…makes me happy!

1) I had a wonderful experience participating in the Uxbridge 25-Hour Masterpiece Gala! Thanks to Rita Jackson and Nancy Melcher, and the rest of the organizers, for allowing me to participate. We had 25 hours to write, rehearse and perform a play. I was blessed to work with an incredible director and 4 amazing actors. The show was a success! Thank you to Jessica Outram, not only for being a wonderful director but also for including me in the post-writing experience. You did an amazing job! And thanks to the actors; Chris Cornish, Jacqui Morrison, Heather Warkentin and Krista LeFort-Craig. Such a wonderful 25 hours! …makes me happy!

2) I just got back from Huntsville, Ontario, where I discovered I won the Best Young Adult Novel Award for the 2010 Muskoka Novel Marathon. My novel, HALF DEAD AND FULLY BROKEN, will be heading to a publisher for consideration…after the final readers give feedback to help me get it submission ready. This is my 3rd win…I also won the Best Adult Novel Award in 2007 and 2008. I am shocked that it was chosen for the award. The Muskoka Novel Marathon is such an amazing event. To sit for 72 hours and write an entire novel—surrounded by a tremendously supportive group of writers—is such a fantastic experience in itself. But we also get to raise funds for the Muskoka Literacy Council—get to fight illiteracy—while we’re at it! It’s such a wonderful event for such a great cause. …makes me happy!

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