Stirring your soul and making you laugh

“Laughing thinker” is what a friend calls me. I look deeply into simple things and find profound meaning, and sometimes those simple things are hilarious.

I write fiction and personal reflections that I post on my Science and Story blog. I am currently enrolled in the Creative Writing – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry program at the Humber School for Writers where I am working through my first draft of a novel entitled Life Lessons from Dead Women. (The dead really know how to live, and they know the world is better with the Montreal Expos in it.)

Arlene Smith wearing an Expos baseball cap
In my Montreal Expos hat

My short stories have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. You can read the latest one, Beating the Odds, in the Blood Is Thicker anthology.

Cover of the Blood Is Thicker anthology
Available at Blood Is Thicker

I began my career shooting the rapids of the Ottawa River—with a video camera, that is. That videography experience with Wilderness Tours Whitewater Rafting led to work as a producer for Rogers Television in Ottawa, Canada. I worked for twelve years and built lifelong friendships with my bright and talented Rogers co-workers, and along the way I learned how to write for the spoken word.

Arlene Smith at an old videotape editing suite
Circa 1991

When my second child was born I chose to work from home as a freelance video script writer.

Many of the writing principles that apply to spoken word and video scripts also apply to web content. That was the natural next step on a freelance writing path.

In 2015, I started part-time work as a Page with the Ottawa Public Library. I love to spend my days surrounded by stories, and people who love stories. That’s a simple, profound thing. And sometimes it’s hilarious.

Arlene Smith sitting on a stone bench in Winston Churchill's garden.
In Churchill’s garden