I write. For fun and for hire.

Current work projects: Massaging final touches on a series of three, 90-second videos about micro-borrowers. Interviewing small business, workshop facilitators to identify revisions needed to the sessions they present – next I’ll make those curriculum changes. Developing a very cool, interactive cash flow teaching tool. Current creative projects:  Working on

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Mother Teresa is a finalist

Although I haven’t submitted Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers to any agents in several months (thirty-five rejections cooled my enthusiasm), I did enter the manuscript in a contest last November – the Somerset Award which recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in contemporary, mainstream and literary fiction. I

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The Reluctant Atheist

And why I’m going to be a NaNoWriMo rebel this year I recently attended the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Every workshop I attended and keynote address I saw was exceptional—no exceptions—but there was one that stands out. It was the workshop that left me questioning why I’ve spent six years

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When money and sex collide…in a classroom

Last Thursday, after a lovely dinner out with my adult son (shock, horror, disbelief), I attended a two-hour workshop on managing money. In November I’ll be delivering these same workshops (shock, horror, disbelief). Watching my colleagues deliver the material is part of my training. The facilitator showed us this image

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Why cocktail parties terrify me

He was… a bit stiff, but not bad, given he is six-foot-bloody-four and wearing size fourteen, five-inch stilettos. And a tight dress.

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How to ruin a perfectly good love affair

“…the erotic brain slithers insidiously toward vile visuals, debauched behaviors, absurd positions and stadium settings, while the merest mention of monogamy or fidelity will render Casanova’s cane limp and Cleopatra’s Nile dry.” Toni Bentley

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How to clear a fire hall without yelling fire

On Monday night, my man and I did something we rarely get to do: we went on a date. To a movie parlour. I had to miss my yoga class to see Rush. I wasn’t thrilled, expecting it to be a testosterone-filled racing film with ninety minutes of cars running

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When is the truth a lie?

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter F. Drucker About half-a-year ago I started dating. I’ve met sixteen men and slept with two (no judgement, please!). Of all those men, fewer than half made it to a second date: and the reason

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Drinking Scotch with Strangers – opening

Special thanks to Heather Webb for yet another good reason to post to my blog. First 250 words of Drinking Scotch with Strangers Genre: Women’s fiction w/ a few erotica scenes *** Telling my husband he could have an affair—no, actually encouraging him to—while he was away on a business trip was

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Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers – opening

Special thanks to Heather Webb for this blog hop contest. First 250 words of Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers Genre: Women’s fiction/dark humour *** I didn’t wake up that morning expecting to kill my boyfriend. In fact, after four months of sharing sheets, I was feeling like James and

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