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”

Who Am I? Why Am I Here? (for Blogging U 101 – not existential crisis!)

I’m a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. And I’m a twin from Newfoundland who has lived in a lot of different places. Toronto, Tokyo, Texas, and Newfoundland… to name just a few. I’m an alum of The Banff Centre, The Humber School for Writers, The Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, andContinue reading “Who Am I? Why Am I Here? (for Blogging U 101 – not existential crisis!)”