NO ENTRY THROUGH THE DOORS – NO END TO AN ERA!

According to  Complex pop-culture, these doors are not accessible to the likes of us, which makes them all the more intriguing.  Doors prompt all sorts of imaginative journeys.  I love doors.  The Pink Door of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, inspired a story about a curious old lady who becomes the unlikely friend and mentor of a young

The Doggie Diaries by Shadow the Sheltie Seriously?? She’s staying?

Well, I totally did NOT see that coming! I smelled something suspicious in the air. You know, there was the new poo corner for “going corner,” and the banning from the jumping-on-the-couch-and-barking-out-the-window routine. Even my morning “W” (that’s what the Alpha female calls going for a walk if it’s supposed to be a secret), included

AN INSIDE OUT VIEW

Travelling provides endless opportunities for imaginative material. Just look at this painting from 1952. Isn’t it brilliant? Lucky for me, this was one of the paintings I was actually allowed to photograph at the SF MoMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.) In fact, I think there should be an entire writing prompt book specifically

SO LONG SAN FRAN – I’LL BE BACK!

Thanks for the hospitality, San Francisco! And the weather. Especially the weather. What a treat to wake up every morning with nothin’ but blue sky and sunshine! But, all good things do come to an end and I have to say it wasn’t easy saying good-bye. San Fran touched me more deeply in three days than

UPHILL AGAIN!

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

THE STORY SEARCH IS ON!

  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

MISS YOU

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

HOW TO FIND THE MAGIC

“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