A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, two dogs, three cats, a couple of birds and a turtle named Chew. My flower gardens are forever at the beginner stages, as I would rather hike, canoe or snowshoe with my husband (and fellow empty nester)
Life is busier than ever, so obviously this is the best time to write.
My favorite breakfast is crispy bacon and strawberry jam on white toast.
In a nutshell:
Happily married with two grown daughters. Writing short fiction. Working on my first novel.
My Origin Story – Rule of Three
All my life I wanted to be a veterinarian. I took all the right classes in high school, math, chem and biology. But, my favorite class, however, was a double class, English 300. The teacher was a poet, who love Shakespeare, which I did not, but he often gave funky, fun assignments for creative writing. I remember his excitement when he announced that a poem of his had been published. While most of the students were less than impressed, I was thrilled for him.
I enrolled into the Agricultural Department of the U of M. As I struggled through that first year, my grades in organic chemistry were less than stellar, but my marks in Canadian Lit were awesome. During a counselling session with a T.A., it was suggested to me to pursue an English degree. What can you do with an English degree? Be a teacher. Nope, not for me. I quit university.
Fast forward. I signed up for a mail-in writing course to learn to write children’s books. This was the era of snail-mail and faxing. The whole exercise was too slow and cumbersome to keep my attention from two children, a husband, and a consulting business. I wrote on and off, mostly stories about pets we had lost to the rainbow bridge. I was not allowed to send them out in the morning. (People would be crying at work.)
Fast forward farther. We had to move our house. I wrote little emails with photos and sent to family, friends and colleagues who wanted to know how the relocation was going. I was actually doing a form of a blog, but didn’t know it.
Fast forward a little further. I found a Canadian self-directed writing course and completed it. Then I signed up for their mentored course and completed that.
Then I found DIYmfa101 run by the awesome Gabriela Pereria and her team. I am a loyal “Word Nerd. I finished the self-directed course DIYmfa101 and am now working through P2P (Pixels to Platform) for the third time.
I will get this!