Burlington Authors in Celebration of Canada 150

I went to the New Appleby Library on Friday night to see the Burlington Authors Canada 150 display, which celebrates literature from the Burlington area. Shelves of books by authors such as Linwood Barclay, Lawrence Hill, Marni Jackson, Ian Hamilton, Jennifer Mook Sang, Sylvia McNicoll and so many more. I found it to be truly awe-inspiring.

As this is a mobile display, watch for its arrival at your local branch. It will be at a different location each month, until the end of the year. I’m so humbled and pleased to be a part of it. A huge thank you to all the organizers of this project. For more information: Burlington.ca/Canada 150.

I recently finished my second novel, “Full of Grace.” I already miss the characters. Which leads us nicely to this month’s quote…(:


“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called ‘mad’ and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called ‘writers’ and they do pretty much the same thing.” Ray Bradbury

Introduction to Haiku

Was so happy to lead an Introduction to Haiku Workshop this afternoon, at my local library. Wow, what an accomplished group of women who showed up…writers, artists, poets…A big thank you to Jennifer, Karen, Judy, Ruth, Linda, Susan, Wendy, Sylvia, and Diane!! So wonderful to meet/see you all! Thanks for your enthusiastic participation!

March 31st, I had one of my haiku published in NeverEnding Story. Thank you, Chen-ou! Always an honour.

It was fun to come across one of my haiku on Glenn Ingersoll’s blog, “dareIread”, as one of the best poems of 2016. Thank you, Glenn!
So excited that I’ve pre-ordered Jennifer Mook-Sang’s picture book, “Captain Monty.”
Can not wait to read it!!

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet ~ Plato

April 1 Cover Art

It was an honour to hear from Mike Rehling, Editor of Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu, that one of my photo haiga has been selected for the April 1st cover art. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke! (: A huge thank you to Mike!
(If you go to my photo haiga page, I’ve put up some more of my previously published photo haiga.)

I had the opportunity of going to the Dundas Writers’ Group “First Annual Meet the Author Night” on February 25th. It was held at the Dundas Little Theatre. What a fun, entertaining and enjoyable evening. Got to listen to some great book excerpts from poets and authors alike. Matthew Bin did a great job as the MC. I’ll be back next year!

I’m preparing a small workshop “Introduction to Haiku” for my local library. Looking forward to sharing my enjoyment of haiku with others.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero

Crimson Cloak Publishing

I am thrilled to say that I have just signed a contract with Crimson Cloak Publishing for my women’s fiction/romance novel “A Path to the Lake.” It probably won’t be available for a year or so, but I will keep you posted as news develops.

Thank you to Carly McCracken and the Crimson Cloak Publishing team. An extra bonus was finding out they have contributed to so may charitable causes, including The World Literacy Foundation, World Child Cancer and more. I look so forward to working with them!

New Children’s Story, Photo Haiga, and a Haiku…

Happy New Year to all!

I’ve put up a new children’s story, “Fearless Faith.” Can she conquer her one and only fear on her own?

You can also find some of my previously published photo haiga from Daily Haiga, Haiga Online and Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu.

There’s a haiku on the Japanese poetry page too, recently published by Akitsu Quarterly. What a stunning journal!

I just received a copy of Bruce H. Feingold’s recently released book of beautiful and moving haiku, “old enough” published by Red Moon Press. A must read for anyone interested in the genre.

Just found out Daily Haiga will publish two more of my photo haiga. What an honour to start out the new writing year.

Although this isn’t about writing, it is about the arts, so I thought I’d share it with you. I cut it out of a magazine (Zoomer?) a while ago to put on my fridge. “After having her artistic dreams dashed in 1954, 101-year-old painter Carmen Herrara opens her first gallery show in New York.” Inspiration for us all!

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”  W. Somerset Maugham

Successful launch!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the launch of my chapbook, “Extra Candles.” I am so grateful for your support!


Many thanks to Haiga Online for including my collaboration with Nicole Girodat in your photo haiga challenge. What an honour!

Wishing you all peace, love and joy this holiday season.

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
Anton Chekhov

Red Moon Press

I am thrilled to announce that Red Moon Press has published my collection of 24 haiku, “Extra Candles” which will be available on their website on December 1, 2016. As their goal is to “publish the best in English language haiku from around the world”, I am deeply honoured to be included.

Many thanks to Jim Kacian.


“The true poem rests between the words” Vanna Nonta


So pleased one of my haiku is currently published in Shamrock Haiku Journal, and two of my photo-haiga in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu. Thanks to editors Anatoly Kudryavitsky and Mike Rehling. Always an honour to be included!

Wild Plum-a haiku journal, also accepted one of my photo-haiga for their next issue March 1. Many thanks to Maria Tomczak. So humbled to be included in such a beautiful journal.

I am over the moon to currently have photo haiga included in the World Haiku Association 146th Contest. I am grateful to Kuniharu Shimizu.

As you may remember, I sent my women’s fiction manuscript, “A Path to the Lake” to some agents. I had some positive feedback, but no bites. So, back to the drawing board for more revisions. I’ll quote Ernest Hemingway for today’s quote. (:

“The first draft of anything is shit.” Ernest Hemingway

Photo Haiga

I am thrilled to say that one of my photo haiga has been accepted in Daily Haiga, “an edited journal of contemporary and traditional haiga.” Many thanks to editor Linda Pilarski. Two of my photo haiga are currently published in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu. Many thanks to editor Mike Rehling! You can find them on my Japanese poetry page.

One of my haiku will be published in the winter 2016 issue of Akitsu Quarterly. So very honoured to be included. Big thanks to editor Robin White.

Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement.” Christopher Fry



September already?

Wow, can’t believe its September already! I was so honoured to find out one of my tanka poems will be published in Ribbons, the Tanka Society of America Journal, in their Autumn Issue.

Two more of my senryu poems were published in Failed Haiku, a Journal of English Senryu, and one of my haiku will be published in the Asahi (Japan) on September 30. Many thanks to both!

I’ve been having fun creating some photo haiga this summer (traditionally haiga is a style of Japanese painting that often incorporates a haiku). So pleased to have two of my photo haiga in the September issue of Failed Haiku and one accepted in the Urban Fantasist.

Will return in October:)

“And if he finds that his goal is the sea, what will become of his fire.”  UNKNOWN