Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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What Kind of Stories?

January 12, 2021

Original artwork by Roger Hutchison

Today my thoughts are a colourful jumble.

I have spent some time reading over drafts of stories, editing those that have promise, sifting through books of handwritten notes, researching potential publishers, crafting cover letters, and contemplating how to promote books old and new.

My upcoming publications include a picture book biography of the astronomer Maria Mitchell, a book about Pentecost, a poetic introduction to photosynthesis and food webs, and a based-on-a-true-story tale set during WWI. In short, there is a lot of variety, and while it is all worthwhile and exciting, my thoughts and plans seem to be all over the place.

When I take a step back and ask myself whether there is any consistency in the chaos, I notice certain themes: attentiveness, mindfulness, compassion, awe, wonder, connection.

When I first started writing for children I chose to tell stories based on what interested me. But more recently I have been asking myself: What kinds of stories do we need to hear? I have a feeling this question will bring some focus to the jumble–but hopefully not make it any less colourful.

What do you think?

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I seem to be asking myself these same questions about my own work, or lack thereof. Lots of stuff in process….
Forge ahead, dear soul. It will all come together.



February 16, 2021

Thank you for the encouragement, Marilyn. Like a good stew on a winter day, it will all turn into something worthwhile eventually!

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February 16, 2021