vickimcleod, Author at Vicki McLeod
January 16, 2022
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Long Listed for the BC-Yukon Creative Nonfiction Prize

Leave With What You Came With is long listed for the BC Federation of Writers 2021 Literary Contest in the Creative Nonfiction category. This work is essentially a braided essay. It is a glimpse into the story of my father's institutionalization in a mental hospital in 1961.
January 5, 2022
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Passages: A Prose Poem

How do you tell time? What signals mark the significant passages in our lives? Weather, nature, the aging body. Time is its own poetry.
December 24, 2021

Awakening From a Strange Dream

In The Overstory (Penguin Random House 2019), Dory, one of Richard Powers’ characters, watches the twin towers fall on 9/11. She thinks, Finally, the whole strange […]
December 23, 2021

In Search of the Big Aha: 14 Questions for a Mindful New Year

Love New Years? Here's 14 questions to make it mindful, meaningful, and help you focus on what truly matters.
December 9, 2021

Wading Through the Muck of Being Human

They say being human is to suffer. How do we embrace this? Mindfulness and self-compassion are key practices as we wade through the muck of our own humanity.
October 17, 2021
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Here, Little Fishy…

On a macro level, there is a big global change going on. Change happens on the micro level, too. Who is this stress-crafting woman, awake before light to swim in a frigid dawn, sewing as the midwinter afternoon darkens, crocheting by moonlight?
October 1, 2021
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Phases of Pandemic Life: The Stratigraphy of Identity Change

The objects we surround ourselves with express identity or meaning, revealing what matters to us. The things we collect, gather, curate and display speak to us, and also for us.
May 14, 2021

2020 BC-Yukon Flash Fiction Winner

My people came down from the mountains, brittle ghosts armed with blades and hacksaws. They were big eared, small-footed and had red-knuckled hands. They carried no expectations. The men were tough and canny, ready with violence, religiously upright, but secret drunks.
May 14, 2021

My Best Writing Tips: Interview with Steve Dotto

In this interview with Dottotech's Steve Dotto on the Grey Matters podcast, I share my best writing tips, including the rule of three's and how to stay focused and find the flow.