The Joy Experiment – Is Writing Really My Sweet Spot?


So my coach, Michelle Vandepas—who is ALL kinds of awesome—played a bit of the devil’s advocate in our last session with, “What if…” The what if was about giving up the ten billion (okay, a small exaggeration) things I am juggling trying to research and write (books, poetry, plays); promote a self-published book; run a…

The Joy Report (at last!)


Those of you who read my post back in February where I announced The Joy Experiment were told The Joy Report (my conclusions) would be out on February 15. Ahem. Sorry. Yes, I did post an update on Feb 20 but then went merrily on my way (apparently) forgetting I still had a *report* due!…

April Fools is over dude.


This morning I woke up to this scene on my deck. Hang on a minute…April Fools is over, dude. ICE dripping all over my tiny budding trees–and the crocuses and hyacinths just starting to emerge. WHAT is THIS? It’s particularly disheartening given we’re just back home after 10 days in glorious Vancouver where the sun was…

Has Accessibility Killed Expertise?


If you are a sensitive soul whose tiny precious spark of creativity is easily doused, don’t read this post. It probably isn’t for you anyway, since you are likely one of the people who ISN’T out there scanning the net for the magic formula that will help you write a book that lays the proverbial…

The Joy Experiment – News from the Front Lines


So why does it sound like I’ve gone into battle? This was supposed to be a journey into calmness, clarity and focus. At first, it was all that. So many truths about my work, my life, my direction were pouring into my heart and head that I could barely capture it all. I was steeped…

Canada Reads – A Seriously Messed Up Premise


One of the most heartbreaking events I ever participated in was Georgian Bay Reads, our local version of Canada Reads. When I was invited to represent Collingwood in 2011, I was delighted, but admitted I knew very little about “the game” since I had never followed Canada Reads (insert sheepish grin). That was my first…