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,… Continue reading Tea, Truth and Tarts
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… Continue reading When Life Hands You Lemons
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,… Continue reading Refuge and Family
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… Continue reading
When the world gives you lemons, make lemonade.
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… Continue reading Something’s Got To Give
Sometimes support comes from unexpected places.
I've dared to call myself 'writer' out loud now for about five years, though I've known deep inside I was writer since the third grade. What has consumed a HUGE chunk of these last five years for me is figuring out my writing process. Until I figure out HOW to do a thing, I'm often… Continue reading My Writing Arsenal
In this the darkest time of year, a light to guide you to plan for your best year ever.
Last week of NaNoWriMo- how's everyone doing? Bored with your story? Tired of getting up early/staying up late? Distracted by Black Friday sales or holiday parties? I know I am. But, we're so close to reaching the finish line- I'm just 12, 000 words away from being able to declare myself a NaNo winner. How… Continue reading The Homestretch