On the second day of Christmas my true Muse gave to me, Two creative tips: “There is no such thing beneath the heavens as conditions favourable to art.  Art must crash through or perish.” Sylvia Ashton-Warner “Continue to dream and continue to believe yourself special, for if you stop dreaming you lose your motivational energy, you

Countdown to Twelve Days of Christmas!

Twelve Days of Christmas is a crazy song that every kid loves. For me, it brings back memories of elementary school teaching days when we (teachers) would create alternate lyrics with what “my teacher gave to me.” Teachers get lots of great gifts from students at Christmas time and we thoroughly enjoyed thinking up some

CREATIVITY: The Abundant Life

My year-long journey for discovering the abundant life of creativity is winding down and I’m already planning an exciting new challenge for 2018. As a result of my 2017 challenge, I opened my mind to new possibilities, took some risks, stepped outside my comfort zone and viewed the world around me through fresh eyes. The

Ghost Boys by Shenaaz Nanji

Even though the “frightful” winter weather has arrived this weekend with cold and snow and more cold and more snow, I’m looking forward to enjoying the warmth of good friends, food and fun as Shenaaz Nanji launches her new novel, Ghost Boys. Ghost Boys follows fifteen-year-old Munna Patel from his hometown in India, to a


The strong winds we’ve had recently, reminded me that this time last year I was flying into Seattle just as a huge hurricane was predicted to hit the Pacific Coast. It was eerie racing through a virtually empty Vancouver airport to catch our connecting flight to Seattle. Was our flight the only flight not cancelled?


It’s always fun to spend an evening with enthusiastic  literary types at a launch celebrating a new addition to quality literature for kids. Last night was such an occasion at Pamela McDowell’s party for her most recent animal rescue, early chapter book, Bats in Trouble.  Who knew how interesting and highly misunderstood bats are, and


There is no dance without the dancers. What does this mean to you? How would you explain this saying? If there is one thing I’ve learned from my creativity exploration, it’s that I need to encourage my brain to come up with new ideas on a daily basis. This could mean something as simple as


Best Thanksgiving Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned To what time has taught us, to what we’ve learned: We often focus all our thought On shiny things we’ve shopped and bought. We take our pleasure in material things, Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings. If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,

THE HEART OF REVISION – It’s Not in the Words

Remember what Robert Frost said? “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader…” As much as I love words, and as much as I love contemplating word choices when doing the final polishing, I know that words alone are not going to cut it. From the beginning of this project, I knew how