Pulp Cottage is THRILLED to welcome and host our Artist in Residence Scholarship Winner 2019! 

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Marcia (Mar-see-ah) Lee Laycock has arrived with her husband, Spencer, and their charming fur baby— Jackson!  They are tucked in nicely at Pulp Cottage and we had a wonderful opportunity to check in with them, recently. We invite YOU to learn more about Marcia and her long and illustrious career as a 12+ time published Canadian author.

Pulp Cottage is proud to present a SAMPLE of M. L. Laycock’s writing — a quintessential Canadian summertime treat shared with us—and a small Q & A session. We are equally excited to announce an afternoon WORKSHOP for local area writers and enthusiasts to attend:  Terrific Tips for Terrific Writing! (Aug 24 @Bonnyville Beach Hall, 1 -4 pm)

Pulp | Welcome Marcia! After a few days getting settled in the Bonnyville, AB area, how are you enjoying your stay so far?

MLL | We are really enjoying ourselves and find the cottage is a close distance to the Town of Bonnyville and everyone is quite welcoming! We are enjoying the lakefront space and remark how quiet it is. The neighbours have waved hello and seem to be quite pleasant. (Pulp Cottage neighbours really are the best!)

Pulp | During your stay, what will you be working on?

MLL | While at Moose Lake I am working on a YA fantasy series. The first draft of book 1 is complete, the second almost done and the third only in outline form. My goal would be to polish book one and finish the draft of book 2. I have been in touch with a royalty publisher who is interested in this project, so I would like to be able to send off the first two books by the end of September.

This project is perhaps the most personal and therefore the most difficult of all the books/articles and short stories I have written. It deals with a young woman’s longing for her father’s love, a theme that I have come to realize is one that is extant in the lives of women of all ages.

Pulp | What are you most excited to experience during your stay here at Pulp Cottage?

MLL | We have an exciting WORKSHOP planned for Aug 24! Here I will share craft tips surrounding the subtle art of “show don’t tell” and elaborate on the importance of focus with fiction theme-based-writing. Attendants will leave inspired and further prepared to proceed with their own productions.

Pulp | Marcia, we remark that you have developed an equally lucrative career as a speaker and educator! Can you tell us which you prefer more—Speaking or Writing?

MLL | That’s a tough one to answer! During the course of discovering that I was good at connecting with audiences through orations and keynote speaking engagements, a new passion emerged! I enjoy BOTH and I’m grateful that they are complimentary to each other. Sharing my observations and lessons learned with others, is incredibly empowering and unifying.

Marcia Lee Laycock is a christian and lively spirited writer who survived life near the arctic circle for over a decade and  had nurtured her family while settled 2 degrees away from the equator, in Papua New Guinea! Marcia and her husband Pastor Spence (newly retired) currently reside in Blackfalds, Alberta for the past 20 years. 

Without further delay, please enjoy this sample of writing shared with Pulp Cottage audience members. (Writing inspired from her time in Papua New Guinea)

When I was Away | Written By Marcia Lee Laycock

I sent you photographs:
 my daughters in the jungle,
 among bamboo, squinting
 by rows of pineapples and coconut palm
 into a tropical sun.

flowers, eruptions
 of scarlet on thick green stems
 showers of bougainvillea over water tanks
 hedges hazy with yellow blooms 
 and birds of paradise orange and open-beaked

tall green trees, bark peeling in strips
 of red and blue, palms 
 and broad-leafed bananas
 like stiff sails clapped by the wind

insects, sized for the movie screen
 edible, whole or in part,
 singing incessant cadences of
 voice and wing.

You sent me whispers of winter
mingled with lines of news
weddings, babies born,
friends moving, changing, dying

but never
did you describe that
once-known place,
assuming it still remained
familiar to my mind
not knowing
when I was away I wanted
to know,
how did that snowflake feel,
when it touched your cheek?


Pulp Cottage invites you to learn even more about Marcia Lee Laycock by visiting her dynamic website https://marcialeelaycock.com/ and to search for her published works available on AMAZON, today!

Summer Haiku’s Anyone? Simple, profound, FUN! Be sure to stop here to catch even more of Marcia’s as-they-happen observations https://medium.com/pondrings

WORKSHOP | Check with Pulp Cottage Social Medias to learn how you can enrol in our upcoming Terrific Tips for Terrific Writing. 

Date: Aug 24, 2019 Where: Bonnyville Beach Hall (Summer Village) Time: 1 – 4pm Cost: $35

Meet Marcia Lee Laycock
12 Time Published Canadian Author




Canadian Lakeside Writer | Digitial Designer

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