Inspiration & Support—

How Knitting Made Me A Better Writer

I work really, really well with a routine. And the thing about moving is that all of my routines have changed. In our new house, where is my favourite reading spot? Where do my Mason jars live? Now that I have a bathtub (yay!) when is the best time for me relax and take a […]

Never Do Homework Again!

When I was in Barcelona, I visited La Sagrada Família, the (still unfinished) basilica designed by modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. I’d often heard that Gaudí was “inspired by nature” but until I stepped inside the cathedral, I did not understand what that really meant. Light comes in through the windows above the way sunlight filters […]

The Vulnerability of Submission

As I write this, it is the last day of my writing retreat here in the south of Spain. It’s almost time for me to put my novel away for a few weeks. Ryan arrived from Toronto last night, and while he slept off his jet lag today, I spent time under the big olive […]

Seth Godin and the privilege of connection.

For many years, there were about 150 people on my email list. It was exciting to write to 150 people. This was before Facebook, when most of us were still spending more time in our physical communities than we did in our digital ones. Now that we are meeting and communicating online more often than […]

What you need to know about fear.

Last weekend I had the privilege of working with six accomplished writers and a herd of horses for three days. It was incredible. The horses have a way of mirroring your resistance to you, without fail. You might have a very compelling story about why you won’t/can’t write your book, but try explaining that to […]

Cross training

I signed up for art classes this fall. Every Tuesday for the next seven weeks, I’m playing with gouache! What? My art teacher, Erica, taught me about colour theory. I drank it up — chroma, hue, value. The difference between chroma and lightness. How different colours have their own inherent value. And how different value […]

Be stubborn.

A couple of years ago, Jennifer Louden interviewed me for her Teach Now course. This program teaches pedagogy and self-care for anyone who feels called to be a teacher, and I was delighted to be included as guest faculty. Since then, I have been following Jennifer’s work with admiration. Her writing is in service to […]

Stop what you’re doing.

There have been times that I’ve believed writing was supposed to be really hard work, and that it was unreasonable to think that I could enjoy it. Writers talk about this a lot. They talk about it through time and space. Even after death, they’re talking about how hard it is to write. “There is […]

Write what you want to read.