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Art Bar Toronto – Tomorrow! Tuesday, January 17!

I'M READING AT THE ART BAR READING SERIES TOMORROW! YAHOO!! ARE YA READY FOR ME TORONTO?!  ART BAR READING SERIES Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 8pm - 10:30pm - Toronto - @ Free Times Cafe, 320 College Ave (at Spadina) Includes readings by me, Claudio Duran and Rosa Arlotto. There's also an open mic...and you… Continue reading Art Bar Toronto – Tomorrow! Tuesday, January 17!

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Blogging · On Writing · Parenting

LCP The Writing Parent Blog – The First of 2017

I'm over at the League of Canadian Poets blogging about my Christmas vacation...and writing and reading! Be sure to stay connected to the League's very thorough and fun website for all your writing needs! My blog: The Writing Parent - Christmas Catch-Up Oh, you're a poet but you're not a member of the League? Do… Continue reading LCP The Writing Parent Blog – The First of 2017

Events · Look At Her · My Book · On Writing · Poetry · Publishing · Readings · Writing Life

Reflections Post Book Launch

I cried twice on the day of my book launch. (Three if you count during my reading!) I was sitting at my dining room table making notes on printed out pages of my poetry. Each page had one poem on it and the notes I was making were about the poem – how it was born,… Continue reading Reflections Post Book Launch

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#CWS2016 – Day 2 at the Canadian Writers’ Summit

Oh, the writing conference. I’m at the Canadian Writers' Summit in Toronto this weekend. I’ve been carrying my laptop around with me, and have only now - four workshops, one meeting, three meals, and one night alone in a hotel – opened it up to use it for writing. I’ve got so much to say,… Continue reading #CWS2016 – Day 2 at the Canadian Writers’ Summit

My Family · On Writing · Parenting

Bedtime Stories – A Shields’ Family Ritual (With Book List Gift Guide!)

BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! EVERYWHERE BOOKS - EVERYWHERE STORIES! Especially at bedtime.. Reading at bedtime is a ritual that's been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Books were a massive part of my youth, and I know, have shaped much of who I am as a human being. We didn't have… Continue reading Bedtime Stories – A Shields’ Family Ritual (With Book List Gift Guide!)

Blogging · Events · My Book · My Family · My YA Novel · On Writing · Parenting

NaNoWriMo Day 6-8 – A Parent’s Journey

Day 6 TOTAL WORD COUNT: 6,959 HOW LONG I WROTE: 0 MINUTES WHAT ELSE I DID: Got up at 6:30am. Took a shower. Finished prepping for Day 1 of a 3 day workshop at Massey High School with grade 12 students on Personal Narrative, made kid’s lunches, made coffee for The Hubby, signed school agendas,… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Day 6-8 – A Parent’s Journey

I Am That Woman · My Book · Publishing

Video of me reading ‘I Am That Woman’! Happy National Poetry Month!

Thank you goes out to local filmmaker Jason Rankin for filming this, and other, videos in a series by Black Moss Press called Black Moss Press Block. The video series features Black Moss Press writers reading their work and talking about the writing process. For more, visit the Black Moss Press Youtube Channel. Enjoy and… Continue reading Video of me reading ‘I Am That Woman’! Happy National Poetry Month!