100 Days to 100!

Honestly, it’s hard to remember what it felt like to blog regularly- given that I haven’t done it since returning from my last writing sabbatical in 2015. Being a full-time school marm can really put a damper on one’s online self expression 🤷🏻‍♀️ But today marks an important countdown and rather than just counting downContinue reading “100 Days to 100!”

30th Anniversary of Breakfast Club – Nothing Simple About Those Minds

I’m going to try to do a few things in this post. First of all, thanks to Eileen On at http://www.eileenon.wordpress.com for nominating for a new blogging challenge: 5 Photos – 5 Days. She encouraged me to share more from my SXSW experiences in Austin, Texas, which I’ve been slow to do, since the endContinue reading “30th Anniversary of Breakfast Club – Nothing Simple About Those Minds”

Muskoka Novel Marathon and Adult Literacy

You might love reading the long form narrative of novels; you might prefer the brief staccato punch of twitter updates and texting. Wherever your literary loyalty lies, picture the profound impact of a sudden loss of your basic literacy: you can’t navigate the internet, you can’t fill out job applications or government forms or doContinue reading “Muskoka Novel Marathon and Adult Literacy”

Surprising Tapestry of Sessions at SXSW – South By Southwest…

SXSW is a 3-part festival, with Interactive going the first 5 days, Music the last 5, and Film stretched through the full festival. In regular life, you just don’t get this kind of variety in a 10-day stretch. I love that when I come to South By Southwest (SXSW), I’m not here for work andContinue reading “Surprising Tapestry of Sessions at SXSW – South By Southwest…”

Hitting the Wall…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wall.” I build walls around me when I write in Texas. Maybe it’s because there’s so much space in that house compared to the one in Toronto. The walls I build are displays, where I cover the surfaces of the large blank walls with my writing plans.Continue reading “Hitting the Wall…”

Denver for Writers

I just spent 4 days in Denver – first visit ( & the beginning of my winding down the Sabbatical year tour) – and while I found myself a bit afflicted by the altitude, it was a beautiful, walkable city with a lot to offer a writer passing through in the way of writing spacesContinue reading “Denver for Writers”

It’s Muskoka Novel Marathon Sign-up Day! Stressful? Yes! Worthwhile? Absolutely!

(SPOILER UPDATE: just found out I made the 40 writer cut off!) This will be my 3rd year signing up for the Muskoka Novel Marathon – and the competition to be among the 40 writers is fierce. I am traveling this week, and so when 7:00 pm Muskoka time hits (that’ll be 5:00 in DenverContinue reading “It’s Muskoka Novel Marathon Sign-up Day! Stressful? Yes! Worthwhile? Absolutely!”

Taking This Show On The Road…

It’s no secret that I’m All Over The Map (Just check out my About page if you want to know) but my Writing/Reading/Swimming Sabbatical (based mainly in Texas) is winding down a little earlier than originally planned and to cap it off, I’m embarking on another few exciting trips before heading back to Toronto andContinue reading “Taking This Show On The Road…”

Grandparents Are a Precious Unrenewable Resource

“Grandparents are a precious unrenewable resource.” That’s how an uncle put it when I lost my second grandfather. Somehow, I reached the age of 30 with 4 grandparents still living. And then at 40, I still had 3. There is no doubt that some magical thinking began to take place, because although my Nannies andContinue reading “Grandparents Are a Precious Unrenewable Resource”

Blogging 101 – Day 3 Checking out the Neighbourhood

  Today’s Blogging 101 task involved looking for new blogs to follow, both from other participants in this 3-week course as well as searching through tags that are relevant to me. It was the type of task that could (and did) take you down a rabbit hole, and I’m sure I spent 3 times asContinue reading “Blogging 101 – Day 3 Checking out the Neighbourhood”