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How to fix a break

Writing a novel can take years. For most of us, it does take years. Especially when we're just beginning to navigate the wild world of fiction. Some of us get the hang of it right away. We get agents and books deals. Some of us take years to write a book then wait years to… Continue reading How to fix a break

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What are you watching?

Hey, y'all. I've got a cold. (Sniffle.) I took a nighttime cold & sinus pill...it helped a little. Gave me the giggles about twenty minutes after I took it. Sheesh. Anyhooo...wanted to check in before I check out and fall into La-La-land (not the movie...although a dream starring Ryan Gosling sounds kinda nice). This past… Continue reading What are you watching?

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(It’s Okay To) Close the Door

Ah, it's Friday. That was a loooooong week. Winter has come back to us though our bones and muscles may have something to say about it. I'm glad the deep cold has come. It's Winter - that's what's supposed to happen. With the deep cold comes deep snuggling, deep darkness, deep contemplation. I'm in my… Continue reading (It’s Okay To) Close the Door

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Small but valuable.

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, valuable but small. Sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it or because I haven't been brave? How much of what I feel reminds me of what I read in a book...when...shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't… Continue reading Small but valuable.

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‘Tis the Season!

I'm feeling the yuletide spirit, friends! Are you as well? I've put a fancy word tree up at Gertrude's Writing Room. Workshops and classes continue to happen. Overall, I'm feeling pretty darn good. Last evening I finished reading a beautiful book by Kyo Maclear called 'The Letter Opener'. Maclear is one of my favourite writers!… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season!

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The Living In & The Holding

You know when you start thinking about a new idea and little gifts...magical moments...signs...start showing up like snowflakes made just for you? Whether this new idea has to do with a writing project or a dream, things begin to show up in ways that keep the idea or dream cultivating. That's been happening to me.… Continue reading The Living In & The Holding

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Charis Cotter Toronto Book Launch This Saturday! Interview & Photos!

This is writer Charis Cotter. She writes middle-grade ghost stories. Her newest book, The Ghost Road, is in the world and blowing us over like a ghost sneezed on us! She'll be in Toronto at Type Books (2887 Dundas St. W) this Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7pm for her first ever Ontario book launch!… Continue reading Charis Cotter Toronto Book Launch This Saturday! Interview & Photos!