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 …

The only writing rules you’ll ever need!

Hi! You may have noticed that I’ve been missing in action for a few weeks – but with good reason.  I have been working almost daily on polishing my novel.  I have even found some readers to provide editing and feedback before I start sending out my manuscript to publishers (with fingers crossed and a …

CBC Books – Canada Writes – Poetry Prize!

Competition is now open! Deadline to submit: May 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET This prize is awarded once a year to the best original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection submitted to the competition. All Canadians can participate. The competition is blind. A jury composed of well-known and respected Canadian authors will select a 1st place …

The Power of Simple Words, Animated

by Maria Popova Getting from “no coordinates exist like one’s domicile” to “there’s no place like home.” “Use the right word, not its second cousin,” Mark Twain admonished. “Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs,” David Ogilvy advised. Last week, my friends at TED launchedTED-Ed — a wonderful new series of short animated videos for high school …