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A month in a nutshell…

I know, I know. It’s been awhile. I’ve kind of dropped off the grid for a bit. In my defence, life has been full of wonderful changes and it’s been a race to keep up. Let me fill you in. 🙂

Moving! My husband J and I bought our first house and moved in! After living in a small apartment, having our own place feels like a castle. There is even a spare room where I now have my office. Not only am I busy almost finishing off the manuscript for my next book, I do social media for an outdoor sporting goods store. To my chagrin, I seem to do a much better job doing social media for someone else. 😛

Babies! I recently flew out to Denver, CO to spend some time with a close friend. She just gave birth to her second and it was fun to be able to fly out and give her a hand. My sister-in-law also had gave birth… last night. I was able to be there to see her deliver a beautiful baby girl (after 22 hrs.).

And guess what? I found out a few weeks ago I’m pregnant as well. The timing is incredible, it feels like J and I have done 10 years of growing up in 2 months. The good news? So far my pregnancy seems relatively easy. I only get really nauseous if I stay up too late… like last night for instance. Not that I’m going through anything like what my sister-in-law is experiencing, but walking around the hospital at 3am makes me feel like I ate gym socks for breakfast. Right now I’m curled up in bed with the laptop trying to decide if a hot shower will help.

Finally, despite appearances, I have remained mostly plugged into the local writing community. The best part of my week is when I work with young Josh teaching him how to write his first bestselling book. I think he’s in his early teens. We have quite a bit of fun together.

Similar opportunities for working with kids have been opening up left and right. There’s really only so much our school system can teach about creative writing and parents that have gifted kids seem really excited that I love teaching kids how to write stories as much as I love writing itself. I will be speaking at a writing group for kids this week and a grade 4 teacher has asked me to come and talk to her class. I’m super stoked!

So that catches you up! Time for a shower… and pineapple. I suddenly need to go eat a lot of pineapple.


What an Awesome Party!

I’ll have to do it justice and write a proper blog in the next couple days, but first I have some much needed sleep to catch up on. 🙂 In the meantime…

Thank you so much for everyone who made it out to my book release! It was so much fun and the band Gold and Shadow really rocked it. I was nervous and couldn’t sleep at all the night before, making the night feel a little surreal. 🙂 But awesome.

If you couldn’t make it, no problem, my book is now on Amazon.
If you were able to make it and you picked up a book, think about visiting Amazon and helping me build the word by posting a review. Every little bit helps!

Once again Thanks!


>Kids that Read are Awesome!

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I just returned from ReadUp TweetUp. in celebration of family literacy day the local twitter community (shout out) and a bunch of amazing authors came together to host a literary networking event. what does that mean? Lots of books, people that love to read and a bunch of those who love to write as well. But the highlight of the evening? It would definitely be meeting young Aiden and his sister Abigail.

Aiden and his sister are book devours. Apparently Aiden read my book in a couple of days and he loved it. What makes this great is the fact that while my book may be a fast-paced read, I didn’t pull any punches when it comes to vocabulary and sentence structure. The age group I wrote for would be 12 to 16 year-olds and Aiden’s 10. Way to go!

My mom also showed me a picture of a girl from her Special Ed class reading my book. The girl had her nose between the pages and you can tell she really loves it. My mom is getting the librarian to put my book into the high school where she works, and apparently there’s already a lineup to borrow it.

I can’t even begin to say how much this means to me. I’ve been a little bogged down lately by adult reviews of my book that focus on things like flow, sentence structure, character development. I wouldn’t be much of a writer if I didn’t think there were things that I can improve on but it meant the world to me to meet a kid that just loved the story.


>New Project: The dreaded short story.

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I’m about to swim into shark infested waters. My writer’s group has collectively decided that we want to put together a compilation of short stories that we can publish and release in time for Christmas. Don’t see the problem? The trouble is… that I don’t know how. :S

The structure of a short story is bemusing to me. Character development is so important, I just can’t figure out how to do it in a few short pages. I don’t know how to structure the pacing or what to focus on… in short, it’s easier for me to write a whole book!

I’ve decided to start with some brainstorming. The images that flash across my brain have to do with goblins and spiced plum cake (flam kuchen). I’ve got a few weeks to put together and engaging outline. Any advice?
Mmm… flam kuchen.


New Project: The dreaded short story.

I’m about to swim into shark infested waters. My writer’s group has collectively decided that we want to put together a compilation of short stories that we can publish and release in time for Christmas. Don’t see the problem? The trouble is… that I don’t know how. :S

The structure of a short story is bemusing to me. Character development is so important, I just can’t figure out how to do it in a few short pages. I don’t know how to structure the pacing or what to focus on… in short, it’s easier for me to write a whole book!

I’ve decided to start with some brainstorming. The images that flash across my brain have to do with goblins and spiced plum cake (flam kuchen). I’ve got a few weeks to put together and engaging outline. Any advice?

Mmm… flam kuchen.


Gold and Shadow playing at my book release!

If you haven’t heard of them yet, you should. Derek and Jesse of Gold and Shadow will be playing at my book release party on February 4th, 6-8:30 pm at The Buzz Coffee House. In keeping with the fantastical theme, they will be doing an experimental acoustic set… come and listen to the funky sounds of whimsy and oh yeahh… meet me on the side. 🙂 (Here I am)

It’s going to be awesome!