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

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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 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

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

Diving right in to getting to know my fellow Anitas (& Anito!) better, I asked long time Anita Factor member, Christina, the following two questions: You're a new addition to a box of crayons. What colour would you be and why? [I would be] a deep tomato red. I love the intensity and vibrancy of… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Christina Albig

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

A Minute of Time with Jodi Carmichael

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

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

Christina and I have known each other a long time. We were both members of the Vast Imaginations writing group, prior to the formation of the Anita Factor. Christina is one of the most creative people I know, not only does she have excellent story ideas, but she's creative in everything in her life -… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Christina Albig

Living Ideology, My Book, writer life

Keeping the Outside World Out

I hear that writers often create soundtracks for their current work-in-progress. It helps to set the mood, get them in the zone, hear their characters speak to them. I have been asked if I create soundtracks for my books, I do not. However, I do write to music and it has to be a specific… Continue reading Keeping the Outside World Out

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

A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone

Gabriele (Gabe) and I have been friends for about six years now. She was a fellow founding member of the Anita Factor writing group. Gabe's commitment to a writing schedule and consistency is something I have long admired. At each Anita Factor meeting, we have time to read from our own writing for critique and… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Gabriele Goldstone

A Minute of Time Series, A Minute of Time with MaryLou Driedger, Conversation Fun, The Anita Factor

A Minute of Time with MaryLou Driedger

Today, I'm introducing you to my friend, MaryLou Driedger. MaryLou is one of the most fascinating women I have ever met and I truly admire her spirit. She has strength in the face of adversity that inspires me, especially with regard to views and rights of women. MaryLou is a member of The Anita Factor… Continue reading A Minute of Time with MaryLou Driedger

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

A Minute of Time with Deborah Froese

I'm fortunate to be surrounded by super special people. My writing group, The Anita Factor, is ten members of strong, closely knit friendships and I feel privileged to be a part of this group. I thought it might be fun to ask my fellow writers some questions, so developed a new blog theme called "A… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Deborah Froese