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What Janice is up to now!

Shepherd.com

Here’s a fun site for finding your next great read. The fab folks asked me to create a list of books on a theme that would accessorize my first mystery series…and here it is, looking very snappy.

Check out their entire site at shepherd.com!                     

And click here for my list!

July 8th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Good Old Days

Just a little something for summer reflections:

Before the fear of tics and mosquitoes carrying disease and the sun being cancerously ferocious, we were sent out into the summer days in shorts and pop tops and sneakers with no arch supports on bicycles and roller skates, and told to be home in time for dinner.

Before our naïve parents knew of the creeps rubbing up on us on buses and the flashers in the parks and the lewd carnies at the Ex, we were allowed free rein of the city, armed only with an emergency dime for a phone booth.

Before us the summer opened wide and wild and free and anything was worth the price, so we said nothing at home and hid it all to corrode in dark corners of our minds.

Before we even thought of having children of our own, we knew that we would protect them, keep them safe, never let them out of our sight, because we knew what was out there, waiting.

June 23rd, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Carpe Diem

Even though I have a couple of manuscripts floating out in maybe land, I can’t help myself from playing with microfiction…and here is a mini-paean to summertime, for your reading pleasure.



At one time, before the sun got cruel and the winds fierce, we cherished this time of year. We shed our layers and our inhibitions and basked in the same warmth that cracked open the seed pods and coaxed the green up into the tips of the trees. We opened our hearts to fleeting fancy and risked romance that would never occur to us in more buttoned up and battened down seasons. A zephyr would flutter the gauzy curtain above the bed, and we would sigh in the wanton pleasure of it all.

Now, of course, there are risks and regulations. We scan the horizon nervously as we note the weather warnings, the smoke signals, the accumulation of acrid air. We slather on creams, layer up with UV protectors, and cringe in the company of strangers in confined spaces. We mask, we distance, we carry whistles, we pull the blinds.

And yet, amid the prophecies and rubble, the worry and regrets, connections can still be made that cut through the armour and the aches and limitations. We meet the twinkle in another’s eye and once again we can taste the reckless joy of endless summer.

June 3rd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Double Oh my!

Lately I have been having fun writing short stories….and I am thrilled to announce that I’ve been nominated for an Alberta Literary Award for the short short I wrote for EDify Magazine in October! Since I am rarely nominated for anything and the last time I even placed in an Alberta writing contest was 1982, I am savouring this nomination…it truly is an honour.

Please have a read!

 

 

December 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Publicity with Panache!

Library Picks Page Mar10 2020

CLICK THAT LINK! ^

I love this thematically planned way of advertising my upcoming mystery writing workshop presentation out at the Sherwood Park Library with Writer-in-Residence, Conni Massing!

See my book, tucked in there by two of the greatest of antecedents!

I hope loads of people decide to come; it’s going to be fun!

March 6th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|
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