This website is about writing, about stringing unrelated words together in new and interesting ways so that they tell a story. The final product may be a song, a poem, a short story, an anecdote; it can be reflective prose, a diatribe, a prayer or a novel. It is definitely not a site which purports to teach writing – (See the On Writing page) – for I have never been a clinical writer. Even so, I have observed some things about my writing process and that of a few other people, so we will make this a place to share some of those experiences.

And let me be right up front about something else: along with many songs, a few poems and a bunch of short stories, I have written two books, so far, and have had the good fortune of having both of them shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal For Humour. The second, The Promised Land – a novel of Cape Breton,  won the 2014 Leacock Medal For Humour. I will tell you about them and if you are interested, I will be more than happy to lead you to you where you can buy them.

Prowl the site, follow the links hither and yon, and be sure to leave a message.

Bill Conall

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia





7 responses to “About”

  1. Nickie says :

    Congratulations on your second book, and on the success of your first (short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award!)

    You have a way with words … humorous and pithy. And you are obviously a keen student of human nature.

    Your books are very hard to put down until the last page is turned!

    And why am I not surprised that the WordPress theme of your site is “skeptical.” 🙂

  2. Ethel Clark says :

    Congratulations on your success Bill. Many doors are opening for you.

  3. Debbonnaire Kovacs says :

    Hey, Bill! I tried to respond to the email you sent a while back, but got an error message. Sorry I haven’t tried harder until now. CONGRATULATIONS!! It’s really funny–I sort of feel a proprietary pride just because I read the book while living in its setting. Isn’t that funny? Have fun being a Big Rich Fat Cat Author! 😀

  4. Roderick Rose (@rose_roderick) says :

    Congratulations again BC.. I have the book on order.. I am proud of you on your accomplishments and your insights. I am sure you will enjoy the award dinner in June. I’ll be in touch.

  5. Terry Roberts says :

    Just finished The Promised Land last night. Excellent choice for the Leacock Award. Congratulations.

  6. Brenda Sullivan says :

    I’m soooo enjoying your latest creation. Thanks so much and congratulations again on your well-deserved Stephen Leacock award for humour.


  7. Janet Skomorowski says :

    Good morning to you Mr Conall. I have just finished reading your book, The Promised Land. I loved it. I found myself wishing that these people were my neighbours. I admired their compassion, their views on others in their community, their honesty and candor and the adventures they got into – and out of. Their deep love of home permeated the book. Yes, I found myself laughing often but I also was wishing the story would not end. Wonderful. Sequel?

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