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This year I am 64…

Forward Planning:

So most people make resolutions and goals on January 1st each year. As I have aged I have found that my birthday marks a special time for me. Considering next year will be the big “65″, I am making my intentions for the next 12 months now.

Writing Intentions:

Heading forward into November NaNoWriMo with dedication to finish my 2014 novel.

  • Connect with other dedicated writers
  • Re-read my novel and drop the mid-action change to the remote retreat
  • Brainstorm the crisis point and options to redevelop the events
  • Creating a story board to the point of change

October – research plot change options

Personal Development:

  • Journaling
  • Art Journaling
  • Planners
  • Walking (daily)
  • Eating better meals (homemade)

Financial Planning:

  • No spend weeks
  • Tracking utilities and regular costs
  • Saving goals
  • Trackers – weekly
  • Pay down all debt

Loved ones:

  • Mindfulness – moment by moment
  • Capture those special times by camera
  • Write letters
  • Spend time with each person when the option arises
  • Document every special time
  • Say “I love you” every day


So this is just the general ideas of a very happy 64 year old on her birthday. Dinner with family, drinks and time with plans for a renovated office space, and that makes for great birthday celebration. Thanks for joining


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Essay writing

Taking English 101 – Literature and English 103 – Composition and Style, I find myself struggling with the essay writing. I love the Literature studies and enjoy writing about the stories and plays. When it comes to Composition and Style, however, I am a flop. I will spend 3 – 5 hours per essay, researching and downloading key quotes and material. I will then spend 2 – 3 hours on brainstorming and outlining. It isn’t unusual for me to start writing and skip to the end to write my concluding paragraph. But then . . . I jump all over the place. I cannot seem to focus my thoughts and stay on path. My outline changes at least 3 or 4 times. Then I cannot solidify my thesis statement.

So if I can write stories, they must be rather boring and disorganized if this is any indication. Academic essay – ok. This argument/persuasive essay is tough. The tone, the wording, all is very difficult. I will defeat this dragon, however.

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Creative Emergence – September 2015

I have subscribed to Creative Emergence with Andrea Schroeder for the month of September. This is a free 30 day journaling event where Andrea helps you focus your intentions and dreams. Since I have made a number of changes this school year, I felt this was a great supplement.  Some of the changes I have made are:  1) one year personal leave from teaching at CNC, 2) signed up for 2 courses at CNC:  Literature and Composition and also Composition and Style, 3) committed myself to write my book (or two) before next spring, 4) signed up for James Patterson’s Masterclass. With all the education and learning happening, I wanted to ensure I stay on focus with my dreams and goals. That is where Creative Emergence with Andrea Schroeder comes in.

I recently finished The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. This was an amazing course where he taught the 9 factors in creating, maintaining and sharing motivation. This was perfect for refocusing on my writing. Keeping the motivation going day after day, is tough and more so for the solitary writer. I am still following Brendon in his High Performance Academy presentation. All are to help balance the writer and the my life. Having a tendency to throw myself in too deep and give up too soon (burn out), I hope these new personality and spirituality leaders will help me balance the next year.

So if I tend to regularly post here again, it will be thanks to my “team” of experts and motivational speakers, that I have gathered about me. Now to source a personal team of draft readers and editors. . .

Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction Writing, Just write

My first child’s book review



This was a cute read. I believe some of the words would be a challenge for new readers, and would recommend the book for parents and older siblings to read to the preschool child.

The book recognizes the reality in today’s world, where one of the parents works away from the home and is not available at bedtime for the traditional bedtime kisses. This is a harsh truth for many families today. I can only imagine the impact of this book in a family where one parent is serving in the military overseas.

Unfortunately, the book will be released only in the US, however, the book may be purchased by Canadians directly through the website.

Posted in About Me, Fiction Writing, Just write, NaNoWriMo, Spirit

NaNoWriMo 2014

struggle-strength-picture-quoteI’m doing it! Started my novel on November 1, 2014. I am so excited. It is so easy to distract myself with doing more reading and research and catching up with forums on the NaNoWriMo website.

I am meeting up with a friend to encourage each other early on in the month. I already met up with writers in Prince George on Saturday at the library. We chatted for too long but I still got a start on 400 words. So off I go. Had to share . . . Looking for lots of positive energy.

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ImageI was trying to write a novel about a young girl growing up in rural Manitoba in the early 60’s. I say trying because this project was so overwhelming that it was beating me up every time I approached my desk. So . . . onward and upward with my new intention. This is not a scrapped project, just one that is sitting on a shelf – waiting for my muse.  I will be keeping this image close to my heart however.

My daughter has created a piece of art for me to use as inspiration. An artist and computer wizard, she is my biggest motivation. She just finished a huge internet design project involving hundreds of people, and her organizational skills and creativity kept her in the loop all the way. She is a true friend and gift to the artist in my spirit. She constantly adds challenges to my art to push me further into the creativity – for example, she will sit me down and let me start to draw on a page, but then turn the page on me and make me continue, then change my pencil to a felt marker and then later to a pencil crayon, all while turning the page different ways. Every time she sees me settling into my “box”, she shakes me up. She is a natural teacher and uses multi-media as if it was an everyday tool.

This is my daughter’s idea of a sketch for me to focus my young girl on . . .


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The Great E-book Pricing Question

Deep down I dream of publishing a book at some point. I have played with writing, but see little to encourage me right now. I do have a number of very articulate and entertaining friends that I hope get to read this blog. I am reblogging this one for future reference because I like his reasoning.

David Gaughran

soulsale There’s more guff written about pricing than almost anything else, resulting in an extremely confusing situation for new self-publishers. I often see them pricing too low or too high, and the decision is rarely made the right way, i.e. ascertaining their goals and pricing accordingly.

Price/value confusion

Before we get to the nuts-and-bolts, it’s time to slay a zombie meme. Much of the noise on this issue springs from conflating two concepts, namely price and value.

Authors often say something like, “My book is worth more than a coffee.” Or publishers might say, “A movie costs $10 and provides two hours of entertainment. Novels provide several times that and should cost more than $9.99.”

Price and value are two different things. From Wikipedia:

Economic value is not the same as market price. If a consumer is willing to buy a good, it implies that the customer places a higher value…

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There are some words in the English language that never seem to look right to me. Poignant is one such word. Even when I type it on a page, I want to double check my spelling of this word. The letters don’t appear to go together correctly. Strangely enough, even when I try to use this word in conversation, it seems to get stuck on my tongue. It almost comes out in 3 syllables rather than 2.

Maybe today I will practice using poignant in my dialog more. Maybe then, the word will become more natural to me. Maybe then, I won’t wake up at 3 am with the word going round and round in my head and demanding my attention. Yes, I am feeling a little poignant – right now.