Freestyle Friday: open mic, open hearts

On Tuesday evening, the local Corsettes headed for a coffee house for Open Mic night.

My plan was to read from Kiss in the Wind, and the others came to cheer me on and supply chocolate if things went awry. Which they didn’t. Much.

I had a little glitch due to the placement of the microphone (necessary to pick up my quiet voice) and the (apparently) too-small window of my progressive lenses. So instead of looking down at the page then up at the audience as I read, I had to wave the book slowly back and forth in front of my face in order to see the words.

Everyone was kind about it.

And the other stories were wonderful. Some were otherworldly, some thought-provoking, one evocative of bickering with my sister in the backseat of the car while our dad grew ever more incensed, and another funny. I’m so glad I went!

I’m grateful to the Corsettes for coming out on a winter evening, and I’m thankful for the chance to hear all those other writers share the stories of their hearts.

Wishing you a happy Friday with the right lenses for viewing the world,


Freestyle Friday: writers and caves

Writers are often introverts, but even the most hermit-ish among us will emerge from our caves to connect with others of our ilk.

The Corsettes came to be because Lee McKenzie, Sharon Ashwood and I went out for a glass of wine a year and a half ago and corralled Shelley Adina into joining us.

Tomorrow is another writerly tradition in the Pacific Northwest. Every year the Vancouver Island Romance Authors get together on a Saturday near Valentine’s Day to talk writing, eat, laugh, talk some more…and who knows? There might be wine involved.

I wonder what projects, collaborations and friendships are going to be inspired by tomorrow’s gathering of kindred spirits!

Happy weekend,


Hearts and flowers: I cut the hearts from some scraps left over from a Christmas stocking, and the flowers are appliquéd on a vintage linen table mat.