Chronicling the journey of writing

by Veronica Louis

Photo of Berlin Wall that says small people in small places do many small things that can alter the face of the world

Berlin Wall
Photo: Veronica Louis

A few months ago I wrote about how I wished we were all kinder to one another in 2015. Already almost five months in, and it does seem like humanity is regressing instead of progressing.

With events such as hundreds upon hundreds drowning while seeking refuge, pilots intentionally crashing planes, brutal executions in the name of religious ideology, authoritarian brutality targeting race, how can one not question one’s role in one’s life, and where we fit in a world of haves and have nots.  (more…)

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January 8th, 2015 | Posted by Veronica Louis in Inspiration | Turning 30 - (2 Comments)

by Veronica Louis

Veronica Louis Portrait with a Pink ShirtToday I turn 32.

As Fun once sang, “Tonight… We are young.” We cannot prevent the fleeting time from escaping our futile grasps, but we can control how we are within. And by Jove, if we feel young, we are young.

For me the New Year always sweeps in a whole new added year of wisdom as my birthday follows it a few days later. It’s almost always a time of reflection, a time to gauge what chapter I’m in, in the story that is my life.

A couple of years ago, turning 30 seemed like an epic event. “30,” I thought, “The beginning of the end.” As it turns out, it wasn’t the end. And as I have comfortably settled into my thirties, I look forward to a year where I’m writing the next exciting chapter in my life… a couple of plot twists, a build-up with rewarding results, a lovely denouement. (more…)

by Veronica Louis

Quote from Neil Gaiman -This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.

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A few months ago, I decided to take on a new challenge: web content writer and designer for one of Canada’s oldest companies. I knew that having a job as a writer would greatly contribute to my 10,000 hours of writing, but going from freelancing to the corporate world took some adjustment.

In the corporate world writing is a process, and it could sometimes be a very long one. For a magazine, a writer might deal with just one editor. You submit your draft, the editor comes back to you with notes and edits, you make the necessary changes, and the editor might make further tweaks before it’s finalized and ready for publication.

In the corporate world, there are many choir directors. So for one story, or creation of page content, you might have to go through several “editors” with contrasting viewpoints and ideas of what should be on the page. (more…)

by Veronica Louis

4 Out of 5 Commas
Rating: 4/5 Commas

The Fault in Our Stars Movie PosterThis film based on John Green’s New York Times best-seller, focuses on Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley) who struggles to find herself despite the cancer pillaging her body, and her new “just-friends” friend Augustus (Ansel Elgort), who clearly understands that she is not her illness.

It’s a romantic film about moments, unbreakable bonds and taking chances despite all odds. It clearly stems from a literary perspective with its smart dialogue that is less conversational and more rhetorical. Yet, the actors do an excellent job at translating the flowery prose into convincing and feeling dialogue.

In the age of sound bites and three-second shots, it’s refreshing to watch a movie that breathes and does not shy away from longer shots and scenes that capture inconspicuous moments such as a stare, a grin, an awkward glance. Because in the end, as Hazel Grace describes it, life is composed of a finite set of such moments. And the movie mimics that sentiment by highlighting these seemingly trivial instants that collectively make up the fabric of life.

With a great story line full of clever references, some unexpected twists, and a strong cast of young actors who bring light to a dark subject matter, this film will make you laugh, cry, and leave you feeling inspired. (more…)

by Veronica Louis

Berlin Wall graffiti that says Berlin

Photo: Veronica Louis

It was three years in the making. Three years of travel deprivation. Three years of yearning to escape the daily humdrum of life.

Step one:

Embark on a plane, take a deep breath and relax.

Step two:

Arrive at target destination. Take a deep breath and take it all in.

Step three:

Discover new places, foods, cultures and develop true friendships with other kindred spirits.

Step four:

Never forget that unequivocal feeling of being alive and continue to live life to its fullest.

Those steps just about sums up my Europe 2014 trip.

It began in the chic city of Paris, where I re-experienced those things I love so much about Paris: taking in beautiful art, eating delicious baguette sandwiches, and losing myself in a labyrinth of spectacularly charming streets and boulevards. (more…)