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Life is Beautiful

life is beautifulI was really taken with this image….

 

Stacks of books with a small handwritten note, ripped from a page, and peeking out from between two novels with a small heart and the inked “life is beautiful.”

It perfectly captures ME.

I was always a bookworm growing up, and found quiet refuge in reading. As soon as I opened a book, the rest of the world fell away. And as I read “The End”, as much as I missed the story and the characters, I knew there would always be another book to open. I was always happily searching for the next one.

As I grew, I continued to read and it still brought me happiness. But I also paid attention to all the small things in life that are joyful – my daughter giggling in her sleep when I tickled the soft skin under her chin, my husband reaching for my hand, and finding it, without having to look, the comfort of sinking my head into a fluffy pillow at the end of a long day.

I think that my thirst to read, my (continually refining) powers of observation, and my inclination to always try to look on the positive side of things will serve me well as an ever aspiring writer.

What special qualities do you have that are important to your life as a writer?

Photo Source: http://daytobeyou.com/stay-strong/life-is-beautiful/

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Who Loves Coffee?

…a Mama with an early riser and an endless “to-do” list 🙂

 

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Writing with Honesty

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My novel is being edited by a professional.

That is all 🙂

Very excited to keep moving forward!

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Grammar Matters!

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Neil Hilborn – “OCD” (Rustbelt 2013)

This video has been circulating for almost a week now. Poet Neil Hilborn talks about meeting and losing his girlfriend.  I found some of the comments around the web about his poem very interesting.   Read more…

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From the CanLit Queen…

“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
― Margaret AtwoodThe Blind Assassin

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Book Launch of The Poisoned Pawn!

My friends Tara Hollister and Sarah Atchison accompanied me to the book launch of Peggy Blair’s The Poisoned Pawn at the Orange Art Gallery in Ottawa. It was a very fun evening with a Cuba theme and not only did we get to chat with Peggy again, Tara was able to cozy up to the Mayor – Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa).

Fun all around, and some interesting art to look at too!

See my review of the Poisoned Pawn here.

To come – an interview with the author.

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Blog Tour Review AND GIVEAWAY: The Poisoned Pawn by Peggy Blair

I am happy to take part in this Penguin Blog Tour for The Poisoned Pawn. My friend Sarah Atchison first introduced me to Peggy Blair’s work when she chose The Beggar’s Opera for our book club in the fall. The women in our club loved it. We were thrilled when Peggy was available to join us one Sunday evening to discuss the book and her writing process. Imagine our excitement when she revealed that the second book in the series would be available in a few months, after which she promptly invited us to the book launch! Talk about keeping in touch with your audience. Read more…

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Necessary Punctuation Marks! :)

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