Sunday, October 30, 2011

See You Soon ...

A small taste of what's to come this week ...

Tuesday (November 1) I'm featuring my interview with Holly Luhning, author of Quiver; and on Thursday (November 3) I will be featuring an interview with Isabelle LaflĂȘche, author of J'adore New York!  

See you all soon! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Good News + My Upcoming Return

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. I know mine had a great start because of this little book that arrived in my mailbox yesterday afternoon ...

If you look very closely, under the list of editors (and right above the forward credit), there you'll see it - my NAME!

Last April I decided to get involved with a local organization, the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA), and I became a member-at-large on their board of directors. Through FOPLA I heard about a project called Potpourri. Young authors, aged 9-17, submit their poems and short stories to the libraries, through the Awesome Authors Youth Writing Contest, and the winners are published in this anthology.

When I heard about Potpourri, I knew I wanted to be involved in some way, so when one of my co-members said some light editing was needed for the English short stories, I quickly volunteered, not anticipating the lovely surprise I would receive in the mail. Fast forward about five months, and here we are.

 I want to say how wonderful it is to see an opportunity like this for young writers, and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it (even just a small part). I grew up in a small, northern Alberta town, and even though I have so many great memories of visiting my local library (OFTEN), there just wasn't anything like this available to me.

So I urge people to continue to support their local libraries, because you're not just supporting books - you're supporting future authors! Here are a couple of pics from the Potpourri 2011 launch:

{Images by Sam Hornby}
CONGRATS to all the young authors, and Thank you to everyone involved who worked so hard; the anthology looks GREAT! Thank you for letting me be a part of Potpourri. If anyone in the Ottawa area is interested in purchasing a copy of this year's anthology (or even if you're not in Ottawa), click here.

MY UPCOMING RETURN! I will be kicking off my return to (more consistent) blogging with some author interviews the first week of November, and I also plan to have my FIRST give-away ever, so STAY TUNED ...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Seeing The Light at the End of the Tunnel ...

I can't remember the first time I saw a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness; at the same time, I can't remember a time when it wasn't in my realm of consciousness. That pink ribbon is both a reminder of how one day your life can be normal, and the next your entire world is flipped upside down; it's also a reminder of hope. 
I try to focus on the hope ... 

October is breast cancer awareness month, and I'm about to get brutally honest here ... every time I see a pink ribbon I feel a little bit bitter. Don't get me wrong, it's not because I don't support the cause; far from it. 

I realize that I never shared with you the type of cancer my partner was diagnosed with; well, it was testicular cancer, and it was aggressive. In the span of one month it was discovered and diagnosed; grew to the size of a tennis ball and removed; and then discovered that it had spread into the lymph nodes and the lungs. He was put on an equally aggressive chemo plan immediately following the surgery, and after weeks of treatment, I'm happy to say that it looks like we're nearing the end of this unexpected bump in our journey. 

The CAT scan shows no sign of any cancer at this point, and if it stays that way after the end of this upcoming weeks' chemo (Monday through Friday - bleh), then he's in the clear! Even though we're not quite there yet, I can't tell you how relieved we were to finally hear some good news. 
Did you know that Testicular cancer is the most common type of cancer for males aged 15-29??? I didn't either.
I'm happy that such a simple thing as a pink ribbon can help start the conversations that many people are too afraid to broach; but I also hope that people will remember that there are many other types of cancer that deserve just as much support and awareness.
Thank you so much for all of your support thus far, and I can't wait to get back to blogging on a more regular basis! 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

"You just have to plant your bottom in a chair, keep it there, and do it. There’s not a lot of mystery to it"

- Danielle Steel, on the not-so-mysterious task of writing a novel 

{via Pink Lemonade blog}