Free Editing Services (The Story in Your Words)


The Story in Your Words started as (and still is)Ā a Facebook group through which members could get up to 300 words edited by me for free. Since I now also have a growing Twitter following, I wanted to make this service available through my website as well. FREE EDITING SERVICES? TELL ME MORE! As a … Continue reading Free Editing Services (The Story in Your Words)

Author’s Guide to Twitter: A Glossary


Jump to Glossary INTRO: Why create a glossary? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Twitter is an author’s paradise. Authors, agents, editors, publishers, and other lit influencers make ample use of Twitter to share priceless advice, wish lists, trends, podcasts, blogs, new releases, and so much more. There’s a strong indie publishing … Continue reading Author’s Guide to Twitter: A Glossary

Twitter Literary Events


In early 2018, I tweeted a list of upcoming Twitter pitch parties, and people really liked it. It got retweeted and liked hundreds of times! The original tweet kept getting shared even after I posted an updated list with corrected dates, additional parties, etc, so I decided to maintain a list on my website where … Continue reading Twitter Literary Events

Words to Cut: OF


A strong manuscript uses strong, direct language, and vivid images, to convey its story or message. Leave your passive and weak words on the clipboard. It’s easy to ignore common words like THE, A, and ON when you’re editing because there’s so many of them that they start to blend into the background. Here’s one … Continue reading Words to Cut: OF

TheĀ OtherĀ SideĀ of theĀ Window


Published by the Silverleaf Writers Guild in their Spring 2018 newsletter Martha Spence, affectionately known as The Moccasin Lady by us Timmins folk, passed away on February 9, 2018 at the age of 72. Upon hearing of her passing, I decided to dig up this poem and polish it for publication. I wrote the original … Continue reading TheĀ OtherĀ SideĀ of theĀ Window

Setting Your Writing Goals – look back then forge ahead


Over the holidays, I hit a bit of an emotional slump. It happens almost every year due to my ongoing mental health struggles, and unfortunately affects my writing life too. As January 1st approached, I was feeling a great need to make 2018 better than 2017. At the time, it felt like nothing had gone … Continue reading Setting Your Writing Goals – look back then forge ahead

Are you a ‘responsible’ pet owner? Hereā€™s what happens if your pet is found at large


Published on TimminsToday.com You donā€™t have to go far on social media to find accounts of lost pets that got away from their owners. Some pets escape their collars and enclosures; others slip out while the door is open. Regardless of the reasons a pet got away, City of Timmins bylaws apply. Bylaws 2004-6014 and … Continue reading Are you a ‘responsible’ pet owner? Hereā€™s what happens if your pet is found at large

As bottle drive grows, local family with hospitalized child feels outpouring of support


Published on TimminsToday.com When Taylor Gervais and Alan Caron welcomed their daughter, Payton Caron, into the world on Aug. 18, 2017 at Timmins and District Hospital, they had no idea they were about to embark on the most challenging and terrifying journey of their lives. ā€œOur lives changed in an instant and we had to … Continue reading As bottle drive grows, local family with hospitalized child feels outpouring of support