Monthly Archives: May 2009

What Could I Possibly Have in Common With Madonna?

Well, I went riding the other day — thought it might be a good idea to get in a little horse time before Jen and I head off to Ashcroft and our favourite place in the world — the Sundance Dude Ranch.

I was having a good time on the back on Brat, (who seems to be the most patient horse in the world), when all of a sudden, the two of us, and she was the one in control were on a collision course for the wall of the ring. I guess I must have panicked, because when she did the smart thing and turned (rather abruptly), I think, I just kept right on going. Needless to say, the wall and the horse won.

So that was Tuesday. Since that time, I’ve been twice to phsyio, swallowed bottle of IBP and watched a bruise that looks like a map of Canada change from black to blue to green to yellow on my hip. It hurts. I hurt. Still, I did get back on the horse (thanks to Mary-Ann) and I will again as soon as I can get up from my chair in under ten minutes.

And Madonna? When she fell off her horse, she took an ambulance home — I drove. So, she might have a better voice, but I must be braver…

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Kudos to Suite101.com

Check this out on The Freelance Home Writer Blog. As one of suite101.com’s editors, it is gratifying to see this kind of positive feedback from one of our writers.

And of course, we are always looking for new writers. If you are interested in learning how to write online content really well, mouse over to suite101.com and fill out an application form.

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Books

His Illegal Self by Peter Carey — an interesting novel that dragged a bit in places, but not so much that I didn’t look forward to picking it up every so often.

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher — so well written I never wanted to pick up a pen (metaphorically speaking) again.

Good to a Fault, by Marion Endicott — I am really enjoying this novel. I think it was made into a CBC radio play last year and I heard snippet of it. Can’t bear to put it down.

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I Did It! Kept my Longweekend Promise to Myself

I have not opened my computer since Friday at noon. Instead, I have been on my bike, watched movies, gardened and buried myself in a book. I’ve eaten out, rented movies, slept in and eaten a whole carton of chocolate chunk Hagen Das.
I’ve had the whole weekend to myself and in spite of a few lonely moments, I feel completely revived and ready to work. It really was a challenge for me not to go near a computer. I even used a map to get to an unknown location, and a recipe book to cook my pasta dinner last night. Meanwhile, my head is full of ideas for the book I am working on — it’s going to be about suicide, so I’m not yet sure if it will work out. As James says, “Yippee another happy subject, Mum!” Still, just ’cause my books are a little dark, doesn’t mean that I am. Exactly the opposite actually.

I put all of my energy into ripping up half of the front garden. After I’d got rid of all of the weeds, I planted a red Japanese Willow tree and some wild grasses. Today, I hurt from all of that excavating and the garden is still a mess, but I have a vision for it now. This is a miracle. Most of my creative energy goes into writing, so I didn’t know I could actually create (or attempt to) a new garden.

To finish off the long weekend, I am going for a pedicure and a manicure — get rid of all of that dirt under the fingernails. What luxury!

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What’s Up This Week?

Lots! On Tuesday I will be back at my old school – Crofton House to listen to the grade twelve girl’s Transition Plans and view their portfolios. I’ve done this once before and I never ceased to be impressed by their skill, qualifications and future plans.

On Tuesday night, I’m joining my colleagues at suite101.com to see John and Beatrice (Pal Vancouver Theatre). Really looking forward to this.

On Wednesday it’s a fab nine-course Chinese Banquet in support of The Northwest Ceramics Foundation — not going to eat anything all day in preparation for this feast!

On Thursday, I am going out to Ladner with my daughter to ride horses for an hour or two.

And of course, lots of writing and editing.

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William’s Lake Young Writers Conference 2009

Huge thanks to the students who attended the Second Annual Young Writers Conference in Williams Lake, British Columbia last week. Except for the plane ride back to Vancouver, which left me shaken and thankful to be on the ground again, I enjoyed myself immensely. The students in my workshops ranged in age from grade seven (Marie Sharpe Elementary School) right up to grade twelve. Each one of these students had something of value to offer to the workshops and I applaud these budding young writers for their high level of participation. They shared their thoughts, their ideas and their writing -not an easy thing to do, even for seasoned writers.

Registration

Registration

There was something for everyone: poets, future illustrators and children’s authors, young adult authors and those interested in self-publishing or how a book is created. Besides myself, other author/workshop leaders included:
Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

Nan Gregor, Diane Haynes, Lee Edward Fodi, Crystal Stranaghan of Gumboot Books and James McCann — a well-known face at Vancouver Kids Books.

BC Authors

BC Authors

One of the authors unwinds outside hotel

One of the authors unwinds outside hotel

The success of the conference was largely due to the incredible vision and work of William’s Lake transplant Amar Sull. Thank you Amar for bringing me together with so many talented young people.

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How to Relax — Images

Crazy Canucks

Crazy Canucks

Get Inspired by Nature

Get Inspired by Nature

Blossoms

Blossoms

Colours Abound

Cruiser

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