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

Mel’s Long Overdue Post: An Overplanner in Recovery

I had the summer all planned. MAY: Submit the next draft of the Maud novel after an incredible ten days doing social media for the National Reading Campaign’s Reading Town in Charlottetown, P.E.I.             MAY to JUNE: Prep for backfilling a course for six weeks and prepare for an¬†inspiring ten day writing retreat and alumni-mini-res at VCFA where I was workshopping a new piece with a writer I had always wanted to work with, Cynthia Leitich-Smith¬†— who really is made of awesome and kinda wanna be her when I grow Read More

Yoga, Writing & The Final Stages of (This) Revision

I’m about to head into the final stage of (this) revision. I say “this” because it is the one that I will send to my editor (which is wild and amazing and I cannot believe that I get to actually write that!) So I know there will be more–possibly many more and that is okay. It is part of the process. I printed out the first draft yesterday and it is amazing how different and frankly cool it was to see months of work on paper. While I had printed up sections of the book Read More