THE LIFE OF AN AUTHOR: More To It Than You Might Think

In the winter of 2013 I began to write. Being home most of the time, I needed an outlet, preferably creative. I remembered a few years back when, as a practicing psychic, I had put my shingle out on one of the idyllic islands off the coast of B.C.  I offered holographic, past life readings […]

EXCERPT FROM MY NEW NOVEL, “MORNING SONG”

FROM CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT, Kathryn at her therapist’s office: Kathryn told her, calmly and in a very detached voice, about Eric leaving. She told Heidi everything she knew about his assignment, which wasn’t much, but was more than she’d told anyone else. Heidi went silent after Kath stopped talking for a minute or two. She looked […]

O BEAUTIFUL EM DASH (to be sung to the tune Olympia and with gusto)

FB often has posts about writers and what strange people we can be, how differently our brains are from more sensible folk. It’s true, I’ve noticed, that writing about paranormal fantasy romance, fairy love stories, wizards and shapeshifting, ( not to mention hot sex) tends to go along with other odd behaviors. When I started […]

PRESSURE MAKES DIAMONDS…OR NOT…

Sometimes, we need to buckle down and word harder and smarter. But sometimes, we need to stretch out in a favourite chair and lie back and let ourselves fall asleep for an hour or so. Really. In the middle of the day even. There comes a time when we measure the hardship of pushing our […]

HOW TO KEEP WRITING WHEN THE STORY FIGHTS BACK

Found this great summary of a writing problem on Tumblr. Anyone who has tried to write even one complete 40,000 word story understands how this feels. And when you just…CUT THE SUCKER RIGHT OUT! DELETE IT!…oh, the sweet relief. And you can then carry on writing. The door swings open once more.