Finding the Miracles of 2022

The end of the year is both the darkest and a time when our little blue dot is about to turn around again and move toward the sun. We’re reminded of the past year, the cycles, the big events in the world, but also the events in our own lives. It is difficult not...

All Things Cornwall

Cornwall was where my first book takes place, based on a hiking trip I took there in 2004. My Book, A Cornish Odyssey, is an autobiographical fiction, in other words, written as a fictional story, but based on real experiences. The character, like me, was an art and...

A Chocolatier Supreme in Hastings

It’s no secret that I like chocolate. And chocolate with coffee is my favourite combination. So when I stumbled upon Coastal Coco in the Queen’s Arcade and met James, it felt like I must have done something right. It was like entering a little corner of...

Visual Work

Here is a link to my visual practice as an artist and filmmaker from 1987-2022. I have always been a story teller, but have focused my stories in visual form before turning my attention to writing in 2009. Click on the link to see this album:...

Signs and Wonders

You might be wondering why my logo is a No U Turn Sign. Well, it’s like this. In 1993 I was living in Vermont, a state that, back then, had two unusual rules. Rule one was that you could never, ever, make a U turn in that state. Under any circumstances. Why they...

Women Writers

I’ve been looking at my bookshelves lately. It’s been many years now that I have culled, curated and obsessed over my bookshelves, collecting those books which spark something in me, a longing, an idea, a connection to the writer. In the past few weeks...

Improv Wisdom

I’ve been reading a book that is one of those that comes along at the right time. I was actually reading another book that came for me at the right time which was called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. He recommended this book and I decided to look into it....

Why We Write

As writers we spend a lot of time in the seat. Why do we write? I had a wonderful week with a dear friend of mine from California, also a writer, and we spent time discussing this question. After she went back to LA, she sent me these two links:...

The Tattooed Ladies

The first two walked into the little coffeeshop, on this night that it was turned into a pop-up ramen bar. After careful deliberation, they chose a small table at the front window. It was a hot night in August and one woman was wearing coveralls with a minimal top...

One Night in July

July 2022 I was awakened by words. Usually, it’s images that pull me awake, on the screen of my mind–the leftovers of a dream. But this time it was words. Whole sentences were floating past me, and I knew I had to catch them. I got out of bed, and step by step, felt...