Goodbye, CaRWA.

February 19, 2020

Today I resigned from CaRWA, the Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America. I can no longer belong to an organization whose racist and homophobic actions contradict its professed values of diversity and inclusion. Before I continue, I want to apologize to the CaRWA members who are part of any marginalized community, or who write …

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Doorways into reading — and writing

September 3, 2018

I came across this article a few weeks ago, and it got me thinking: https://www.tor.com/2018/08/13/in-search-of-doors-read-v-e-schwabs-2018-j-r-r-tolkien-lecture-on-fantasy-literature/. I can’t remember not reading. I do remember curling up in the kneehole of my grandmother’s vanity dresser with a book, and since it was such a small place I couldn’t have been more than three or four. I read …

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Websites for writers (and other folk)

July 20, 2018

Like a lot of authors, I have a day job: I run a web development company called Creative Implementations, and I build WordPress websites for writers. And other folk.

I’ve been asked a couple of times lately what I do for clients. This post gets a little detailed, so bear with me!

PSA: Protect your devices from phishing

July 13, 2018

I belong to several email loops. Every once in a while, one will see a flurry of posts that only contain a weird looking link. I don’t click on them, because I know without a shadow of a doubt that the person whose email apparently sent the message is not the person who intended to …

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Look, look, I’m in a podcast!

July 7, 2018

(Actually, I guess that should be Listen, listen!) On June 24, 2018 I participated in Sultry and Sweet Summer Reads, Calgary’s first romance reader festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/645283692471244/. It was organized by a fellow member of CaRWA (Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America), M Jane Colette. I was there primarily to represent CaRWA, but I also …

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WordPress Technical Maintenance

June 21, 2018

If you have a self-hosted WordPress website (one not hosted at wordpress.com), it’s really important to keep it up to date. I’m not talking about adding new content. That’s important, of course, but even if you don’t add anything new for a while, your site won’t break. Think of adding new content like putting gas …

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PSA for WordPress site owners

May 17, 2018

For those of you who manage your own self-hosted WordPress websites: WordPress 4.9.6 is set to release today (Thursday), and the version number is misleading. WordPress 4.9.6 is much more than just a simple/minor maintenance release. There are brand new features in this release: GDPR tools, Gutenberg Nag screen, and even a massive bump in …

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Can I use that?

February 22, 2018

As authors, we do everything we can to make sure our work isn’t pirated. It’s heartbreaking to discover that the book that took so much time and effort is being distributed for free without permission, sometimes in a format in which you never released it. We owe the same respect to creators of other kinds …

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Treasure in the Library launches today!

November 18, 2017

It’s been a busy month! I’m pleased and proud to announce that my latest contemporary romance, Treasure in the Library, is now available for sale as an ebook. The print version takes a little longer. I’m waiting for the proof copy from the printer. As soon as I can approve that, the paperback will also …

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Cover Reveal!

November 7, 2017

I haven’t been posting much, but I’ve been writing like a fiend! My next novel, Treasure in the Library, is in the last stages of revision. So I thought I’d whet your appetite, and show you the cover: I have the great good fortune to be able to work with the same fabulous team as …

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I’m So Excited!

June 6, 2017

When you send a book out into the world, you have no idea how it’ll be received. So it’s tremendously gratifying when it gets any sort of recognition. I entered my debut novel On a Whim (published October 2016, available on Amazon) in several contests this year, and I’m pleased and proud to announce that …

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Today is Check Your Backups Day

February 1, 2017

Today, February 1, is officially Check Your Backups Day! Why, you ask? Because even geeks, who should know better, can screw it up. (Source: http://checkyourbackups.work/) In dedication to the @GitLab outage of February 1st 2017 Ooops. But that’s OK, right? They had a backup? Well, yes. But then this happened: Ruh roh. That’s a lot …

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On a Whim is here!

October 13, 2016

On a Whim is finally here! The long-awaited (at least by me) release of my debut novel is finally here. It’s been quite a journey for me, this writing and publishing a novel. It’s not something I had dreamed of or even thought about doing as recently as eight years ago. Funny how life changes. …

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A week closer…

October 2, 2016

… and there’s still stuff to do! I’m waiting for comments from my editor to do the final polish. I’m building the publishing templates for the ebook and print version. And I’m slowly figuring out how the final pieces fit together to get a book from my head to your hands. I have learned a …

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It’s almost here!

