The Paper Girl

The paper girl came into being on the day that Judy Lancaster, age five, drew her on a paper napkin at McDonald’s on a cold November evening.  She had no name.  She had no distinct features, other than two arms, two legs, a very large head, two long strands of hair, and a smile. The […]

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My First Novel – “Stranded” (12 Years Old)

So, this particular story was a project for my grade 7 class.  I have left the story in its original form, leaving in all grammar, spelling, and my own 12-year old word-smithing.  I will have you know that I drew and coloured every single one of these pictures.  Enjoy! Stranded Lynn Valley Elementary School Copyright […]

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Return to Writing

Yep, I started again. I had a great opportunity to be mentored by a fantastic author and I took her up on it.   So I started a new novel, completely unlike what I thought I would write next. I figured I had the Chick Lit thing down, but this is definitely a bit darker. […]

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Grammar Police

I grew up reading and writing along with all my elementary school friends and, though I make mistakes, for the most part, I can string along a pretty good sentence.  I know roughly what the rules are and what looks good in a sentence.  What surprises me, though, is when I see really basic grammatical […]

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Be Zazzled!

I sure have been. I have been playing around with Zazzle and doing something I’ve been telling myself I should be doing for years.  (How’s THAT for a confusing sentence?) Writing greeting cards! I love quippy cards with a bit of humour, I love writing chick lit, I’m a Jesus Freak, and I love stationery so […]

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Real Life – available online!

Finally! I checked Amazon late last night and there it was, my book.  It’s pretty surreal that something I wrote has gone from closet gathering dust to Amazon.com, but I’m excited.  Really excited! I’m oddly nervous, too.  Are people going to find it funny?  Or amusing?  Or just plain stupid?  Are they even going to know it’s there?  This […]

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Waiting is Hard…

So I’m waiting for my book to appear on Amazon.com.   They said one to two weeks, but it feels like forever.  I should be patient, but it’s not one of my strong suits.  You’d think after 5 years of letting the manuscript sit in my closet that I wouldn’t care.  Well, now that it’s print-ready,  […]

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Real Life – Brushing Off the Dust

So many years ago, I wrote this little book.  It was an easy write, I thought it was kind of funny and amusing and gave me an opportunity to get my feet wet in terms of starting and finishing a novel.  Many people ask: So, how do you write a book?  I wish I knew […]

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