Adventures with Lulu Dog & The Writing Life

Mostly I’m working on my second novel this year + helping small businesses with their socials. That said, my first of four 2021 magazine articles is now online. I’m exploring various topics in my nonfiction these days—from swimming, natural disasters + the illusions of photography, to unseen illness and shelter dogs. This piece is about Finding My Way Back to Writing & the Unexpected Medicine Dog — solicited by WestWord magazine, a publication dedicated to writers + the writing life. Link in bio for those interested ✌️ ...

May we all find the sunspots that bring us peace, clarity, wonder and hope. Happy New Year 🤍 ...

Cold Moon. Long Night Moon.

This gorgeous shot of yesterday’s full moon, our last full moon of the year — 📸 credit = @noramaskey

Very evocative of my lockdown location since Dec 13/20. Doing my best to appreciate the stillness of winter vs. resisting it.
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Lockdown yoga challenge Day 12. Wind warning in effect. 100km/hour gusts expected to cause damage. Mostly cloudy + blowing snow. Fire, on. Heat dish, on. Dance music, on! #merrymerry #2020 ...

Long walk through the forest today. Lu danced intrepidly over snow-packed trails. Wind roared through high branches. Found solace, one foot in front of the other, through pine, spruce and sun patches—inspired by this buoyant little wolf. Simplicity. Patience. Compassion. Our three greatest treasures according to the Tao Te Ching. We breathe, we move, we keep going 🤍 ...

Day 1 of four-week (online) lockdown yoga challenge @yogaandbeyondyyc

—also planning to keep up teaching skills by choreographing sequences to my favourite maroon 5 songs...

#holidaylockdown #findthelight #lockdown #yoga #challenge #yogawithdogs #maroon5
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a moment with @little_pepechulo mightiest little foster of 2019 ♥️ ...

Congratulations to all the local writers launching micro fiction this week — printed onto the cans of @blindmanbrewery seasonal batch of stout 🍻

#microfiction #microbeer #microdog
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“—And always remember
If all else fails
Find a small dog
And speak a high pitched language with it”

— @monkeyogi 🙏

#stateofemergency
#love
#light
#compassion
#breathe
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11.22.20 — 200 hour yoga teacher training graduation day. Lulu also receiving a certificate 😭 😭 What an experience. What a year. Thank you to our lead instructor Ning Gao + to my small (but very mighty) cohort for everything @yogaandbeyondyyc ...

Early morning line edits again today... in my new writing nook (enclosed with drywall and a door!) All the furniture came from neighbours in below unit as they redesign their own place. Feels like a private café without having to leave the building #ARoomOfMyOwn #AmWriting ...

I may not be managing a room of 200 ppl tonight for this year’s virtual @gillerlightbash #yyc — but we dressed up anyway! Thank you @alanabeauty.yyc & @butterbeautyparlouryyc + to @pbr.mami for the photo. Soon I will be able to share how much we raised for @frontiercollege literacy programs — & how this support is used to change lives. Thank you to all silent auction donors, guests who bid on items and to our five amazing book defenders / shout out to Anne Logan @ivereadthis who represented AB ♥️ ...

Just delivered first commissioned magazine article in over a year 🥂 ...

My spidey senses are tingling! #halloween ...

My second close encounter with this fascinating deer 🧡 ...

Finding our way, and also it’s winter

#Yoga #Fire #Writing #AmWriting #Transitions #Story #MountainLife #Lulu #TinyYogi
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The WGA will host a webinar this Saturday (Oct 17) at 10 a.m. on WRITING WHO YOU DON'T KNOW led by author Sharon Bala. This workshop will address how to most effectively write from outside our own experience. Specifically: how do we create characters whose skin colour, ethnicity, sexuality, and/or gender are not our own? How do we ensure the characters ring true? Sharon Bala will talk about dangerous tropes, how to avoid them, the importance of research and ask some crucial questions: why do you want to tell this story, and are you equipped for the job? For more info visit @writersguildab and click link in bio.

📸 = @sharon.bala (repost)

#TheWritingLife #WritersGuildOfAlberta #SharonBala #TheBoatPeople #WritingWhoYouDontKnow
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