On Writing

Harvesting Acorns

At long last I have redesigned the cover of Harvesting Acorns. When I first published my book, I spent a long time with the cover, but I will admit, the end result wasn't really what I had in mind. And, when someone who had read my first book, Warrior on Wheels, and knew it was a children's story automatically assumed Harvesting Acorns was also a children's story, he asked me "Is it a story abo...
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The Art of the Interview

Being a distance student working towards my English degree in the pursuit of a professional writing career has its disadvantages. I haven't received any practical training when it comes to interviewing, and so by tiptoeing my way through this area in the form of e-mail interviews, finding myself needing to conduct telephonic interviews for the first time was quite a daunting prospect to co...
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Do What You Love | Love What You Do

After spending 16 or so years in the insurance industry, hating every moment, doing what I needed to do to put food on the table I found myself kind of being forced to take the step I had always wanted to take but had not been brave enough to take. Circumstances had forced me to resign as I could no longer be in the office full time and my boss offered me an independent contract to continue fulfil...
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Literature: The Pleasures and the Pains

I love reading. According to my mom, I taught myself to read when I was very young, starting with stop signs, and I can remember spending hours in her office 'writing' on a little blackboard. In pre-school, while the other kids were learning to read my teacher made me go and sit at the back of the class and sort out her cards - probably because I was acting like a know-it-all and spoiling it for t...
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Exploring other Mediums

I am a writer. I love to write - simple as that. But when what you love becomes what you do for a living, sometimes other aspects come into play. For example, if you are asked to write a piece that includes interviewing people, you need to learn to conduct interviews. If you have been asked to submit a piece that requires photographs to back your story, then you need to learn to take decent photog...
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The Common Thread

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I love my writers’ circle and the diversity it brings to my writing journey. This morning’s meeting was extra special. We were treated to the writing wisdom of guest speaker, Jan Moran Neil, and there just seemed to be a tying up of strings in my personal journey. The topic was “Writing your life story” with the essence being that the writing of such usually begins with a life-changing turning poi...
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To Tweet or Not to Tweet

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For a long time now I have been refusing to sign up on Twitter. I already find that most of my existence revolves around Facebook and so I was adamant I did not want another time-stealing social media account. Some time back I announced on Facebook to my friends that I would be leaving cyber-world. I got quite a number of disgruntled ‘No’s’, and ‘How about only going on once a day?’ I insisted it ...
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NaNoWriMo 2011

I joined the West Coast Writer’s Circle during 2011 when I was struggling to sit down and write the last chapter of Warrior on Wheels in time for Damian’s 13th birthday. At the September meeting we were told about NaNoWriMo. At that point I didn’t even consider doing it as I had so much on my plate already with my studies. But… somewhere it was brewing in my cluttered mind, perhaps it was the exci...
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