In my young adult novel, Empty Cup, main character, Raven, is sexually assaulted by her mom's boyfriend. Raven didn't consent and clearly says "no" several times. Regardless, her mother blames her for the attack and kicks Raven out of the house. The story continues from there, how Raven deals with post-traumatic stress and homelessness. I'm… Continue reading Consent… why is this a difficult concept?
Award-winning author, Jodi Carmichael, is a fellow founding member of the Anita Factor writing group. She was the first of our group (with the members at the time) to be published with her middle grade novel, Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food (and other life lessons). We were all so excited for her! Jodi is… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Jodi Carmichael
My dogs barked, in the house, during the day, which is unusual unless someone is at the door. I went to investigate and they excitedly lead me to the problem. A deer standing beside our deck, eating the fallen birdseed.
Evening... Sunset... "Just remember, the light at the end of the tunnel, may be you." ~ Aerosmith
We had a few snow storms around Christmas time. This is our driveway after one of them. The trees were gorgeous! "Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers." ~Kahlil Gibran
A year ago was my last entry that I had pre-scheduled to post. A year ago today my dad passed away unexpectedly. That was the start of 2016 for my family. After that: My cousin’s wife and my friend passed away from cancer, also unexpectedly. To this day my heart is broken for my cousin… Continue reading 2016. Good, it’s over…
Dalnavert is a Victorian house museum in Winnipeg, that has been restored to it's original 1895 grandeur when Sir Hugh McDonald and his family lived in the home. Sir Hugh was the son of Sir John A. McDonald, Canada's first Prime Minister. This is a single place setting for a formal Christmas dinner. Which fork… Continue reading Umm, Which Fork?
Dalnavert is a house turned museum located in downtown Winnipeg. It has been restored to it's original Victorian era condition including decor, furniture and even the wallpaper. It's a popular spot to check out, especially at Christmas time as the house is all decked out in decorations. Another cool point is that there is only… Continue reading An Evening of Victorian Dickens – A Christmas Carol
I was thrilled to be invited by the Winnipeg Children’s Literature Roundtable to take part in their MYRCA Celebrations dinner. Thank you so much for a fantastic evening of chatting with readers!
The second event the Winnipeg Children’s’ Literature Roundtable hosted this fall was Authors at the Roundtable, a Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award (MYRCA) Celebration Dinner. Hosted as part of Canadian Stories Week and the MYRCA 25th Anniversary, this dinner was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and dine with Canadian authors.
The Authors at the Roundtable MYRCA Celebration Dinner filled the Masonic Memorial Temple in Winnipeg.
Book lovers of all ages (we’d say about ages 10…and up!) enjoyed a three-course meal sitting with their favourite authors. The room was buzzing with energy, as young students took selfies with their favourite authors, friends and colleagues from years past reunited, and books were shared, signed, and loved. Authors shared their creative process. Maureen Fergus shared with one table, for example, that publishing a book can sometimes take up to ten years! One attendee was incredibly fortunate in our silent auction and…
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