When Words Collide Online Festival

When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers is going online this year, from Aug 14-16. It’s free and open to everyone. The organizers are planning five choices of panels, presentations and more every hour from Friday afternoon to Sunday. Most will take place on the Zoom platform.

I’m scheduled for two panels:

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known

The ladies in red partying at a previous year's WWC festival. This year there will be a virtual pool party.

When you started writing, what assumptions blocked your progress, lead you down dead ends, or limited your opportunities and experiences? Panelists share their initial faulty thoughts that slowed their journey into the writing world. Host: James Kademan Friday, 3 pm

Access Denied: A panel for writers on how to handle rejections and critiques, and communicate with editors/agents/publishers. Sat, 1:00 pm.

No registration or payment required. You can check out what’s happening on  WWC website.

The Spanish Flu

Today I blog on my publisher’s website about a subject that feels especially relevant today, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. To find the post scroll down past Berries! (which I find tasty in summer)

Telephone operators in High River, AB, 1918, Courtesy Glenbow Archives

Featured Author

Season for my novel-in-progress

Ten Days in Summer takes place during The Calgary Stampede

In A Deadly Fall, my sleuth Paula's friend is murdered while jogging on the Elbow River pathway that weaves behind Calgary's Saddledome

My publisher, BWL, is running a ‘Featured Author’ series on the BWL Author Blog. It’s my turn today. In the post, I discuss my three published novels and my current writing project.

To Catch a Fox is set largely in Southern California

Writing in COVID Times

Today’s my turn on the BWL Author Blog. I write about how I can’t set novels in the future anymore.

My hiking club social distancing on Hunchback Hills, Alberta.

E-biking

Today, in the Books We Love Insider Blog I write about my new activity for the pandemic – e-biking.

Fish Creek Park ridge

Into the Homestretch

Today I wrap up my five-part blog series about my drive across Canada during the pandemic.

Our most reliable restaurant chain for restrooms

Our favourite chain restaurant for takeout lunches

In the Centre of Canada

At the midpoint of our drive across Canada, Will and I  tackled the Dryden moose and the Manitoba border patrol

Dryden, Ontario

Across Canada During the Pandemic

Terry Fox Memorial, Thunder Bay

Today is the second installment of my blog post about my five day drive last week from Ottawa to Calgary. I’ve done this route four times before. COVID-19 made it different.

Lake Superior

Music Soothes Me in Troubled Times

I was on the road when my monthly blog post on my publisher’s website went live and missed posting this link. I write about how my choir manages to connect during this time of social distancing.  (I had to scroll up to see the post)

Shout Sister, Ottawa

“Pandemic,” my short story

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) got me thinking about my short story, “Pandemic.” I wrote the 12,000 word story 10 years ago, but it was never published.  COVID-19 has inspired me to revise “Pandemic.” I find the process helps me put our current crisis into perspective. I write about this in today’s BWL author blog.

Swine flu (H1N1/09) laboratory confirmed cases and deathsVenice, a setting in my short story "Pandemic"

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