Author Archives: Alice Degan

Going Indie: My Journey

It started, I suppose, nearly two years ago when I went into the local BMV bookstore with my friend Victoria, and we browsed through the Writing section and found a book called The Indie Author Guide. I think it was the cover picture that really drew me in: it shows a laptop on a sidewalk […]

Change & News

I find it easy to fall into the trap of thinking that I’ll never be able to change the set patterns and habits of my life, even if I want to. It’s just not true, and a cursory review of events from my life proves it. I used to be single, for a long time, […]

The Work of Our Hands

This is a long overdue stab at distilling my thoughts from Maundy Thursday, when my lace handiwork was put to use. The picture above shows the Altar of Repose before the service, when I was able to surreptitiously bring my phone into the church to photograph it. You have to imagine the candlelight! Somewhere toward […]

Evil in the Story

The other day I listened to a podcast in which several writers discuss death in fiction—or, more specifically, “killing” their characters. This reminded me of something I have thought about in the past, and it’s this: Writers introduce all kinds of evil into their stories. They do this because they are imitating the real world, […]

The Seven Deadly Sins & Why You Haven’t Finished That Thing*

Pride wants it to be perfect, because you should be producing brilliance, and you should be ashamed not to be producing brilliance. So you don’t work on it, because so far it is neither perfect nor brilliant. Envy is too busy worrying about whether other people have already done it better, and how you can […]

Whether Angels Knit

Since childhood I have had a collection of angel Christmas ornaments, and I think that’s part of the reason why I have always had a minor fascination with different depictions of angels. And I have written before about my fondness for lace knitting. So you can imagine that my interest was piqued when I saw […]

How to Make a Giant Calendar

I love practical how-to posts, so I thought I would share how I made something useful recently. I want to emphasize that word, “useful,” because Martha Stewart this ain’t. Last year I found a really interesting calendar at Hanji, my favourite paper shop. It showed the entire year printed on a single large page, with […]