ontario (Map here.)

This workshop will show you how writers plot a novel and will give you the best tips on writing short stories. We’ll also look at where to get your stories published and how to win contests. Best yet, you’ll see how to apply the story-building techniques you’ve learned to your own writing. 

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance
or 43.36 + 13% hst = 
49 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now, email:

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 8:05 am


Photo-mystère 127 ( et indice)

Qui a attraper ce magnifique espadon?

Indice 1: Il n'est plus depuis longtemps.
Indice 2: Il avait les oreilles décollées.

Réponse ICI

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Posted on 26 November 2014 | 2:08 pm

Other Food - Daily Devotions


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TODAY'S SPECIAL: Mark 13:24-37

TO CHEW ON: "And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!" - Mark 13:37

When a word occurs multiple times in a bit of scripture, we'd better pay attention. In Mark 13:32-37 Jesus tells us four times to WATCH.

"Watch and pray," He says (Mark 13:34), "for you do not know when the time is." The time He is referring to is the time of Jesus' return (Mark 13:26). [The Greek word for watch here (agrepneo) means to be sleepless, to keep awake.]

He repeats the command: "It is like a man going to a far country who ... commanded the doorkeeper to watch.... Watch therefore .... Watch!" (Mark 13:34, 35, 37). [The Greek word for watch in these three instances is gregoreuo. As well as meaning alert and wakeful, it also signifies mental alertness and caution.]

The disciples are to be as alert as doorkeepers, guarding the house from thieves. They are to stay awake through all four watches of the night. They will find themselves in big trouble if the master finds them asleep. The picture is of the captain of the temple making his rounds. "The guards had to rise at his approach and salute him in a particular manner. Any guard found asleep on duty was beaten or his garments set on fire" - Vincent's Word Studies. Oh my!

The command to watch continues for us today. Though we are not to speculate about the date when Jesus will return (Mark 3:32 tells us it's pointless because only God the Father knows) we are to continue in this state of readiness and alertness.

Of course Jesus may come to some of us through death before He physically returns to earth. Here too we need to be watchful. As Matthew Henry puts it:

"We know not whether our Master will come in the days of youth, or middle age, or old age; but, as soon as we are born, we begin to die, and therefore we must expect death. Our great care must be, that, whenever our Lord comes, he may not find us secure, indulging in ease and sloth, mindless of our work and duty..." Matthew Henry's Commentary.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, help me to be more mindful of Your anticipated return, and to live life alert to the possibility of You bursting on the scene at any moment. Of course I could meet You through death in the same sudden, unexpected way. Teach me to live a watchful lifestyle. Amen.

MORE: Watchful praying

From a 1982 sermon preaching from the text Colossians 4:2-4 John Piper makes these observations about watchful prayer.

“Be watchful in your prayers.” This means, be alert! Be mentally awake! Paul probably learned this from the story of what happened in Gethsemane. Jesus asked the disciples to pray, but found them sleeping. So he said to Peter, “Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation” (Mark 14:37f). We must be on the watch as we pray—on the watch against a wandering mind, against vain repetitions, against trite and meaningless expressions, against limited, selfish desires. And we should also watch for what is good. We should especially be alert to God’s guidance of our prayers in Scripture. It is God who works in us to will our prayers but we always experience this divine enablement as our own resolve and decision..." Read all of "Persevere in Prayer" by John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: (Emphasis added.)


Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 5:00 am

Anglican Samizdat

Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada to combine synods in 2019

A conjoining of the likeminded, a consolidation of withering, a pooling of unbelief, a unified witness of doubt to an indifferent world, a belated smokescreen to conceal decades of intellectual inbreeding. Or, perhaps, a desperate attempt to endure for a … Continue reading

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Posted on 25 November 2014 | 10:40 pm


Training Program for Project Weeks 45-48

Training Program is updated.



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Posted on 26 November 2014 | 1:45 pm

After the Kids leave

Our piece of history

  Dear Karen, It finally arrived:  our own piece of history. Do you remember the art installation at the Tower of London earlier this year?  It was called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. A dramatic display of over 800,000 ceramic poppies cascaded out of a window in the Tower, spilling into the moat […]

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 8:00 am

How to survive life in the suburbs

Transform Your Home Into A Hotel For The Holidays! #Giveaway #PGMom

The holidays are coming!  The holidays are coming!  Time to make your list, check it twice and make sure everything in your house looks super nice!  Wait, what?  Who has time for that?  I don’t have time to be doing a super deep clean.  There are presents to buy, cookies to bake and parties to […]

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 10:19 am

Progressive Bloggers

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: From Andrew Mitrovica

[View the story "Media accountability, or lack thereof" on Storify]

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Posted on 29 November 2014 | 12:02 am

Bird Droppings

Paparazzi goes mainstream

   It says a lot about the mindset of modern news media that Jian Ghomeshi was the only person who maintained a shred of dignity following his court appearance yesterday.
   While Ghomeshi kept his head down and his mouth shut, a swarm of journalists, cameramen and photographers comported themselves with the grace and decorum of a thousand seagulls at the scene of an overturned garbage truck, all in the relentless pursuit of the money shot or sound bite that would make their newspaper, website or network the Ghomeshi misery maker of the day. 
   As agents for the wider public, the media are only indulging the appetite of their audience.  There's always been a fascination with watching celebrity come undone or tragedy unfold, but piling on as a sport is a relatively recent phenomenon.  Social media doesn't wait for a story to play itself out before establishing a conclusive narrative that mainstream media feels duty-bound to follow.  The result is that supposedly reputable journalists are reduced to paparazzi-style reporting that caters to public sentiment at the expense of cornerstone journalistic ethics.
   Some people call it "social justice".  I consider irresponsible pandering to a crowd split between professional "victims" with a chip on their shoulder and closet sadists who delight in the ruination of others.  

