At this point in time, I am free to choose my writing direction and my writing topics. This has not always been the case. I have had several diverse careers that required the development of specific writing skills.
I spent time in the corporate world as a Marketing Manager and was involved in much technical writing – reports, manuals, marketing plans, job descriptions as well as business communication letters. A change in direction brought me into a rural environment as owner and operator of a fishing and hunting resort. In that environment, writing was primarily of a promotional nature – print ads, flyers and brochures. Later, I became a real estate agent and worked in both residential and commercial areas. Writing in this field was around ‘self-promotion’ – business cards, brochures, flyers, web presence and print ads. After a time, I became co-owner and Managing Broker of a franchise real estate firm where my writing once again had some corporate flavour as well as necessary promotional aspects. Interspersed during those years, I wrote a regular column in a community newspaper entitled ‘Food for Thought’. The format allowed me to write on a variety of topics of my choosing and also gave me the opportunity to interview persons of interest within the community and present their stories in the paper.
I have always been interested in travel and have been fortunate to visit many countries including East Africa and South Africa. These stand out in my mind because of the game reserves and the abundance of wildlife. Enjoying the outdoors has also been on the top of my list. I was highly involved in fishing and hunting, snowmobiling and ATV adventures while living in a northern rural area. When possible, I have had cats and dogs and have enjoyed the training part of having a pet. I also rode horses when I had the opportunity. However, in recent years, I have discovered mules. I researched them for an article I wrote and became totally fascinated with these animals. I have since visited several mule ranches and gone to various mule shows and rodeos. Photography is another interest which I have been nurturing. It pairs well with my writing as I can accompany my writings with photos. I’m a member of Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA).
Article – Volunteering, Penticton Herald (front page) April 12, 2011;
Article – Have Brush Will Travel (Artist), Penticton Herald April 28, 2011;
Article – Cancer Survivor, Penticton Herald (front page) May 24, 2011;
Article – Real Estate-Use of Space in Condos, Zoomer Magazine June 2011
Column entitled ‘The Write Stuff’, Peachland View, providing writing guidelines, writing tips and writing exercises to those wishing to sharpen their writing skills– on going column during 2016
The Real Estate Process: Pros Discuss Buying and Selling Your Home, CCB Publishing 2010 – I wrote and edited this real estate book to empower the consumer who is planning to enter the real estate market. I enlisted a lawyer, home inspector and a home stager to write the chapters pertaining to their expertise. I wrote the sections pertaining to how the real estate agent assists in the home buying process as well as in the selling process. I also examined some real estate traditions and explained some financing options.
Writer’s Unblocked – Prose and Poetry from the Shores of Peachland 2015, Self-Published – an Anthology in which I participated with 4 other local writers. My contribution consisted of numerous pieces of flash fiction while others primarily went the poetry route. I was involved in the formatting of the book and contributed many of the interior photos. I designed the cover utilizing my photos and also took the photos of the participating writers. I then located a local company to print the book. The proceeds were donated to local non-profit organizations.
Who’s Who in Peachland – Businesses and More – 2015, Self-Published – This was a project I undertook on my own. It represents a point in time in the history of Peachland – a community of just over 5,000 people. I conducted over 70 personal interviews with business owners, professionals, volunteers as well as the Mayor and the six Council Members. I transcribed these interviews into an appropriate format, provided a brief description of Peachland and included a Preface and an Index. I interspersed the book with my photos of local scenery. Again, using my own photographs, I designed the cover and then sent the book to the printer.
CATEGORIES & GENRES
Fiction , Flash fiction, short stories, Non-Fiction, Journalism, Essays, Blogging, Personal Narratives
Writing personal stories and/or family histories from ‘cover to cover’
Providing blog content for businesses
Covering news stories for local newspapers