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

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

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

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