The first stop on our tour of every library branch in Edmonton was the Meadows branch. And it was stunning. Brand new, the Meadows is located in the southeast side of the city in the new Meadows Community Recreation Centre. Though it seems a bit small (sorry—I compare every library to my childhood “home” of the St. Albert Public Library), the high ceilings and bright windows give it an airy feel. This would be a great place to study or to sit and read for a bit since it’s rather quiet mid-week and midday. Also, because it’s attached to the rec centre, this is yourRead More →

I’m on mat leave right now, caring for my little guy, and let me tell you—it’s hard to write. If I can get him down for a two-hour nap, I’m golden but the trouble is whether he naps for 15 minutes or two hours, I can’t see into the future to know HOW LONG he’ll nap for. The unpredictability is harsh, and I miss the old working days of knowing I’d at least have 45 minutes over my lunch hour. So because “writers write always,” I have to find other ways of keeping up my writing skills, and if I can’t actually write, then IRead More →

*Not everyone shares the same sense of fun as we do, so you might scare some folks away or not get invited to the next party. On the other hand, you’ll find out who your true weirdo friends are! This is an easy game. 1. Ask the person their date of birth. 2 Google search for serial killers born on that day. 3. Read the Wikipedia entry about the killer that comes up. 4. Enjoy this unusual, but super fun icebreaker. Lemme share mine. I was born on February 29 (yes—the Leap Day). This is a very rare day, so you’d think the odds ofRead More →

Sorry (not sorry) that I’ve been gone so long guys. Where have I been? It’s not where so much as what I’ve been doing. I gave birth to my son in November and decided to concentrate my efforts on him. My beautiful boy. But as I start to get into a rhythm (of being a writer and a mom), I need to plan a goal for 2018. Even if it’s likely that I won’t be able to accomplish much while caring for an infant, I have to try. The desire to write is still strong in me. It can’t be stopped! So here’s what I’mRead More →

As a horror fan and writer of horror, I’m often trying to drill into what could scare my readers. But the deep, dark secret of writing horror is tapping into what scares ME and then writing about it, and maybe, if I’ve done my job well, what scares me will resonate with readers. On Tuesday, a 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City. I’m all the way up in Edmonton, Canada, and if you know your geography, you know there’s no way in hell, I felt it the tremors. But I did feel absolute terror for about 24 hours because my dad was in Mexico City thatRead More →

I won’t link to it, but I just read a blog post out on the interwebs about writing your novel’s first page. The advice was the standard stuff, so I won’t repeat it here. But it was the comment section that made me roll my eyes. A few folks shared what their first page was about, and not to judge, but one person said that their story started with their young protagonist dreaming of an adventure to escape their boring life. BORING. To me, this author has just described every lame first page ever. Sure, your protag is relatable. Who hasn’t been a bored teenagerRead More →