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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

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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

writer life

Reorganizing Social Media

Sometimes you just need relax, re-evaluate, and fix what's broken, or at least try. This blog was a collaboration of my life interests - mostly writing life, flexitarian lifestyle, photography, and family. But that makes it difficult for you to know what to expect from me. In an attempt to make things easier, I've separated… Continue reading Reorganizing Social Media

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Melinda Friesen, Conversation Fun, The Anita Factor, writer life

A Minute of Time with Melinda Friesen

Meet wonderful author, friend, and fellow Anita Factor member, Melinda Friesen. Melinda is one of the most deadline dedicated people that I’ve ever met. She consistently sets goals for herself and meets them which is truly inspiring. And I need to mention – she’s the plot queen! A true gift to think of plot solutions […]

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Deborah Froese, Conversation Fun, The Anita Factor, writer life

A Minute of Time with Deborah Froese

I asked children's author, editor, fellow Anita Factor member, and friend, Deborah Froese, what book she's finished reading lately and would she recommend it? I recently completed Middlemarch, a novel set in late 19th century England. It wasn't an easy read—the English of that time almost feels like a different language—but it fascinated me. Through a cast… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Deborah Froese

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Jodi Carmichael, Conversation Fun, The Anita Factor, writer life

A Minute of Time with Jodi Carmichael

Award-winning author and good friend, Jodi Carmichael, spent almost two years living abroad in England with her family and recently returned to Canada. What was your favourite part of living in England? What was it like to learn to drive there? How is that even possible to answer. There was so much that I loved;… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Jodi Carmichael

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

A paradigm shift in thinking about “books for boys.”

I’ve been paying attention to what it means when we say “books for boys.” As authors and conference attendees we hear the following: There is a shortage of books for boys. Boys are more reluctant readers than girls. Due to number 2 above, publishers lean towards “books for girls” for better sales. If we don’t… Continue reading A paradigm shift in thinking about “books for boys.”

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Pat Trottier, Conversation Fun, 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 inspires you? Watching people giving their utmost to make a difference in others’ lives. The weekend Free Press highlighted Grant Park high school students, living with cognitive and physical disabilities, preparing for their January performance, The Little Mermaid. These… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Pat Trottier

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 writng group member, and historical fiction author, Gabriele Goldstone, two questions: You recently said these beautiful words -- “I love my life since retirement.” What’s the best part? Best part about retirement? Two things…time and energy. When I was working, time was measured, chopped up into little pieces,… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete, Conversation Fun, writer life

A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete

This time around I asked fellow Anita Factor writing group member, Larry, the following two questions: What inspired you to write your first book? I was enrolled in a correspondence writing course at the time.  For our third assignment, we were asked to write an article for a children’s magazine.  I figured lightning would be… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete