Given everything this year has thrown my way, why did I think now was the right time to pledge to write 50,000? Wouldn’t it be better for everyone if I let 2020 take the win? Hell no!

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Wire and Ario have taken Balsam Creek by storm! Their hard work is paying off, and business is booming. When you find your purpose and pursue it with passion, success will come your way. When what you do helps others,  that success is even sweeter.  Wire and Ario are making their community better for all […]

Faith, Trust and Slug Slime

This week, the friends embark on a grand experiment, much like we are as many places around the world ease pandemic restrictions. Change is scary, but just follow that wise slug Ario’s advice, and “Have faith, bro.” Everything will work out, if we take things as they come and work hard for equality, like our […]

Tea, Truth and Tarts

This week, in Chapter 5,  Wire visits his grandmother, Hyacinth. Hyacinth Brown, expert advice giver and excellent cook, is modelled on my own grandmother, Grandma Norma, also known as Gram, or Normski. This year marks my first Mother’s Day without her. I’d give anything to have tea and a chat with her right now. But, […]

When Life Hands You Lemons

Sometimes life is unfair- I think we are all living that at the moment- and all you can do is make the best of it. Perhaps that’s why so many of us are baking so much at the moment…. In this, the fourth chapter of Wire: Messenger Mouse, Ario, our earnest banana-slug hero, has a […]

Be the Change

This week in the third installment of Wire: Messenger Mouse, Ario meets Wire’s family,  which includes some very curious mouselings, and Wire learns his new friend is not only brave, but wise. Ario is one wise slug. It is often the least among us who have the best perspective. If we want the world to […]

Refuge and Family

Today, as we celebrate an Easter transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, I share with you Chapter 2 of Wire: The Messenger Mouse. Following the disastrous try-out of last week, Ario and Wire meet up and have a heart to heart. Still bruised, Wire offers his yellow friend the best balm he has available to him, […]

And Now a Happy Story One of my favourite writing exercises is writing to a prompt. A few years ago a prompt from author Sarah Selecky asked me to “write about a character named Wire”, and out popped a courageous little mouse named Wire. Over the next few weeks, I found out more about this […]

Something’s Got To Give

  I’ve fallen off the writing wagon. Again. Honestly, I’ve lost count of the number of times this has happened to me in the years I’ve dared to call myself Writer. Three? Four? Who knows? This time, though, it’s different. This time, I think I might stay off. I gave up anger for Lent this […]