It's been years since Hangman became a part of my life. A tiny idea ripped open in a small kitchen as I played a hangman game with my son. For the last three nights, I've been having dreams about the story. The characters living, breathing, staring at me. Screaming at me to keep telling their… Continue reading When It Won’t Leave You Alone – And It Shouldn’t
It's the final day of a four-day, three night writing retreat I'm having with my dear friend and writer Charis Cotter in house in a beautiful suburb of Toronto. I arrived at Union Station in downtown Toronto on Thursday afternoon lugging a backpack full of writing retreat necessities - laptop, journals, pens, glasses, manuscripts, oracle… Continue reading Winter Writing Retreat 2019
I've had this sentence bumping into my brain sides for the last week: You love this, lady, so why you stressin'? The voice is a woman's - the voice of my inner 'me'. It happens to have a slight sassy, southern accent, hence the droppin' the 'g' on the last word. So, I've spent hours… Continue reading You love this, lady, so why you stressin’?
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
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?
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
Word of the day: cri de coeur (noun): an anguished cry of distress or indignation, outcry. My sentence: When I walked into Gertrude's Writing Room and I saw that there on the table sat a massive box of Russel Stover chocolates, a cri de coeur escaped my mouth, for how would I be able to… Continue reading Words for Today
Last night, I could have spent half the night reading and finishing Canadian (she lives in Nova Scotia) writer Ami McKay's new book Half Spent Was the Night- A Witches Yuletide. I was in bed with my daughter while I was reading...and she wanted to go to sleep (!!) so I had to turn the… Continue reading Half Spent.