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Let the games begin!

As the Games begin in Tokyo this week, I wish every single Olympic athlete well and I thank them for their strength and optimism in the...

Celebration!

May 10, 2021 It struck me recently that my work as Arts Editor and Art Beat Feature writer for the Old Ottawa East community newspaper...

Kids Walking to School? Nope!

Over the past year, during this COVID 19 pandemic, seeing our neighbourhood kids walking to and from school has reminded me twice daily...

The First-Ever I Read Canadian Day!

Wednesday, February 19 is I READ CANADIAN DAY. When did I first read Canadian? At age nine, when I discovered Anne of Green Gables. It...

Reader Feedback Rocks

Getting feedback from a reader is a bit like getting an A on an assignment, or a “well done!” from an admired teacher or boss. But, for...

Why make up a town?

A book’s setting, of course, isn’t just a backdrop, it’s a world. I once took a course at the University of Western Ontario with poet,...

Why a Series?

When I wrote Crash Course, the first in my Maryn O’Brien series about a teen mountain bike racer, I was focused on writing just that one...

Reading and Libraries

I departed walking on air, feeling certain that books really do matter to kids. This past sunny warm Saturday (September 15), I presented...

O Canada

In high school, Atwood's novels, short stories, and poetry could keep me up past 2:00 a.m. on a school night... When my publisher...

The Underpinning of an Author

She…allowed me to lock myself up for two days and two nights UNINTERRUPTED to get the final edits/rewrites of the book done. This is the...

The Reading and Writing Mom

For my second post for Dog-Eared Books, I found myself getting nostalgic about moms and reading with the approach of Mother’s Day. Come...

The Poetry of a Name

“There’s power in naming yourself, in proclaiming to the world that this is who you are.” – Janet Mock English director Richard Eyre...

Remember to Have Fun!

Our great friends and neighbours the Levins gave me a 2018 Bike Art Calendar not long after the launch of my second book last autumn. I...

Getting Inside Our Teens’ Heads

Most of these passionate readers are moms of teenagers involved in athletic or other competitive pursuits. I was thrilled to be the guest...

Before and After

These “before” and “after” shots of my office/writing space re-organization show that I am finally ready to hunker down and immerse...

Christmas

Here I am with the most amazing Christmas gift—this awesome photo of two Whitehorse-based Maryn O’Brien fans (my nieces Gabriela and...

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