Category Archives: Blogging

New Collaborators

Starting this month, I’m excited to have three new collaborators joining me on my blog: Robyn Williams, Jim Luce, and Margaret Loyer.  These three people are dear friends and have been part of my writing career from the beginning. Without them, their encouragement, their (sometimes harsh but true) critiques, and their steadfast belief I could do this, I wouldn’t be still writing.

I met Robyn Williams and Jim Luce on an online writing laboratory called Writelab more than ten–or is it fifteen?–years ago. The lab had a great premise. Every week, we would get a writing assignment, say writing in the omniscient point of view, and we would post it to the group. People then critiqued the piece and gave you feedback. Most of it was either of the rose-colored glasses or the “you’re an idiot” kind, but Robyn, Jim and I connected and, as they say in the movies, it was the start of a beautiful friendship. Robyn lives in Boisie, Idahoe and Jim lives near a lake in Wisconsin. We have never physically met but have stayed in contact ever since.

I met Margaret at Algonquin Community College in Ottawa where we both took the same writing class.  We hit it off and, with a few others from the class, started a writing group. Little by little, the group dwindled and only Margaret and I were left. She decided writing novels wasn’t her thing but she’s a crack copy editor and has corrected and commented on every one of my books. She’s the one who helpedd polish and clean my English, which is often deficient.

So, there you have it. Once a month, each of them will drop by my blog and talk about something that tickles their fancy. It should be eclectic. And, hopefully, it should be fun.

Welcome, you guys.

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Travel Blog

The Orange Garden near San Sabina

Since the first of September, my husband and I have been in Rome, Italy. This is our second time there, so we’ve been avoiding most of the “must sees” in favour of lesser known sights, and it’s been a delight.

To read about some of our experiences, hop over to The Other Word, where I’ve been blogging about it.

I can’t really keep up with the posts so I’ll continue to talk about my experiences even when I’m  back in Canada.

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How posts can snowball

I came across this post:

This crossbow should automatically classify you as “Most Wanted”

It’s very short, with a sarcastic bent to it and I almost didn’t read the 89 comments attached to it. Then my brain said: 89 comments? My curiosity led me to go down and start reading, which made me realize that there are a lot of people who:

  1. don’t have a sense of humour; or
  2. aren’t quite there in the brain department; or
  3. have no life whatsoever.

Regardless, it made me smile on a Friday. A fun way to procrastinate all those tasks you need to do.

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The Sojourns In Nature Photo Blog

My brother-in-law Robert, photographer extraordinaire, has started a photo blog and I must say that the photos are pretty terrific. He does not post often but when he does, it’s definitely worth it so you might want to syndicate it.

Here’s what he says about himself accomplishment-wise:

My photographic journey started in September 2004, with the acquisition of a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR camera, a number of quality Canon lenses, and other photographic equipment. Despite being a late bloomer, I’ve won numerous photography contests and prizes in a very short time behind the lens. My images have been published in Yankee Magazine, Nature’s Best Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine and others. My photographs are available for licensing via Oxford Scientific and Visuals Unlimited (my stock agencies) – type “servranckx” in the search box.

The Sojourns In Nature Photo Blog

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