Finding inspiration

One of my newest treasures is this hand stitched Double Irish Chain scrap quilt made by my aunt. She was 86 at the time. It took her two years, and I believe was the last one she made. I apologize for the cliché, but it truly is a work of art. She had a sewing machine,Continue reading “Finding inspiration”

It’s all about communication

There’s a very nice little mailbox standing at the end of our driveway. It meets all the requirements that Canada Post has for an individual rural mailbox … but our mail is not delivered there. Instead, we walk or drive the equivalent of about three city blocks to where a set of group, or community mailboxesContinue reading “It’s all about communication”

Starting again from scratch

One of the flower beds at the front of our house is looking bleak. After fifteen years of neglect, several cypress shrubs were overgrown, and pruning worsened their appearance. Like the heather I muttered about last month, they no longer turned an attractive face to the passing public. (Don’t take me literally. I know theyContinue reading “Starting again from scratch”

The Concept of Aging and Time in Novel Writing

. Cute, eh? That’s me, more years ago than I’m prepared to acknowledge. I think I was barely two. Then I was five …  … and suddenly eighteen. And now? Let’s not even go there! I’m looking back through the years since then and shaking my head at all the changes they’ve brought. Aging meansContinue reading “The Concept of Aging and Time in Novel Writing”

Claiming the Facts – Researching the Ridiculous

 . Something about claims on labels has bothered me for years. I read them because I want to know how I might be affected by a product. So if an antiseptic kills only “99.9%” of viruses and bacteria, I don’t want to know just the ones it kills, I want to know the remaining .1%Continue reading “Claiming the Facts – Researching the Ridiculous”

Only a week until NaNoWriMo!

. Eep! November is only a week away and everyone’s talking about NaNoWriMo – the thirty-day writing marathon that I’m trying desperately to ignore. If you’re out of the loop, it’s NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth, and it involves writing a complete 50,000-word novel during the month of November. It began as a lark in 1999Continue reading “Only a week until NaNoWriMo!”

Beware of the writing expert!

. Since I’m not an expert on the craft of writing, you don’t get many how-to posts from me. Generally I share my personal writing experiences and observations, or perhaps point you to someone else who has posted something brilliant. That’s what I believe aspiring writers can accomplish with their blogs – offer experiences, opinionsContinue reading “Beware of the writing expert!”

One Writer’s Admission and a Giveaway

. Fifty-three. That’s how many books I have on a particular shelf in my office, and that doesn’t include reference books or any borrowed from the library. All of them tell me how to write a novel. I counted them because I thought it would bolster my confidence. After all, if I’ve read that manyContinue reading “One Writer’s Admission and a Giveaway”

Bridging the distance between beginnings and endings

. If you live in the Vancouver, BC area, bridges are essential conduits. You may start out knowing your destination, but you aren’t likely to get there without travelling over a bridge or two. It’s all part of the charm and challenge of living in a coastal city. As I travelled home via the GoldenContinue reading “Bridging the distance between beginnings and endings”

Is Writing an Art?

Google points out this morning that the French artist Paul Cézanne would be 172 today. Happy Birthday, Paul! Cézanne was a Post-Impressionist painter who “used planes of colour and small brushstrokes that built up to form complex fields, at once both a direct expression of the sensations of the observing eye and an abstraction fromContinue reading “Is Writing an Art?”