Things to be Thankful for

Friday, October 09, 2020

On this the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving, it's always nice to take a look at what a person has in their life to be thankful for. Possibly more important than ever in this year of Covid 2020.

It's pretty simple for me. I'm thankful for my health. Even if it's only so-so, it's still better than what many others have to deal with. I'm thankful for my family - my husband, children and extended family. I'm thankful that most of us have jobs that give us security, and that we have each other's backs. I'm thankful for the many wonderful, amazing storytellers in the world. You all inspire me, and someday when I grow up I hope to be half as good at weaving such excellent yarns as you!

I'm thankful for all the hard work of the organizing committee for When Words Collide - that excellent conference for readers and writers. I've been priviledged to be able to facilitate some sessions these last few years, something that I enjoy tremendously, even though I have to battle a lot of self doubt and a wee touch of anxiety before I start speaking. This year's conference was online, and saw guests from around the world attend. I myself had a lovely lady from South America join one of my sessions, as well as folks from across the States, as well as from Canada. All the sessions from the whole conference are being prepped for posting to U-Tube - a task so huge and daunting that I am flabbergasted at the scope. I think they've got about half up so far ... none of mine as of yet. But they're working on it! Until then, I've posted my speaking notes here on my blog.

So - what are you thankful for this year? I'd love to hear from you :)

You Know Life's a Drag ...

Monday, September 07, 2020

So ... what is it with people nowadays? Do they really think that hacking into our wee little family server is going to result in some sort of big Payday???

I am not immune to the charm of quick and easy money, but really you guys? Is it so hard to make a living without resorting to trying to rip people off? Every day our server faces attempted hacks by the thousands ... not kidding here. And if that wasn't enough - when the phone scammers call in the early morning ... Don't you people ever sleep????

So this second blog post won't be here for long ... while the sentiment is absolutely true, it's also a test to make sure nothing was actually damaged in the last attack ...

Until later, my still undiscovered meeples!

My First Blog Post

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Welcome to my new Blog!

This will be the place where I'll be posting my thoughts and writing tips. I plan to update this site several times a week begining shortly after the conclusion of the When Words Collide 2020 Virtual conference.

If you attended any of my sessions:

Friday 2:00 PM: It's all in the Plot

Saturday 3:00 PM: Are You Prepared to Write?
Sunday 1:00 PM: A Map is Not a Journey!

you can download the session files from my main web site at http:\\

Now for my First Ever Blog Post:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

First post. What should it be about? Should I talk about how I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid? Truly – I was writing stories for my own enjoyment (as opposed to school assignments) when I was 12. Of course, I very much enjoyed when I could turn a school assignment into an opportunity to write one of my stories … Especially in High School! I still remember the look of surprise on my Gr 10 English teacher’s face when, after he’d assigned us the creative writing assignment of writing something (yes – that specific!), I put up my hand and asked if there was a maximum length we were allowed to use. No one had ever asked that before. Generally, kids wanted to know what the minimum amount of words they could get away with. So he answered that there was no maximum. So when the story was due, I turned in my short story which was 32 pages, typed and double-spaced, complete with a hand-drawn cover. Everyone else pretty much turned in single sheets of paper. When he started marking them he read the first few pages, scrawled a big “A” on the cover, and then it became his morning read with his coffee for about a month. I got it back eventually, complete with a coffee stain right beside that big “A”. In Grade 12 he made a point of taking me aside and telling me about the Clarion Workshop for Writers of Science Fiction, and that I should apply to attend. Three years later, I did (which is another potential future Blog topic!) As for that teacher, I’ve always intended to thank him in the dedication of my first novel. And I will – once it’s out of editing! But I’ll do it here first – so Thank You, Mr. Dave Speck, wherever you are! You were the first person who believed in me, and that I had the makings of an actual author. Oh – and if you are interested – that story was titled “The Alien Incident” and was about as bad as you can imagine, about a runaway, pregnant alien, who crash lands on Earth. Ahh, to be young again, and not worry about whether your story made much sense or not … Until next time - Happy Reading & Happy Writing!