TCIO Party for Guelph #NaNoWriMo

Yesterday afternoon, I joined nine other NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) participants at Fionn MacCool’s in south Guelph for our TCIO (Thank Chuck It’s Over) party.

A diverse group, we hail from Guelph, Milton, Kitchener, and Wellington County. Our conversation was lively and diverse as we shared our NaNoWriMo journeys and discussed recent movies, careers, Canadian and American politics, and screenwriting.

Thanks to our M.L. Cindy Carroll for organizing and motivating us throughout the month.

My final stats…51,446 words with an average of 1,714 words per day.



At Fair November

Earlier today, I reached the 25K milestone on my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) journey. To reward myself, I decided to spend some time this afternoon at the 45th Annual Fair November Craft Show.

More than eighty-five of Canada’s most talented artisans and designers display traditional and modern crafts, among them pottery, glass, jewelry, metalwork, knits, natural soaps and lotions, woodworking, and delicious gourmet treats.

This year, I was delighted to discover necknots, Koka-Bora Creations (unique writing instruments and custom cases), and Mariclaro Reclaimed (bags and accessories from repurposed automotive and aviation materials).

Fair November runs until Sunday at the University of Guelph. There is no admission fee, and parking is free on the weekends. Find out more here.



Kick-Off Party for Guelph #NaNoWriMo

Yesterday evening, I joined a lively group of writers from Guelph, Milton, and Wellington County for the Kick-Off Party at Fionn MacCool’s, an Irish pub at the south end of the city. We chatted about our NaNoWriMo projects, careers, and writing journeys.

We write in several genres, among them science fiction, romance, fantasy, women’s fiction, and mystic realism.

Special thanks to Cindy Carroll, our M.L. (Municipal Liaison) for the Guelph/Wellington region. We appreciate and look forward to the treats in our gift bags. You can find out more about Guelph NaNoWriMo here.

ONWARD ♦ AVANTI ♦ EN AVANT ♦ WEITER ♦ ADELANTE


Don’t Quit by Edgar A. Guest

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

I can recall feeling goosebumps rise as I listened to my Grade 8 teacher read this poem to the class. Its message still resonates, especially during cold, blustery days in mid January.



TCIO Party For Guelph #NaNoWriMo

nanowrimocrestYesterday evening, I joined ten other NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) participants at Fionn MacCool’s in south Guelph for our TCIO (Thank Chuck It’s Over) party.

A diverse group, we hail from Guelph, Milton, Kitchener, and Wellington County.

Thanks to our M.L. Cindy Carroll for organizing and motivating us throughout the month.


My final stats…54,652 words with an average of 1,822 words per day.



Writers Are Superheroes Because…

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

Earlier this year, I started following the BlondeWriteMore blog. I enjoy receiving a daily dose of inspiration from a blonde British writer and blogger named Lucy Mitchell. She has a delightful blogging voice that brings a smile and a thought-provoking pause to my day. I strongly recommend following her blog.

This past Sunday, she wrote about wanting to quit the NaNoWriMo journey, a common feeling among those of us participating in the month-long writing marathon. Here’s a short excerpt from that post:

You can read the rest of the post here.


At Fair November

On Friday, I reached the 30K milestone on my NaNoWriMo journey. To reward myself, I visited the 44th Annual Fair November Craft Show at the University of Guelph on Saturday.

Each year, over eighty artisans share the best of traditional and modern Canadian handmade crafts in their temporary home—two floors of the University Centre—over a four-day period in the middle of November. A special treat for Guelphites and all friends of Guelphites: There is no admission fee. And parking is free on the weekend. Find out more here.

Every craft imaginable can be found, among them jewelry, metalwork, pottery, beeswax candles, Alpaca knits, gnomes, pottery, kiln fired glass, leather, and gourmet food products. This year, I was delighted to discover Celtic Stonework, Souper Heroes, Moore Design BirdFeeders, and the Grey Matter Collection.