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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Things that inspire me to write #58: Gingerbread Lane

Little knitted booties, paper and ribbon greeting cards with hand-dyed envelopes, double dipped, cashew dusted truffles. December is definitely the king of arts and crafts–and there is no event which takes it to the extreme like Vancouver’s Gingerbread Lane. Hosted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, its a veritable feast for the creative appetite  featuring some of the most elaborate,  finely crafted and just plain […]

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Things that inspire me to write #80: Craft fairs

  With Thanksgiving and Halloween finally out of the way (in Canada anyway) the pre-Christmas shopping bonanza has officially started–which means it’s time to get your craft on. Circle Craft, Vancouver’s biggest craft fair, is fast approaching and already I’m looking forward to spending hours upon hours feasting on every kind of artistic creation from […]

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