Living Ideology, Stellar (and not so stellar) parenting moments, writer life

When picking a book, trust the child

I have a huge pet peeve - adults who limit children's book choices based on their own biases. I recently had someone on Instagram see my micro-review of The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. "I love horror and absolutely relish a middle grade novel that pushes against that boundary of 'scary for kids.' Just how… Continue reading When picking a book, trust the child

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A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone, The Anita Factor, writer life

A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone

I have asked friend, fellow Anita Factor writing group member, and historical fiction author, Gabriele Goldstone, two questions: Do you have a set writing schedule? What is it? I write in the mornings. First I journal...this is my exploring time. Anything is possible. Some of my novel ideas started as journal writing. I give myself up… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone

6-word Stories

6-word story: Ode to It

I wrote two six-word stories inspired by It. As a kid, I was a fan of the first TV-mini series with Tim Currie. Then I relished in the new movie featuring Bill Skarsgård. However, with many unanswered questions in both, I became determined to read the behemoth Stephen King novel, and am currently engaged in… Continue reading 6-word story: Ode to It

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Christina Albig, Conversation Fun, The Anita Factor, writer life

A Minute of Time with Christina Albig

I asked long time Anita Factor member, Christina, the following two questions: I’m aware of many of your artistic outlets: writing, reading, painting, drawing, baking, crafting, home décor... Which is your favourite and why? My favourite artistic outlet would be drawing/painting. It’s very satisfying to start with nothing and create something beautiful. Finished reading anything… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Christina Albig

6-word Stories, Pet Shinanigans

6-word story: Mr. Stevens

I've always been intrigued by six-word stories. I often think of trying to write them, and finally decided to do so and share them with you. The most famous six-word story is Hemingway's: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Which is a tragic story and I only wish one day of coming up with something… Continue reading 6-word story: Mr. Stevens

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Pat Trottier, The Anita Factor, writer life

A Minute of Time with Pat Trottier

I have asked friend, author, and fellow Anita Factory member, Pat, the following two questions: What was your favourite book as a teen? As a teen I loved to read Archie Comics; I couldn’t get enough of them. My favourite book for teens (as I was an adult) was "Are You There God? It’s Me,… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Pat Trottier

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with MaryLou Driedger, The Anita Factor, writer life

A Minute of Time with MaryLou Driedger

I asked my friend MaryLou the following two questions: You have traveled extensively; can you write a list of all of the countries you've been to? Do you have a favourite place? I hope I didn't forget any but I think I have been to thirty different countries. Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia,… Continue reading A Minute of Time with MaryLou Driedger

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete, The Anita Factor, writer life

A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete

I took a break from blogging, but am working back into my pre-summer routine, and I have Anita Factor members who answered questions for me back in the Spring that I didn't get posted. So, time to catch up! I asked fellow Anita Factor writing group member, Larry Verstraete, the following question: Of all the… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete

Favourite Places in Winnipeg, writer life

Editing at the Forks

I was at the Forks today, a major tourist hub in Winnipeg, and one of my favourite hangouts. I had supper at my favourite restaurant there, A Taste of Sri Lanka. And then splurged on a small cookie dough flurry from Neon Cone. I highly recommend both when you visit. I found a table and… Continue reading Editing at the Forks