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 10:00 am

Trashys World

Ottawa City Council candidates worth voting for!

I have already endorsed some of these candidates in past posts, but being that it is only a few days till E Day, I thought I’d go over some of them again. Jean Cloutier will be a fine representative for Alta Vista on Council. Jean and I have worked together at the Canterbury Community Association for […]

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Posted on 24 October 2014 | 4:00 pm

The Galloping Beaver

Putin and Ensign Teal

Apparently, they've had a bit of chat. Putin approached Harper and stuck out his hand. Harper responded: “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine.” “Mr. Putin did not respond positively,” said MacDonald but declined to offer further details or whether there were similar comments by other leaders there. I wonder if the

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Posted on 15 November 2014 | 7:40 am

Michael Geist

The Price of Admission to the TPP Talks Revealed: U.S. Demanded Canada Pass Anti-Counterfeiting Legislation

In the years leading up to Canada's entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, there was considerable speculation about demands imposed by the U.S. For example, I wrote in 2012 about two reported demands: that Canada was stuck with any chapters concluded before entry and that it would not have any veto authority. This meant that if all other countries agreed on a particular provision, Canada would be required to accept it.

Yesterday, Industry Minister James Moore provided the first official confirmation of at least one other condition of admission to the talks: anti-counterfeiting legislation. Bill C-8, the anti-counterfeiting bill that focuses on providing new border measures provisions such as enhanced search and seizure powers for customs agents without court oversight, is really a bill about satisfying U.S. demands for TPP entry. According to Moore:

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 9:51 am

Montreal Simon

Stephen Harper's Bizarre Missionary Mission to China

Well I see that Stephen Harper's visit to China has got off to a heavenly start. 

With our new Chinese overlords wanting to talk about business, now that Harper has signed the sellout FIPA deal, and they have us over a barrel for the next thirty years.

While Lord Harp seems more interested in talking about crosses. 
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Posted on 8 November 2014 | 10:29 am

Ghost of a Flea

Cartier - Winter Tale

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 12:08 pm

The Disaffected Lib

Harper Chasing Votes Down Under

His supposedly blunt message to Vladimir Putin reveals how Steve Harper really knows how to work a room when there's an election in the offing.

Walking up to Putin at the G20 summit, Harper's aides claim he said this:  "Well I guess I'll share your hand but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine."

Missing, naturally, was the "or else" part because for Harper which his defunded military in decline there is no "or else."  Talk, however, is cheap except as it relates to vote-getting, in this case the Ukrainian-Canadian vote.  Then it's priceless.

Oddly enough, all the pictures of this supposed showdown encounter reveal Harper positively beaming at the little Russkie he knows could care less about dire warnings from Canada's clown prince.

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Posted on 15 November 2014 | 2:03 pm

De Smog Blog

Walmart’s Reliance On Dirty Energy Responsible For 8 Million Metric Tons of Carbon Pollution Per Year

Recent revelations that the Walton Family, majority owners of Walmart, are funding attacks against the rooftop solar industry called into question the big-box retailer’s very public “100% renewable energy” commitment. A new report by the Institute on Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) documenting Walmart’s massive carbon emissions is likely to add even more fuel to that fire.

According to ILSR, which also exposed the Walton Family’s anti-rooftop solar initiatives, Walmart is one of the heaviest users of coal-fired electricity in the United States, resulting in 8 million metric tons of carbon pollution produced every year by the mega chain’s operations.

Since making its environmental commitments in 2005 with great fanfare, Walmart has done little to honor its pledge to transition to renewable energy and “be a good steward of the environment.”

Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher at ILSR and co-author of the new report, wrote in April that Walmart's use of renewables peaked in 2011 and has slipped since then.

“Walmart’s progress on renewable power is particularly pitiful when you look at other retailers,” she added. “Staples, Kohl's, and Whole Foods, along with numerous small businesses, have already passed the 100 percent renewable power mark.”

Today, just 3% of the electricity powering Walmart’s U.S. stores comes from renewable sources.

Despite making a public commitment to sustainability nine years ago, Walmart still favors dirty coal-generated electricity over solar and wind, because the company insists on using the cheapest power it can find,” Mitchell said in a statement.

In an email to DeSmog, Walmart spokesman Kevin Gardner said that, “In the U.S., as of 2013, Walmart-driven renewable energy projects provided three percent of our building’s annual electricity needs, and the grid provided another 11 percent for a total of 14 percent renewable electricity in the U.S.”

