Autobiography: Part Two

Autobiography: Part Two

Autobiography: Part Two

I remember. I remember. I remember being born. When I was born I knew. I could think like an adult, but I wasn’t. I remember being cold, wet, and frightened. I remember a man with brown hair, horn rimmed glasses, and a white coat. He was holding me, and then he put me down into something. I think it might’ve been a cot. He looked at me and then he turned around and walked away and he looked blurred through my tears. My next memory is of my mother holding me and feeding me, and looking up and seeing my

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Autobiography: Part One

Autobiography: Part One

I was lying in bed the other night, having trouble falling asleep, (well, more so than usual, anyway). There were a multitude of thoughts tumbling through my head, mostly to do with needing to get back to writing the second book in the Penelope Parker trilogy. Then a thought popped into my head out of nowhere; I really know nothing about my mother or her life. Oh, I knew where and when she was born, but I knew nothing of her childhood, beyond a couple of old photos, taken when she was about five or six. I knew nothing of

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Life Happenings

Life Happenings

A lot has been going on lately, related to my writing being put on hold. As I think I mentioned, I had a bad fall back in August, which resulted in my right (Write!) arm and hand being severely injured. That is mostly healed now, but the other thing was, that as I fell, I snapped my head back to avoid hitting the sidewalk, and as a result, caused injury to my inner ear. That caused dizziness and nausea, but also severe hearing loss in my right ear, which my audiologist said is non repairable. This means I need a

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Interview With Author Robin Jones

Interview With Author Robin Jones

Taken from Robin’s blog on iUniverse   My book takes place in 1949 in Toronto, Ontario. My father took me to the hospital when I was five years old because I was very sick. It turned out that it was pneumonia.  My Father used to come to the hospital and read me stories every day. He read me Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer many times. He loved to read. I loved to listen. In December I received a letter from Santa Claus and it helped to make me better and I arrived home from the hospital on Christmas Eve. I

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Press Release for Friend’s Book

Press Release for Friend’s Book

Hello, folks. Christmas is a’comin’, and I’d like to give a shout out to a friend of mine, who has written a lovely little children’s book, based on a true story from his childhood.I like to promote local authors whenever possible! Please check it out.  Robin Jones

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The Rattlin’Bog of Writing

The Rattlin’Bog of Writing

For those of you who don’t know, a Rattlin’ Bog is a plugged toilet! That’s how my writing has been for the past seven weeks. I had a bad fall, and severely sprained my arm and hand; the right hand, of course! When I write, I write by hand first, and then transcribe to my computer. I find my thoughts flow better that way, and also, I can’t type fast enough to keep up with them! I am not able to hand write at the moment, and typing is not comfortable, so, I am forced to take a hiatus, which

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Thoughts on Re-Editing

Thoughts on Re-Editing

Great article from Joanna Campbell Slan 5 Things Re-Editing Your Older Work Can Teach You By Joanna Campbell Slan, @joannaslan Part of the Writer’s Life Series JH: As the saying goes, “No writing is ever wasted.” That’s especially true when we learn from our past work and improve with every book. Please help me welcome Joanna Campbell Slan to the lecture hall today, with reasons how re-editing our older work can benefit us. Joanna Campbell Slan is the national and Amazon bestselling author of nearly 40 books. She’s been shortlisted for the Agatha Award and won the Daphne du Maurier

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A Little Bit About Me

A Little Bit About Me

I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself, and some of my reasons for writing the books. Much of what is in Book One uses names and places from my childhood. Urban Road was the school I went to, and Miss Penlington was. the Headmistress. Gillian is based on a girl in my class who was rich and spoiled, and got everything her own way, much like Gillian in the book. Betwys-y-Coed is a lovely place in North Wales. To a point, Penelope is based on me as a child; I was very much

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Writing Through Uncertainty

Writing Through Uncertainty

Another really good article, by Vaughn Roycroft. Writing Through Uncertainty (With a Writerly Life Jacket) September 17, 2018 By Vaughn Roycroft 23 Comments Please forgive me in advance, but this is going to be an unusual post. Writing-life-wise, I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts, you see. And it seems to have had an effect on my WU essay routine. I normally write my WU essays about a week in advance. I like having a cushion. I even have a warning notification set up in my Outlook calendar for one week prior to each of my scheduled pub days. Last week, when

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Quoth The Raven

I wrote this piece after taking an Aboriginal Studies course a few years ago. I hope you enjoy it. Comments are welcome! As always, all my writing is copyright to me, Susan (Sue) McCaskill. A few years ago, I enrolled in a credit course in Aboriginal Studies. Little did I know that that course would have an immense impact on my spiritual life. My instructor, Louise Milburn, an Anishinabe Elder, Pipe carrier and LodgeKeeper,  no more looked Native than I do, being endowed  with huge Irish blue eyes, pale skin, and a mop of dark brown curly hair. During the

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