Plans (or lack thereof) for a new year

I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. Oprah Winfrey 

The house is defrocked and back to a sort of normal (which means the toys are everywhere along with the cat hair), my kids went back to school today, and I went back to work in earnest. 2014 is in full swing.

2013 was . . . → Read More: Plans (or lack thereof) for a new year


A lot of people can’t stand touring but to me it’s like breathing. I do it because I’m driven to do it. – Bob Dylan 

I was privileged to attend YA paranormal author Shawna Romkey’s book launch for Speak of the Devil last Friday. (I wasn’t lucky enough to buy a book there though – they sold out . . . → Read More: Driven

Planning for spring

If winter comes, can spring be far behind? ― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind

It snowed buckets last weekend and tomorrow it’s supposed to rain buckets…then freeze again the day after. This is winter in Nova Scotia. I contend the best winter boots to own around here are rubber ones with a good warm . . . → Read More: Planning for spring

Thanks for the blizzard

courtesy of Jeff the Quiet (wikimedia commons. Thankfully, my drive way isn’t nearly as large…

When the weather is most awful, Canadians meeting in the blizzard grin at one another in mutual appreciation of victory. There are few moods of celebratory comradeship to match that of snow shovellers. June Callwood

So this is my Year of Connection, . . . → Read More: Thanks for the blizzard

The patience project

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. Margaret Thatcher

As you are no doubt aware, this is a leap year. This means that for those of us who wish there were more than 24 hours in a day, or looking for that extra day…well, this week you get it!!! And you don’t . . . → Read More: The patience project

Wish upon a star…then plan the trip

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. Eleanor Roosevelt

I am sitting in my dining room. There is a log in the fire, and the Christmas lights are on. I have a cup of tea in a pretty porcelain mug. It’s later in the evening, the dog is sleeping near the hot . . . → Read More: Wish upon a star…then plan the trip

The neverending chapter one

You need more than a beginning if you’re going to start a book. If all you have is a beginning, then once you’ve written that beginning, you have nowhere to go. Neil Gaiman

Soooo…in my mind’s eye, I would be writing the first few chapters of No Prince Charming with wild abandon, because it’s always easier to . . . → Read More: The neverending chapter one

And I want to be a paperback writer…

Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?/It took me years to write, will you take a look?  Paul McCartney 

The process of putting my heart on the line–aka putting my book out to shop–has begun. I’ve written my blurb, I’m practicing my pitch, and still going through the revisions (which I think are going well, . . . → Read More: And I want to be a paperback writer…

Mid-summer laundry list

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. – Sam Keen

It’s a hot one outside, after a rather chilly day yesterday (with one wicked thunderstorm in the middle, at least in western Queens County, Nova Scotia). This post is late because I’m back from another weekend camping trip – this time to the amazing Thomas Raddall provincial . . . → Read More: Mid-summer laundry list

Help a girl out

Talking is a hydrant in the yard and writing is a faucet upstairs in the house. Opening the first takes the pressure off the second.
Robert Frost

For a person who blogs weekly about her writing, I have a hard time sitting down in front of someone and talking about it. Ask me to tell you about my . . . → Read More: Help a girl out

No Prince Charming

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