Community, connections and crisscrossing a continent

Posted Oct 4 2019 in , , , , ,

As many of you know, I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week attending my first Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) retreat. Held annually, it offers independent writing time, but also includes workshops, discussion and working groups, and social events to help writers foster new connections and community. This year’s retreat focused on the writing […]

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Technical difficulties…

Posted Sep 20 2019 in , , , ,

Dear blog readers,  Owing to technical difficulties over the past few weeks, I haven’t scheduled a blog post today. I’ll return with a new post on October 4, 2019. Thank you for your understanding and patience, and a grateful shout-out to the tech support specialists who are helping me get ‘back to business as usual’ […]

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What I learned on my summer vacation: Author life meets real life

Posted Jul 26 2019 in , , , , , ,

When I was at school, the first writing assignment after the long summer holiday was usually about what I learned on vacation.  While I never enjoyed that exercise—the dullness of distilling those magical eight weeks on a sole sheet of lined paper to a prescribed structure—I thought of it again recently thanks to the two […]

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Sightseeing, shopping snacking and more: Celebrating a mini vacation

Posted Mar 22 2019 in , , ,

English Rose had a school holiday earlier this month so we spent a long weekend in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, forty-five minutes by car from where we live.  Although we visit Ottawa every few months, it’s usually for medical appointments, brunch with family, or to visit a specific store. And then we go home again, […]

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Going on a road trip

Posted Aug 17 2018 in , , ,

When I think about summer (and especially during a long, cold Canadian winter), one of the first things to come to mind is the road trip. Growing up, summer road trips were a highlight of my year. With my parents and the family dog too, I crisscrossed Canada and sometimes the US, exploring wilderness areas, […]

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Driving English Rose

Posted May 25 2018 in , , ,

Some people like driving, and getting behind the wheel of a car and heading for the open road is one of their happy places. I’m not one of those people! As a sedentary writer, one of the things I like best about my small-town life is that I live within walking distance of essential services. […]

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Springing forward

Posted Mar 2 2018 in , , , , , ,

When February slips into March and, irrespective of whether the new month comes in like a lion (as it has for my friends in the UK), or a lamb (here in the Rideau Valley), it’s the time of year when my thoughts always turn to my life in England. Although there are many things I […]

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My reading life

Posted Sep 22 2017 in , , , , , , ,

Long before I became an author, I was, and still am, an avid reader. Since early childhood, reading has been a huge part of my life—so much so that I’m always perplexed when asked how I find time to “fit” reading in. How could I not fit it in? Reading is almost as fundamental to me […]

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Sand between my toes & memories in my heart

Posted Aug 11 2017 in , , ,

Tech Guy, English Rose and I have been on holiday this week. After months of bouncing between writing deadlines (me), school and medical appointments (English Rose), and work in big-city Toronto and our small-town home (Tech Guy), we all needed time to stop, reconnect and simply “be.” And so this week we’ve been in Nova […]

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The tale of a travelling china cabinet

Posted Aug 12 2016 in , , , ,

This week, a moving van arrived at my home. It brought a china cabinet that’s been in my mother’s family since the mid-nineteenth century. In the furniture world, the cabinet is a stately dowager duchess or grizzled elder statesman. Made of solid wood, it sits on substantive claw feet and features a mirrored shelf and […]

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