My loserly Christmas: on getting dumped by a literary agent

The only thing worse than getting dumped by your boyfriend right before the holiday is getting dumped by your literary agent. I know, I have experienced both. My three-year long long relationship with a certain BC-based agency was terminated earlier this month after the agent representing me decided to retire. At least that was the […]

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Things that inspire me to write #34: The Polar Express

  It’s Christmas day, which at our house means time for the annual holiday movie-a-thon, which usually includes Scrooged, Elf, or any other show that includes a good dose of sarcasm. However, this year with three wee ones to entertain, we did something different and watched The Polar Express. And I think I actually enjoyed […]

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Things that inspire me to write #36: Santa Claus

His whole purpose in life is to make children all over the world happy. I don’t care if he was a product of a Coca Cola ad campaign, we are surrounded by some pretty messed narratives in this society (has anyone else watched Dexter lately?) Compared to all that, the character of Santa Claus, a […]

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Things that inspire me to write #40: VanDusen Festival of Lights

I may not believe in Santa Claus anymore and those carols they have been pumping into Winners for the entire month of December are definitely starting to irritate me and I never did much care for candy canes so why would I want one in my mocha–however last night I discovered my Christmas magic. Once […]

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Things that inspire me to write #41: Snow

I seem to be dwelling a lot on one of what is often considered to be the utmost in boring of subjects: the weather. However, after lamenting about the lack of snow I feel it is my duty to recognize this morning’s frosted flake windfall. It snowed. Yes, Vancouver’s rainforest climate was blessed with a […]

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Things that inspire me to write #44: Christmas lights

My city seems to be growing wetter and greyer and slimier by the day. Sadly, that magical thing called snow which wraps the world in a blanket of blemish hiding, fuzz-ifying white perfection rarely visits Vancouver. But thankfully, we do have Walmarts and Home Depots and thus, Christmas lights. Somehow those five dollar strings of electric-infused wire […]

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Things that inspire me to write #47: Chocolate Arts

Every year around this time my family and I embark on afternoon of truffle making. It’s a pretty good time–how can anything that involves chocolate, marzipan and liquor filling not be? However, despite all our thermometer watching, ever-so-gentle butter stirring and measured sprinkling–the end results generally resemble very chunky cat-turds. Making chocolates that looks as good as […]

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