Last night I went to Manderley again, or how excavating one’s old writing can be a godsend


Pandemic blues. That’s what I put it down to, the lethargy caused by being trapped in place, uncertain of the future, a bit frightened of it, eating way too many carbs all day and they waking at 3 AM vowing to do better, only to rewake at 7 and head directly to the carb cupboard.…

Technology burns, or why I am taking so long getting to editing my novella…


I know, I've been pushing it. I've been alternating between a 2013 MacAir, a 2010 MacMini, and an Iphone 6s for my social media and other time-wasting.  They are definitely showing the strain. So today, as I finally got my mind together to edit, there were so many steps needed to get things organized I…

Evaluating…or those artists who self-isolate in the woods – did it work for them?


So here we are, heavily into the pandemic, learning how to talk to ourselves just so we can test our vocal muscles. I am following the advice for keeping a car running, and taking my voice out once a week for a trot around the verbal block. Cat remains unconvinced. For my part, I am…

“The book of my enemy has been remaindered” Clive James


Well, the book has been launched, and I'm at a difficult crossroads. Do I frantically try to market it, push it out into the world like a ten-pound baby, or do I retract back into my shell and let the rest of my books lie fallow? Can you all relate? It's hard putting yourself out…

Why I wrote about the Virgin Mary, or “Hello? Hello? Do you see me?”


Choosing to write about religious topics is risky. All my writing book advisors go on about 'finding your niche' and being sure people want to read what you are writing...and of course, being contrary, I wrote the book and then wanted to publish it. It's a bonus if people buy it, I told my self.…

Faking it til you make it, or Hey! My book is out!!


So, how many of you leap into things, smiling through faces while hiding a certain amount of quavering within? I've done it all my life, think I've come from a family who taught me about this, created another family who can do it. It's a useful skill. Got me through university, job interviews, marriage, parenting.…

The occasional wallowing, or how I wish I could chat with Sophia Loren


I have a lot of friends who are dealing with chronic illness or the illness of loved ones or bereavement or even the loss of pets. So when I saw this article, it called to me: "The Other Side of Grief" by Whitney Akers. The article links to a group of stories about how people coped…

Writing classes, or how to spend lots of money without really having to write


I'm guilty. I've been signing up for writing classes since I started writing way back when my youngest was 2 or so (He's in his late 20's). I've done college classes (excellent), online courses (variable).  Like Claudia Casper, I love literary festivals as well (SO fun and full of kindred spirits and one was in Iceland,…

On being seen…


There's a lovely foolish Monty Python "military" training film on 'How Not To Be Seen.'  In the clip, people are hiding, NOT BEING SEEN, and then they are asked to stand up. Once they do so, they are either shot or blown to smithereens. I feel viewing this in my formative teens MAY have had…

Prepared to grieve


The tragedy of the Humboldt hockey players bus crash and the loss of all those sweet boys was and is truly horrible. I feel for parents and friends and other teams and everyone involved. Especially the driver that survived... But while this is happening, and we respond by doing things like putting hockey sticks outside…