Is the COVID-19 Pandemic getting you down? Are you feeling anxious ... and in need of a restorative break?

Get inspired. Get creative. Express yourself. Check out Whatnot Press and Productions for a boost of 'feel good' motivation. We share articles on 'getting started' and more ... as well as ideas that showcase the kind of projects you can create by combining a simple walk with a camera and a bit of poetry. Also, we share creative resources and websites that we have found helpful and which might be of use to you ... as well as highlighting projects that we have enjoyed putting together. 


Whatnot Press and Productions is the result of family projects that began during the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep us creatively engaged and involved with life ... and with each other – while we are parted – and to share that experience with those who may be thinking about exploring writing ... and the many aspects of writing a productive way of navigating through this difficult time.


Tips and Resources to Get You Started on Your Creative Journey

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Why This is a Good Time to Begin Writing Short Poems

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A Quick Overview of Literary Devices

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An Introduction to Short Japanese Poems

The Top 5 Websites for Content Producers

Library Cards

Information and Links for Writing Short Poems

Used Book Shop

What to do with All That Poetry

Here is our Latest Project

Love of a Dog

A Tanka

Celebration of Life ...

Lived With a Dog

The Book Every Dog Lover Needs

'Love of a Dog' is a book of 5 line tanka poetry registered with Library and Archives Canada. It is the result of a fun family project that began while self-isolating, during the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to seek out – and share – a bit of positivity and inspiration while parted.

Makes a Great Unique Gift 

'Love of a Dog' makes a great gift. It is inexpensive – with multiple orders receiving a discount (see below). During the pandemic, partial profits from 'Love of a Dog' will be donated to causes and charities that are supporting and giving comfort to animals. Because it can be bought online, it is a 'safe' gift choice that can be personalized with your message before WE mail it out to your 'giftee'.


With a glossy picture of Our-Dog-Jackson playing in the beautiful British Columbia ocean surf at White Rock Beach, in Surrey – it is the perfect BC Greeting to send out to family and friends locally and across North America.

Inside 'Love of a Dog' ... you'll find over 130 tanka. A sampling of these tanka can be found in the videos ('dogwalk at daybreak' and 'a walk in the woods') under Videos.


And because every dog is unique ... and the personal connection that we share with our dog is remarkable ... we have left several pages, at the back of the book, unwritten ... so that recipients have the option of adding a few personal remarks or memories about the joy of having – or having had – a wonderful dog in their life.

Along with the easy to read soft cover book Love of a Dog features

Audio Book

Gift Orders Shipped With Your

Personal Message

Discounts on Orders over 1 Book!! 

A Gift Every Dog Lover Will Enjoy 

A personalized Christmas Gift(s) for the Dog Lovers on your shopping list that is a unique BC greeting, which can be ordered, personalized (on orders up to 3 books) and be shipped without you ever having to leave your home.


Whatnot Press and Productions supports charities.  The purchase of 'Love of a Dog' is an opportunity to donate to a good cause at a time when fund raising events are challenging ... if not impossible.

1 Book $15.99

3 Books $31.99

2 Books $24.99

4 or more books by special arrangement please email us at

Almost overnight, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world and we find ourselves in a very challenging and scary period.  We are socially distancing ourselves, at a time when we need each other the most ... when we need to be reminded that life is a gift.  This too, will pass ... as the saying goes.   As we make our way through – and beyond this crisis – good things (big and small) matter more than ever.  Whatnot Press and Productions is our small effort to shine a light of positivity on the wonderful little things in this wonderful world.

Love and Peace and Hope and Courage