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Barefoot By Choice

Barefoot By Choice

Last night I had a dream that I was at the end of a retreat. It was one of my retreats, through Wild Ground Writing. But instead of hugging people, making plans to reconnect over ZOOM, thanking them, being thanked, I was scrambling around under a table, cleaning up a...

The Power of 10 Minutes

The Power of 10 Minutes

Ten minutes. Start with that. Last month, at our annual invigorating Wild Writing in the Boreal retreat, I found myself suggesting it often. One participant said, Yes, because then you’ll keep going. If you do 10, you'll do 20, even an hour. Maybe, I replied. But you...

Guest Post: Finding Rest on Retreat

Guest Post: Finding Rest on Retreat

What do we expect from a writing retreat? To get a lot done! To write a new short story! To draft a dozen poems! Maybe. But maybe that's not what you really need... Here, guest blogger and award-winning writer Anita Allen shares the experience she had at her first...

Exposure

Exposure

Less than a month away from the release of my new book, PLACES LIKE THESE, and I’m feelin’ it... those pre-publication jitters. I’ve been sticking pieces of advance praise and promotion up on my single remaining social media feed, and I read one of the stories for the...

On Staring Out Windows

On Staring Out Windows

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time daydreaming. During long drives from/to the nearest big city - where we'd go for movies, mall shopping, book stores, and sometimes doctor's appointments - I would stare out at passing fields, forests, the big lake. At night, I...

Finding Focus

Finding Focus

This summer, I spent a lot of time in silence. The deep thrumming quiet of Cole Lake (which took seven short portages and two beaver dam pullovers to get to, ugh) and the stillness of Echo Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park, reached via the flooded Winnipeg River and...

Guest Post: Hurtling Down the Page

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

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)

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....

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