Blog

Who Needs An Illustrator?

Who Needs An Illustrator?

Hiring an illustrator is stressful. What starts out as a focused online search soon turns into a Google rabbit hole of images and drawings and paintings and bios and costs and procedures. To say its dizzying would be an understatement. Once your eyes are able to focus...

๐—œ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ! ๐Ÿ˜ก

๐—œ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ! ๐Ÿ˜ก

The way I feel about my editor is the same way a toddler feels about any given food: one day I love her and the next day she repulses me. She likes one of my word choices: I love her. She tells me to cut more words: I hate her. I had no idea how much goes into editing...

I Melted

I Melted

My friend hugged me the other day.ย  It was her first chance to hug me since my dad died. Iโ€™ve talked to her since then and sheโ€™s said all the things she supposed to say. But this time she said the things and then leaned in and enveloped me. At first I was stiff. The...

Fatherโ€™s Day

Fatherโ€™s Day

The day still happens, even if you donโ€™t have a dad. Fatherโ€™s Day still arrives on the third Sunday in June. Even if your dad is gone.   Photos of dads are posted. Happy, smiling photos. Families out with dads for brunch, going for walks, celebrating together....

This Is Really Happening!

This Is Really Happening!

It still seems a little dream like, but each day the idea that I will soon be a published author becomes more and more... real. (As a soon-to-be-published author I should pride myself on finding a better word than โ€˜realโ€™ but itโ€™s exactly how it feels.) Iโ€™ve assembled...

Amy, the Author!

Amy, the Author!

In case you missed the announcement on Instagram and Facebook.... I am beyond excited (and a little nervous) to announce that I am going to be a published author!!! Over a decade ago I took a childrenโ€™s writing class at Langara College. I loved it but when the class...

Her Loss

Her Loss

My gain is her loss.   I hear โ€œMom.โ€ She hears silence.   I feel hugs. She just has the memory of his arms around her.   I see smiles and eyes that light up with excitement. She has to close her eyes to see his face.   I hear giggles and laughs....

John Brink: Against All Odds- A Review

John Brink: Against All Odds- A Review

Do you ever watch a movie and feel your stomach drop when the good guy gets into a ring with the bad guy? Youโ€™re rooting for the good guy, but you have your doubts. You watch as they circle one another and then suddenly the opponent lunges. Before you even realize...

His Voicemail

His Voicemail

๐‘ฐ ๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’‚ ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’‘๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’…๐’‚๐’š. ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‚๐’š. ๐‘ฐ ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’—๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’†.   ๐‘ด๐’š ๐’”๐’Š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’†๐’๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’…๐’‚๐’…โ€™๐’” ๐’‘๐’‰๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’๐’†. ๐‘ฐ๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’˜๐’†๐’†๐’Œ, ๐’Š๐’•โ€™๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’„๐’–๐’• ๐’๐’‡๐’‡. ๐‘บ๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ 7 ๐’…๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’—๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’†.   ๐‘บ๐’ ๐‘ฐ ๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’. ๐‘จ๐’๐’…...

Turn It Down

Turn It Down

I get stuck in my head and have a hard time getting out.   People tell me to stop overthinking, to get out of my head. But itโ€™s a hard place to get out of once youโ€™re there.   The self doubt. The voice saying โ€˜you canโ€™t do thisโ€™ is hard to ignore.   I...