Posts by L. E. Carmichael


Benefits of reference managers

Managing Information: Reference Management Apps, and Why You Need One

Last time, we talked about note-taking skills, and why it's important for writers to know where every piece of their information originally came from. Today, I'm going to introduce a tool that makes this process a lot easier: the ... Read More  

Powwow by Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

I Write Canadian

It’s Almost I Read Canadian Day!

February 17th - next Wednesday - is the second annual I Read Canadian Day! Help me celebrate it by spending 15 minutes reading a book - any book! - by a Canadian author. Read More  

Under Pressure by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Under Pressure: The Science of Stress

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Note-Taking tips for writers

Managing Information: Note-taking Tips for Writers

So far, our discussions of research have focused on how to find interesting, relevant information for our writing projects. Now we're going to look at a skill that's equally important, but less-commonly discussed: how to manage and organize all ... Read More  

It Began with a Page by Kyo Maclear

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: It Began With a Page

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

cover of What Kids Did by Erin Silver

Erin Silver: Writing About the Pandemic During the Pandemic

I’d been working really hard on my first-ever children’s book and was so excited for it’s spring 2020 release. Called Proud to Play, it’s about the experience of Canadian LGBTQ athletes in professional sports. The topic was so important ... Read More  

Crows: Genius Birds

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Crows: Genius Birds

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Sunset

What Three Things Make You Truly Happy?

It's mid-December, and you know what that means: New Year's Resolutions are just around the corner.  I'll be honest. I've never found classic resolutions particularly helpful. In fact, they're more likely to produce feelings of guilt and inadequacy than happiness ... Read More  

Cloning Miranda by Carol Matas

Carol Matas: Science, Science Fiction, and The Big Questions

I love writing science fiction. My very first four books were science fiction: time travel dystopian novels about climate change, corporations taking over the world, false prophets and utopias. Hmm. That was 33 years ago! Seems like I was either ... Read More  

Tips for interviewing experts

Research for Writers: How to Interview an Expert

Sooner or later, every writer is going to have to interview an expert. Students might be required to do so for an assignment; for creative writers, interviews are sources of stories, anecdotes, quotes, and details that can't be gleaned ... Read More  

Lane Anderson award winners, 2014

How to Stop Apologizing for Your Own Accomplishments

Two things you might not have known about me: We moved around a LOT when I was young, so I was the new kid right up until high school. I was a gifted kid who learned quickly and tested very, very ... Read More  

Cover of Recess in the Dark

Erin Mercer: When Reference Doesn’t Come Easily

Now and then illustrators get projects that aren’t straightforward, and not only challenge our technical skills but also our ability to research. I was thrilled when I signed my first illustration contract for a children’s poetry book titled “Recess ... Read More  

Empty streets of Pompeii

Pompeii: Ghosts, Curses, and Brains of Glass

Last fall, I was lucky enough to visit the ruins of Pompeii. October not withstanding, it was a hot, sunny day, even first thing in the morning when our tour group arrived. In the distance, the green slopes of ... Read More  

finding experts to interview is easy

Research for Writers: How to Find Experts

Today we're continuing our discussion of research, with a focus on a special type of primary source - the expert. First, what do I mean when I say "expert"? As a former scientist and writer of sciencey books, I ... Read More  

Heard Amid the Guns, by Jaqueline Carmichael

Women at War: The Female Heroes of World War I

It's almost Remembrance Day in Canada, so it's high time for a special edition of Cantastic Authorpalooza. Today, I'm welcoming my not-so-evil stepmother, Jaqueline Carmichael, who is celebrating the release of her newest book, Heard Amid the Guns: True ... Read More  

Karen Autio's virtual book launch for Kah-Lan and the Stink-Ink

An Interview With Karen Autio, Author of Kah-Lan and the Stink-Ink

It all began at the Vancouver Aquarium where the instant I first saw sea otters, I was smitten! Cuteness overload! Especially when they linked paws! But it got even better. I was amazed to learn that in the wild, ... Read More  

The Boreal Forest of Reading!

YOU GUYS. The Boreal Forest has been nominated for a YELLOW CEDAR AWARD in the FOREST OF READING. If you're not familiar, the Forest of Reading is the largest recreational reading program in Canada. Kids across the country can register ... Read More