Gardner also noted that the Solar Energy Industry Association recognized Walmart last month as the U.S. business with the most installed solar capacity at over 105 megawatts, but he declined to comment on what the sources are for the other 86% of Walmart’s electricity consumption and did not respond to questions about Walmart’s carbon emissions.

ILSR’s report says that Walmart’s U.S. operations use more than 4.2 million tons of coal every year, which accounts for nearly 75% of the company’s emissions from electricity use in the U.S.

The report also notes that more than half of the Congressional candidates supported by Walmart and the Walton Family in the 2011-2012 election cycle favor dirty energy and oppose action on climate change. The Walton Family has also spent its money to essentially buy green cred in the past. For instance, the Walton Family Fund has given the Environmental Defense Fund, which Grist once called “Walmart’s right-hand man in the green game,” some $66 million since 2005. “It turns out, unlike most Walmart jobs, that’s a pretty lucrative gig to have,” Grist wrote.

As Walmart workers continue to go on strike to protest low wages, it’s worth noting that “there is a close correlation between low wages and high emissions,” according to Naomi Klein in her latest book, This Changes Everything. “And why wouldn’t there be?” Klein writes. “The same logic that is willing to work laborers to the bone for pennies a day will burn mountains of dirty coal while spending next to nothing on pollution controls because it’s the cheapest way to produce.”

“Walmart could single-handedly strengthen the middle class and help create a vibrant clean energy economy that promotes good jobs,” Green For All executive director Jeremy Hays says. “After years of empty promises, Walmart should be using its power and wealth to build stronger and more sustainable communities, not disrespecting workers and endangering the future of our planet.”

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 3:33 pm


Start ‘em, Sit ‘em: Julio Jones meet Patrick Peterson

If you fall in a rusty bucket you are bound to come out with an orange stain on you buttocks. Yet you are not made of metal, and neither is Lee. While the shiny rookie luster has been fingerprinted with injuries, he is finally healthy. Lee is still a bottom of the bucket option but the rest of Jags WR corps is now injured. He is facing the Giants, people. While we hesitate to suggest Lee will score multiple TDs, we still love his chances.

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 10:22 pm

North by East West

Steal This Website (NxEW is officially looking for a new editor)

When I started NxEW in March of 2009, I was living in Toronto. I was hearing a lot of good bands and I mean a whole lot of good bands. For every band I saw there were two more I’d heard about that I “should see”. On any given night I had to make tough
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Posted on 17 November 2014 | 10:29 pm

Canadian Living

To egg wash, or not to egg wash?

The secret to getting that authentic golden bakery shop look and sheen to all your homemade pies and pastries, is egg wash.

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 10:33 am

Pro Woman Pro Life

Only a symbolic win in New Brunswick?

According to Jonathon Van Maren, who is actually quite nice, Gallant did scrap the regulation stipulating that women get the approval of two doctors before obtaining a taxpayer-funded abortion. This is a victory for abortion activists, but an almost completely symbolic one, as women were virtually never refused an abortion. If women were being refused […]

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 3:33 pm


Government stops thousands of refugees far from Canada's borders -- Harvard study

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 2:26 pm

Rolling Around in My Head

OK, I Need Help and Advice

Out of the blue, yesterday without any warning, someone popped into my life and thanked me for something that I did and for the effect that my action had had on their life. Out of the blue! Someone appeared and then disappeared again. It was, for me, nice. Discombobulating, because of all the emotions and memories suddenly brought to the fore, but nice.

And now I'm on the horns of a dilemma. Maybe you all can help. Many years ago, when I was in school, a popular kid did something really nice to me. It was only that one time, it wasn't the start of any friendship or anything, it was just a simple act of kindness that mattered, deeply, to me. The probability is that this person doesn't even remember the moment.

It was big to me.

It wasn't big to anyone else.

But now, for the first time, I have the capacity to contact this person to say thank you. But I'm afraid that the intent behind the contact would mean more than what it means. I don't want to reach out to establish any kind of 45 year later relationship, I just want to say thanks.

Is that weird?

Should I just let it go?


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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 7:28 am

A Canadian Foodie

Christmas in November 2014: Jacqueline Jacek

Release your Inner Cocoanista: Jacqueline Jacek’s Chocolate Ganache Recipe Base Follow Jacqueline Jacek @jacekchoclate. Then go and meet her. You will love her and her chocolates. Both are completely irresistible. I have known Jacqueline since she first started her company in the basement of her house. I took an interest then as I have made my […]

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Posted on 28 November 2014 | 7:34 pm

Dean Somerset

Stuff You Should Check Out: Thanksgiving Edition

It’s been a heck of a week. This past weekend Lindsay and I headed down to Los Angeles to meet up with Tony Gentilcore and piss excellence over our semi-annual workshop for a group of awesome trainers. One of the trainers in the house was Gunnar Peterson, a very famous celebrity trainer who has worked…… Read More

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 8:51 am

Knit Nut

Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted [...]

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Posted on 23 November 2014 | 9:42 pm