Thursday, December 31, 2009

Time with Tannia

This month, I am the featured author on
Please link on the above link. This will take you to Tannia's homepage. Once there, please scroll down to the bottom of the page. There you will find an underlined title: This Month's Featured Author. Clicking on this title will take you to Tannia's interview with me. It was a pleasure working with Tannia on this piece.
Happy reading...

Thank you to the old year -- happy new year

For my writing career, 2009 was a banner year. It was the year that I saw me fulfill many dreams...
-I finished writing a mystery. My largest writing project to date.
-Kind bookstore owners placed Maynely A Mystery on their bookshelves.
-I held a book launch on Mayne Island and people came. : )
-I travelled home to Eriksdale, Manitoba to give a book reading. I was welcomed home. The support I received overwhelmed me.
-One of my stories (Because She Believed In Me) was included in the Island Writer Magazine.
-I gave a spoken word performance on Vancouver Island.
2009 was a delightful year. I am thrilled that I was able to accomplish as much as I did.
I have many dreams for 2010 -- I am working hard to transform them from fantasies into reality.
I wish you, my friends, a happy, healthy 2010

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

McNally Robinson files for bankruptcy

I received news last night that McNally Robinson booksellers is filing for bankruptcy. They will be closing their bookstore located in Polo Park. As you may be aware, this is one of the locations where Maynely A Mystery is currently being sold. I have contacted McNally Robinson. I am hopeful that Maynely A Mystery will continue to be sold through McNally Robinson. The best thing that you can do is continue to support McNally Robinson through this troubling time.
Keep reading -- I'll keep writing

Saturday, December 26, 2009


This Christmas, for me, wasn't about running to the mall for the millionth time to buy something that no one needed but I just had to buy.
This Christmas, for me, wasn't about trying to out do, out purchase, out busy, or out... (fill in the blank). This island has taught me to be who I am. Take pride in that and others will accept me.
This Christmas, for me, wasn't about unwrapping an enormously expensive gift.

This Christmas taught me that there are more important thing than what is under the tree.
This Christmas I was blessed to be surrounded by friends, chatter, laughter, fun.
This Christmas I am thankful to be well feed, well loved, and well kept on a idyllic island in the Pacific.
I wish for you, my friend, a home, a head, a heart that's full.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'm sure you will find...

that the more you write
the more you will have to write

I have news. Maynely A Mystery is now sold at this delightful bookstore...

Fables is on Salt Spring Island. Salt Spring Island is one of the southern gulf islands. The gulf islands are located between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland.
My pen is being kept very busy these days. I am writing what I think is a novella but which very well might become a novel. You know how these things go. I will keep you posted as I progress.
Happy Holidays
I hope to write more before and during 2010.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Church bells will ring on Mayne Island

at 3pm today.
Nothing's on fire
Churches all over the world will ring their bells in support of action taken against climate control.

Google to find out more, like I did.
Ring those bells.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I'm in Aqua

I was recently featured in Aqua magazine. The magazine reports on the culture of the Southern Gulf Islands. The article skillfully written by Cherie Thiessen starts on page 9. My smiling face beams at you thanks to my friend and talented photographer Toby Snelgrove. I was attempting to post a link to the ezine...but sadly this feat seems to be beyond my abilities. Please google "Aqua - gulf islands" and I have faith that you will find it. I have read the ezine. Flipping pages online is so cool. Check it out.
Stay cool - dress warm

Monday, December 7, 2009


I have been writing all day. Now I'm having trouble focusing and so I think its time for a break. I know I promised to catch you up on my news. I will keep that promise. Hopefully tomorrow.

Brief report: As you know, I read on Vancouver Island. From where I stood, the place looked packed. Everyone was so nice and supportive. Now I'm hooked.
Will I do it again?
In a heart beat.

The Island Writer Magazine (with my creative non-fiction story: Because She Believed In Me) is available at your local bookstore. Check the Victoria Writer's Society web site. I will post a link...soon.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Look in your mailbox and other news

Okay, let's start with the other news first.
Tomorrow I will be giving a reading. Here's what the poster says...

You're invited

Join the Victoria Writers' Society in
celebrating the launch of

Island.writer Magazine

When: Saturday, Dec 5, 2009
7:00 - 10:30 pm

Where: The Orange Hall
1620 Fernwood Road

What: Readings
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Admission is free

I would add that I am scheduled to be the 7th or 8th reader. Hey, I'm flexible. I can adjust. Especially if you're there to support me. I hope you can attend.

My non-fiction creative story is titled Because She Believed in Me. It is a tribute to my grandmother.

island.writer magazine will be available for sale during this event. It is seven dollars.

For those of you on the Southern Gulf Islands, look in your mailbox. I will be there. For those of you elsewhere, I will explain in my next post. I am hoping to post that post next week -- possibly on Monday.

There will be more news...please come visit with me again.

Stay cool - keep warm