where my strength is

Years ago, I took Karen Walrond‘s Pathfinder course. Through a series of fun and insightful exercises, I identified my strengths – my superpowers – celebrating, savouring, connecting, and storytelling. Our...

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breakfast on mustique

birds are not welcome at breakfast

I thought I would write about waffles long before I put up a post on crêpes. Which is funny mostly because I’ve been making crêpes for a LOT longer. And because the biggest reason I’ve put off the crêpe post is...

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lake reflections

handling feedback

I’ve been thinking a lot about feedback and critique. It’s an invaluable part of preparing a manuscript for query and submission. Definition time: a manuscript is the unpublished version of a work that the author is...

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spring in seattle - forsythia

seaching for scatterbeams

When Kristina was home for a month at Christmas, I spent some time messing around behind the scenes of the blog – looking at long-neglected analytics, tracing where my readers are and how they find me, that kind of...

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coffee berries in winter light

staring down a blank page

I don’t wake up craving a cup of coffee. I wake up just fine with a splash of cold water on my face. It’s not the jolt I crave at all. It could be noted that I don’t drink decaf, but that’s more about...

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trees in every direction


I had a coffee date with my husband the other day. As much as we see and enjoy each other’s company at home, it is sometimes a lovely thing to intentionally create time to be together away from our house – no dog, no...

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