Category Archives: On writing

Swanky Swigs

Did you know that before Cheez Whiz was sold in jars, it came in Swanky Swigs tumblers you could drink from? That’s the kind of wonderful nonsense I come up with while researching for my latest historical novel. Also learned … Continue reading

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Find Me a Darn Synonym

Just finished three weeks of intense proofreading of my new historical novel, Not a Healing Balm,—it’s only a working title since the publisher wasn’t comfortable with the one I first came up with. I didn’t agree with his suggestion at … Continue reading

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Choose your phobia.

This must be a partial list, because a lot more phobias come to mind–claustrophobia and arachnophobia being  the ones that concern me most. As a writer I can add the fear of rejections, although I think publishers these days are … Continue reading

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READ AN EBOOK WEEK

SPECIALS FOR READERS!!! Find great deals during Read an Ebook Week at Smashwords between March 5-11 This is the hub of the action, where you find over 70,000 multi-format books regularly priced at free every day, and thousands more that … Continue reading

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Review: The Dolan Girls by S.R. Mallery

S.R. Mallery’s historical western, The Dolan Girls, gives us a colourful view of America’s wild west of the 1800’s. It was a time when cowboys and bandits were free to roam the countryside, women slept with a gun at a … Continue reading

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Most Indies shouldn’t ever publish. Well, most women shouldn’t have babies. #amwriting

That’s not a kneejerk yeah well you’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny response.  Ask any writer, traditionally published or indie, our books are the children of our brains, and we’re protec… Source: Most Indies shouldn’t ever publish. Well, … Continue reading

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The Hard Truth About Publishing—What Writers & Readers NEED to Know

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
As we careen toward the New Year, many emerging writers have a goal to finally publish that novel and I hope you do! But the arts are kind of strange. We often get…

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Strength in Numbers: A Two-Part Portrait of the Filles du Roi (Part 1)

Originally posted on All About Canadian History:
Arrival of the Brides by Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (c. 1927) If you were a French woman in the 17th century, packing your bags, uprooting your life, and sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to settle…

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August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews #TuesdayBookBlog – authortranslatorOlga

As you know I am part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and Terry Tyler has had a fabulous idea. Here is the post! On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging re… Source: August 2016 … Continue reading

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The Ecomusée du Fier Monde; formerly the Généreux Public Bath on Amherst Street

Originally posted on For Good Measure:
Published in the Montreal Gazette on September 21, 2013 When, in 1975, I first moved to the South Central (Centre-Sud) district of Montreal, I was struck by the number of cold water flats that…

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