Diaspora Dialogues asked me to do a guest blog about my participation as an Emerging Writer in their mentorship programme, which really helped me gain confidence as a writer. They've already posted my blog entry, which can be read here.
And thanks so much to Anglers Rest for awarding me One Lovely Blog Award! It was such a nice surprise, as I'm still quite new to the world of blogging. I had no idea that in starting my blog about my favourite novels and the book I'm writing I would meet such a warm and embracing community of other bloggers, readers and writers. What a pleasure to be drawn into this world.
Here are the rules for accepting the award:
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and their blog link.
Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.
Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
This is a great way to be introduced to lots of new blogs and their authors.
- Leslie Shimotakahara
- Toronto, ON, Canada
- Leslie Shimotakahara is a writer and recovering academic, who wanted to be simply a writer from before the time she could read. Hard-pressed to answer her parents’ question of how she would support herself as a writer, Leslie got drawn into the labyrinthine study of literature, completing her B.A. in Honours English from McGill in 2000, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern American Literature from Brown in 2006. After graduation, she taught English at St. Francis Xavier University for two years. Leslie woke up one morning and realized that she’d had enough of the Ivory Tower. The fact that she wasn’t doing what she wanted to do with her life loomed over her, and the realization was startling. It was time to stop studying and passively observing life and do something real instead. She needed to discover herself and tell her own story. This blog and the book she has written under the same title (Variety Crossing Press, spring 2012) are her foray. Leslie's writing has been published in WRITE, TOK: Writing the New Toronto, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and GENRE.