Friday, October 31, 2014

It's THAT Time of year...

And no, I am not talking about Halloween. 

I am talking about that crazy month long writing extravaganza otherwise known as Nanowrimo! If you've never heard of Nanowrimo, it actually stands for 'National Novel Writing Month'.  It is a fabulous writing frenzy where writers sign up to write 50,00 words in the month of November. This will be my sixth time participating in 'Nano'. (Note from the badges below the absence of a '2009 badge'...  That was my first year and sadly, as you can see, I did not manage to complete my word count that year.)

Why would anyone want to do this, you may ask? Beyond the fact that writers tend to be a strange breed to begin with, it is exhilarating, inspiring, motivating and downright fun! (I told you we are a strange lot...) 

I am happy to say that last year's 'nano' project became the NEIGHBORS Series that has been coming to readers in serialized instalments all of this past year. I also managed to turn another 'nano' project into a full length novel (Three Strand Cord) but I am still seeking a publisher for that one. 

This year I plan to continue with the NEIGHBORS theme, focusing on Jed Malloy and his family, who move to Alberta to live near Jed. it should be fun and I can hardly wait to get writing! 

All of that to say, I may be somewhat preoccupied for the next month. See you on the other side!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LONE WOLF - here!

LONE WOLF has finally released.

Thomas Lone Wolf has recovered from a brush with death – and from a broken heart. His work of opening a First Nations cultural center at an archaeological site near the town of Marshdale is almost complete. Once his son graduates from high school, he and his daughter will have to move on to the next project. Just when he has resigned himself to being a single dad for the rest of his life, he meets a woman who seems perfect. But can his wounded heart take a chance on love again?

Astraea Press release.


B & N


Monday, October 27, 2014

O'Keefe Inspired Art

Way back in 'the day', I trained to become a high school Art teacher and teaching my senior Art class is still one of my favourite things about my job. Here is a Georgia O'Keefe inspired still life that the students were asked to draw. I bought the two cow skulls at a garage sale a few years ago for five dollars. Money well spent! Paired with some flowers and a goblet or two, they become a wonderfully O'Keefe-esque subject. 

Students were asked to draw the still life as realistically as possible with detail and shading using a variety of charcoal. Each piece is unique - one of the things I love about this assignment when they are all hung together. 

Various student samples

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gridiron Granny's Guest!

Thanks to Patti J. Smith for interviewing me on her blog 'Gridiron Granny' on October 24. She asks some really interesting questions... check it out!