Category: Novel

Breaking the (work) cycle

I’ve been going through a strange period professionally, lately. Sometimes I can’t even believe how much things have changed in the last almost-six years since I started freelancing. I barely remembering longing to line up work and hustling to fill my time with assignments….

Slogging towards the finish line

The novel … is coming along. I was killing it all through the fall, hitting 50,000 words in November and 65,000 words just 12 days later.  Then Christmas came along and sidetracked me, and I found it hard to get back into the groove…

Work-at-home Q&A: Author Jon Tattrie + novel giveaway

I’m trying out a fun new (hopefully regular) feature today where I put my interviewing skills to use and chat with other work-at-home parents. There aren’t that many of us, so I always pounce on the ones I meet and discuss their work/life balance…

Sixty-five thousand

I hit 65,000 words today on my novel (in my novel?) and it feels … it feels like everything. Fifty thousand words felt like a huge accomplishment — was it really just 12 days ago? — but now at 65,057 words I feel like I’m…

Making a point to Power Hour

When I redid my entire Google calendar schedule — which is a beautifully organized symphony of colour and alarms and recurring events — I added in two Power Hours a week: one on Tuesday morning, one on Thursday morning. Both from 8:30 to 9:30…

Fifty thousand

I hit 50,000 words this morning on my newest novel — the novel I’m hopefully will actually see the light of day. Fifty thousand and 14 words, to be exact. You know, unlike the first one (55,000 words) that I got up early very…

Our family’s simple Christmas gift system

I don’t know what I’d do without our Christmas gift system. Seriously. I know some people love spending a lot of time and money shopping for their kids’ Christmas gifts, but the trouble is it tends to snowball every year as the kids get…

The early riser(s)

About a million years ago (or like 5-6 years ago), I used to get up really early so I could have an hour or two to work on my novel before working my “day job.” I thought I was being mega-disciplined and it felt…

The other night

It came out of nowhere, and now it’s practically all I can think about. Longtime readers may remember that back before I was pregnant with D — when I was just a mild-mannered reporter, er, producer/project manager, I had this dream of writing and…

Shift / Shifting / Shifted

I think the hardest part of being a grown-up — for me, at least — is that no matter how much I organize and categorize my life, it’s always shifting. I love order and routine and knowing exactly what’s going to come next. A…

New year, same-ish me

Happy 2014, Blogosphere! Well, that was certainly a hiatus and a half, wasn’t it? I leave you with the world’s most awesome candy recipe (and caramel corn recipe), and then … just leave? What was up with that? Shared this on Instagram recently, and…

Turning 30: A bucket list of sorts

I haven’t went sky-diving, gotten tattooed, driven from one side of the U.S. to the other, or done most of the other things that are on a person’s bucket list. I never actually made a bucket list, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t accomplished…