British-Canadian, Mil-Spouse, Auto-immune, wise-cracking, globe-trotting, writer-wannabe!


… But this is ridiculous

Image shows a large yellow umbrella with the words ‘Merde il pleut’ (shit, it’s raining) on it.
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Yesterday it rained — a lot. As I live in the Pacific Northwest, this is not a surprise. There’s a reason it’s called a temperate rainforest.

It’s raining again today. Overcast skies, grey, gloomy and SAD-inducing. I’m supposed to go watch a soccer match. …


The short stories I enjoyed reading this week

The image is full of open books, waiting to be read
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I am a day late (and quite possibly a dollar short!) this week. Life… *sigh*.

Starting out this week with a quick (and slightly dirty) read from Alison McBain. It highlights the advantages/disadvantages of robot adoption that might go beyond the norm.

Next, this gritty story, by Nathalie Clair, shows…


Are in-person conferences better than virtual? Or just different?

A laptop computer, with a mug beside it, shows many faces in a Zoom online conference.
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In last week’s blog post, I discussed the pros and cons of an in-person writers’ conference. As I mentioned, three years ago I attended the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, and had an excellent experience, though one that was not without its concerns and a bit of a learning curve. …


Principles and choices have consequences

A huge wave crashes against a harbour wall with a small lighthouse
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Spring came in gentle waves lapping through the cracked ice. Lake Erie awakened, stretching against its wintry confines. Thaw arrived on warm breezes that wove their songs around the trees and through the grass. The same breezes that carried the musty, fertile smell of damp earth primed again for life…


Some stories I enjoyed this week

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Louise Foerster tagged this story as fiction. However, it feels more like an inspiration to me. That’s why I’m starting off this week with this interesting piece that will make you think.

It was the title of this next piece that caught my eye, being an autoimmune sufferer myself. Eldon…


Are you new to the world of publishing? A writers’ conference may be for you.

Close up of a person’s lap, with a notebook resting on it and a pen in hand. They are sitting with other people at a conference
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Attending a writers’ conference was something I had on my writerly bucket list for a long time. When I took my first writing course, some thirteen years ago, the Surrey International Writers’ Conference came highly recommended by the instructor, so I made note, because at the time Surrey (BC, Canada…


A story about asking for what you want. Because if you don’t ask you never get.

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“Only the purple boots will do.”
The words were said with such quiet confidence that Julie was taken aback. “I’m sorry, what was that?” They had been checking out the display of children’s shoes, but she now turned to look down at the tiny figure beside her.
“Only the purple boots will…


The best stories I read this week

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Starting with a laugh, the title caught my attention for this first story, by Patrick Metzger. I must confess, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I clicked to open it. …


Learning that, for me at least, authenticity is success

A woman stares out at the sunrise view of a boulevard by the water’s edge, a lighthouse in the distance.
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A few years ago, an article appeared in my Facebook newsfeed, called What If All I Want is a Mediocre Life by Krista O’Reilly-Davi-Digui. The title called to me so I did something I rarely do — I read the article right then and there.

What I read stopped me…

DM Hanton, Writer

Hi, I’m Donna. Fiction Writer. My current WIP is domestic suspense, titled Love to Hatred Turned. I post about writing, life — all the stuff, really!

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