art, art instruction, Book Reviews, Personal, wall art

Welcome September!

Happy September! I’ve kept my promise and given my blog a summer break. Now summer is all but over—hard to believe but that’s what the calendar and the shrinking hours of daylight say—and it’s back to more regular posts here. I’ll try for weekly. Though the summer was a quiet one due to continuing Covid… Continue reading Welcome September!

Book Reviews, Non-fiction, Novel writing, writing, Writing Life, Writing resources

Help for novel construction

Image from Pixabay A request to beta-read an as-yet-unpublished novel recently brought to mind again the challenges of writing a novel-length story. Two books that were a lifeline for me when I was writing my two Bible fiction novels were How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson and The 12… Continue reading Help for novel construction

Book Reviews, Christian living, Non-fiction, Religious, Theology

Powerful Thinking – review

Powerful Thinking by Joyce Meyer My rating: 4 of 5 starsIn Powerful Thinking, popular Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer challenges readers to take a deep look at twelve mindsets. Each mindset titles a chapter and is expressed as an affirmation (e.g. ”Mindset One: Because I Am in Christ I Can Do Everything I Need… Continue reading Powerful Thinking – review

art, art instruction, nature, Non-fiction

The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible – Review

The Watercolor Flower Artist's Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist by Claire Waite Brown My rating: 5 of 5 starsMy newest art book is the gorgeous Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist, edited by Claire Waite Brown.This is quite a comprehensive volume. It starts out with a section… Continue reading The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible – Review

art, Book Reviews, Christian living, Non-fiction

Created to Thrive – review

Created to Thrive: An Artist’s Guide To Living In Divine Abundance by Matt Tommey My rating: 5 of 5 starsA few weeks ago I took part in a three-session masterclass hosted by artist and mentor to artists Matt Tommey. The class was called “Artist Mindset Makeover.” In it, Tommey stated that one’s mindset is the… Continue reading Created to Thrive – review

Book Reviews, Memoir, Non-fiction

The Minister’s Wife – review

The Minister's Wife: A Memoir of Faith, Doubt, Friendship, Loneliness, Forgiveness, and More by Karen StillerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I first discovered this book when I attended a webinar on writing spiritual memoir hosted by an Ottawa writing group, where the author, Karen Stiller, was the presenter. I was intrigued. Watching a later… Continue reading The Minister’s Wife – review

Book Reviews, Memoir

Amee’s Story – review

After reading  the first few pages of Amee’s Story, I wasn’t sure I would ever finish the book. That’s not because it was poorly written. Rather, it was so well written I was pulled back into  a difficult time in my own life. However, I persisted with the reading and I’m so glad I did.… Continue reading Amee’s Story – review

art, Book Reviews, Non-fiction

Everyday Watercolor Flowers – review

Everyday Watercolor Flowers – A modern guide to painting blooms, leaves and stems by Jenna Rainey © 2019. One of my favourite art teachers, particularly of watercolor, is Jenna Rainey. A couple of years ago, her book Everyday Watercolor introduced me to the wonderful medium of watercolor (reviewed here). Her newest book Everyday Watercolor Flowers… Continue reading Everyday Watercolor Flowers – review

Book Reviews, Christian fiction, Religious

The Third Grace – review

It’s always a joy to celebrate the coming out of a new book by a fellow Canadian writer. Today is the day we fete Deb Elkink and the re-release of her prize-winning debut novel The Third Grace (originally published in 2011). It comes out with a new cover, but the same rich interior. Here is… Continue reading The Third Grace – review

art, Book Reviews, Non-fiction

15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces – review

If there was ever a great time to learn about art, this is it. Not only is the internet full of videos and online class possibilities, but books are easier than ever to purchase and use. For art instruction I love Kindle books. On my iPad they have a built-in stand (I don’t have to… Continue reading 15-Minute Watercolor Masterpieces – review