September 28, 2016

Since January, I’ve been involved in a Super Secret Project (OK, not so secret recently). I’ve written one in a series of twelve connected books. The books will be available on Amazon starting tomorrow, one per week. Mine is Book 3: release date October 13. The Thurston Hotel Books are standalone contemporary romances connected by …

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The wind blows

September 27, 2016

It’s fall. I should be working on one of the client websites I’ve got underway. I should be writing the promotional stuff for my first novel, which is scheduled for release in TWO WEEKS! Instead, I’m thinking about fall, and writing poetry. So you get to read that today, instead of the newsletter or blog …

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The importance of editing

June 30, 2016

For a number of years now I have followed Marian Call http://mariancall.com/, an indie musician who writes some of the most literate and literary songs I’ve ever heard: powerful lyrics about universal subjects set to rich and complex melodies. How can you not like a song with the word “cacophony”? Or one about the moon, …

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Scrivener and Dropbox and the PC, oh my

August 27, 2015

I didn’t like the way Scrivener for the PC worked directly with Dropbox. (See this article http://www.apheleia.net/scrivener-and-dropbox-redux/.) I found that Scrivener got really sluggish when saving a large project directly into the Dropbox folder. Plus, I wanted my backup utility MozyHome to still catch and back up my Scrivener projects. It’s occasionally dicey when I …

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Craft books and the creative process

August 5, 2015

I love to watch people work. No, it’s not that I’m lazy, or that I just want to sit on the sidelines of life. But I really enjoy watching someone do something they do well. Especially when it’s something I don’t know how to do myself. It doesn’t matter what that something is. On a …

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My life is a pendulum

June 4, 2014
Heart Pendulum

My life is a pendulum. And sometimes that’s a scary thing. But it doesn’t have to be. I recently spent a week away at a writing retreat, which was intense and productive and amazing. I’m about a third of the way into my very first novel, and while I had a 35,000-foot view of the …

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Writing Retreat!

April 22, 2014

I have a day job. Well, I’m self-employed and run my own business, but it’s the same thing: a good chunk of my time every day is spent on Other People’s Stuff. And I find I write better in concentrated, focused periods. I can write non-fiction business stuff in 10-minute increments, but not fiction. One …

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Writing Process Blog Hop

April 4, 2014

A big thank you to Suzanne Stengl for inviting me on this “Writing Process Blog Hop”. Suzanne writes cozy mysteries and heartwarming romance. When she needs a break from her keyboard, she swims lengths at the Y, skis at Sunshine Village and hikes in the Rockies. She’s also a pretty good line dancer . . …

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It’s a GOOD day to write!

January 29, 2014
Writing

It’s a cold, grey, snowy day. The plumber never showed. The electrician never called to reschedule from not showing yesterday. One of my sons is dealing with a cracked tooth. My bum knee is whining at me, the result of slipping on the ice outside on Monday. And yet, and yet. It’s a GOOD day! …

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Procrastination

January 16, 2014
Write Later

Procrastination, procrastination Is makin’ me late Is keepin’ ’em waitin’ (with apologies to Carly Simon) I write part-time. I thought I’d be writing full time by now, but somehow when you spend 20+ years being an entrepreneur, when you start to walk away from your business it follows you — and mine walks faster than …

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The Writer as Conduit

October 9, 2013

(or How I Break Through Blocks) I’ve gotten a lot of coaching over the last few years. I’ve belonged to business and personal coaching programs, attended webinars and teleseminars, read books, worked one on one with coaches. It’s all different, and it’s all good. One of the common elements or teachings is about “being in …

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Into The Future

July 4, 2013

I am SUCH a geek. I love technology. I started reading hard science science fiction (as opposed to the more fantasy-like or story-based science fiction) when I was very young. I have a degree in engineering, because I have this driving need to know How Things Work. Spent far more time in Home Ec classes …

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And so it begins…

July 2, 2013

Well. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now. It’s time. I’ve spent the last 21 years building my business. It’s changed names — and purpose — over the years, but everything I’ve done has been to promote and support the business. Earlier this year, I made the decision to stop taking new …

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