The Canadian Writers' Collective

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Monday, April 23, 2007

What’s in a Year?

By Tamara Lee

The CWC’s first anniversary, for me, is sweet not because firsts are often the sweetest, but because we’ve fostered something this year that thrills me as much as the memory of that first-kiss-that-counts.

What’s in a year? A miscellany of bloggers, toddling away…

What we’ve uncovered as a group, and for some of us as individuals, has ranged anywhere from beautiful to neurotic to hilarious. It’s the breadth of this group that thrills me most, and each day I look forward to seeing what others have been thinking about lately.

This is more than I could have hoped for, when, just over a year ago, I casually mentioned to some online writer-pals that we should think about starting a blog or something. And before we could say ‘Canadian Writers’ Collective’, we were live and developing.

I love how this endeavour has taken on a personality, how our own personalities and styles have become emboldened by the opportunity to try something new.

What’s in a year? A range of Canadian views, from nearly every corner of the country and abroad.

Another great opportunity this sweet first anniversary offers is a chance to reveal to you some of my favourite posts from our core members; think of it as a montage to the past year. Cue music.

*Brilliant humour from Andrew Tibbetts

*Links and thinks from our ever-resourceful Anne Chudobiak

*Cuddling up to the master of masculine sensitivity Antonios Maltezos

*Some lovely comfort from Jen McDougall

*Joyful fun with Melissa Bell

*Taking a thrill-ride with Patricia Parkinson

*Getting a glimpse into the inquiring mind of Steve Gajadhar

*And reflecting with the wise and wonderful Tricia Dower.

And then there are our beloved alumni:

*The thoughtful Ania Vesenny

*Our favourite drawing-man Craig Terlson

*The charming bon-homme Denis Taillefer

*And the multi-talented Thea Atkinson.

So what’s in a year (and in more years to come)? Contests and interviews and book reviews and event recaps and rants and ponderings and lots of surprises, from our wide world of CWC’ers and guest-bloggers.

Finally, on this our one-year anniversary, I would like to say to everyone who has been involved so far, Cin cin and thank you for allowing me to remain along for the ride. I would also like to give a big Merci virtual-first-anniversary-kiss-that-counts to all our readers.

It’s been a grand year. May there be many more to come.


Blogger Anne C. said...


Mon Apr 23, 07:19:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger MelBell said...

Cyber hug! Cyber hug!

Mon Apr 23, 10:26:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...


Mon Apr 23, 10:38:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Denis Taillefer said...

Yay! You are all fab. Great post, Tamara!

Mon Apr 23, 10:59:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

What a sweetie you are to do this, Tamara. It was great to read these again. And what's your favourite of your own blogs?

Mon Apr 23, 11:42:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

I'm all warm and gushy after this! I agree with Tricia- I'd love you to add your favourite among your own posts!

Mon Apr 23, 12:11:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous Kelly Spitzer said...

Happy Birthday, CWC! I'm down with cuddling up with Antonios, or taking that thrill-ride with Patricia!

Mon Apr 23, 12:28:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy BIrthday indeed - you're a talented bunch of folks.
Here's to another year of creative facundity.



Mon Apr 23, 12:46:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger J.A. McDougall said...

Thank you Tamara! So fun to reread these...Happy Anniversary everyone!

Mon Apr 23, 01:25:00 pm GMT-4  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, y'all!

I love this blog. :)



Mon Apr 23, 01:55:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Kim said...

Been so fun this past year getting to know you all better through your fine words! This is one of my favorite blogs, I've had you bookmarked from the beginning. Congrats on a great first year!

Kim T

Mon Apr 23, 05:01:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Fran Friel said...

Congratulations to the CWC...a collective full of style and talent. Wishing you another great year ahead!

Hugs from South of the Border,
Fran Friel

Mon Apr 23, 05:29:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Patricia said...

if it wasn't for you, there would be no CWC!!! Thank you Tamara..xoxoxo

Mon Apr 23, 05:42:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger tamara said...

what a great hug this has...(andrew, watch where you're putting your hands!)...been.


Tue Apr 24, 12:50:00 am GMT-4  

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