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Guest Post: Hurtling Down the Page

After a year-long health crisis that took me completely out of the writing game, I'm on my way back. So, imagine my surprise and pleasure when, during one of Lauren's Simply Write sessions a full-blown, post-health-crisis writing manifesto emerged. I hope it inspires...

Hope

Image by Franz Bachinger from Pixabay Last night I had a dream in which the ground was literally falling out from under me. There we were, J. and I, trying to shore up a gravel floor as the stones kept sliding away. Rest assured, dear reader, that my life is all...

A Year In Review (it’s not what you think)

As 2021 comes to a close, I've been seeing a lot of year-end round-ups on my social media feeds. You know the type: "here are all the great things that I did this year." I don't know if it's the return to pandemic lockdown or the frigid Prairie cold, but I'm grumpy....

Languishing

Languishing

I’ve been using my phone timer a lot lately. Twenty minutes to load the dishwasher. Twenty minutes to work on editing my printed out manuscript. Twenty minutes to walk the cat around the yard. Twenty minutes to learn some French. Answer e-mails. Go on Twitter. Repeat....

Raising the Stakes

Raising the Stakes

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com J. read through the latest draft of my new novel last week. He gave me a lot of notes. My favourite scrawl in the margin: “next couple of chapters don’t feel right – WTF feeling – not in a good way.” This note is my favourite because...

Patience

Patience

Early this week, I finished the latest draft of a new novel. When I reached the end, after days and days (and days) of slow, plodding progress, I felt surprised. It was like thinking you've got a couple of hours left to drive then spotting the sign marking the city...

On Tree Climbing and Constraints

On Tree Climbing and Constraints

Yesterday morning, my cat climbed a tree. He’s an indoor cat who has regular guided outdoor adventures, and he’s developed a deep love of tree-climbing. This tree, however, was one he had never climbed before so, of course, he got stuck. There I stood, in my pyjama...

The Laurence Prize and Lineage

The Laurence Prize and Lineage

As a young woman living in Peterborough, Ontario, I never would have thought that one day I’d move to Margaret Laurence’s home province of Manitoba. If a fortune teller had also muttered in my ear that I’d win a prize named after her for my second novel, I might have...

Poetry and PPE

Poetry and PPE

I've been writing a lot lately - that's what happens when you commit to pick up the pen pretty much every day, for at least twenty minutes. Some fiction (one of the prompts that I gave in one of my live-streaming sessions through my Write Ramble Facebook group was to...

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