Embracing Autumn

Fall is one of my favourite seasons. The outside world explodes in a burst of color. Crisp mornings lead into mild afternoons before dropping into chilly evenings; people gather indoors and relax in the warmth of their house, and clear nights burst with a dazzling display of stars. It’s the harvest time, not just for…

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Shifting in Reverse

An idea hits and we run with it; the perfect beginning to what could become the perfect story pours out of us, our fingers racing over the keyboard or our pens gliding over the page. The divine beginnings of story streams along, characters appear and splendid descriptive settings emerge in a rich tapestry of words….

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Dance

Writing is all about letting go and taking chances. I wrote this poem when I was about twelve years old.  It’s about living your life without fear and having the courage to follow your passion; in other words, learning to dance. It still holds true for me today.     Dance  Upon a wire I dance; a thin thread of true romance….

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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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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.