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Writers festivals…

I knew a guy once who worked years to get his first book published in the children’s market. He was on a board I frequented. The first school visit he did, I think he showed up in jeans and bragged to the kids that he could work in his pyjamas. I think he only ever […]

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And what an experience. I’m starting to hate the travel that’s involved. I’m starting to dread packing and going to the airport…especially during summertime when I’m supposed to have some time to myself. But I’ve learned not to grumble because everytime I think this will be a lot of work, I end up having a great […]

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Impact…

You know when  you’re first starting out writing you dream of people reading your work and being touched, even moved by it. You know how books touched and moved you in your formative years and you long to have that kind of effect on other people. Especially with children’s books, they can leave an impact […]

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Where your work ends up…

It’s been really amazing to me how people across the world have come to know about my work. I once was interviewed by a lovely Italian lady  named Monica who was kind enough to even send me a postcard of the place where she lives in Portofino in Ligutia. She said how she wanted to […]

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A relaxing weekend with zombies…

For the first time in about 22 years, hubby and I went away alone for the weekend! The girls of course are married and gone, but my seventeen year old son’s always been around till this weekend, but he was away, camping, so hubby and I packed up our stuff and headed east towards the […]

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Back…

And my brain feels like mush. Omigosh have I ever matured in the way I deal with people. A while ago, a contentious issue arose during some discussions I was having with some people where it was myself against everyone else in the room. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to defend my perspective like […]

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Emerging Bleary-eyed and

discombobulated from the murky depths of adult literature! One question. How does anyone read that stuff? Especially the LITERATURE! 90% of the stuff I read was purple prose. Writers trying to be fancy. Yuk! And I read an essay by a poet who actually said that one of the things a poet does is flirt […]

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Popularity vs Intellect…

I’ve been reading a lot of adult writing lately. I don’t mean ‘adult’ in terms of risque, but rather adult in terms of that which is written for adults as opposed to children. Honestly the line is getting blurrier and blurrier between the two. There are certainly advantages to adult writing and I’m wondering at […]

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Full moons…

I had to do two presentations at some libraries in Kitchener on Friday and it was one of those situations where you get really treated well–taken out to lunch, the whole works! After the gruelling week I had, I was looking forward to it. Eager beaver that I am, I got to the venue an […]

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Saying No and other things…

It’s that time of the year when my schedule tends to run away from me. Within the next six weeks I have a five day road trip/tour of Espanola and Manitoulin island skills, I have a full week’s presentations when I get back, I have a trip to Orlando Florida for the International Reading Association […]

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