Being in Transition; Being Enough

Confession. I’m terrible with transitions. The in-between time. I’m not patient and want things to happen in my own time and when they don’t I think it is because I’ve done something wrong. I am the first to turn on myself for not being good enough, smart enough, talented enough. Not enough. I’m currently in a transition. For the first time since 2011 I don’t have a book or writing deadline of any kind. I don’t have a good finished draft of anything because the one that I thought was kinda sorta done and I Read More

An Office Of One’s Own: Saying Goodbye to 2017

In my early twenties, I was a Music and Drama counsellor for a day camp.  I had worked there every summer since I was fifteen and loved my summers there–preferring to be a counsellor than a camper. That particular summer, though, the camp director had decided to move the Music and Drama department to a new building. I cannot remember if we had been in a barn and then moved to a two-room building, or it was reverse, but I do recall my big complaint that summer was the lack of an office. In fact, Read More

You Never Know…And Other Things I Learned (Remembered) on the Road: Part Three

The last few weeks, I’ve been writing about some of the observations I made as a newbie author on the road. The first part explored the amazing things that happened at various author events and the second discussed self-care techniques while traveling. The third part of this explorations will be about post-travel self care. At first this was only going to be a small section, part of the larger discussion, but I realized that there was more to say. It has also evolved into recommitting myself to a daily practice of self care involving journal Read More

You Never Know…And Other Things I Learned (Remembered) on the Road: Part Two

In my last entry, I wrote about some of my observations as an author who took herself on tour for the first time. Now, I am going to share with you a few things I did while travelling that kept me centred. I knew when I started this tour that I was going to essentially be “on” for seven days, which meant that I needed to remind myself to do things that would keep me balanced. Pack for Success (Or maybe I overpacked, who is to say?): Deb Ohi has this very helpful post about how to Read More

You Never Know…And Other Things I Learned (Remembered) on the Road: Part One

I’ve returned from my adventure very tired, but also ready to get to work. I’ve written about how I had wanted to go out east and have spent the last two months preparing for it. I’ve learned a lot about organizing book tours (and why people have assistants… to all assistants, I salute you!), and what I might do differently next time. I also learned about the unmeasurables, the things you cannot even begin to imagine, that (most) people are grateful that you came and shared your story. This blog post got very long, so I Read More

Celebration! Maud Launches in Toronto

I’m not always good at celebrating success. Probably because I get overachievy and can be quite hard on myself. Always looking to the next step on my path to said success. But today…I pause and say…YES! Success!!! Indeed, there has been much MAUD excitement over the past few weeks and I’ve moved to a new house. I have been taking photos of these changes and hope to write about this more shortly, but today it is time to celebrate and commemorate the week Maud officially launched into the world (it was also the week before I Read More

Maud in the Wild and Other Adventures

On Tuesday April 25, 2017 MAUD was officially launched in Canada and the United States. I celebrated by getting up bright and early and being on TV for the first time. The hosts, Carolyn Mackenzie and Jeff McArthur, made me feel at home. Carolyn and I got to chat before the show and she’s a big Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, so we connected right away. And when I confessed that this was the first time on TV, she immediately tried to make me feel more comfortable. I have been told that I rocked it…It Read More

On the 75th Anniversary of Maud’s Death…A Reflection

Seventy-five years ago today, on the 24 of April 1942, Maud died in her home, “Journey’s End,” on Riverside Drive in Toronto’s west end or Swansea Village. While the home is currently a private residence, there is a plaque in a park nearby commemorating the street. Today, CBC Books has compiled, 75 facts you might now know about Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery and #20th is Maud! They had also asked me for some “fun facts” of my own, which are also included. As you know, Maud kept a journal her whole life, but the last Read More

Fun Facts About Maud: Mel in Cavendish

One of the best parts about writing historical fiction is doing the research. I love discovering things that maybe people haven’t, or see something in a new way. Maud had been very careful about what she left behind. She burned her correspondence, so the only letters we have are the ones other people, like her best friend and cousin Penzie, and her two pen pals Ephraim Weber and G.B. MacMillan kept. Over the years, I visited the L.M. Montgomery sites and archives, exploring what she left behind. This helped me to connect to Maud, her time Read More

Happy 150th Birthday, Bess!

  I have known Laura Ingalls Wilder since I was seven years old when my parents purchased the entire set for me for my birthday. It was in a big brown box and I remember opening it around the old fireplace in the dining room with the large swordfish my dad and caught and hung on the wall and the needlepoint of a woman sewing that my mom maid handing over the fireplace. (I wonder what happened to both of these things.) At first I didn’t know what it was and my mother had to explain Read More