Welcome to the Construction Zone!

If you’ve visited my website lately, you may have noticed a few changes. Sometimes over the course of single day.

Don’t worry! It’s not you, it’s me.

After launching The Resilient Container gardening blog and the Bookcase Bizarro newsletter, my old website no longer seemed to fit. Its primary focus had shifted from solely finding as agent, to finding an agent AND making connections through a love of writing, reading and gardening. My writing focus likewise widened to include writing about my gardens and book reviews. My website needed to reflect the changes I’d made, so I decided it was time for a major overhaul.

Not everything, though.

I was careful to keep all menu navigation just as it was. You’ll notice new headers, edited and updated pages and some new coding. The learning curve has been steep so thanks for your patience during the past couple of weeks. I hope that you’ll bear with me over the next few weeks as I continue to learn.

We writers talk a lot about our creative process in WRITING but what about our creative process in WEBSITE DESIGN?

Regular visitors will have noticed that my process is to try something new, see how it sits, revise it as ideas take shape or new ones occur, sit some more, then hone in and tighten up. Rather than think of my re-design efforts as sloppy and unprofessional (though you’re free to think that if you like), think of them more as a window into my creative process, which is…well…messy…and a bit obsessive.

One of my favourite bloggers, Jane Friedman, encourages writers to think of our websites as works-in-progress that change as we do. I’ve taken her advice rather literally and brought you along for the ride. Even after my website settles into it’s new skin, it will always be a work-in-progress, changing right along with me as I continue to experiment, innovate, explore and grow…because that to me, is what it means to be creative. (I’ll take that over slick professionalism any day, BTW.)

As we move forward together, just remember that the best antidote for seasickness is to stand in the middle of the boat and keep your eyes fixed on the horizon.

Until next time!

How I started Autumn Seedlings…and Survived a Heatwave Wipe-out (Maybe).

When surfer Garrett McNamara was interviewed after he rode a 100-foot world record wave, he imparted some sage advice for the rest of us mere mortals. He said that if you’re riding waves or dealing with any situation in life, if you’re in the moment, you’re really connected to what’s going on, whether you’re getting sucked over by monster waves or wading into danger to help a fellow surfer. What’s more, he claims to enjoy whatever situation he’s in, no matter how crazy or dangerous, because that’s where he learns how to handle it. His motto? ‘Just deal with it.’

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