It’s okay…

…to ask for help. My occasional reminder that we’re not meant to do life alone: Life is hard sometimes–for everyone. If you need help, please, please, ask for it. Call a friend, or a crisis line, or your doctor. If you don’t need help right now, please watch for those who need it but are having trouble asking.

We’re better together. <3shareasimage (65)

To all the verse novels I’ve loved before…

I’m a fan of novels written in verse. I’ve read quite a few–currently reading Kwame Alexander’s THE CROSSOVER–but I keep discovering more, so many more! I love them in part for how they use language–lyrical and spare–and for many other reasons. I’ve got a guest post today on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves, sharing some of my favourite verse novels and highlighting a few more reasons I love them. Click on over and have a look! :)

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Book Birthday: FALLING FOR ALICE is out today!

I’m thrilled that FALLING FOR ALICE is out today! This short-story anthology was such a fun project, and it was an honour to work with such talented co-authors–Denise Jaden, Dawn Dalton, Kitty Keswick, and Cady Vance (you will love their stories!). And hats off (and teacups raised) to our multi-talented publisher, Jessica Bell of Vine Leaves Press!

Here’s the book trailer, to give you a taste of what’s inside FALLING FOR ALICE: Continue reading

Beach Day, and Where Ideas Come From

Despite ominous clouds, I went to the beach today. Yes, I got rained on, but hey, sea glass is easier to find when it’s wet. ;) The sun returned, so it ended up being a best-of-both-weather-worlds kind of day for walking on the beach.beach-day-april-14-2015close-up of doll's face

My favourite find today was this slightly creepy but very awesome china doll face. It was upside down amidst the stones, and I thought it was a bit of oyster shell. But then I thought, perhaps a bit of pottery or china? So I picked it up and flipped it over, hoping for a splash of colour, maybe…and there she was. Cool!

 

Story ideas are a bit like that for me — not a grand epiphany, with a fully formed idea flashing into my mind, but rather, an ordinary something catches my eye (or mind, or heart), and I wonder what it might be, or what it might become. I collect these bits the way I collect sea glass — compulsively, yes, haha, and then tucking them away, even if they don’t seem especially useful at the time. Eventually, a collection of these ordinary things comes together, and a story emerges.

 

If you’re a writer, how do story ideas come to you?

 

March Madness Day 31: Final Check-In!

This is it! The last day of March Madness 2015. It is seriously AWESOME that you stuck with this through the month. Even if you had some off-days (or weeks), and even if you didn’t make it to your goal, I am SO glad you were with us for March Madness. And if you had a fantastic month? If you achieved or even exceeded your goals? WOOHOO!! Congratulations!! *throws confetti* *passes cake to everyone*

Okay, one final check-in today while you’re clinking glasses and enjoying the virtual cake… Continue reading