Spring Fever

spring-fever1At long last…it seems as though spring is on the horizon. We can (cautiously) begin putting away our down winter coats and emerge from hibernation. It’s amazing the effect the changing season has on all of us, even animals – there’s a reason they call it spring fever! Just looking around the farm you can see that all the creatures have a spring in their step. As the ground thaws we’re all getting over-stimulated by the sights and sounds reappearing before us.

And I’m no exception! It’s like as soon as the snow started to edge away my brain was flooded with new ideas and inspirations. And that’s when it becomes difficult to stay focussed. You see, I’m in the final stages of writing my latest book: editing. After several years of research and writing, you’d think the tough part was over – but you’d be wrong! Making changes to your book is actually one of the most difficult things you do as a writer, because your book is like your baby. And you’ve been in the labour process for a looooong time, so you want nothing more than to present it to the world! But you have to hold back – and that’s just no fun.

So while a million ideas are floating through my head on the spring breeze, I just have to keep reminding myself to keep my eyes on the prize. Because in the end, it’ll all be worth it to present to the world my new beautiful bouncing book!


A bloggin’ we will go!

blog-yellow-signWell, we may just have been blanketed with a harsh reminder that winter hasn’t quite yet left us, but I’m still in a ‘spring’ frame of mind! With that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time to get out and about, even if just virtually. So I’m going on a promotional book tour!

Starting this Thursday, I’ll be hopping around different blogs (get it, hopping? Spring?) to talk about my books. And to sweeten the pot, we’ll be running a giveaway in conjunction with the tour. A prize pack of four–count ’em, 4!!–books are up for grabs. It’s a $40 value, and I’ll be sharing the details with you soon.

Stay tuned, I’d love to have you along with me on the tour!

New year, new goals

2013My goodness, it’s hard to believe it’s already been a month since I’ve posted—I just got so caught up with the holidays that blogging was one of the things sacrificed to the time-gods! But I’m back now and looking forward to another year of writing and sharing the experience with my wonderful fans and friends.

Granted, it’s a little bit late to talk about New Year’s resolutions, but I think as long as it’s still January it’s fair game. But rather than talk about my own resolutions I thought I’d talk about how best to make those resolutions a reality.

This is the time of year where a lot of people completely abandon their resolutions—it leaves a lot of people feeling depressed (if the weather hadn’t gotten them depressed already) because they start feeling like they’ve failed themselves. Well, I can’t do much about the weather (lord knows that living in Alberta, I wish I could!), but I can help with the resolutions. Because guess what, the best way to turn your resolution into an achievable goal is through….drumroll please…writing!

Just check out #4 on The Seven Rules of New Year’s Resolutions. The simple process of setting out your goals in writing makes you ten times more likely to achieve them, and those are pretty good odds. And if your resolution is to write the Great Canadian Novel, when then getting that pen moving is a must!

So I to close, I wish you all success, peace, and joy for this 2013, and get writing!

Blog tour: day two!

We’ve got two blog stops on our tour today! Our first stop is at Uplifting Reads. I think this really was a perfect stop for us, since her site is oriented towards suggesting reads that, as the title suggests, are uplifting! Andrea chooses books that are heart-warming and desgined to give your spirits a bit of a boost–we all need that once in a while! I’m glad Andrea enjoyed The Three Saints of Christmas and that she too thought it would be a great way to open the door for discussions with youngsters on our pioneer pasts here in Canada.

Our last stop of the week is at My Mommy’s World, a great place to stop by for a huge selection of reviews and giveaways! Theresa’s a busy mom, but somehow she still has time to blog about books and products for children of all ages. Great to see a little bit of Canadiana making its way across the web. Thanks for reading!