Putting Canadian First in Spelling

I get annoyed about US spelling being taught or expected/ insisted upon, in Canadian schools. When I was in college, years ago, we were told to spell the US way. I went to Centennial College, the Warden Woods campus which is gone now. My nieces attend school in Newmarket and are taught US spelling. If they (or myself in college) don’t spell the US way our words are marked wrong. In college I had to write very well in order not o have a failing grade – because I refused to spell the US way in Canada. I still refuse.

This site is going to be about Canadian spelling and Canadian things in general. I love being Canadian. I was born here, though I have travelled, I still like Canada the best.

Something That Hasn’t Been Written About

People say everything has already been explored. They’re wrong of course. There are oceans (literally) of places yet to be explored. The deep ocean, outer space, microscopic things, the human brain, and probably others which I’m just not thinking of right now.

With writing… I think it is much harder to find new places to explore in writing. Even the unexplored real places have been written about, in many ways, with many theories. Music is all based on a set amount of notes and yet there are millions of songs. Music also has genres and styles. I don’t write music but it seems to be even harder than writing with words. For one thing, we have 26 letters and they work with billions of words.

I think everything (unless it doesn’t exist yet) has been written about. Science fiction covers so much, a wide area of imagination and speculation. Non-fiction explains everything under the sun, just search online for “how to…” and there will be something.

So, what can you do when you don’t feel there is anything new to write about? Some would say “write it better” but I would say – write it your own way. You have your own life experience, your own ideas and ideals, and you can write things from your own perspective.

If that doesn’t help, throw things together and see what you come up with, randomly. Put together ideas and items that don’t go together, are unrelated and make it work in some way. It’s fun once you start.

53 Word Short Story

I found a 53 word short story contest. I like limited word story writing. You need to consider each word, work with the order of your words and still have it all make sense and be a good story. Short stories are very under appreciated.

This is the story I wrote. It’s based on an idea I had very early this morning. A longer version would give details and explain everything. But, I think this short version gets the idea across.

I hadn’t planned to spend my night waiting with the Witch and spoiled Asian cuisine in the abandoned restaurant.

“Bad business plan, cursing their annoying customers.” The Witch toys with her magic glass jar.

A tiny Oriental doll in the jar, screams, unheard. Creepy. Will my bitchy little sister even say thank you?