MidMonth Blog: Procrastination and Social Media

Social media is a treacherous lure into the depths of Writer Procrastination. Twitter entices the hapless browser to continue inserting brilliant posts so that followers don’t flee in boredom. What? Today 23 users deleted their accounts? Facebook, however, is even more devious, and not at all subtle in its detaining techniques. It traps a writer into lingering on its p...
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October Book of the Month: Enigma Club

October, being Canadian Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, seems a good time to present a review by Sharon Berg, poet, editor, web designer and founder at Big Pond Rumours: Enigma Club (Borealis Press) engenders a greater understanding of Autism because two of the characters in the book are on the Autism spectrum and Gloria Pearson-Vasey offer’s deep insights into the ch...
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MidMonth Blog: The Facebook Adventure

I’m migrating from a monthly Flash Blog to a mid-month general blog. Do I hear a collective sigh of relief from my readers? Yes, being a journal of writing progress, or lack thereof, the Flash Blogs were becoming works in monotone.  This month I’m focusing on a single writing distraction, a précis of my most recent Facebook adventure. The adventure really began three years a...
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August Book of the Month: Hallowmas I: The Bells of Prosper Station

Half way through summer holiday months, I have another suggestion for your reading list along with three great reviews. Hallowmas I: The Bells of Prosper Station offers historical fiction (with a fantasy twist) providing authentic details of life in a flourishing Victorian-era oil town including glimpses of the healthcare scene. With Hallowmas approaching, Azur Moonst...
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Flash Blogs 25 – 28

  Week 25 - Flash Blog 25 June 23, 2017 How to explain this urgency to write? So much going on in my life, so many details to attend to, and yet I feel guilty and restless when I'm not working on a manuscript… Week 26 - Flash Blog 26 June 30, 2017 Sobering report from family member's specialist today. Trying to treat it as just another of life’s chall...
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July Book of the Month: The Dúns

On this first day of July, Canada 150 Day, here's a book to kick off your summer reading or at least add to your reading list. The Dúns is situated in the not-so-distant future where three underground communities are newly venturing above ground to revive the earth and re-establish themselves. Add to this a delusional tyrant following the script of The Book of Esther,...
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Flash Blogs 21 – 24

Week 21 - Flash Blog 21 May 25, 2017 Returning to consistent writing when life continues to be crazy is not easy. In fact, I’ve had to reread several back chapters of my psychological suspense manuscript-in-progress to reorient myself. Therefore a firm commitment: I will write every day - even if it’s just a paragraph.              Week 22 - Flash Blog 22...
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June Book of the Month: The Shushan Citadel

June for Environment and Refugees In the month of June, World Environment Day is promoted on the 5th and Refugee Day on the 20th. The Sushan Citadel is a fitting read this month because it transports the reader into societies that survive because of environmental nurturing, and thrive because of the hospitality they extend to strangers. Refugees from the wastel...
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Flash Blogs 17 – 20

Week 17 - Flash Blog 17 April 27, 2017 With the sadness of Juno's passing lingering over our days, I've left the final chapters and returned to editing the beginning. There's a weariness that clings when one is grieving – even for a dog. Or maybe, more so. Week 18 - Flash Blog 18 May 5, 2017 I'm revising the manuscript as I go, always seeking a particular 'feel' ...
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