Becoming an urbanite

I've lived a lot of my life in the grimness of suburbia. You know - the large lawns, the well-spaced houses, located around schools and playing fields. The places from which you must drive to get anywhere exciting - or you can walk around your suburban block and watch other's lawns grow, admire their gardens,…

Wandrin’ Star

By now probably all of you have seen the ad by Amazon, with the tousle-haired man and his dog with the broken leg. It's sweet but the song attached to it seems an odd choice (well, except that the dog wants to wander and can't, poor wee thing). It's catchy, though and sticks in the…

The love of a new bathroom floor

For most of my growing up years, I lived in the same small town, restricted by expectations and past experiences. When I married, I first escaped to London, UK for a year and a bit and then our multiply moving military madness started. We moved so often I got to be a pro at it,…

Pitching the publisher…

This weekend, at Halifax's Word on the Street, there's this bizarre event called "Pitch the Publisher". ┬áThe structure is this: think Dragon's Den, but in a crowd of your peers, pitching to people who you know may well never even think about your book. I have a few minutes to endear the publishers to me…

On the HUNT!!! Mystery authors needed…

I am thrilled to have been made the chair of the 2015 Bloody Words Mystery Conference to be held here in gorgeous Halifax, NS. I think EVERYONE should come. Halifax is a glorious city, the conference is full of surprisingly nice people who have vented their anger at red lights and cell phones and traffic…