Stories and Outtakes

As writers we produce so much that it often doesn’t always fit into a specific category. Here you will find some of my stories and outtakes. Enjoy!
Me: Published Author

Me: Published Author

Well, the grand unboxing was this morning. I am beyond thrilled!!! The colours came out fairly well and the cover has that sensuous matte texture that makes holding the book feel lovely. I gave up on waiting for traditional publishers to show an interest in my book....

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Poe’s Philosophy Of Composition [long]

Poe’s Philosophy Of Composition [long]

From: Graham’s Magazine, vol. XXVIII, no. 4, April 1846, 28:163-167 CHARLES DICKENS, in a note now lying before me, alluding to an examination I once made of the mechanism of “Barnaby Rudge,” says — “By the way, are you aware that Godwin wrote his ‘Caleb Williams’...

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Brunch with the Ladies

Brunch with the Ladies

The waiter at Bibi’s Brunch & Lunch was clad in regulation white shirt, black pants and Doc Martens. A spotless white cook’s apron was wrapped around a waist smaller than one of my thighs. The artfully messed hair and the wispy flavor-saver under his disapproving...

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Talking about Writing

Yes, hard as it is to believe, we're into year two of Covid related lockdowns and restrictions. We've had to get creative, so we don't turn onto unkempt hermits. I've been 'meeting' writer-friends online to talk about writing. Last week, Sheila T and I were talking...

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2021- Year of the Metal Ox

2021- Year of the Metal Ox

As awful as much of 2020 was, there were highlights. Dozens of new books to read. 'Meeting' people via Zoom (wish I'd b ought the stock early on). Visits with friends and family were fewer and socially distanced but that meant they were even more precious than before....

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Adios to This Year. Remembering Desiderata

Adios to This Year. Remembering Desiderata

It seems we're always rushing, rushing. Glancing at our watches or smartphones to know the time. Yet, we complain there aren't enough hours in the day to do what we have planned. And we tumble into a vortex governed by seconds, minutes and hours while often losing...

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I will always remember…

I will always remember…

My handsome father loved books, sharply-tailored suits and polished black shoes. He wrote poetry and daydreamed in between working so very hard for his family. Dad had a painful young life - father suddenly dead after being run over by a cane train and bleeding to...

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Observations While Driving

Observations While Driving

One I was returning to Toronto from a teaching assignment in Hamilton, and as I drove down the ramp from York Street to highway 403, I slowed for the sharp curve. Directly in front of me was one of those long, waist-high concrete road dividers. Someone had spray...

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Kenora cooks

Kenora cooks

When Kenora is stressed, she finds baking comforting. It's a skill she learned in childhood, from her mother. Back then, dinners involved plenty of energetic conversation, a gentle quiz about the day's 'current events' as they were called and a hearty meal that...

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Unboxing My Book

Unboxing My Book

We're easing into fall and that means it's almost time for my First Bookversary! Cue the fireworks and glitter! I had a lot of fun creating this video for Ingram Spark, a U.S. based company that provides amazing support to writers. They've shown it a few times on...

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