3 Things that Inspired my WIP

For the last ~6 years, I’ve been working on a novel (sometimes more actively than other times), and I’ve lost track of how many drafts it’s gone through. But, this book wasn’t born in a vacuum, and I’ve been inspired by quite a few different media. Here are the top 3 things that inspired myContinue reading “3 Things that Inspired my WIP”

Top 5 Amazing Bookworms (Fictional & Real)

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. – C.S. Lewis I am a self-proclaimed bookworm. Real life prevents me from reading as much as I want to. Recently, I wrote a post about how reading is my escape from reality and I know I’mContinue reading “Top 5 Amazing Bookworms (Fictional & Real)”

Top 5 Favourite Books This Year (so far)

It’s July, over half-way through 2018 and so far this year I’ve read 20 books (according to my 50 Book Pledge where I track my reading). I’m terrible at picking one favourite. The question: what’s your favourite book? terrifies me. But, I can easily point to a few that I’ve liked more than others. Here’s myContinue reading “Top 5 Favourite Books This Year (so far)”

Escapism

I try to maintain a healthy dose of daydreaming to remain sane. – Florence Welch I am an escape artist. Not in the traditional, Harry Houdini sort of way. I cannot escape from a straightjacket while being held upside down in a tank of water. But I do escape. My straightjacket is reality. Escapism is theContinue reading “Escapism”

Book Review: The Little French Bistro

The sea offered her a song of bravery and love. It came from a long way away, as if someone somewhere in the world had sung it many years ago, for those on the shore who didn’t dare to take the plunge. Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she hadContinue reading “Book Review: The Little French Bistro”

On Dog Walking and Creativity

For over two years as I’ve been working on my novel, I’ve also been working as a dog walker. My hours vary depending on how many doggies need walking or cats need caring. Sometimes after a busy day, I just want to fall on the floor and never get up again. But, in general, IContinue reading “On Dog Walking and Creativity”

Thoughts from Away ~ Healing Nature

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar   I spent the past weekend frolicking in the forest up north in Algonquin Park. My family usually spends a weekend there in early May in the hopesContinue reading “Thoughts from Away ~ Healing Nature”

First draft vs. now

The first lines of my first draft from 2014 The first lines of my most recent draft (2018) Since 2014 Winnie has undergone many changes (age, location, whininess). I’m not sure if this draft is the draft I’ll be submitting or what. But, I’m hopeful it’s getting nearer to that draft. (I’m sorry for howContinue reading “First draft vs. now”

Book Review: Braving the Wilderness

“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires youContinue reading “Book Review: Braving the Wilderness”

Adventures in Positive Feedback

Yesterday I got a text from a good friend. She’d finished reading the latest draft of my manuscript after she’d volunteered to be a Beta Reader. “I couldn’t put it down” is one comment that really struck me. I think every writer wants to hear at some point that a reader enjoyed your work soContinue reading “Adventures in Positive Feedback”