My province is on fire. That’s not a metaphor. British Columbia is literally on fire, with blazes that experts from various countries have described as “apocalyptic” and “like nothing I’ve ever seen.” Our neighbourhood was evacuated. Two houses on our street burned down. Our oldest daughter’s mental health has been . . . not great. … Continue reading As the World Burns – Strategies for Creating Through the Chaos
It’s been a little over a month since my sister’s husband died. It feels like longer and not that long all at once. He was diagnosed with bone cancer almost exactly two years ago and all our lives were turned upside down. It has been a roller coaster that steadily got worse and worse ever … Continue reading I Open at the Close: On Harry Potter and the Universal Experience of Death
Sometimes we have a retreat, and we want to write ALLLLLLL the words ALLLLL day, but we get there, and... our brains don't cooperate. Sometimes we're trying to finish a project over several months time, and it's just not...happening. Here are few tips to help you reset and start writing again: 1. Take a … Continue reading 13 Ways to Get OUT of Your Writerly Funk
Every year, I make a list of New Year’s Goals. Yes, Goals. I don’t call them resolutions, because that just seems too concrete and causes too much pressure, setting me up for failure from the very start. Still, even then, some of my goals pan out . . . aaand some of them don’t. But … Continue reading Crush Your New Year’s Writing Goals
Can we all just agree that the last two weeks have been the worst? I mean it. No matter what side of the political debate you fall on, the aftermath of this election has taken a toll on all of us. I’m not here to get political, but I do want to address this toll … Continue reading How to Write When You Just Don’t Wanna
My husband calls me an idealist. He says I get these romanticized pictures in my head of how things are supposed to be.He’s not wrong. Especially when it comes to writing.When I finished my first novel, I pictured selling it to the first publisher who laid eyes on it.When I got an agent with my … Continue reading Forge Your Own Path
I'm a mom of six energetic kids ages 4-14. While they're at school, I write 2-3 articles per week for my part-part-time job. I also run our household (dishes, laundry, paying bills, making kids do chores, planning and preparing meals, repeat, repeat, repeat) shuttle kids to and from places, help with homework, and juggle anything … Continue reading Does your writing always comes after?