To inspire your celebrations, I've compiled a list of the ways writers I know commemorate big and small achievements in great and quirky ways (we are writers, after all- we’re a nutty bunch).
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!
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