The Shadow

There it is again. Can you hear it? Fluttering on the edge of your consciousness, cyclically streaming through your mind – that one idea or image lurking around, howling at you like an old fishwife; and yet, it keeps getting pushed aside. Perhaps we over think it and decide it’s not a strong enough concept…

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The Constant Notebook

I was typing away, completing some changes to a couple of stories, when my computer froze. I tried to reboot it, but it would not respond; I switched off the power, but it did not start-up again. The end had come for my laptop of six years. I went shopping for a replacement and purchased…

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A Bit of Poesy, Just for Fun

Books are a huge part of a writer’s life. We love our books. I wrote this small piece while looking at the numerous manuscripts stacked on my shelves and remembering the many times I rearranged my collection. I also thought it might be a fun way to baptise my new tablet by posting this as…

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Waking Sleeping Journals

I saw a post on a lovely blog by a gifted aspiring writer who decided she was going to take on the challenge of keeping a diary for a certain amount of time. A few weeks ago, I spent a day reading old notebooks and journals – some were only half-full, some had only had…

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The Power of Commonplace Objects

It’s a gray day and the rain is tapping against my window. My fingers hover over the keyboard, waiting for my mind to grab the thoughts that tumble around in my head like socks in a dryer. I am drained from a busy week, and as I sit before my computer, I lack the energy…

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Finding the Time: Writing Anywhere

Life can get busy – creative time can get lost in the chaos of working, caring for your family, hobbies, housework, and appointments. Before you know it, the sun has set and you are off to bed, recharging your mind and body for another hectic day. I used to get frustrated on my busy days…

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There’s No Place Like Home

Submission call: Stories about Love….Submission call: Stories of the Strange and Mysterious….Submission call: Poems on the Natural World… Several times a month, I see calls for submissions to literary magazines, story contests and on-line print; every month, I wonder if I can produce what they desire in the next thirty days. A panic sets in,…

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Off the Grid

Writing has been transformed by e-books, social media, and blogging. The world of publishing and marketing is changing and writers need to change with it. We now spend time tweeting, emailing, and engaging in social media – all important in establishing connections and marketing our work. The hours spent on social media can add up,…

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Writers Helping Writers

I love to read the work of other writers; and I love to dive into reference books on my craft. In the midst of a project, I may need a bit of a push, and my reference books can always be counted on to show me the way. Below are some of my favourites: Stephen…

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If You Like What You See

Some people have inquired if there’s a place to donate on my blog. This is for those who would like to offer extra support for my work and I thank you for this.

A bigger thank you to all my readers who offer ongoing support simply by stopping by for a visit. I enjoy writing and interacting with you.

About me

J.G. Chayko is a writer, actress, and international arthritis advocate who’s been involved in theatre for more than 30 years and has published poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.