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September Weekends

September 21, 2016

Labour Day weekend on the south shore of Nova Scotia included happy hours with family and then with beloved writer-friend, Budge Wilson. My first weekend home after a long summer away, I made seeing family here a priority: son, daughter, sister, dad, and attachments where applicable (including this lovely boy I hadn’t seen since July). …

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So You Want to Write a Picture Book

November 9, 2016

This may be NaNoWriMo but two of my three current writing projects happen to be picture books and that’s where I’m focusing most of my attention this month. I’ll also, in the coming days, be offering practical guidance and (I hope) inspiration to others writing picture books. Tomorrow evening I’m offering a presentation on “Writing…

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“Creative Vision?” Who Me?

January 18, 2017

I’ve been taking another online photography course. Different instructors this time — the folks who set up oopoomoo.com and oopoomoo Creatives. I was delighted to win free entrance to the class with a couple of my photos back in the fall. Thank you, oopoomoo! Samantha and Darwin’s Resolve, is more about discovering who you are as a…

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Solitude – Not Just for Writers

May 17, 2017

Margaret Buffie is a writer-friend I’ve seen far too little of in recent years. Facebook has kept us connected to a limited degree, enough for us to appreciate that we’re both passionate about photography and nature and family and our summer places in northwestern Ontario. (Or is hers in southeastern Manitoba? I’ve been to hers…

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A Successful Retreat and One Happy Writer

June 7, 2017

I hereby declare my writing retreat a success. On the morning of my last full day there, I hit Send! I could go home happy. Not only did I accomplish what I’d hoped to with my novel manuscript (my first for adults), I also managed to do some work on a picture book text and…

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5 Steps to Writing a Novel

January 17, 2018

For some months now I’ve been mentoring a writer working on her first novel, through CSARN (pronounced see-sarn, short for the Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network). As mentor, I am getting paid and my mentee can be reimbursed for expenses. My mentee has encountered the usual stumbling blocks that come with writing a novel. She…

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