“The Giving Season” inspiration

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The fictional town of Ridge Falls (in my Christmas short story The Giving Season) is inspired by my home town, Maple Ridge. Three years ago, the blue lights appeared… Fred Armstrong, communications manager with the District of Maple Ridge, has put together a lovely Youtube video showcasing our downtown during a recent snowfall. Maple Ridge […]

Zombie Short Story for Christmas

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I’m testing the waters of Amazon’s Kindle publishing with a holiday zombie short story titled, The Giving Season. It’s been a learning experience, from editing to commissioning a cover, and I’m happy with the result. I’d love to hear what you think! Description: In Ridge Falls, no good deed goes unpunished. The holidays are not […]

Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

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At this time of year my mind is focused more on food than writing, and I expect the same is true for most of you. This afternoon I baked Chocolate Raspberry Muffins, a recipe I developed last year.  They were cooling on the stove top, when mice came along and stole three!  I think they […]

Healthy Holiday Fruit Bread (Recipe)

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Writers need fuel, preferably healthy fuel.  I’ve been fiddling around in the kitchen, trying to create some healthy holiday fare.  This bread worked out quite well, so I thought I’d share…   Festive Fruit Bread (adapted from High Fiber Bread Machine Bread recipe at Epicurious.com.) Ingredients: 1  3/4 cups skim milk 1/2 teaspoon almond extract […]

7 Things About Me

Back in September, my friend, and writing-workshop instructor extraordinaire, Devon Ellington tagged me in her blog. The tag was a challenge to post “7 Thing About Me” here and nominate seven people to carry it on. I’ve been slow in responding, but here it is: 7 Things About Me 1. In 1976 my family lived […]

Catching up!

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I’ve spent a good part of the last two months traveling and attending writing-related conferences and conventions.  In truth, it began back in mid-August when I attended the Cape Cod Writers Conference and met Devon Ellington and Faith Dincolo.  Devon taught our year-long, novel-writing intensive, and Faith was a fellow student as well as, apparently, […]

Death Sparkles – A Short Story Anthology

It’s a year since I last posted to this blog.  Where has the time gone? Let me tell you: September 1st, 2011, I began a one-year novel writing intensive workshop led by Devon Ellington and hosted by Savvy Authors.  I’d taken several of Devon’s shorter writing workshops during the previous year and learned a lot; […]

Persuasive Writing Workshop: References and Links

Last night, I taught a persuasive writing workshop for Golden Ears Writers, as part of their Lobby Night series at The ACT. Thanks to everyone who came out. As promised, here is the reference list.   Books: The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric Sister Miriam Joseph, Paul Dry Books (in particular, […]

A setting I love to write (my characters may not agree)

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Paths intrigue me. Who, or what, made them and why? In particular, paths in forest settings hide as much as they reveal. What destinations await the courageous traveler? What dangers lurk along the way? A mysterious setting reflects the emotion and heart of a Gothic story. Little is revealed when wandering down a forested path. […]

A few of my indispensable fiction writing sites

  For today’s rolling blog tour, we are sharing our favourite sites for writers. The internet offers thousands of excellent writer resources. Here are several sites I find particularly helpful: Fiction Writing Plot Development Story Boards -  story board template and worksheets. Role playing game (RPG) development sites can be useful for speculative fiction writers. […]