21 posts

October Book Launches

It’s hard to quantify how it feels to launch a book. I spoke to Stephen Hunt from The Calgary Herald about it, here, but, in fact, it sometimes still feels as though I’m living a strange unreality, where nothing has really changed since launching Clearwater. October was a busy month: […]

From There to Here…

This past week, feeling a little nervous about the upcoming release of Clearwater, as well as more than anxious about my thesis for my MFA, I put it all aside and went searching for the first novel I ever wrote. I found it, and a few other bits and pieces […]

Clearwater Cover Reveal

Here it is – the finalized cover for Clearwater.  I’m really happy with the way two photos were combined to reflect the themes in the book. I’m especially excited that one of the images Coteau used is an actual photo of Clearwater Lake taken by a talented Manitoba photographer (and […]

The Next Big Thing

I was tagged in the online blog hop The Next Big Thing by Jennifer Ellis. You can check out her own responses on her writing blog here. I may just be the last person to be tagged in this game, so I will reserve the right to tag others at a later date. (If you would like to be tagged, let me know!)

Resolutions and Revelations

The new year arrived with some of the nicest January weather I’ve ever seen, but it didn’t seem to help with the doldrums of my deadlines and due dates. I didn’t quite get done what I wanted to get done in 2011. The last two weeks of the year were […]

So Far Away

I know I said I’d update the blog with my UBC experience, but it’s been a week and I’m still having trouble quantifying what all happened. I speak not only of the actual learning, but the overall intensity of the whole experience. Vicky Bell (UBC alumna and member of my […]

Writing and Art, a collaboration

Gail Bartel is friend of mine who a fabulous artist and art teacher over at my kids’ school. She also runs a great art blog that is constantly mined by teachers for original and beautiful art ideas. Check it out at .  The quality of the crafts and art projects […]

Shine a Light…

“…if you’re going into a very dark place…then you should take a bright light and shine it on everything. If you don’t want to see, why in God’s name would you dare the dark at all?” Stephen King Afterword Full Dark, No Stars Stephen King’s On Writing is one of my […]

Back to School

On May 9, I officially become a student again. I have been accepted to UBC’s MFA in Creative Writing (Optional Residency) Program which means I will be short on money and time for the next few years. I’m nervous, but I’m also excited to be entering a post-secondary program where […]