With the sun promising another spectacular day in San Francisco, I headed out with my trusty map and cell phone GPS to the crookedest street part of Lombard. I was able to catch another ride on the cable car.   As I waited for a fellow to back out onto the crookedest street from his

THE DETOUR CONTINUES (as does the fantastic weather!)

If  you’ve been following my IMAGINE – the journey, you’ll notice that my journey has taken me to San Francisco! I decided to tag along with the Calgary Girls Choir tour and am fuelling my imagination with the sensory delights of this crazy city! It has been a festival for the senses to say the


  APRIL is always a busy month but this year, the busyness is ending with a fabulous visit to San Francisco. The weather is perfect! After a smooth flight and seamless ride to my hotel, I hopped on the cable car and headed for the ferry.  What a spectacular day for a ferry ride and

WHAT IF? Always a good question!

Today—something a little different! Usually my Friday blog assignment is to write a piece of fiction using something different each time as the prompt. So far, I have used photographs of a Pink Door, a forest path, a blown glass ball, a fairy sketch and my Sheltie, Shadow. It is a lot of fun and I


One critical benefit of a strong imagination for writers, is in that we are forever on a quest for freshness. A unique voice. The fight against cliché is constant.  One of the ways of accomplishing this originality, I discovered, is to stop the panic on the daily word count and take time to observe. This pays


“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ― Martha Graham Every now and

IMAGINE – Another World in Which to Live

I just finished A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny—her most recent Three Pines Mystery, with Commander Gamache and the delightful characters of Three Pines. Her story was compelling, as always, but just as compelling was her personal story of the writing of this novel. This book was written while coping with a husband suffering from


Do you have a special place where inspiration strikes? Place is an important part of my writing ritual. It sets the mood. here are a few of my favourties. #1 THE LIBRARY When I was writing my first historical novel, nothing inspired me more than going to the large library downtown, taking the elevator to

AN UNFAIRLY TALE – the conclusion

THE BEGINNING That night at bedtime, Casey surprised her father by announcing that she wanted to tell him a bedtime story for a change. Her father was thrilled with this turn of events. He rubbed his hands together in delight and made room for her in his big, comfy chair. “Once upon a time,” Casey