Magic Realism Realized

I knew Gabriel Garcia Marquez was from Colombia, but until I went there, I didn’t realize how his homeland must have influenced his work. They call Colombia the land of magic realism, and it’s very fitting. Colombia is very REAL, and by capitalizing it, I mean more expressive, more colourful, bigger, and louder than the understated colours and culture I’m […]

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Ciudad Perdida

Two days later, we hiked into Ciudad Perdida. The trip up to that point had been amazing: the cloud forest vegetation and flowers, the river, the indigenous dwellings, coca plants, and so much more. The second day of hiking, we passed an elderly indigenous woman on the trail. She asked with hand signals for a hiking stick from a woman […]

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Epiphanies in the Night

A number of weeks ago, I promised a blog post outlining what I learned in Texas, and then I procrastinated. It’s not like I didn’t think about writing the post; I did, often. I also knew what I wanted to write. The words came to me in the middle of the night after being in Dallas for about two weeks. […]

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Gratitude in Advance

I’ve been doing something lately, totally spontaneously, and then today I find out it’s a thing! Isn’t that the best experience ever, realizing that something that makes your day have more magic and meaning, is actually making a lot of people’s lives brighter around the world. And what is this thing? Advance gratitude. “I would maintain that thanks are the […]

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A Fabulous Read!

I am so happy to announce that the 2015 Sooke Writers’ Collective anthology, Words and Imaginings, will soon be on shelves at various stores around Sooke, at the Sooke Thursday Night Market, and for those non-Sookites who may be interested, available online as well! Nineteen writers are featured in the anthology, five of which are winners from our annual writing […]

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My Weirdness is My Strength

I had this realization a month ago. It came to me very definitely and strongly, like someone had reached into my head and manually adjusted my thinking. Then, just in case I didn’t get it or wasn’t paying enough attention or didn’t trust myself enough, someone I deeply respect told me the exact same thing about two days later. We […]

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Change Your Thoughts…

…and you change your world. Three things have happened lately that have taught me more about choice. First, I’ve had to do lots of thinking about it, because “change your thoughts, and you change your world” is the theme of the screenplay I’m currently writing. It has been enjoyable thinking! Second, the Have-Do-Be argument (below) came from reading a book […]

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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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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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