My new CV title: toddler management specialist

Haven taken a year off to rear my human and complete a novel manuscript, I recently decided to hit the old job board and get back into the rodent race. I was actually getting pretty excited about  planning projects that don’t involve Popsicle sticks–until I started reading some job descriptions. It went something like this: Nope, […]

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Writing vs momhood: Rebecca Mead reframes the struggle

There is nothing like a fun-filled reunion to make me Totally Anxious about life. My three-year old son and I spent three days this week camping on the side of a lovely Vancouver Island lake with my extended family–and let’s just say I had to fend off the ‘so where are you going to have […]

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Why I endured nine months of no coffee

  As I type this, my wrists are getting sweaty from my too-warm key pad and the glare from the sunshine outside is obscuring half my screen. Summer is barely here and already it’s annoying me. And to think I used to think this time of year was for swimming in lakes, drinking root beer […]

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Grandmas, Netflix and other sanity savers for the obsessive writer

  My mom is away this week, visiting my sister in Montreal. And though it’s only been four days so far, already I am going a little crazy without someone to sub me off of Toddler-dom and set my fingers free. Yes, I love spending time with my son, but creativity, when not regularly unleashed […]

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Things that inspire me to write #15: Being a mom

This little baby turned three this week. And sure, I was happy for him and all that, but having been so preoccupied wondering what I could possibly purchase for someone who has just barely cracked into their Christmas windfall, I hadn’t really thought about the significance of my son’s milestone until this morning when I […]

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Things that inspire me to write #26: Pinky Dinky Doo

You know have a toddler in your life when all the shows you are up to date on include at least one talking animal. Still, as the bronies phenomenon can attest to, there are some pretty quality children’s shows out there these days, providing not only reasonable entertainment but also promoting animal conservation, problem solving, […]

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Things that inspire me to write #39: My iPad

Sometimes two minutes means everything. As much as I love playing dinosaur and train and zoo animals with my son for only the millionth time today, sometimes I just need a bit more mommy time to get that last paragraph finished. And while Dora and Diego’s animal saving ways have apparently lost their charm, our  iPad has […]

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