This is a confusing time for me. I’ve been watching documentaries all week about the space race and missions, and especially the moon landing of 50 years ago. What an exciting, inspiring era I grew up in! But today, July 15, marks an unhappy family anniversary. It was on this day 20 years ago that … More My Mother; The Moon Landing: July 1969; July 1999
I’ve always wanted to write what I myself would like to read. I like fiction. But my first book, Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story turned into a non-fiction memoir about my life as an army kid, air Force wife, hockey mom, and now retiree to my kids’ hometown of Aylmer, Quebec. It was fun … More Writer Dilemma
So just returned from my first ever “Writer’s Retreat”, organized by the ottawaindependentwriters.com. What is a writer’s retreat? I didn’t know, but assumed it was a quiet place away from home where a writer could write. Well, yes, it was. First, it was away from home. In quaint little Westport, Ontario, nestled on a lake … More Writer’s Retreat : Westport
I’m in my 6th decade of reading, but my first as an author. I never heard the word “genre” discussed so much as I have these past few years. In my lifetime, I read what I wanted, when I wanted. I didn’t know about “genres” for books to be classified into. Books were described by … More What Genre of Fiction do You Read?
As usual I did NOT read as many books this year as I planned. How does that happen? I spent a busy year marketing and promoting my book Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story, which turned into more fun than anticipated. Many signings, travels, family events; it was a high-school renunion year; it was my … More Reading List 2018
I entered Camp Follower One Army Brat’s Story in the prestigious Writer’s Digest Book awards. Boldly. Contests can be intimidating, but this one promised a review for the entry fee, so taking a deep breath, I submitted. Below, in its entirety, is the judge’s commentary. I admit I disagreed with 2 points. Read on and … More Camp Follower : Writer’s Digest Review
This is a story for my ongoing series of life as a “Camp Follower” ie, growing up as a base brat first then military wife later. As usual, these are true stories, save for some name changes and embellishments for poor memory! Sunday morning Leicester Square, CFB Winnipeg May 1985 My husband and I usually … More Baseball Game