Morning Writing

What a luxury and privilege it is to wake up, get out of bed, walk into my office, breathe deep, turn on my writing music, open my document, and fall into a storyland of my own making. And to do it every morning. I am grateful for my work for so many reasons. I am grateful for:   The magic that […]

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Decisions, Decisions…

Last night at the Sooke Writers’ Collective meeting, Doni Eve of Saseenos Communications gave a presentation on marketing, and one of the many insightful topics she touched on was blogging. Regular blogging. I really should do that, I thought, as I slid down in my chair. Maybe I’ll think more about it tomorrow. This morning, to my surprise, the thought […]

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Exploration

I’m open for possibilities. I’m open for choices. I always welcome new ideas. I’m always eager to learn. I’m never going to close my mind from learning. ~ Cesar Millan I have been open to the possibilities, just like Cesar. 🙂 I have a new idea! What’s more, it’s a novel idea, and not a juvenile novel either. My juvenile […]

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Wedding Bands, River’s Sigh B&B #1

A friend of mine, Ev Bishop, has just released a new novel and so I thought I’d help spread the word for her. 🙂 Of course, I had to read her book first, so I could honestly recommend it, and I’m very happy to say that I very heartily do recommend it! I’m not a huge reader of romance, but […]

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The Eve of a Finished Novel

There’s no feeling like it: reading over the words one last time, knowing that in a few hours our book will be sent to a waiting publisher. I feel tense as the action mounts, as the characters get deeper in trouble, as the situation becomes dire, more dangerous, more hopeless. And then, our twin heroes dig deep, and out of […]

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Profundity of Story

Lately, my thoughts have been turning toward the value of writing from the heart, writing deeply, writing profoundly. While I think many a worthwhile book has been written because of commercial motivations, and while I’ve written my fair share of novels plotted with monetary considerations in mind, that little voice inside my head, which seems to think I should be […]

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A Fine Silvery Stream

Sheng Yen, a Chinese Buddhist monk, wrote this passage: “Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it.” I’ve been doing […]

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Optimism

Recently I read a new interpretation of the old “Is the glass half full or half empty” debate. The glass is completely full, half with water, half with air. It made me think about my creations. About half of my literary works have been published in various magazines, about half haven’t yet found homes. I don’t write very much short […]

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Narrowing Focus

A while ago, I thought it might be time to try novels for “big people”. Juvenile novels didn’t seem as challenging to write anymore, and I like to feel I’m constantly learning something. I started a novel, titled Angel’s Flight, and enjoyed getting to know some adult characters. It was a wonderful experience. Then a week ago, something changed. I realized that I […]

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